There has never been a better time to embrace an eco-friendly staycation — and it won’t cost the Earth

WITH many of us holidaying closer to home this year, there has never been a better time to embrace the eco-friendly staycation.

From a secluded Welsh bothy to glamping on the Isle of Wight, an eco-friendly holiday doesn’t have to cost the earth to help you save it.

There has never been a better time to embrace the eco-friendly staycation

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There has never been a better time to embrace the eco-friendly staycationCredit: Studio_M

As part of the Sun’s Green Team campaign, which aims to help you save the environment and money too, Jacob Lewis looks at six fantastic sustainable staycations from across the UK.

The Isle of Wight

Tom’s Eco Lodge on the Isle of Wight offers beautiful safari tents, wood cabins, moduLogs, and eco pods

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Tom’s Eco Lodge on the Isle of Wight offers beautiful safari tents, wood cabins, moduLogs, and eco pods

SAIL to the Isle of Wight aboard England’s first hybrid ferry for a back-to-nature glamping adventure.

Tom’s Eco Lodge offers beautiful safari tents, wood cabins, moduLogs, and eco pods in a glorious setting at Tapnell Farm.

Electricity comes from solar panels and heating from a biomass boiler, while the family-run farm has given a boost to the local environment by planting more than 30 acres of woodland and hedgerows.

To up your eco impact, travel from Portsmouth to Fishbourne aboard Wightlink’s flagship vessel, The Victoria of Wight, which combines batteries and conventional engines to save on emissions.

Three nights’ self-catering in a wood cabin is from £61.13pp.

See ­tapnellfarm.com/stay/toms-eco-lodge.

Loch Leven, Scotland

Earth Ship close to Loch Leven is powered by turbines and home-made solar panels

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Earth Ship close to Loch Leven is powered by turbines and home-made solar panels

EARTH SHIP is a dog-friendly site on a working farm close to Loch Leven with eco-credentials to spare.

With a south-facing design allowing it to catch plenty of sunlight, the accommodation was built using reclaimed materials including part of the gym floor from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Electricity and heating are sourced from turbines and home-made solar panels, while grey water is treated on the farm’s natural botanical wetland, which helps nature to thrive.

On top of that, the accommodation is sleek and stylish, while the hot tub offers views over the picturesque loch.

Three nights’ self-catering is from £97pp. Two dogs welcome, £20 ­supp­lement each.

See caninecottages.co.uk or call 01237 459 821.

The Lake District

Quiet Site in the heart of the Lake District is the first UK holiday park with a zero-waste shop

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Quiet Site in the heart of the Lake District is the first UK holiday park with a zero-waste shop

THE carbon-neutral Quiet Site, in the heart of the Lake District, offers everything from ­underground Hobbit Holes to luxury cottages and caravan pitches, all with great views of Ullswater Valley.

It is also the first UK holiday park with a zero-waste shop, selling all the essentials but with no plastic packaging.

Last year the Quiet Site became the first holiday park to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Develop­ment.

Two nights’ self-catering in a Hobbit Hole is from £26.66pp based on six sharing.

See thequietsite.co.uk.

Dorset

Silverlake’s waterways encourage biodiversity and provide safe habitats for endangered species

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Silverlake’s waterways encourage biodiversity and provide safe habitats for endangered species

A FORMER quarry, now a nature reserve, Silverlake’s waterways encourage biodiversity and provide safe habitats for endangered species.

Guests at the Lakeside Spa can experience the wildlife on nature walks or on the water in a kayak or canoe.

Unwind at the spa with its 20metre outdoor heated pool, roof terrace, sauna and gym along with relaxation lounge and treatment rooms.

Silverlake’s self-catering properties can host up to 12 guests (when rules allow).

A week’s self-catering stay costs from £104.08pp based on 12 sharing.

For details see habitatescapes.com.

Join The Sun’s ‘Green Team’ & save the planet

MAKING simple everyday changes can add up to a BIG difference to the planet.

And we want you and your family to join The Sun’s Green Team – our eco revolution. 

It can feel overwhelming to know how to play a part in reducing greenhouse gasses, but we will be showing you the practical steps we can take to curb climate change – with the help of the global ‘Count Us In’ initiative.

And our easy measures will even help you SAVE money so your household budget goes further.

We’ll help you to reduce food waste, insulate your home, create tasty planet-friendly meals and take simple steps to trim your carbon footprint.

We want you to go online to sign-up to as many of our special Green Team pledges as you can manage and a special calculator will show you how much carbon you will personally save.

It won’t cost you a penny but the total you and your family will save will be added to the global ‘Count Us In’ total and the platform will support you every step of the way. 

So tap here to pledge.

Heath Farm, Oxon

Heath Farm Holiday Cottages is filled with furniture and fittings made by local craftsmen in English hardwoods

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Heath Farm Holiday Cottages is filled with furniture and fittings made by local craftsmen in English hardwoods

WITH lined avenues, woodlands and wildflower meadows, there’s no better place to remind you why nature is worth looking after than Heath Farm Holiday Cottages.

Awarded Gold for the Green Tourism Business Scheme since 2014, this tranquil base for exploring the Cotswolds is filled with furniture and fittings made by local craftsmen in English hardwoods, much from the farm’s own trees.

The site also features EV charging, an eco-laundry room, biomass and solar panels, recycling, composting and LED lights throughout.

Three nights’ self-catering is from £192.35pp based on four sharing.

See premiercottages.co.uk or call 01608 683270.

Cranmer County, Norfolk

Cranmer Cottages is equipped with a luxury heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, games room and children’s adventure play area

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Cranmer Cottages is equipped with a luxury heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, games room and children’s adventure play area

THE luxurious cottages on a former Victorian dairy farm in Norfolk offer spacious accommodation restored by local craftsmen using traditional materials.

On site is a luxury heated indoor swimming pool, two all-weather tennis courts, games room and children’s adventure play area.

All of the energy comes from onsite renewable sources, while foods, toiletries and services are ethically and locally sourced.

They are also committed to responsible tourism practices with an ongoing hedge and tree planting programme to safeguard wildlife corridors and offset carbon emissions.

Three nights’ self-catering at Cranmer Cottages’ Owl cottage is from £118.50pp based on four sharing.

See premiercottages.co.uk or call 01328 823135.

Brecon Beacons

Ty Bach is completely off-grid and surrounded by 50 acres of National Trust common land

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Ty Bach is completely off-grid and surrounded by 50 acres of National Trust common land

FRIENDS will be green with envy when they see your snaps of this Insta-friendly eco-bothy.

Surrounded by 50 acres of National Trust common land, Ty Bach is completely off-grid.

It comes with rechargeable lamps and torches, a composting toilet, kitchen garden and an outdoor roll-top bath for soaking under the stars.

There is also a wood-fired hot tub for two – perfect for a romantic break.

Three nights’ self-catering is from £216pp based on two sharing.

See holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 459 888.

Devon Biosphere

There are four eco-lodges in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in North Devon with everything you could want for a snug stay

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There are four eco-lodges in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in North Devon with everything you could want for a snug stay

QUIET, cosy and set in 21 acres of managed wildlife land in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in North Devon are four eco lodges with everything you could want for a snug stay, year-round.

Great for families, kids can collect freshly-laid eggs on site, take a boat out on the pond or build camp fires.

There is a local farm shop for supplies and pubs nearby.

Dogs are welcome, while nature lovers might spot bats and badgers.

One week’s self-catering is from £51.25pp based on four sharing.

See responsibletravel.com.

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