Trying to keep our home as eco-friendly as possible is a way of life for most of us. We recycle, use energy-efficient lightbulbs, buy eco-appliances and install solar panels. We all want to do what we can for the environment but why should that stop when we go on holiday? Green tourism and responsible travel are fast becoming more and more important in our society and here at Sykes Cottages, we couldn’t agree more. Today, in honour of World Environment Day, we’re bringing you just some of the eco-friendly cottages in our collection, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to go green on your next holiday.
Balebarn Lodge, Devon
Situated near to the picturesque Devon village of Winkleigh, Balebarn Lodge is a fantastic choice for an eco-friendly holiday in the UK. This light and airy property offers a peaceful retreat from everyday life, overlooking the beautiful Devon countryside and the Dartmoor tors. Balebarn Lodge is one of our most established eco-friendly properties with the owners having won many awards for Green Tourism, including a prestigious award for sustainable tourism in England. This Scandinavian-style lodge is a converted cow-shed and an ultra-low carbon building offering an array of energy-saving features including eco-friendly central heating, solar PV panels and straw-bale insulation in the walls, in addition to further insulation made from recycled bottles and newspaper. Balebarn Lodge also boasts magnificent bi-folding doors which open out from the living area onto a veranda with stunning views over a large wildlife pond.
Acorn Lodge, Fort William
Acorn Lodge is a fantastically unique property which is guaranteed to make your holiday truly special. This charming log cabin is set in its own elevated position with incredible views of Loch Linnhe, making it perfect for a romantic getaway amongst beautiful surroundings. Guests can relax with a glass of wine on the large balcony overlooking the loch or head to their very own private sauna cabin complete with CD player and surround sound! Although it’s not just unbeatable views and romantic potential that Acorn Lodge offers, this property is also extremely eco-friendly boasting state-of-the-art features such as a turf roof and eco-friendly underfloor heating. The property was also constructed from locally sourced wood.
Y Beudy, Snowdonia National Park
Y Beudy is located in the heart of Wales’ stunning Snowdonia National Park, just four miles from Trawsfynydd. This eco-friendly holiday cottage is steeped in history and dates back over 200 years. The property has been lovingly converted from former farm buildings and its enviable positioning provides guests with spectacular views across the surrounding mountains and countryside. The owners have successfully blended modern facilities with the original character of the building, using locally sourced materials whenever possible, resulting in a beautiful five-star holiday home which all the family will enjoy. Y Beudy boasts many eco-friendly credentials including an underfloor heating system powered by ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic roof tiles which generate their own electricity for the cottage to use. The tiles even produce enough electricity to return a surplus to the National Grid!
If you fancy going green on your next holiday then make sure you check out our fantastic collection of eco-friendly cottages. If you need any help choosing a property then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated reservations department, either by calling 01244 356 695 or by sending an email through our website.