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Your cottage holiday shouldn't cost the earth.

A Green getaway

You recycle household goods, use energy-saving lightbulbs and reuse plastic bags whenever you can. But what impact is your holiday having on the environment? Here you can search all the cottages4you properties that have been awarded Green Tourism Business Scheme accreditation for promoting sustainable tourism, and you'll also find information about other cottages with green features such as solar panels and sustainable farming. It really is easy to be green.

Green spotlight : The Granary

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The Granary, Bishop Auckland, Northumberland

This converted detached granary, facing Toft Hill Hall, a Grade II listed 18th century farmhouse, enjoys fantastic late evening sun through the French windows which overlook a small garden with views beyond.
The Granary: sleeps 2-4

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  • We keep our carbon footprint as low as possible with very high levels of insulation in the cottage and we use low energy…
    Hamish Jack, owner of Clunymhore, ref 23146
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Tips for a greener holiday

  • Explore the area around your chosen holiday cottage by bike - many properties offer lockable bike stores or you can hire bikes locally.
  • Take the bus or train from your cottage for a day trip when possible
  • Leave only footprints, take only pictures
  • Ensure you read and understand the recycling policy at the property.
  • Support local shops and businesses during your holiday

GTBS Scheme Criteria

Green Tourism Business Scheme CertifiedA number of our cottages are recipients of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is a national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, awarded to holiday properties that meet a demanding set of environmentally friendly criteria.

Click here to view the GTBS criteria

Green Tourism Business Scheme Award Criteria

Compulsory – compliance with environmental legislation and a commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance

Social Involvement and Communication of environmental actions to customers through variety of channels and range of actions, e.g. green policy, promotion of environmental efforts on the website, education, and community and social projects

Energy – efficiency of lighting, heating and appliance, insulation and renewable energy use

Water – efficiency – e.g. good maintenance, low-consumption appliances, flush offset, rainwater harvesting, as well as using eco-cleaners

Purchasing – environmentally friendly goods and services, e.g. products made from recycled materials, use and promotion of local food and drink, and use of FSC wood products

Waste – minimisation by encouraging, the 'eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle' principle, e.g. glass, paper, card, plastic and metal recycling; supplier take-back agreements; dosing systems; and composting

Innovation – any good and best practice actions to increase a business's sustainability that are not covered else where

Management and Marketing – demonstrating good environmental management, including staff awareness, specialist training, monitoring, and record keeping.

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  • Four years ago, when we started our self-catering business, we wanted to introduce a wide range of cutting-edge eco-friendly ideas…
    Sally Hamer, owner of The Barn, ref OSH & Brookside Farm, ref OTK
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Green grading symbols

  • GTBS GOLD
    Excellent implementation

  • GTBS SILVER
    Very good implementation

  • GTBS BRONZE
    Good basic implementation

  • GREEN AWARD
    cottages4you green award


Graded cottages

  • Cumbria

    Isaac's Byre

    Garrigill, Alston.

    Fully renovated, this delightful barn conversion, adjoining the owner’s home, retains the former Byre’s character and combines it with a modern style and enjoys picturesque views of the stunning scenery of the North Pennines. It is close to the Pennine Way, the C2C Cycle Route and Hadrian’s Wall.

  • Lovely comfortable cottage, which was very well equipped. The ground sourced central heating was fantastic, producing instant hot water and the wood burner meant nights in were really cosy. The cottage was very dog friendly and the dog treats,dog tags and towels were a nice touch. The owners were friendly and helpful but unobtrusive.

    September 2011.
     
     

    • GTBS Gold

 
  • Hampshire

    Maples Barn

    Clanville, nr. Andover

    This attractive detached holiday home is located in the picturesque village of Clanville and enjoys far reaching views over the Hampshire countryside from the large private patio. Standing adjacent to the owners’ house, it provides an ideal retreat close to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, and the famous Stonehenge.

  • Well presented and contained everything you would need to enjoy your stay. Even our dog was catered for with towels and feeding bowls provided!

    January 2012.
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Northumberland

    The Granary

    Bishop Auckland

    This converted detached granary, facing Toft Hill Hall, a Grade II listed 18th century farmhouse, enjoys fantastic late evening sun through the French windows which overlook a small garden with views beyond.

