Green Accommodation & Restaurants
- Fforest, nr. Cardigan
Fforest farm, near Cardigan, provide a variety of tent options - nomad, dome, threepi/bell. They also have croglofts with solid stone walls for those who don't do tents! It's like camping but with the experience of a hotel with woodland corridors and canvas rooms! On-site activities are available including archery, bushcraft and canoeing. They also have a new organic market garden. Guests can buy veg boxes and they sell produce at St Dogmaels farmers market.
- Cosy Under Canvas, Knighton
Set in four acres of beautiful woodland just a stone's throw from Hay-on-Wye, Cosy Under Canvas provide a variety of "Glamping Options" for you - Kata tipis, Geodesic Domes. For those of craving the outdoors, with star gazing round a roaring campfire, whilst enjoying the luxury of sleeping in a warm comfy bed. Everything is provided and there is not a tent peg in site! Explore the woodland and watermeadow, walk along a section of the Offa's Dyke or visit the Brecon Beacons National Park www.cosyundercanvas.co.uk
Bryn Elltyd Guesthouse, nr. Blaenau Ffestiniog
Is a cosy solar powered 3-star B&B in the heart of Snowdonia. The rooms are spacious - built with timber and glass with a colorful turf roof. Even the walls and roof have been insulated with sheep's wool! Solar collectors and water reservoirs power the house as visitors dine on locally-grown organic food.
Organig Parc Self Catering Cottages
Are eco-friendly 5-star cottages in the heart of the Llŷn Peninsula. They provide all the luxury of the 21st century without damage to the environment. A working organic cattle and sheep farm, Organig Parc has its own mountain, river valley, lake, spring, ancient church, and more than 300 acres of organic farmland, including free organic rainbow trout fishing for guests.
Larkhill Tipis, Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire
Tipi and yurt holidays: two 4-berth tipis, one 6-birth tipi and a bentwood Yurt available.
Coed Cae B&B, nr. Dolgellau
4-star B&B situated between Dolgellau and Barmouth, Southern Snowdonia. Can also provide packed-lunches and evening meals. Winners of the 'Promoting Sustainable Tourism' Green Snowdonia Award 2008 & 2009.
Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages, Brecon
Two comfortable 4-star cottages on a family run, organic hill farm. Fresh spring water flows from the taps, and unspoilt scenery is on your doorstep.
Lasswade Country House Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells
Personally run eco-friendly, 3-star organic country hotel and restaurant (Good Food Guide & AA Rosette) in the heart of Wales. It won a prestigious National Green Award at the Considerate Hoteliers Association’s Hotel of the Year Awards 2010/11. The award is presented to small accommodation providers with 10 bedrooms or less and considered to have made the most significant achievements and proved most inspirational in terms of its green journey during 2010. It also received the Green Tourism Businss Gold Award in 2010.
Bryn Bella, Betws-y-Coed
Eco-friendly, 4-star B&B accommodation. The first Guest House in Snowdonia to be awarded Gold by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, visitors to Bryn Bella with a plug-in vehicle can now recharge overnight for free while they enjoy the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, then travel sustainably around Snowdonia by day.
Cledan Valley Tipis, Carno
Stay in a Cledan Valley tipi in Mid Wales, tipis for two, families and groups available.
Clynfyw Countryside Centre, nr. Boncath
Is set on a 200 acre, family-run organic farm with 5 (3 & 4-star) cottages. It has pigs, Welsh Black cattle and winter-tack sheep. Organic crops are also grown on the farm, including oats and barley. The farm is home to a diverse range of wildlife so is ideal for bird watching and nature walks. The Centre tries to keep the environmental impact to a minimum, and have won various environmental awards.
A short break, eco-friendly village offering 5-star accommodation from luxury timber lodges and cottage/studio units. It’s been developed in 500 acres of ancient woodland within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The village also boasts shops, restaurants, pubs and a luxurious spa with saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and 15 treatment rooms. Visitors can use the Blue Lagoon Waterpark and Landsker Sports Club. It’s environmentally friendly measures, include solar panelling in the lodges’ roofs and recycled newspapers as insulation. The Blue Lagoon is the world’s only water park powered by biomass energy created on site, in an energy centre boasting a £50,000 turf roof. The input of the local village’s butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants give a strong emphasis to the importance of local produce.
