An eco-friendly family holiday home can be fun. Take a look at six of the most interesting houses to rent in the UK this year. Every one's in a great location for families and they all come with outstanding eco-credentials.
This magical home in Moray is on the friendliest side of eco-friendly. It runs on 100% renewable energy and was built using local and reclaimed materials. Of course, kids will probably be more impressed by the wild garden and outdoor eating beside a cosy firepit in the cottage’s own ‘fairy glen’.
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 6 guests
North Norfolk is best loved for pretty villages and beautiful beaches and here’s a family holiday home that comes with both. It’s also powered by solar and wind energy, so you can have fun with a clean conscience. And it’s right on the water and dog friendly too.
3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 5 guests
Turning an 18th century barn into a gorgeous eco-friendly family holiday home earned its owners a mention in The Guardian. Not too much of a surprise: The Barn’s beautifully designed; energy efficient; incredibly comfortable and even features original details like oak beams in the living room. Plus, it’s tucked between Bristol and Gloucester, so there’s plenty to see and do with kids.
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps up to 8 guests
Luxury with a side of tradition makes eco-friendly Toddalong Roundhouse a close to perfect family holiday home for this summer – there’s even a cosy nook just for kids in the cleverly designed double mezzanine bedroom. Saint Mabyn is a near neighbour to Bodmin Moor and only 30 minutes from Newquay and several of North Cornwall’s loveliest beaches.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 6 guests
This fully renovated former barn is set in a vineyard surrounded by three acres of woodland. Solar panels and an independent water supply makes it almost totally self-sufficient in summer – there’s even a hot tub. But, escapist as that sounds, this exemplary eco home is far from isolated: Plymouth and St. Austell are a short drive away and it’s closer still to beautiful beaches on the Polperro Heritage Coast.
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps up to 6 guests
Airship 002 looks over the Sound of Mull in the north west of Scotland. It’s a holiday home created to take complete advantage of spectacular views, and it does, day and night. It’s also amazingly cosy and comfortable, and since it was designed by eco-architect, Roderick James, you can be sure Airship 002 is as sustainable as it is extraordinary.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 2 guests
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