  • Peaceful surrounding. Accommodation was outstanding. We would highly recommend The Granary. Fantastic.

    Sept 2011.
     
     

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Cornwall

    Lower Trevorder Barns

    Mount, nr. Bodmin, Cornwall.

    Designed with sustainable tourism in mind, it is the overall winner of the Environment 2020 Bosch Worcester Awards for the innovative use of solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

  • Lovely building in a lovely location, fitted out very well with everything we needed. A most enjoyable and comfortable stay.

    Nov 2010.
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Cornwall

    Higher and Lower Clamland

    Trebullett, Launceston, Cornwall.

    Surrounded by peaceful Cornish countryside and glorious wildlife, these delightful granite and slate barns have been lovingly converted to high ecological standards with energy efficient appliances and state-of-the-art air source heat pumps supplying both central heating and hot water.

  • Ideal location, easy access to Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor & North Cornish Coast. Excellent for our two dogs - they especially enjoyed the pond!

    Nov 2010.
     
     

    • GTBS Gold

 
  • Dorset

    Greenwood Grange Cottages

    Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester, Dorset.

    Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award in 2009.

  • Clean, easy living, perfect for a small family.

    March 2010.
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Dorset

    Buckingham Cottage

    West Milton, nr. Bridport, Dorset.

    Thoughtfully converted from a mellow stone barn, and adjoining a similar property, it has been well equipped and furnished. The cottage is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and valleys of this unspoilt part of West Dorset, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Ideal property for a short break for ourselves and catering for two dogs.

    Dec 2010.
     
     
     
     

    • GTBS Silver
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  • Isle of Wight

    Calbourne Water Mill Eco-house

    Calbourne, Newport, Isle of Wight.

    These adjacent eco-houses are superbly located overlooking woodland, a stream and countryside. These attractive holiday homes offer geo-thermal underground heating, and bio-bubble treatment for waste, which then gets converted to organic matter and fed back to the earth.

  • Nice clean modern property - incredibly well insulated. Lovely veranda all around the property - perfect for summer's evenings or rainy days.

    May 2010.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Cirencester

    Thames Rest

    Somerford Keynes, nr. Cirencester.

    Thames Rest is a carbon neutral cottage with a combination of grid-tied solar pv and biomass wood pellet boiler, topped up with power from Good Energy.

  • The cottage was furnished and equipped to a very high standard and lived up to its eco credentials.

    Sept 2010.
     
     

    • Green Award
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  • Cumbria

    Lane Foot Barn

    Kendal, Cumbria.

    Ground source heat pump, natural bore hole water supply, cycle store

  • This accommodation was excellent, first rate standard. There was every facility available that was required to give us a relaxing holiday, which was just what we wanted.

    Oct 2010.

    • Green Award

 
  • North Pennines

    Rock House Estate

    Nenthead, nr. Alston, North Pennines.

    The Rock House Estate is about 100-acres, with five holiday homes. Set at approximately 450m above sea level they all enjoy exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Beautiful cottage, in a wonderful location. The brochure, although accurate, did not do it justice!

    Aug 2010.
     
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Cumbria

    Craigside

    Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.

    The property has been configured with ecology in mind and utilises a high efficiency heat pump and oil combined central heating system.

  • A well equipped property with wonderful views.

    Aug 2010.

    • Green Award
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  • Northumberland

    The Byre

    Eggleston, nr. Barnard Castle.

    This eco-friendly, cosy holiday cottage creates its own electricity by photo-voltaic roof tiles, and is adjacent to a cattle and sheep farm, a mile from Eggleston. The converted cattle byre with level access and wide doorways, provides a picturesque countryside retreat.

  • A superb property, beautifully presented and very welcoming owners. Ideal location for exploring the area. Highly recommended, especially for guests with disabilities.

    Dec 2011.

    • GTBS Bronze
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  • Stokesley

    Blackthorn Gate

    Blackthorn Gate, nr. Stokesley

    Set in farmland at the entrance to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park These spacious and airy Swedish designed eco-friendly detached holiday lodges are situated on the border of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Blackthorn Gate Holiday Lodges consist of four lodges, two of which are featured here, and were the winner of the Bronze Award for Self Catering 2010 and shortlisted in the Sustainable Tourism category 2011 in the North East of England Tourism Awards.

