Dreaming of a restful garden getaway? Or maybe an explorative escape, surrounded by nature is more to your taste?
Holidays are the perfect time to step back from the everyday, giving you time to relax and reset. And there is no better way to unwind than immersing yourself within the tranquil embrace of the great outdoors.
Luxurious outdoor escapes, secret gardens and off-grid hideaways are a few wonderful ways to take a break whilst you soak up your surroundings. With many outdoor-based establishments threading sustainable strategies into their practice, choosing to visit eco-friendly and environmentally conscious locations is a great way to relax in nature, at a spot that gives back to the environment.
Our team adore visiting hidden gardens and eco-friendly locations. Filled with a handful of our favourite sustainable spots and garden retreats, we’ve put together this bespoke guide of must-see off-grid locations that you need to pay a visit to this year! So, get cosy and settle down as we plan your next outdoor escape.
UK Based Escapes
The Newt in Somerset
A delightful estate located in southern Somerset, neighbouring the town of Castle Cary, we can find The Newt in Somerset. Boasting an array of established gardens and charming woodlands, this countryside estate is a divine place to explore as you become lost in nature. To fulfil your staycation dreams, the Newt in Somerset also includes an elegant Georgian-styled hotel.
Take a stroll around the grounds and awaken your senses in the produce, woodland and parabola walled gardens. When you’ve finished touring the grounds why not then drop in to their exclusive garden eatery? Producing fresh meals from garden-grown produce, bring your tastebuds to life with the crisp flavours found from within their heavenly working kitchen garden.
Lower Mill Estate
Tucked away in the Cotswolds, you can find the hidden lakeside retreat of Lower Mill estate. With sustainability at their core, this luxury holiday resort is a prime example of how you can holiday in style in a way that is considerably less harmful to the environment.
Based in a nature reserve, the ethos of Lower Mill is to create a space whereby humans can relax harmoniously side by side with wildlife. All of the lakeside homes having been constructed from reclaimed timber and insulated with sheep’s wool, allowing Lower Mill to create a stunning waterside vista without disrupting the natural environment of this Cotswold sanctuary. With some of the homes even fitted with living roofs, these eco-friendly features allow you to get even closer to spotting all kinds of wildlife! So, why not grab a paddleboard and explore the waterways as you breath in the crisp countryside air of the Cotswolds.
Wanting to Travel Further Afield…?
Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel
Ever visited an eco-luxury hotel? Buried in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel caters for an experience like no other. Spend your night beneath the stars in one of their picturesque pods.
Stylish suites that seamlessly blend within the snowy vista of the alps, these environmentally friendly pods create the perfect eco-aesthetic, as they do not disrupt the natural landscape of the area. So, take a deep breath and take in the crisp clear air, as you explore the untouched natural beauty of Switzerland.
Jardí del Bisbe
A hidden gem nestled in the centre of Palma behind two grand gates, you can find the Jardí del Bisbe. Translated as the ‘Bishop’s Garden’, this secluded spot can be found slotted behind Palma cathedral.
With a raised water garden, this hidden botanical garden is a glorious spot to stumble across and discover within the historical city of Palma. As you walk around the grounds, their enticing kitchen garden filled with home-grown herbs, vegetables and flourishing ponds is revealed. An exclusive city-centre treasure that you just have to see and admire with your very own eyes!