10 of the best eco-friendly places to stay in Europe

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Cabin Anna, Maashorst quality reserve, the Netherlands

The Holenberg wood is the gateway to the Maashorst quality reserve, a rewilding pioneer successful North Brabant, location to roaming bison and Tauros – a task to revive the aurochs, an past European ox. Tucked distant successful the forest, among a rusty palette of trees, heather and wetlands, sits off-grid and self-sufficient Cabin Anna. From the linen to the recycled waste-product tableware, the accent is connected reducing your biology impact. The compartment sleeps 2 and has a immense solid atrium for enjoying the earthy surroundings successful each weathers, and a sunken bathtub. There are safaris, cycling and hikes connected the doorstep.
From £154, holenberg.com

Magdas Hotel, Vienna

Magdas Hotel, Vienna, Austria
Photograph: Peter Barci

In Vienna’s Prater Park, location to the celebrated ferris wheel, Magdas Hotel has an enviable greenish determination successful 1 of Europe’s greenest cities. It’s tally by a operation of socially minded hoteliers and immigrants oregon erstwhile refugees, each connected a ngo to beforehand inclusivity, and make a gathering spot of 16 nations and 20 languages. It achieves that successful bucketloads. Artwork from the section college, upcycled vintage furnishings and section vino and brew served connected the secluded terrace adhd to the welcoming atmosphere. Those arriving by bid oregon motorcycle person a 10% discount.
Twins from 62, magdas-hotel.at

Impact House, Lisbon

Impact House, Lisbon, Portugal

Sustainability is much than a checklist astatine this buzzing small B-Corporation-certified hostel acceptable among the cobbled streets of the riverside Belém territory –it’s a mode of life. Partnerships with section non-profits, events to champion greenish issues, and a abstraction for the assemblage to travel unneurotic are cardinal to the property’s mission. Although it’s successful the mediate of the city, there’s an onsite rootlike garden, a terrace serving section and plant-based meals, and a swimming pool. Surplus nutrient is donated to stateless charities, cleaning products are biodegradable, and vigor comes from renewable sources. An creation assemblage showcases section and disabled artists, portion a store stocks goods from societal enterprises.
Dorm beds from £15, doubles from £50, impactrip.com

Green Solution House, Bornholm Island, Denmark

GSH gathering  igloo Green Solution House, Bornholm Island, Denmark
Photograph: Anders Beier

Architecture signifier 3XN and eco-minded workplace GXN refurbished this vast, modern edifice to a high-sustainability spec six years ago, and person built a carbon-negative hold wholly from wood. The caller 24-room helping volition sorb much c than it emits, via a cross-laminated timber operation insulated with wood fibres. The full plan of this edifice – conscionable moments from a white-sand formation connected the land of Bornholm, which itself aims to beryllium c neutral by 2025 – uses materials that tin beryllium disassembled, recycled oregon biodegraded. The swimming excavation has been repurposed into a thermal vigor retention system, which heats each country successful the hotel.
Doubles from £155 B&B, bornholmhotels.dk

Parcel Tiny House, assorted locations, France

Parcel Tiny House Ferme de Garance
Photograph: Franck Juery

Designed and located to assistance travellers “rediscover the terroir”, Parcel House is simply a bid of self-sufficient Tiny Houses cautiously positioned successful vineyards, meadows and farms successful Brittany, Bordeaux, Limousin and Champagne. The hosts – including food experts Linda and Jean-Marie successful Brittany and eighth-generation vino growers successful Saint-Emilion – are anxious to stock their passionateness for dilatory nutrient and accepted methods. Each location is built with wood from responsibly managed forests successful France and is equipped with star panels and adust toilets. A deficiency of TV and wifi is simply a deliberate measurement to assistance guests power off.
From 120, en.parceltinyhouse.com

Apipura Hotel Rinner, South Tyrol, Italy

Apipura Hotel Rinner, Italy
Photograph: Stephan Feichter

Everything astatine this family-run Alpine edifice revolves astir that worldwide awesome of regeneration and sustainability: the bee. Owner and beekeeping adept Paul Rinner offers guests the Beecura strategy – Italy’s archetypal api wellness experience, involving the inhalation of beehive air. The edifice besides features a bee acquisition trial, beekeeping courses, and a paper of integrated honeys. More accepted leisure activities see an outdoor spa with upland views and a immense play country for kids. Electricity comes from a caller territory heating presumption that generates powerfulness from discarded wood products, and nutrient is strictly section and seasonal.
Doubles from 145 B&B, hotel-rinner.it

Explorer Hotels, Germany and Austria

Explorer Hotel
Photograph: danielzangerl

With branches successful 9 skiing and hiking regions crossed Germany and Austria, Explorer Hotels whitethorn not exude rustic upland charm but they excel successful low-cost, low-carbon holidays. The edifice radical was the archetypal successful Europe to beryllium certified with “passive location status” – deliberation triple-glazed windows, star heating and a precocious level of vigor betterment (the hotels enactment the aforesaid somesthesia successful summertime and winter). Each spot is c neutral, uses ecologically harmless cleaning products and commits to a low-waste policy.
From £40, explorer-hotels.com

Dene Cottage, Orkney Islands

Dene Cottage, Orkney Islands, Scotland

The ambition to modulation to zero c is putting the Orkney Islands connected the greenish map. An awesome fig of self-catering vacation cottages connected the islands person achieved the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold award, including cosy Dene Cottage. Its off-grid determination was portion of the attraction erstwhile the owners converted it to a vacation home. Solar panels and a tiny upwind turbine supply the electricity; it is insulated to precocious levels and good stocked with plastic-free kit. E-bikes are disposable to prosecute from Dounby village, 5 minutes’ locomotion down the road.
From £450 a week sleeping four, denecottage-orkney.co.uk

Terraegna Mountain Hut, Bisegna, Abruzzo, Italy

Recently renovated, this chromatic shepherd’s hut has the debased interaction of a bothy, with a fewer added luxuries: a woodburning stove for cooking and heating, and solar-powered energy and blistery water. It sits precocious successful the Abruzzo mountains, successful a saddle astatine 1,780 metres, accessible lone by foot, upland motorcycle oregon snowshoe. This is simply a spot wherever bears, wolves and chaotic boar roam. The hut tin accommodate groups of up to 10 and is portion of a thrust to usage tourism to assistance support endemic taxon specified arsenic the Apennine chamois and the Marsican brownish bear.
The hut has 1 treble country and sleeps eight others successful a shared room, from astir £34pp, wildlifeadventures.it

Wheatland Farm, Devon

No chromatic has been near unturned successful delivering low-impact holidays astatine this 21-acre conservation task and agrarian getaway successful Devon. There are barn owls here, 9 taxon of bat, tree pipits, hares, nesting nuthatches, and successful wintertime the fields flutter with flocks of migrating thrushes. The 5 cottages get bags of quality from a strict upcycling ethos and are tally connected 100% renewable vigor – Honeysuckle Lodge has an “eco blistery tub” sunk into the deck. Station transfers and electrical motorcycle prosecute promote car-free holidays.
A seven-night enactment for four from £422, wheatlandfarm.co.uk

Holly Tuppen’s book, Sustainable Travel: The Essential Guide to Positive-Impact Adventures, is published by Quarto (£18)