  • It lived up to the description on the website and our expectations.

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    • Green Award

 
  • Yorkshire

    Little Edstone Farm

    Little Edstone, nr. Pickering, N. Yorks.

    The properties are environmentally friendly, heated by a unique wood-burning/solar heating system, and many of the practices throughout the farm and properties use natural resources for their day-to-day running.

  • Lovely situation, decorated and furnished to a high level, excellent pool, very welcoming owners.

    Nov 2010.
     
     

    • Green Award

 
  • Pickering

    Craven Garth

    Rosedale, nr. Pickering.

    In the heart of the North Yorks Moors National Park, 7 cottages are nestling in the beautiful valley of Rosedale, with scenery normally found on calendars and paintings. These holiday cottages have been renovated from old hay barns and stables on the family run working farm.

  • Very unusual style cottage with the bedrooms downstairs & lounge/kitchen upstairs. Lovely views from the upstairs though!

    Aug 2010.
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • York

    Low Penhowe

    Burythorpe, nr. York.

    These holiday cottages were converted from an 18th century granary where the harvest from the old farm at Low Penhowe was stored and the cattle milked. The cottages have been awarded the Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have stunning views to Castle Howard.

  • Wonderful, well equipped cottage with amazing views. Very friendly owners. Excellent accommodation.

    June 2010.
     
     

    • GTBS Gold

 
  • Scotland

    Katy's Cottage

    Glenprosen, by Kirriemuir, Angus

    At the heart of Glenprosen, lies the Balnaboth Estate on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park; 6,000 peaceful and secluded acres surrounding 16th-century Balnaboth House. In its midst, these five characterful holiday cottages each offer a unique and magical holiday retreat for couples.

  • Great cottage to escape to due to the quiet location and lovely surroundings.

    May 2009.
     
     
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Scotland

    Pitcairlie Lodge

    Nr Auchtermuchty, Fife.

    Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland '4 Star' and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award)

  • Idyllic. There were agreed walks within the estate, and use of the swimming pool and sauna.

    March 2010.
     
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Scotland

    Clunymhore

    Nethy Bridge.

    This traditionally styled holiday cottage has been awarded the 'Bronze in Green Tourism Award', and is adjacent to property 14110, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. With the dramatic backdrop of the often snowcapped Cairngorm mountains and hundreds of acres of Abernethy Forest.

  • Very comfortable, good secure garden for the dog, situated in a quiet location.

    Dec 2010.

    really wonderful house, an amazing holiday.

    Nov 2010.

    • GTBS Bronze
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  • Scotland

    Wester Derry

    Alyth, Blairgowrie.

    In a splendid rural situation in the grounds of the owners hill farm and surrounded by glorious scenery, this environmentally aware property features the original water wheel housed in the adjacent steading with viewing gallery, which provides a proportion of the electricity supply to the house.

  • Went to have a relaxing holiday and took the whole family including dogs,we got what we expected and had a fantastic time.

    July 2011.

    • GTBS Gold
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  • Wales

    Coity Bach Farm Cottages

    Talybont-on-Usk, nr. Brecon.

    Situated within the Brecon Beacons National Park, these semi-detached medieval holiday cottages with beautiful views are within the owner's grounds and small holding. Within a mile is the village of Talybont village which boasts four pubs, café and the Monmouthshire to Brecon Canal.

  • The property was lovely and the owners were extremely helpful.

    Aug 2010.

    The view was amazing.

    March 2010.

    • GTBS Gold

 
  • Wales

    The Barn

    New Radnor, nr. Presteigne.

    Situated in a glorious secluded valley of 35 acres, bordered by woodland rising up to Radnor Forest, this modern spacious detached property offers comfortable holiday accommodation for up to 10 people.

  • Gorgeous property inside and out. Well beyond my expectations and the best I've ever stayed in.

    Nov 2010.
     
     

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Wales

    Ceilwart Cottage

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth.

    This refurbished detached stone cottage has strong green credentials with its solar panels for hot water, a ground source heat pump for the comfortable central heating and cosy sheeps' wool insulation, not forgettting the triple glazed windows and the UV filtered natural spring water.

  • Very warm! Good quality kitchen equipment and television.

    Oct 2010.

