Whether you’re into organic, solar power, homesteading or just sustainability as a whole, eco-tourism is definitely having a moment. Finding eco-friendly villas can be a bit of a challenge, especially ones that tick all the other boxes on your holiday wish list. Villas with pools, amazing kitchens, views and an eco-friendly ethos may be something of a rarity, but luckily we’ve got a great selection of properties to cover all your bases. Here’s a handful of our greenest villas in France, Italy and the UK that you’re sure to love staying in.
Chateau de Camiller, Dordogne, France
The owner of this 17th-century chateau is a pioneer in eco-friendly development. The Eco Chateau project is working to turn the estate into a self-sustaining village comprising of 22 off-grid homes, with a further 24 cabins. The chateau itself will also be getting an eco-upgrade in the coming years, and some of the cabins on the estate will be available to rent too. Guests will be able to get involved in various activities on site and get a unique look at how a completely sustainable village operates. You can read more about this inspiring project here.
Price from: £43pppn
Maison Cougoreux, Languedoc, France
This charming wing of a renaissance chateau is ideal for families looking to get back to nature. Guests are free to explore and enjoy the spoils of the maisons extensive organic fruit and vegetable garden and the orchards in the grounds. You can even help to feed the animals on the chateau estate! The surroundings and grounds are wild, rural and beautiful, perfect for completely unwinding.
Sleeps: 6 (4 adults, 2 children)
Price from: £34pppn
Villa Alvino, Sicily, Italy
This classic Sicilian estate is 100% eco-friendly, without compromising on any modern luxuries or the elegant antique style of the region. It has a state of the art photovoltaic underground heating system which also supplies electricity for the villa and the kitchen sink features a water purifier, so you’ll never need to buy bottled water. The extensive gardens are maintained using an ingenious rainwater irrigation system; enjoy them while soaking up the sun, and then take a dip in the saltwater pool to cool off.
Price from: £26pppn
Villa Regina, Italian Lakes, Italy
There’s a huge focus on sustainability, organic and eco-friendly measures at the exclusive Villa Regina, overlooking Lake Garda. This luxurious villa is a clima house, with underfloor heating and living space ventilation. Enjoy the sumptuously soft mattresses made from 100% natural materials and the extensive ecological and organic garden. The estate gardener, Norbert, is hugely passionate and has produced a beautiful oasis of wild orchids, banana trees, goji berries and hundreds of other herbs, flowers and olive groves. Guests are also treated to a natural pool, with an outdoor sauna and hot tub.
Price from: £65pppn
Villa Dina, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The views alone are reason enough to visit this gorgeous Amalfi coast villa. The panoramic ocean views from the hammock, tables or sun loungers can be enjoyed from any of the villa’s numerous terraces. Enjoy a BBQ’d dinner of grilled vegetables picked from the villa’s organic garden, and finish with freshly picked fruit from the many fruit trees on the estate.
Price from: £42pppn
Amberstone Manor, Devon, UK
The eco-conscious owners at Amberstone Manor have renovated their beautiful 19th-century house complete with solar heating and a saltwater pool, and use many environmentally-friendly products throughout the house. The garden is chock-a-block with gorgeous fresh herbs, perfect for cooking up a storm in the huge farmhouse kitchen.
Price from: £39pppn
Bambu Luxury Tent, Andalucia, Spain
This intimate and upmarket accommodation in the heart of rural Andalucia is a fantastic choice for those looking for something out of the ordinary. With luxurious bamboo tents, casitas and tropical gardens at every turn, you’ll unquestionably get a taste of paradise! You’ll have a beautiful swimming pool, honesty bar, sauna with hammam and spa to enjoy, so make the most of the indulgent goodies on offer. This family-run retreat is one of our favourites and anyone with a passion for nature will adore the natural setting of pines and flowers.
Prices from: £206pppn
Oleandro Tent, Andalucia, Spain
Based in the centre of rural Andalucia, Oleandro Tent is the perfect combination of romance and privacy. It’s glamping with definite style; the bamboo tent has been filled with elegant furnishings that radiates luxury. You can even choose a scent for your arrival and the glorious king-sized bed has a pillow menu – the stuff of dreams. Follow that with wine infused evenings on your personal terrace as you watch the sunset and world go by.
Prices from: £169pppn
Villa El Cid, Costa Blanca, Spain
Guests staying at Villa El Cid will also receive full inclusive access to the private ‘Monasterios Club’ with amazing facilities including; 5 swimming pools, tennis courts, a basketball court, playgrounds as well as a restaurant and pool bar. This gorgeous property not only exudes charm and prestige but it’s been designed by a renowned architect who specialises in all things eco. Villa El Cid has been built to an exceptional standard, constructed of natural, organic materials and runs on a revolutionary air system, solar panels and numerous other ecological and ‘healthy’ house features.
Prices from: £20pppn
If you’re keen to make your holiday as eco-friendly as possible, check out our blogs on the most environmentally-friendly way to get to France and our regional travel guides for ways to make the most of the natural environment in your surroundings. Maybe you’ll find yourself close to a natural winery, organic farmer’s market or a stunning protected natural park. Be sure to give our concierge team a call if you need any advice, we have plenty more villas with solar heated pools, incredible veggie gardens and other eco-friendly features to enjoy!
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