The best eco hotels in the UK

By planetm | May 19, 2021

Looking for a green staycation in the UK? Take a look at our round-up of the best eco hotels in the UK. By Sarah Dawson

1. Middleton Lodge Estate, North Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge

Set in 200-acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this Georgian hotel is a passion project for owners James and Rebecca Allison – and definitely one of the best eco hotels in the UK!

Sustainability is hugely important to the couple and they are well on their way to their goal of 100 per cent self-sufficiency.

Enjoy a meal packed with fresh vegetables picked straight from the kitchen garden, relax with a holistic treatment on the on-site mini-spa or explore the grounds on a rented bicycle.

Prices start at £169 a night

2. The PIG, Hampshire

The PIG Hampshire

Home-grown and local produce, sympathetic to the seasons, is what lies at the heart of The Pig.

What they can’t grow or rear themselves, they’ll source as locally as possible and they are proud of their 25-mile menu.

It goes without saying the food here is unbelievably good, but The Pig has so much more to offer.

Tucked away in the heart of the New Forest, it has the ultimate country pile vibe.

This eco hotel has cosy drawing rooms complete with roaring fires, bedrooms full of character and a Potting Shed providing an unexpected retreat for a luxurious spa treatment.

Prices start at £219 a night

3.  Saorsa 1875, Perthshire

Saorsa 1875, Scotland

Surrounded by woodlands and overlooking the charming Scottish town of Pitlochry, the location of this eco hotel is stunning. But there’s something else that makes this hotel really special…

Proudly dedicated to ethical luxury, Saorsa 1875 is designed for vegans, vegetarians and the plant-curious. The amazing restaurant serves up completely plant-based meals, using local, seasonal and foraged produce.

As the UK’s first 100 per cent vegan hotel, every little detail has been considered – from upcycled furniture to vegan cleaning products. A worthy ‘best eco hotel’ in the UK.

Prices start at £130 a night

4. The Zetter Hotel, London

The Zetter Hotel, London

Located in the pretty, creative London neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, there’s more to The Zetter Hotel than meets the eye.

This stylish converted warehouse has as a 1,500ft bore-hole beneath the building, using the water to flush toilets and cool the fridges and bedrooms. The eco-friendly hotel also employs technology to help it be as energy efficient as possible, like air conditioning that cuts out when a bedroom window is open.

Prices start at £119 a night

5. The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth

Close to Bournemouth’s scenic seafront, The Green House is a grand Victorian boutique hotel that lives and breathes sustainability.

Dedicated to really making a difference, The Green House has spent years making strides towards becoming ‘the greenest hotel in the UK’.

Absolutely everything has been chosen to lessen the impact on the environment at this eco-friendly hotel. There’s energy efficient lighting and solar power. The wallpaper is Forest Stewardship Council certified, and hand-crafted furniture built in the UK using sustainable materials. In the bar, there’s locally-brewed beer and spirits.

Prices start at £119 a night

6. The Bull Inn, Totnes

The Bull Inn, Totnes

Winner of The Times and Sunday Times Eco Hotel of the Year 2020, this south Devon pub has made a big impact in the short time it’s been open.

Owner Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is passionate about sustainability and organic, ethical produce. This is reflected in the pub’s mouth-watering, contemporary menu.

The Bull Inn has been restored with a lot of love, making it one of the best eco hotels in the UK. It manages to seamlessly blend cosy and cool, to create a stylish, relaxed environment you won’t want to leave.

Rooms have WIFI, but no TV – meaning you can switch off from the rest of the world if you wish.

Prices from £130 a night

7.  Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Gwynedd

Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Wales

This stunning eco-friendly hotel has breathtaking views over Mawddach Estuary and 30 acres of private woodland to explore.

An award-winning eco-friendly hotel, Coes Faen Spa Lodge works hard to minimise its environmental impact. It uses renewable energy, rainwater capture and seasonal, local produce.

The Talgarreg suite comes with views across the mountains of Snowdonia as well as its own outdoor Cedar hot tub.

Prices start at £195 a night

8. Thyme, The Cotswolds

Thyme eco hotel, Cotswolds, UK

Nestled in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds’ countryside, Thyme is much more than just an eco-friendly hotel.

Calling itself ‘a village within a village’, it has a glorious collection of honey-coloured stone buildings, a cookery school and a pub. There’s even an outdoor pool, working farm and picturesque English country gardens at this pretty eco-friendly retreat.

A love of heritage and conservation has seen the Thyme eco hotel grow slowly. It aims to ‘not only preserve the past, but secure the future’. Food lovers will be in their element, with most of what you eat being picked that day from the kitchen garden.

Prices start at £245 a night

This article first appeared in issue 16 of Planet Mindful magazine.

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