    • Green Award

 
  • Cornwall

    Granny’s Farmhouse

    Perranarworthal, nr. Truro

    There are many woodland walks, an abundance of wild life and a stream running through the valley. There are numerous wonderful gardens to visit including Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan Gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project are within easy reach. There are lovely beaches, scenic coastal walks and pleasant sailing waters to the south.

  • Excellent cottage, wonderfully equipped and very spacious. Good location close to Falmouth and Truro with supermarkets nearby. Comfortable bedrooms and great kitchen, cooked roast dinner for 6 with ease. Would highly recommend to everyone!

    Dec 2011.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Wales

    The Dortry

    Pen-y-Bont, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    A rural retreat rests in 5 acres of meadowland next to the owners’ home. Views of the Radnorshire hills combine with the interior warmth of the woodburner to provide relaxation and calm. Bridle paths from the door cross hillsides rich in wildlife, while the villages of the Welsh Marches await nearby. Shops and restaurant 2 miles, pubs 1 mile.

  • Perfect, lovely, cosy, romantic cottage, hidden away and perfect if you want to get away from day to day life but close enough to shops (local & supermarket) and restaurants (5 min car journey). Not too far from Hereford for day out etc. Great value for money.

    February 2011.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Wales

    Fron Isaf Cottages - Ysgubor Uchaf

    Llanglydwen, Whitland, West Carmarthenshire.

    Fron Isaf Cottages nestle within the owners’ beautiful grounds and have been sensitively converted from old slate and stone barns into cosy and attractive holiday accommodation. The properties’ environmental credentials are strong. Water comes from a spring and much of the heating and hot water is from a geothermal source. Guests can also enjoy eggs from the owners’ free range chickens. A footpath leads directly from the cottages providing circular walks of varying length in the surrounding countryside.

  • We really didn’t want to leave this superb property; would love to experience it in the winter and feel the full effect of the underfloor heating and enjoy the woodburner. Swimming pool / sauna / hot tub excellent. Lovely gardens. A real gem.

    July 2011.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Derby

    Dewsnaps - Dewsnaps Frost

    Chinley, nr. Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbys.

    Enjoying a rural location and wonderful views, these two barn conversions (refs RB8 and RTT4) are furnished to a high standard throughout. Dewsnaps Spring is single storey and lies close to Dewsnaps Frost, which adjoins the owners’ home. There are many walks from the doorstep, including Kinder Scout Massif. Chinley, Hayfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith are 3 miles. Buxton is 15 minutes away, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall and Lyme Park within 30-minute drive. Shop 2 miles.

  • The property is off the beaten track with fabulous views of the Derbyshire Peaks. The cottage was lovely and warm when we arrived and there was a bottle of wine and flowers on the table. The kitchen is very well equipped and the lounge area is very comfortable. We would not hesitate to recommend to others, especially walkers.

    Nov 2011.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Yorkshire

    The Carthouse

    Westerdale, nr. Castleton

    If peace and tranquillity be the order of the day then look no further. More than two hundred years old and nestling in the stunning Esk Valley just across the courtyard from the owners’ farmhouse dating from the 12th century. This former barn is lovingly converted offering spacious ground floor holiday accommodation in the beautiful North York Moors National Park.

  • A warm well equipped cottage containing everything that was required for a comfortable stay. Only drawback (some will count it an advantage) was that there was no mobile phone signal. The cottage did however have a land line.

    Jan 2012.

    • GTBS Silver

 
  • Isle of Wight

    Culver View

    Shanklin

    Peacefully set in a rural location with superb extensive views from the garden over the downs to the sea beyond, this comfortable holiday annexe is attached to the owner’s home. Stunning coastal walks and cycle paths along the heritage coastline can be enjoyed from the door to Sandown Bay, with its golden sandy beach and water sports centre.

  • The property was clean and tidy, had everything we needed for a weeks holiday.

    Aug 2010.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Northumberland

    The Old Pumphouse

    Tosson Mill, nr. Rothbury

    Situated just outside the Northumbria National Park, this former detached pump house retains character and charm, and is set in ½ acre of grounds shared with the owner. With a private sitting area to relax and listen to the stream running by the property, this ideally located holiday home offers a tranquil base, ideal for walkers, cyclists and wildlife lovers.