Rectory Cottage, Monmouthshire
Enjoy the peace and comfort of bed and breakfast accommodation in this 16 Century Grade II listed Rectory Cottage (4-star), on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
- Preseli Venture Eco Lodge, Pembrokeshire
The only 5 star activity centre built with sustainability in mind! Accommodation is exceptional with a degree of luxury. It's located in the heart of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, overlooking a wooded valley. They are committed to making the lodge Green and it's heated from their ground source heat pump and wood burning stove. They're also planning to generate their own electricity through wind or sun. Guests can opt for accommodation and meals only or opt into a range of adventure activities including coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing, and hiking.
- Y Goeden Eirin, nr. Caernarfon
A warm Welsh welcome awaits you at Y Goeden Eirin, nr. Caernarfon. Originally a granite cowshed it's now a renovated home offering 5-star B&B. It's received many awards and has been given top 5-star rating by the Eco Hotels of the World. It appears in Alastair Sawday's Green Europe Guidebook and on the organicholidays.co.uk website.
- Gelli Goch, Trawsfynydd, nr. Blaenau Ffestiniog
Three eco-friendly luxury 5-star cottages close to the popular Coed y brenin Mountain Bike Centre. Redundant farm buildings have been transformed into carbon neutral luxury cottages. There's under floor heating powered by a ground source heat pump, hot water comes from a solar system and electricity from solar slates, drinking water from a private well and water for flushing toilet from harvested rainwater. They were awarded the Tourism Accommodation Award in the Gwynedd Business Awards 2011, sponsored by Tourism Partnership Mid Wales.
Druidstone Hotel, Pembrokeshire
The Roundhouse is a tiny eco cottage in the grounds sleeping 2 to 4 people. It was Britain’s first hotel room powered entirely by renewable energy. It has solar power and hot water combined with a Finnish masonry stove to back up the hot water in cooler times of year. The shower over a tub, flush toilet, 12-volt fridge and Calor gas cooker combine to make this an easy living experience with a light touch on the earth.
Pont Cych Mill, nr. Newcastle Emlyn
Cych Valley holidays in West Wales, staying in a mongolian yurt. Two yurts are available, sleep up to 5 people.
Graig Wen Campsite, nr. Dolgellau
Situated near Dolgellau with breathtaking views of the Mawddach estuary and Snowdonia mountains. Chosen by the Cool Camping Wales guide as one of the top 5 places to camp in Wales and won a Green Snowdonia Award for the Most Sustainable Camp Site in 2009. Yurts, Eco-cabins (Caban in the Glade), B&B and holiday cottages also available.
Ty Croeso Hotel & Restaurant, Crickhowell
The 3-star hotel is set high on the hillside just above the Monmouth & Brecon canal only half a mile from the charming town of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The hotel has received the Green Dragon Environmental Standard Award in recognition of their efforts to help the environment by recycling, saving energy and reducing waste.
Cyfie Farm, nr. Welshpool
Perched above the Vyrnwy Valley, Cyfie Farm is a traditionally-built 17th century Welsh long house and barns. Carefully restored to retain many original features, Cyfie Farm's fusion of modern comfort with a warm farmhouse atmosphere has earned a coveted 5-star grading from Visit Wales.
- Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Nr. Brecon
A 5-star bunkhouse for up to 30 people located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They are committed to sustainable tourism and the winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2010. They can also arrange a wide range of outdoor pursuits using local experienced and qualified instructors including caving, cycling, horse-riding, rock climbing and walking.
- Yr Helfa Bunkhouse, Snowdonia
Located at the foot of Mount Snowdon, the former farmhouse has been restored offering bunkhouse accommodation for up to 18 people. It's powered and heated totally from its own renewable energy sources and was awarded the Low Carbon Award in the Green Snowdonina Tourism Awards 2009.
- Tir-Cethin, Three Crosses, North Gower
Set in the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tir-Cethin consists of 2 newly converted barns, which are heated from ground source heat pumps. Also all water is heated by roof top solar panels.
A listing of organic restaurants in Wales can be found on www.organicwales.com It also includes a listing of companies producing Welsh products e.g. cheeses, bread, meat, fruit & veg and drink. Organic Wales also has pages of news, events, articles, information and recipes. www.organiccentrewales.org.uk also has a listing of where to eat in Wales.
Farmers markets are held throughout Wales and are a great place to buy locally produced food and find a range of organic produce.