Go Green With GroupAccommodation…

With so many properties on offer on the GroupAccommodation.com website it can sometimes be difficult to choose the best one. So here are some of our suggestions and we’re keen to keep it that way! Always eager to be as environmentally friendly as possible, we’ve put together some of our favourite Green properties, so get a group of friends together and venture into the great outdoors – we’ve even suggested a few super-green group activities for you!

1. The Organic Panda, St Ives
small_porthminster beachThis spacious and light Victorian House sleeps 12 and enjoys spectacular panoramic views of St. Ives Bay and is only a 2 minute walk from Porthminster Beach. The property is excellently equipped indoors and is perfect for an outdoor based group break this Autumn,   surrounded by countryside galore, some of the finest beaches and surf in the country and several excellent Golf Courses including the West Cornwall Links Course. The organic Panda is committed to good environmental practice and holds a gold award for Green Tourism.

Eco Activity Near by: Golfing 
Golfing is not only a great group activity, but also a great pass time for the environmentally minded – Just don’t hire a buggy! Get out into the fresh air and take some invigorating exercise as you stroll through magnificent grounds and take in a leisurely 18 holes of a morning. There are a great range of courses available in Cornwall, from the spectacular, manicured Course in the grounds of Tregenna castle, to the rugged terrain of the Links Course of West Cornwall Golf Club.

2. Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat, Ireland
small_Cabins 030Nestled in the heart of Yeats country, in North West Ireland, are three Eco Cabins that can be taken separately or together to sleep anywhere between 3 and 17 people. The Cabins are heated by wood pellet stoves and furnished with antiques and organic resources. Located on six acres of rugged greenery, the cabins are far from any invasive traffic and the perfect place to truly escape into nature. Enjoy the Celtic Nature Trail leading from the Retreat’s Meditation Mandala, and luxuriate close to the wildlife in the outdoor detox sauna and hot tub. An ideal location for a Green escape into Nature!

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Perfect for a family reunion or group holiday, there are 5 Lodges to choose from and sleep 5/6 people in each, so can accommodate up to 30! These canvas style Safari Lodges are all equipped with wood-burning stove/oven/heater and have running hot and cold water, all powered by Solar Panels. The lodges are situated on a working dairy farm, and are an excellent way to get back to basics and in amongst nature!

Eco Activity: Horse Riding 
MBR_2048A perfect activity for groups, and a great way to reconnect with nature. Explore rolling landscapes and rugged, untouched scenery from a different viewpoint and enjoy all the pleasures that hose-riding can bring. Feel the wind in your hair as you canter down golden stretches of beach or across magnificent open plains and fell at one with nature. Island View Riding Stables are less than an hour from Ard Nahoo and will take you out onto private land and into another world!

3.  Crai Valley Eco Lodges, Brecon
These two lodges which can be taken together or separately, sleeping 9 and 12, are built on a family run Organic farm in the Brecon Beacons. The new builds are comfortable, warm and meet high standards of energy-efficiency, with ground source heat pumps, solar panels for hot water as well as solar panels providing for electricity for the whole farm! There is also a heat recovery system taking the typical efficiency to 70%.

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This large Bunkhouse sleeps up to 20 and is the perfect location for a green-group holiday in the Brecon Beacons. The Bunkhouse retains many original features and has been awarded the Silver Award for Green Tourism; the property uses only low-wattage light bulbs, constantly works towards more efficient and reduced water consumption and is fitted with solar panels to provide as much power for the property as possible! The extensive ground lead down to the river and surround the property in the pure tranquility of nature.

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Eco activity: Geocaching
It’s really just a massive treasure hunt for adults; using only a GPS device and grid reference (or a map and a compass if you’re really daring!) you hunt the huge area of the Brecon Beacons National Park for secret boxes. It can take you all over the Park, explaining about the different locations you will be taken to, such as the WW2 bomber crash site, or the tragic story of Tommy Jones. There are over 160 geocache sites all over the Park.

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Three of the Best: Wet & Wild Group Activities

Here are three ideas for groups looking for some ‘wet & wild’ group activities.
We’ve found the perfect places to stay next to some of our wonderful things to do!

Group Coasteering
A perfect activity for groups, discover exciting, hidden coastal routes and climb, scramble, traverse, swim, jump, freefall and cave your way along the course! Get the adrenaline pumping and the heart pounding! All under supervision of trained experts and lifeguards, Coasteering is the most exciting new group activity on the market! Cornwall, with its rugged cliffs and mild seas is the perfect location for a coasteering trip, whether you’re an experienced coasteerer or completely new to the experience!

