Dovecote Barns, York Not too far from the centre of York, these award-winning barns boast countless positive reviews and hold the prestigious title of best self-catering accommodation 2011-2012. On arrival, youll be greeted by a friendly welcome, and a basket of local produce. The cottages offer a communal laundry service and produce all their electricity from renewable sources. Theres also recycling and composting facilities available. All very well, but what about the luxury I hear you cry? Well, the three cottages boast granite worktops, 6 en-suite bedrooms, log stoves and under-floor heating. For the warm Summer nights, each barn has its own private garden area with a barbeque for dining outside. Home Grown Homes two straw bale cottages near Howden These two cottages are the UKs first straw bale built self-catering accommodation. After running a course with Amazon nails, Home Grown Home offer a straw bale cottage and straw bale cabin near the beautiful village of Howden. Energy is provided by a wind turbine and solar panels, theres free bicycles to use whilst youre there, organic sheets, and even a wormery! On arrival, the owners offer to collect you from the local train station, and will have a basket of local produce delivered to the cottage if you so wish. The cottage even comes equipped with fishing rods and a picnic rug. The straw bale cabin sleeps up to 3 people, and the straw bale cottage sleeps up to 6. Glamping with Jollydays, Scrayingham, Yorkshire Yes, glamorous camping. A gold winner of the green tourism scheme, Jollydays offers a luxury camping experience based in a village farm in Scrayingham, near Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire. 10% of the companys profits are given to environmental and educational projects, they boast a bio digester and reed beds, and currently a proportion of their electricity is from sustainable sources. Is it luxurious? One recent customer wrote Imagine the Ritz in a tent and youve got Jollydays! Indeed, this camping experience is far more luxurious than many hotels. The deluxe tents can sleep up to six and offer a four poster bed, stove, and wooden floors. Not a baked bean can in sight. Charlotte Nicol is a Co-Founder of Most Curious Tours. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.The past couple of years have seen an enormous growth in green travel and eco-tourism, indeed it is now fairly fashionable to be going green. But can green travel really be luxurious? Absolutely. Long gone are the days of British green travel involving sitting in a field eating from a can of baked beans. Oh no, with the rise in glamping, straw bale builds, and green farms, eco-accommodation is very much a luxurious option that will leave you with a clear conscience. Here are my pick of the bunch of luxurious and slightly unusual green accommodation options in my home county of Yorkshire.
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