The Best Rated Eco-Friendly Properties in the World
Ecotourism is one of the travel industry's hottest trends, with over 2,000 people using Google to search for green getaways every month. And, with lockdown restrictions limiting international travel, ways to make our staycations more eco-friendly are also growing in importance.
As a company passionate about luxury interiors and energy efficiency, we’ve dug deep into Airbnb data, trawling hundreds of properties to find the best 20 staycation experiences in the UK that won’t increase your carbon footprint’s shoe size.
During 2020, international travel effectively came to a halt and has yet to make a meaningful return. With such a significant upheaval of our business as usual came a more considered approach to the ecological impact of our lives. Numerous studies from the last year show that consumers are more invested in ethical and sustainable choices than ever before.
Ecotourism and eco staycations allow us to experience the escapism of holidays free of any additional guilt about the impacts our travels have on the planet.
How we chose the top locations
We’ve analysed thousands of Airbnb listings, identifying properties available during 2021 that prioritise sustainability in their construction, amenities and environment. We’ve also narrowed it down by only choosing superhost properties and organised each by rating for the most enviable eco properties around the world.
19 Best Eco Staycation Spots in the UK
1. Designer Treehouse - Mount Hawke, England - 5* rating
2. Rural Cabin Retreat - West Sussex, England - 5* rating
Located on Poplar Farm in the South Downs National Park this eco property enjoys views of the farms and it’s many animals, a welcome gift of organic eggs from the farm and close proximity to the river Arun and the Wey and Arun canal.
3. Jake’s Cabin - Somerset, England - 5* rating
Built from local cedar and larch and featuring recycled materials in its construction, this stunning woodland cabin has beautiful views on the countryside and is nestled among the trees. As well as a fireplace stove for colder nights, the property includes a living wildflower roof and natural rain water feature.
4. Magical Hobbit Retreat - Cheshire East, England - 5* rating
Complete with round wooden doors, this pine snug is close to nature and perfect for those looking for an escape from the modern world. Situated in the middle of nowhere in its own top paddock, this property is a unique experience for ecotourists.
5. Tranquil Mountain View Stay - Glanamman, Wales - 5* rating
Crafted from an ex-railway carriage, this eco property boasts a wood-fired hot tub, charcoal pizza oven, and a composting toilet to keep your environmental contributions low without sacrificing luxury.
|6||Hillside Hideout in the Upper Wye Valley||Builth Wells, Wales||4.99|
|7||Faun Lodge, Hebden Bridge||Hebden Bridge, England||4.99|
|8||The Beekeeper's Bothy||Newburgh, Scotland||4.98|
|9||Baba Yaga’s Boudoir||Whitchurch Canonicorum, England||4.98|
|10||Private Secluded Treehouse Retreat||Elham, England||4.97|
|11||Magical Treehouse in the Heart of Waveney Valley
|12||The Surf Shack||Ballycastle, Northern Ireland||4.94|
|13||Stunning Treehouse in a Secluded Spot||West Sussex, England||4.93|
|14||Jed's Shed - Little Country Houses SS||Mickleton, England||4.93|
|15||The Hideout||Embleton, England||4.9|
|16||Beautiful Woodland Roundhouse/Fairy/Hobbit house||Clynnog-fawr, Wales||4.88|
|17||Cosy Log Cabin||Ringwood, England||4.87|
|18||A Unique, Off-grid Eco Friendly Beach House||Norfolk, England||4.81|
|19||Dome House||Cumbria, England||4.8|
Top 30 Ecotourism Properties in the World
1. Wilderness Tower - Vest Agder, Norway - 5* rating
Wilderness Tower is a stunning, four-storey treetop home in southern Norway. With beautiful natural views and situated beside a lake, this property id an ideal escape to nature. It also features a wood-burning stove as its only heating source, a wood-burning hot tub and composting toilet.
2. The Arctic Hideaway - Nordland, Norway - 5* rating
The Arctic Hideaway is an architectural marvel located on a remote island in norther Norway. Several sleeping rooms are accompanied by a communal area, kitchen, sauna and crab shack and the drinking water is made in a water plant from seawater.
3. The Lighthouse - Säffle, Sweden - 5* rating
Standing alone on an island, this Swedish lighthouse in the centre of the Lurö Archipelago nature reserve is perfect for those seeking solitude from the outside world. It also features a wood-burning stove and sauna and kayaks to explore in.
4. Mortal Inn Mountain Villa - Zhejiang, China - 5* rating
This eco slab house in Zhejiang, China is tucked away from civilisation int he mountains, making it an ideal getaway for those wanting to enjoy the natural world around. This luxury property sleeps 8 so is perfect for large groups looking to trim down their eco imapct.
5. Hideaway Litchfield - Northern Territory, Australia - 4.98* rating
A beautiful, seclude property in Australia's bushland, these solar-powered eco homes are eco-conscious without sacrificing style or comfort. Explore the waterfalls and natural beauty of Litchfield and enjoy water from an underground natural spring during your stay.
|6||Bubble Puerto Rico Eternal||Ponce, Puerto Rico||4.97|
|7||EarthShip Daintree with Ocean Views||Queensland, Australia||4.96|
|8||The Majestic Mountain Retreat||Arizona, United States||4.96|
|9||Tiny Geopod||North Carolina, United States||4.96|
|10||Swell Shack||British Columbia, Canada||4.96|
|11||Lemuria Earthship||New Mexico, United States||4.95|
|12||Eco-responsible Lodge||Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France||4.95|
|13||Off-grid Adobe Dome||Texas, United States||4.94|
|14||Handcrafted Earth House Etched into a Mountain||Colorado, United States||4.93|
|15||The Somnam'bubble||Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France||4.93|
|16||Grand Canyon Desert Dome||Arizona, United States||4.92|
|17||Jeraboam Eco Lodge||Victoria, Australia||4.91|
|18||Sueno Sagrado||California, United States||4.9|
|19||Bill's Boathouse||South Australia, Australia||4.9|
|20||Hideout Beehive||Bali, Indonesia||4.9|
|21||Unique Off-grid Earth Home||Prince Edward Island, Canada||4.89|
|22||La Loma Del Chivo||Texas, United States||4.88|
|23||Nha Ben Rung (U Lesa)||Hà Nội, Vietnam||4.88|
|24||Solar Stroh Trigon||Bern, Switzerland||4.87|
|25||Margaritis's Treehouse||Kerkira, Greece||4.86|
|26||Tiny Home||Victoria, Australia||4.84|
|27||Phoenix Earthship||New Mexico, United States||4.83|
|28||Glamping Experience||Canarias, Spain||4.82|
|29||The Hobbit House||Beja, Portugal||4.81|
|30||La Grotte du Moulin de la Motte Baudoin||Centre-Val de Loire, France||4.76|