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Lower Northcott Farm, Near Bude, is a perfect group accommodation in Cornwall. Sleeping up to 17, it’s ideal for family reunions or group celebrations and makes the perfect base for a Coasteering holiday!

A Group Splash Around! Water Sports

Surfing, swimming, paddle-boarding, wind-surfing... whatever your water sport of choice, it’s always better as a group! Before the seas get too chilly, take a last ditch water sports holiday with a group of friends or get the family together! Bridgend is a great location for Water Sports this time of year, with the mild oceans caused by the gulf stream keeping temperatures up and enjoyment even higher! With some of the best surfing in the UK, and a plethora of other water activities to partake of, head down for a wet and wild break with friends this Autumn!

GroupAccommodation.com Property:
You can’t cram all Bridgend has to offer into onesmall_1(671) day, so make a water-weekend of it! Tytanglwyst Farm Holiday Cottages are a group of 5 cottages that sleep up to 25 in total. Perfect for groups of all sizes, you can tire yourselves out on the surf all day and return to roaring fires, hot showers and comfy beds as evening draws in!

Crazy Caving
A different and exciting way to get a new perspective on the geology of the country! The Yorkshire dales boast some of the most interesting and extensive caves and potholes in the country and they are an integral part of the landscape and history of the area. There are several centres that provide instruction, courses and days out for groups in the dales! Go underground with friends and family to get a look at the inner workings of our British landscape!

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High Rylands
is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and close to the famous Three Peaks that are the base for most of the caving expeditions in the area. The traditional farmhouse sleeps 16 and is ideal for a large family group or gathering of friends for an exploration of the underground world of Yorkshire!

 

 

Great Group Christmas Offerings

Winter is upon us and Christmas is fast approaching! It’s time to start thinking about gifts for loved ones, making the all important Christmas cake and pudding and planning for the festivities, and it’s not too late to book somewhere extra special for a big family christmas or a festive escape with friends!

We’ve put together some great ideas for last-minute Christmas accommodation, and there’s something for everyone – whether you want a luxurious family reunion or a quirky getaway with friends!

Langfield Manor, Cornwall

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Enjoy a grand family Christmas in this beautiful manor house, just a few minutes walk from restaurants and the sandy beaches of Cornwall. Sleeping 25, you can gather all your loved ones around you, and the manor is comfortable, cosy and decorated wonderfully for Christmas, with trees and lights throughout, the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal and curl up in front of the roaring fire.

Le Manoir, Bergerac, France

Escape to milder climes with a group of friends and enjoy the best of the Dordogne over the festive season. Le Manoir sleeps 13 and is comfortably furnished and well equipped to provide everything you need for a relaxing Christmas. The property has its own private pool (for the daring) as well as a lovely large fire, with logs provided, so you can enjoy the beauty of the area by day and return to a roaring fire and glass of mulled wine in the evening.

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The Grove, Norfolk

Really splash out this year and enjoy a fully catered Christmas escape with all the family and friends you could want! This beautiful Georgian House is decorated to the highest standard and all rooms are en suite, sleeping up to 37, so you can enjoy a completely stress free Christmas and really enjoy the whole family together. Fully catered from dinner on Christmas Eve to breakfast on 27th, you will have exclusive use of the house and grounds and can have a truly memorable Christmas holiday!

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Blaenpant Mansion, West Wales

Channel the grandeur of the aristocracy of old with a Christmas escape in this beautiful mansion. Decorated to the highest standard with a large tree and truly magical atmosphere, you can lose yourself amongst the grounds and extensive rooms of the house, enjoy a festive dinner in grand dining room and curl up to the flicker of a blazing fire. Sleeping 17, Blaenpant is surrounded by the most stunning landscapes and is a perfect location for a truly memorable Christmas this season!

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Crafty Camping, Dorset

Why not try something truly unique this Christmas and spend the season ‘Glamping’ with your closest friends! Escape from the mania of Christmas shopping and cooking, and the heightened hustle and bustle of life and take it back to basics (well…sort of!) Enjoy exclusive use of the whole site including the sauna and wood-fired oven, the 7-double bedded ‘glamping’ tents, fully heated with wood burners and electric blankets and the piping hot tree showers! Christmas with a twist in the beautiful landscapes of Dorset!

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So with all that’s still on offer, why bother with the stress of a house-full of guests and the chaos of trying pack in visits to all the friends and family this christmas? Get everyone together and enjoy a stress-free escape this festive season so you can face the New Year on a high note!