Green holiday ideas

It’s the New Year and traditionally this is the time that everyone starts to think about booking their summer holiday. If you are looking for some inspiration for some more unusual and green ideas for a summer holiday then read on.

Firstly Visit England have been in contact with us to tell us about some fantastic tree houses (yes – really) that can be rented for holidays.

If you want a grown-up break away from it all we love the sound of Fair Oak Farm, East Sussex where there are two new luxury eco-lodge treehouses available to book for self-catering breaks for grown-ups that want to fulfil their childhood dreams. Set amidst an ancient treeline and mature trees, both lodges provide couples with complete privacy and uninterrupted valley views across the stunning Sussex countryside. Built almost entirely of sustainable timber and fully insulated, the treehouses have sheltered balconies and are connected to a dedicated parking area by a winding path. Two nights start from £150 (two sharing).

If you are up in Northumberland then a visit to Alnwick Treehouse, Northumberland is a must. You can’t stay in this one, but you can eat in it. A restaurant with a difference you enter this wooden turreted eatery via a wobbly, candle-lit suspension bridge to see trees actually growing out of the dining room floor. Once inside, nature really is all around you, with creepers clinging onto the walls and wood just about everywhere you look including on the tables which are formed from tree slices. The focus on what’s natural continues with the menu, which features local sea crab, organic sausages from nearby Northumberland farmlands and whole roasted wood pigeon. I can recommend this one personally having visited it and the gardens at Alnwick with my family a couple of years ago.

As well as checking out treehouses The Queen of Easy Green™ is very keen on camping and caravanning so we were delighted to find out that Spring 2012 will see the launch of an exciting new Show at London’s premiere exhibition venue, ExCeL London. The Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show (14th – 19th February) is the Industry’s new Spring showcase where visitors will be able to see the latest models from all the leading caravan and motorhome manufacturers and dealers. This is in addition to the very latest trailer tents, folding caravans, holiday homes, lodges, towcars, tents and camping equipment as well as thousands of accessories, campsites and great value holiday destinations – offering those planning their 2012 Summer getaways unrivalled choice, inspiration, advice and the chance to take advantage of special show-only offers.

You can be there too if you are one of the winners of our fab ticket competition. We have 6 pairs of tickets to give away. The Show offers plenty for the whole family to enjoy with a range of free features for adults and children of all ages including cookery demonstrations, archery lessons, kayaking and dinghy sailing “try-it” sessions and special celebrity guest appearances. It’s great value too! Advance tickets start from only £7.00 for seniors (60+ years) and £8.00 for adults. Advance tickets are those booked before 14th February – when booking advance tickets, a £1.00 transaction fee applies. Children aged 15 years and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying senior or adult. Tickets include parking (subject to availability) and a comprehensive show guide. Tickets are also on sale now at: or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 6756.

If you would like to win one of 6 pairs of tickets please leave a comment below telling us where your favourite UK eco friendly holiday destination is and why it is so special.

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We stayed at Eweleaze Farm campsite this summer. Compost loos, organic farm shop, daily bus into Weymouth, lots of low tech. entertainment (roaming farm animals). A bit wild and noisy but kids loved it!


My favourite eco holiday is staying in a remote camp site cooking local farm bought food after spending all day hiking on the hills, it’s so relaxing and doesn’t cost the environment anything compared to driving around all day going to attractions!


We went on a short break to help me recover after a recent illness and, based on other reviews thought the Eco Lodge Tree House at Fair Oak Farm would be a lovely, cosy experience in the country. We were so cold the first evening (despite the website advertising central heating – which we found no evidence of), and when we complained we were simply issued with another tiny electric heater. After a miserable (sleepless) night barricaded in, wearing our hats, scarves, duvet and blanket we checked out two nights early, unable to cope with the snowy wind blowing in and the icy temperatures!

It took us 12 emails, 5 weeks and a lot of stress to get a refund for our remaining nights. To add insult to the situation Ian (the owner) charged us for cancelling the original cheque that he (supposedly) sent. I found the owners to be rude, unprofessional and unreasonable. Avoid this place if you are looking for good hospitality and a comforting break.


Thanks for your feedback Nadia. From your description it sounds like your stay at Fair Oak Farm was not good at all. Hopefully with feedback like yours the owners will make the necessary changes to ensure future guests have a more favourable experience.

Thanks again for your comments.


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