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Clean Breaks

In the words of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz ‘there’s no place like home’, and once you’ve seen our selection of planet-friendly holiday options for the spring, we hope you’ll agree…

Merlin Farm

As staycations go, you could do a lot worse than head for North Cornwall, an area whose rugged beauty is matched only by its superlative landmarks. Between King Arthur’s Tintagel, Bodmin Moor and The Eden Project, there’s something altogether otherworldly about the place. This is echoed by the futuristic wind farm clusters dotted around – iconic representations of a thriving green scene.

If you’re keen to follow the region’s holiday trail without leaving a carbon footprint, look no further than Merlin Farm . With a background in hotel architecture, owner Darrel Wheeler set about renovating the stables just over two years ago, transforming them into four boutique eco-cottages. The interior design was undertaken by his wife Lucy who has attended to every last detail. Set in the backdrop of 27 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking the Vale of Lanherne, sustainability lies at the heart of Merlin Farm, encompassing everything from ground source heat pump underfloor heating to Horace the donkey come organic hedge trimmer! To improve efficiency, Darrel also has plans in the near future to generate his own electricity from solar PV panels.

Darrel and Lucy have hospitality in the blood, the former having taken on the family hotel in Newquay which he eventually sold to buy the farm three years ago. Born and raised in Cornwall, the couple are both well-informed and forthcoming on the best places to visit, and in particular, eat. Just as well then that Merlin Farm is five minutes from Jamie’s Fifteen and less than half an hour from Rick Stein’s numerous outposts and Nathan Outlaw’s two Michelin star setup in Rock.

In his own words, Darrel describes his idyllic corner of the world as “a fantastic place that’s still undiscovered”. That might be true, but thanks to his tireless efforts to combine low impact leisure with luxury, Merlin Farm is the ideal base from which to start…

T: 01637 860236
W: www.ecocottagescornwall.co.uk

Yurtcamp Devon

Yurtcamp Devon is the ultimate ‘glamping’ and family camping holiday experience. Set in 40 acres of beautiful Devon ancient woodland are 18 Contemporary Yurts. Yurtcamp offers all the best bits of camping; the real outdoors and camp-fires, in comfortable, weatherproof, spacious well equipped Yurts with log burners, cosy beds, and everything else you need for a great break. On site there’s loads of space for children to run and play, a new toilet and shower block with plenty of hot water, a games barn, a woodland assault course and zip wire, a full sized all weather tennis court, outdoor fire pits, chickens and goats. We have a fully licensed Cafe bar for those who fancy breakfast or a sociable evening drink. Yurtcamp is ideally situated in South Devon, five minutes from Dartmoor and 20 minutes from the coast. Yurtcamp is available to hire for group events of up to 100 people. They have a large Giant Tipi for parties, wedding receptions and corporate events. They are fully licensed and don’t forget to ask about the catering available for your function.

To book, contact Yurtcamp at enquires@yurtcamp.co.uk or visit www.yurtcamp.co.uk

Bell Tent

Find an idyllic spot and create your own Eco Retreat, if that happens to be at the bottom of your garden then it doesn’t get much more low carbon footprint than that… An unbleached Cotton Canvas Bell Tent take less then 15 minutes to put up and you can even roll the walls up on a scorching afternoon to let the breeze blow over you. Once it’s up you need to deck it out with Glamping Goodies to create that boutique vibe you’ll pay hundreds for at a festival or retreat. Use it as a summertime chill out, children’s playroom or even an extra bedroom when the house is full or pop it up in the corner of a farmers field to get away from it all.

Bell Tents start from just £299 from www.belltent.co.uk (07830 355993) and deck them out at www.campingwithsoul.com (07847 933667)

Inntravel

What is a Slow holiday? A Slow holiday is all about discovering the path less taken and enjoying a truly individual experience at your own pace. Whether you choose to walk, ski, cycle or take an inspiring journey by train, boat or car, Inntravel’s carefully crafted self-guided holidays ease you into the rhythm and patterns of everyday life as you journey through wonderful landscapes, uncover hidden corners and share authentic encounters with local people along the way. They give you time to relish delicious regional cuisine and relax in family-run hotels and character inns, where you will receive the warmest of welcomes.

Inntravel’s Slow holidays are a breath of fresh air. The emphasis is on exploring in a relaxed way and entirely at your own pace. You follow an itinerary using Inntravel’s detailed route notes and maps, but you can stop when you want, head off to explore something that interests you on the way, take time to wander around a small town or village, chat to people you meet, enjoy a drink at a local café and simply watch the world go by. Inntravel do not believe in clockwatching so you have time to enjoy your holiday in the way that suits you best.

A Slow holiday is the perfect tonic for a hectic life. So, whether you choose to walk along ancient mule trails, cycle through an olive harvest or take a leisurely journey by rail among the most spectacular mountains in Europe, Inntravel’s experienced staff will help you get the most from your Slow holiday. Savour the moments and enjoy the Slow life-with Inntravel.

Wonderfully Slow holidays from Inntravel To receive Inntravel’s new brochures containing a wide choice of tempting holiday ideas for spring, summer and autumn, call 01653 617039 or download a digital brochure at www.inntravel.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE GREENLIVING OFFER! Book any Inntravel holiday before 31 October 2011 and Inntravel will send you a FREE copy of the fabulous Rough Guide, Clean Breaks. This 400-page book (RRP £18.99) has been compiled by green travel experts and offers 500 new ways to see the world.

Stock Gaylard Holidays

Two groups of three luxury yurts, each with a living yurt and two sleeping yurts. Most of the furniture has been made especially for the yurts using timber from the estate. This includes comfortable kingsize beds, kitchen dressers and unique coffee tables. Similarly, the Shepherd’s huts and Woodman’s wagon have been restored and fitted out on the estate. At the yurt sites have a bath under the stars with steaming hot water supplied from the wood fired heater.

All the accommodation is set within 1,700 acres of North Dorset’s most spectacular countryside, which includes 300 acres of mostly oak woodland and an enclosed 80-acre deer park. Staying with us is the perfect way to appreciate this unspoilt and stunning scenery. The hedgerows and woodlands are alive with wildlife for all ages to enjoy.

T: 01963 23511
W: www.stockgaylard.com

Monkton Wyld Court

A rural Victorian rectory with 11 acres of grounds, gardens and meadows near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Monkton Wyld Court is dedicated to the education and enrichment of guests and residents alike. The Court promotes sustainability through cooperative living and learning, practical skills and personal growth.

From beekeeping to yoga, the Court’s programme promotes low impact, earth centred skills for changing modern life. Family week holidays offer activities like bushcraft, fossil hunting and theatre. Meals are lovingly prepared using fresh organic ingredients from our own organic walled garden and other local producers. We also offer B&B and specially tailored holidays for family celebrations.

T: 01297 560342
W: www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk

Tordown Bed & Breakfast and Healing Centre

Tordown B&B and Healing Centre is a haven of peace and tranquility nestled in the southern slopes of Glastonbury Tor. Tordown specialise in helping you feel nurtured in a sacred, safe and loving environment, where you can explore Glastonbury Abbey and surrounding area, walk the Tor, meditate in Chalice Well or just unwind watching the birds in the garden. This site of sanctuary is 4* rated by Visit Britain with a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Caring for the environment in simple ways is at the heart of Tordown. Visit online or give Tordown a call to find out about the holisitc therapies.

T: 01458 832287
W: www.tordown.com


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