Eco Friendly Holidays and Days Out

The quirkiest places to stay in the UK that you never knew about!

quirkiest places to stay in the UK

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a stunning old castle out in the countryside? Perhaps you have always wanted to experience staying in a working farmhouse? Or what about a lighthouse by the sea? 

 

It might sound absurd, but these are just some of the quirky and unusual places available to rent thanks to UK holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com .With over 50,000 properties in all shapes and sizes, there is something for everyone from romantic retreats to larger trips for all your friends and family.

 

Snaptrip.com has put together a guide detailing just some of the weird and wonderful places you could book to stay at:

 

1.      Castles

THE DOG FRIENDLY ‘DEV’ ~ A Dream Holiday in the Dales for you and your ‘best friend’

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Situated in the most idyllic of locations, ‘The Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa is one of the North’s finest country house hotels, and is renowned for being dog-friendly, as well being champions of ‘green’ tourism (Gold Award winners ‘Green Tourism’)

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, themselves keen dog-lovers, support sustainability and a dog-friendly ethos throughout their businesses which include this superb country hotel, located in rural splendour on their Bolton Abbey estate.

Eco-friendly honeymoons - the best destinations

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Begin married life in health and wellness whilst making a positive impact on the environment, as Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, share their best eco-friendly healthy honeymoon destinations for green-conscious couples. With a choice of award-winning eco-friendly luxury wellness retreats, travel abroad happy in the knowledge that these hand-selected wellness retreats actively support sustainable tourism.

From romantic eco-forest walks in India to nutritious organic cuisine grown onsite in New Zealand and natural therapeutic spa remedies in Africa, return home from these eco-friendly healthy honeymoons, feeling more connected to your loved one, and to nature.

Glamping redefined by ‘Secret staircase’

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An innovative new campsite which has opened in the East Midlands has redefined luxury glamping by combining community, architecture and interior design.

In the Stix was opened this Summer in Greetham, Rutland, by Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie and is the first campsite in the country to offer glamping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor, creating a family-friendly camping experience that encourages visitors to engage with each other and local businesses during their stay.

Afan Valley adventure resort: this summer’s most exhilarating investment

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Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.

Dog friendly Daisy Meadows offers glamping and doggy day care in Devon

Dog friendly Daisy Meadows offers glamping and doggy day care in Devon

Dog lovers are aware that dogs aren’t always welcome on family holidays, but Daisy Meadows Glamping in Devon is different, welcoming dogs as special guests with its Happy Hounds Doggy Day Crèche.

 

Tina Walters, who has run Daisy Meadows since 2013, is a dog lover who knows how difficult it can be for dog owners to get away on a break. That’s why she set up her doggy day crèche at Daisy Meadows, a safari tent glamping site near the Blackdown Hill’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon.

 

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

British Asparagus Asks Everyone To “Turn the Vale Green for The Gras” Including Tom Jones

The Vale of Evesham is hoping to go green from 23rd April in celebration of its venerable vegetable – the asparagus. Businesses throughout the region, which extends from the Malvern Hills to the outskirts of Stratford – have already signed up for the campaign.

Numerous iconic buildings in Evesham and the Vale are going green for the gras, including:

  • The Bell Tower
  • Broadway Tower  
  • Almonry Heritage Centre:
  • The Fleece at Bretforton:
  • Raphaels Restaurant:
  • The Asparagus Man, Gus's house in Badsey  

 

Supporting the campaign is Buzz Electrical in Evesham who are happy to advise any company on how they can go green using existing floodlights or installing them especially.

The Alresford Watercress Festival – celebrating the UK’s favourite Super Salad Leaf

Sunday 21 May 2017 is the time to visit Alresford, Hampshire, ‘the World’s Capital of Watercress’. You’ll be in for a foodie delight as this beautiful Georgian town plays host to the annual Watercress Festival with a variety of fantastic family attractions and a wide range of mouth-watering watercress treats ranging from traditional soup and cakes, to watercress ice cream and watercress beer, even watercress flavoured gin.
 

‘Meat-free’ doesn’t mean ‘taste-free’ for Hooba foods

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HOOBA Foods have launched a line of naturally healthy and tasty products which are good for the soul, as well as the stomach. 

Perfect for vegans, vegetarians or simply those looking to cut down on their meat consumption, Hooba’s products are made entirely from a blend of exotic mushrooms that look and taste just like meat. 

Research, drawn up by Forum for the Future, shows that 40 percent of people in the UK have expressed an interest in eating less meat, without becoming vegetarian. With Hooba, food lovers can eat less meat, safe in the knowledge that all ingredients are locally sourced.

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th April – 7th May 2017

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th april - 7th May 2017

Now in its 12th year, the annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 29th April – 7th May, is offering 57 walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The Festival is not just for people with big rucksacks, walking poles and expensive boots but is two events in one; it offers 32 ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker.  


Eco-Friendly Luxury in the Lake District

Oak Tree Studio - Eco Friendly Luxury in the Lake District

Close your eyes and imagine a romantic break for two surrounded by green fields, towering fells, and glittering lakes.

Oak Tree Studio is a beautifully modern, self-catering cottage set in the beautiful Eden Valley, just outside of the Lake District. This charming cottage has eco friendly features, including underfloor heating provided by a biomass boiler.

The lounge of the property is a bright and airy space, surrounded as it is by floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, offering lovely views over the countryside and towards the fells of the Lake District. In warmer weather, step outside onto the patio and enjoy a bottle of champagne in the pretty garden.

St Andrews Links commitment to living landscape receives top environmental award

Kevin Kirk - St Andrews links commitment to living landscape receives top environmental award

St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf, has received a top award for its commitment to developing sustainable practices across its world famous living landscape.

The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind Green Tourism, whose mission is to encourage and enable people to make sustainable choices that reduce their impact on the planet, awarded St Andrews Links the GOLD award for the wide and diverse range of sustainable practices.

Sustainable practices have long been recognised on the courses with the Home of Golf the first Open Championship venue to receive the Golf Environment Organisation certified ecolabel in 2011.