green holidays made easier
The Really Green Holiday Company offers stays in 5 luxurious yurts on either a bed and breakfast or self catering basis. They are located on a level, leafy, attractive site in an apple orchard, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the beach at Freshwater Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
Each 16ft diameter canvas yurt provides full headroom and home comforts, and sleeps up to 5 people with raised solid wood flooring with rugs and mats, tables and chairs, a wood burning stove, a double bed (there’s even one with a four poster), a double futon or day bed and a single camp bed if required. Bedding, towels and equipment are all on hand.
Fresh, organic produce can be ordered ready for your arrival and there is an on site farm shop and licensed cafe serving home cooked food.
A wide range of activities, sports and pastimes can be arranged – together with tuition if required – from sailing, horse riding and mountain biking to cards, board games and jigsaws.
The Really Green Holiday Company says its green concept is at the heart of all it does. There is a range of eco friendly options including wood burning stoves, barbeques and braziers, which have a zero carbon footprint as they use wood from sustainable woodland (Calor gas cookers are also available). Lighting is solar or candles as there is no mains electricity on site. Compost toilets and a solar shower are provided.
Local produce and suppliers are used wherever possible and the aim is to purchase furnishings and equipment from companies with good green credentials.
The company reduces, recycles and re-uses everything it can, and makes it easy for guests to do the same. Green transport options include a free pick up service from the local ferry port. It has won both the Green Business Award and the Accommodation and Hospitality Award in the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence in 2009.
ecofriendlytourist.com travelled to the Isle of Wight as a guest of Wightlink (www.wightlink.co.uk) on its 30 minute Lymington–Yarmouth crossing, one of three Wightlink routes. Car ferry crossings also operate between Portsmouth and Fishbourne (40 minutes) and there is a foot passenger catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pierhead (20 minutes).
To cater for the differing tastes of Island visitors, Wightlink produces a range of themed booklets and online guides – free from Wightlink by calling 0871 376 1000 or to view/download from the website (www.wightlink.co.uk/themedbreaks). These include Green Getaways (www.wightlink.co.uk/greengetaways) guide to eco-friendly accommodation on the Isle of Wight, Wight Taste Trail (www.wightlink.co.uk/wighttastetrail), which spotlights the very best local food, and Secret Wight (www.wightlink.co.uk/secretwight) – a guide unveiling secret pockets to discover on the Island.