The most popular eco-friendly staycation destinations

We are so ready for a long weekend at one of these locations (Pictures:

Staycations are going to be big this summer, with everyone shaking off their lockdown blues by escaping to beaches, forests and countryside in the UK.

But another thing that’s high on the list of holiday requirements is a small carbon footprint. More people than ever want their mini-breaks to be as eco-friendly as possible.

The good news is that there are plenty of luxury destinations that make sustainability and the environment a priority. So you can whisk yourself away for a weekend of fun without worrying about the damage you might be causing.

Save on Energy UK compiled a list of retreats which use green measures to reduce their impact on the environment and or embrace nature and the outdoors as part of its experience.

They then analysed Instagram hashtags for 100 different popular staycation getaways, to see which have garnered the most online attention. So prepare to get booking.

Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

Pricey… but incredible (Picture: Soho Farm House)

With A-list guests including Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevingne and even Harry and Megan, Soho Farmhouse claims first place for the most Instagrammed staycation in the UK, with almost 50,000 hashtags.

Boasting a beautiful mix of nature and luxury, guests can expect pampering spas, pools, bars and more.

Be prepared to spend a pretty penny for membership plus accommodation, but you might think it’s worth it if you’re in desperate need of a proper post-lockdown treat.

Port Lympne, Kent

Immerse yourself in nature (Picture: Port Lympne Hotel)

The beauty of Port Lympne is that it’s a wildlife park and  a hotel, all in one.

Experience nature in their treetop hotel or spend the night with animals in their immersive lodges, which place you right in the centre of the animals’ habitats.

With 39,021 hashtags and counting, it’s a staycation that is clearly very Instagrammable. So you’re probably in for an unforgettable experience.

The Hoxton, London

Urban chic (Picture: The Hoxton)

The Hoxton in London comes in at third place, clocking up 35,121 hashtags on Instagram.

While being smack bang in the middle of London doesn’t seem green-friendly, these cosy hotel rooms aim to provide everything you need – and nothing you don’t – with minimalist décor that cuts unnecessary energy usage and waste.

Other eco-friendly staycations in the UK

In fourth, fifth and sixth place are Babington House in Somerset, Chewton Glen in the New Forest National Park, and The Pig Hotels, found in several locations across the country.

The grounds are epic (Picture: Chewtonglen)
Very stately (Picture: Babington House)
We love the piggy mascots (Picture: The Pig Hotel)

These destinations define green and sustainable in their own unique ways, amassing interest from eco-conscious millennials in the UK.

Most of the green entries reside in the South of England, so it’s important to give a special mention to Jesmond Dene House,the luxury and eco-conscious hotel in Newcastle, which takesninth place.

So dreamy (Picture: Jesmond Dene House)

Surrounded by extravagant gardens, and with an extensive environmental policy, this hotel is a great staycation to discover this summer, gathering a total of 6,605 hashtags on Instagram.

Take a look at some of the other luxury staycation destinations:

Dormy House

Wrapped up like a present (Picture: Dormy House)

Lime Wood

So unique (Picture: Lime Wood)

Heckfield Place

Rainbow not guaranteed (Picture: Heckfield Place)

Retreat East

Solar panels and wooden fixtures (Picture: Retreat East)

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