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Suffolk’s coolest eco-friendly places to stay

Travelling consciously and enjoying an eco-friendly getaway has never been easier, and in Suffolk there’s plenty of choice when it comes to places to stay that are both cool and green. Constructed with sustainable materials, serving regional produce and reducing their environmental impact are only some of the ways these places to stay participate in sustainable tourism. With this list of our favourite eco-friendly accommodation providers, taking care of the environment on holiday has never been so easy!
Five Acre BarnUniquely designed cool living at Five Acre Barn

Haw Wood Farm, Dunwich

Awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation 2017, Haw Wood Farm is one of the greenest places to stay in the UK! Located near the Suffolk Coast, it's great for families, with large bathrooms, baby change units and toddler steps provided - there is also a bathroom with disabled access, making it accessible to all. In addition to the tent pitches, there is a new Motorhome service point, laundry room, a well-stocked shop and a café serving breakfasts, hot drinks, lunches and occasional evening meals.

The site’s eco-credentials are evident throughout; hot water is heated by the on-site biomass boiler, which is fed by wood chips collected from around the Hinton Estate. The bathrooms and toilets use recycled toilet paper and eco hand soap and eco-friendly cleaning products are used throughout.

Stay in the late spring and summer months and you will see the beautiful wild flower meadows in bloom along with the 3500 trees that have been planted around the site. Haw Wood Farm’s shop stocks a selection of locally produced products, and adopts a sustainable approach to packaging by not selling bottled water or handing out plastic bags (so go prepared with your own reusable ones!). Should you need to dispose of rubbish though, there are recycling, landfill and glass bins located throughout.
Eco-friendly places to stay in SuffolkUnplug and take in your surroundings at this beautiful glamping site

Five Acre Barn, Leiston (Suffolk Coast)

Named in the Sunday Times "Top 100 Best Places to stay” and The Guardian's '50 of the Best Hotels and B&Bs in the UK', Five Acre Barn is a contemporary bed and breakfast situated amongst 5 acres of gardens and just a short drive from Aldeburgh.

The barn was named RIBA East Award winner 2018 and Best Small Project 2018 and it's not hard to see why; with dramatic, light-filled rooms, floor to ceiling windows with access into the garden and stylish decor, a stay here is a must for anyone looking for an inspirational space to unplug!

The 5 light, bright, rooms are housed in the barn’s new cedar clad extension; with high ceilings, polished, heated concrete floors and access to the garden. The bedrooms boast king size beds set up high on a plywood mezzanine, from which you can take in the Suffolk skies through a roof-light complete with solar operated blinds.

Each morning, owners Bruce and David serve a delicious breakfast made from locally sourced produce as you sit by the open fire taking in the views of the maturing gardens and Suffolk countryside.
Five Acre Barn_frontModernist Five Acre Barn on Suffolk's Heritage Coast

The Giraffe House, Ipswich

Named ‘The Giraffe House’, simply because it looks like a giraffe house, this stylish detached annexe which sleeps 2 is ideally situated for exploring Suffolk’s county town of Ipswich and is within walking distance of its centre, waterfront, theatres and restaurants.

The giraffe theme continues throughout and has been designed to be very environmentally friendly. Constructed using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs), the high level of insulation, plus the underfloor heating throughout, ensures that the house is snug in winter and completely sound proof.

The compact but cool facilities include a twin/double bedroom, bathroom, living room and well-equipped kitchen, garden, courtyard for bicycle and drive with two off-road car parking spaces.

The Giraffe House IpswichGo urban in The Giraffe House in the maritime town of Ipswich

Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa

Located in one of Suffolk's 'Wool Towns' and arguably Suffolk’s most iconic and historic hotel, The Swan at Lavenham is a Green Hotel and has been awarded a Silver for its Green policy. The Swan has 45 en-suite bedrooms, a 5 Bubble Rated luxury spa, two restaurants, garden, cosy lounges and the famous Airmen's Bar, full of World War II signatures and memorabilia.

Whilst the rooms offer traditional luxury, the hotel itself has adopted a range of environmental policies; reusing all paper, switching off unnecessary lights and appliances between 11 pm and 7 am and using only biodegradable cleaning products. The hotel also recycles most of its waste including bottles and bars from the bar and restaurant, plastic tubs from the kitchen, ink cartridges, linens, light bulbs, batteries and food waste, and the hotel’s restaurant serves dishes made with a range of locally sourced produce.

Weavers Spa at the Swan HotelWeavers Spa at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa

Upthorpe Lodges, Bury St Edmunds

Sit in your own private hot tub and relax in an eco-lodge at Upthorpe Lodges near Bury St Edmunds. The lodges are for couples only, each with a king size bed, large shower, smart TV and a fully equipped kitchen; where you can rustle up something for a romantic dinner, but should you wish to put your feet up, there are a selection of pubs and eateries in the surrounding villages.

Each lodge is constructed with timber from FSC accredited sources and is clad with Western Red Cedar from British Columbia – a highly durable and long-lasting wood that has been treated with Osmo oil. Your power is gained from solar panels on the roof, with underfloor heating and hot water supplied via 9kw air source heat pumps. Waste water is biologically treated and triple glazing and LED lighting is used throughout - guilt free luxury!

Upthorpe LodgesLodge living - comes with your very own private hot tub


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