  • I cannot fault The Old Pumphouse, it was spotless and comfortable, in fact it was the best accommodation that we have ever stayed in. It was ideally situated in a quiet and rural location but with the town of Rothbury only five minutes away. There was so much do see and do without having to drive too far.

    Aug 2011.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Somerset

    Beer Farm

    Waterrow, nr. Wiveliscombe, Somerset.

    Tucked away in rural Somerset on the edge of Exmoor, down a private track in 15 acres, this detached barn conversion, decorated and furnished to a very high standard, has an indoor heated swimming pool and games room. Enjoy walks from the door, or in the private grounds.

  • Beer farm is in a rural, peaceful and beautiful area. It is perfect if you are looking to get away from it all. The accommodation is very comfortable with all the mod cons you could want. The swimming pool is amazing and really made our holiday with - our 2 small boys loved it and were swimming twice a day. There seems to be plenty to do in the area (although we didn’t venture far) as we were just looking for a relaxing holiday and with the faciilties at the farm we didn’t feel we needed to leave.

    Oct 2011.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Devon

    Sloley Farmhouse

    Berrynarbor, nr. Combe Martin, N. Devon.

    Situated in idyllic Berrynarbor – several times winner of ‘Best Kept Village’, this 18th-century farmhouse offers comfortable holiday accommodation within a glorious plantsman’s garden. The village provides everything from a quaint pub to a 13th-century church, tea room and village post office/shop. Little has changed in this farming area which provides easy access to the golden, sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton, and the rugged beauty of Exmoor and its Heritage Coastline.

  • Found the cottage very good for 4 couples as all rooms were en suite. Garden was lovely to sit out in and our dog enjoyed it too! Owners were very helpful and we enjoyed the local produce for sale at the community shop. Local pub good for food and within walking distance with a couple of hills to negotiate. Overall we had a wonderful time with wall to wall sunshine.

    April 2011.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Devon

    Seymour Place

    Berrynarbor, nr. Combe Martin, Devon.

    Just a mile from North Devon’s Heritage Coast and close to wild Exmoor, this detached comfortable stone barn conversion with its own secluded, sunny patio and access to the main gardens, is set on the edge of picturesque Berrynarbor – several times winner of ‘Best Kept Village’.

  • A good sized sitting room in case of bad weather. A quiet spot with the patio area outside the doors making an excellent suntrap, the well maintained gardens and planting helping to give a feel of privacy. We loved the honey bees and birds nearby and best of all chickens nearby to visit as we put compost in the bins!

    June 2010.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Cotswolds

    The Coach House

    Souldern, Bicester, Oxon.

    Offering spacious open-plan living, The Coach House has been converted to provide loft-style accommodation, and has enormous gable end windows overlooking the gardens on either side of the living area. Apart from the paved terrace for sitting out, guests can enjoy a pretty wooded garden area and have use of a hard tennis court by arrangement. Elec, full geothermal underfloor heating.

  • This is everything they say it is and more, we loved our stay and the local pub is friendly with good food. Would recommend this cottage any time.

    Feb 2011.

    • GTBS Bronze

 
  • Kent

    Candy Cottage

    Rodmersham Green, nr. Sittingbourne

    This converted former farm worker’s terraced cottage, which adheres to the Green Tourism policy, is in a conservation area opposite the pond, village green, pub, and close to a tea shop. Close to the North Kent Downs AONB, the Pilgrims’ Way and Cycle Route 1, making this an ideal holiday base. Visit Faversham, the Hop Festival in Autumn and tour Shepherd Neame. Explore the North Kent Coast and RSPB nature reserves. Shop 20 yards, pub/restaurant 25 yards.

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    • GTBS Gold

 
  • Kent

    Old Post Cottage

    Rodmersham Green, nr. Sittingbourne

    This converted farm worker’s terraced cottage, which adheres to the Green Tourism policy, is in a conservation area, opposite the pond, village green, pub and close to a tea shop. Close to the North Kent Downs AONB, The Pilgrims Way and Cycle Route 1 making this an ideal holiday base. Visit Faversham, the Hop Festival in autumn and tour Shepherd Neame. Explore the RSPB nature reserves and the north Kent coast. Shop 20 yards, pub/restaurant 25 yards.

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    • GTBS Gold