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
This 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
Nestled 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!
Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight
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
A 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%.
Glynmeddig, Brecon Beacons
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.
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.