10 Eco Escapes for that Perfect ‘Off Grid’ Romantic Valentines Day Surprise

We've written this blog in the HOPE that lockdown will be eased by the time Valentines rolls around.....but if not, and we're stuck in whatever tier we're in.....please feel free to check them out later in the year <3

Have you ever thought about taking your significant other away on a surprise romantic Eco escape off the beaten track?

Look no further….

This blog will give you PLENTY of ideas for little hideaways, where there’s little to no mobile signal so that you can spend that time together, just being with each other and not having to put up with their Insta posts, Facebook feeds and selfies….

we've rounded up our favourite eco-friendly and off-grid escapes from all over the UK.

Some are on nature reserves, others on amazing bike paths or hiking trails but each one will get you away from it all (without roughing it). Say hello to wildlife, hidden landscapes, leisurely breakfasts...and each other.

Eagle Brae Log Cabins, Scotland

Indulge any Hobbit fantasies (we’re talking design wise rather than romantically…) at Eagle Brae. It’s an eco-friendly log cabin village set in the Highlands, that’s full of rustic charm.

Think grass roofs, Himalayan carvings and local hydro-electric power. Oh and there’s a friendly herd of deer nearby. Each cabin has been handmade and each one is different but there’s all mod-cons inside including DVD players, music docks and a state of the art kitchen incase the weather’s a tad rainy. (Which isn’t unusual for Scotland, let’s be honest).

You can even order food to be delivered.

Book Eagle Brae here

Lofty, Machynlleth, Mid Wales

If you’re not getting a mini break in a treehouse this spring, it’s time to reassess. Especially when they look as beautiful as Lofty. We’re talking proper fairy tale fixtures here with spiral log staircases, rope bridges and hammocks.  While it sleeps four, we reckon cosy up in front of the big windows for a spot of star-gazing, put some logs in the wood burner and come morning, explore the pretty valleys - the Cemmaes Wind Farm and the Centre for Alternative Technology are nearby. Book Lofty here

Battlesteads Eco Lodge, Wark, Northumberland

These beautiful lodges on the grounds of the Battlesteads hotel and restaurant are award winning lodges that are equipped with underfloor heating, for toasty feet, using their biomass boiler. Battlesteads also boasts its own observatory so that you and your significant other can gaze up at the stars together. Located in the biggest dark sky park in the UK, Wark is as picturesque as it is ancient….with Hareshaw Linn a short drive away, there are ample opportunities for that perfect valentine’s picnic. Book Battlesteads Lodges here

Mrs Higgs Lodge, Herefordshire

If you’re after something a little more solid this February, the 200 year old Mrs Higgs Lodge in Herefordshire, is a two bedroom cottage surrounded by 3,000 acres of woodland. The cottage is like stepping back to a simpler time (we think Jane Austen would have approved) - there’s fresh water from a spring, no TV or Wi-fi (be prepared to actually have to talk to each other) and lights are powered by solar panels. If you’re after a digi detox, this is it, without having to properly glamp. There’s a gas stove, hot shower and proper loo...and it’s only a short walk to pretty pubs for local cider and amazing Sunday roasts. Don’t believe in three’s a crowd? You can bring the dog. Book Mrs Higgs Lodge here.

Shepherd's Delight, Devon

Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight, or so they say. Take in the Devon skies from this cute glamping hut that’s found a few miles out of Exeter. Your romantic, one bedroom hideaway sits in four acres of woodland, on organic farmland, next to a lily covered lake (if you’re brave you can take the rowing boat out a la Bridget Jones and recite bad limericks).  There’s solar power for lighting, a gas barbeque, plenty of spots to sit and have a cuppa and plenty of amazing cycle paths if you want to have a blast of sea air. Bring the dog, switch off and explore Devon’s famous Jurassic Coast.

Book the Shepherd's Delight here.

Majestic Bus, Herefordshire

All aboard for this very special off-grid stay. This converted 1960s Bedford Panorama bus can be found near Hay-on-Wye and we're sure it will steer you towards a special, romantic weekend. It's quirky, hand built interiors have seen it featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, and it comes with a two-level decking area, perfect for star spotting.

A cosy double, solar powered lights, proper kitchen are on board, and next door there's a tea-light lit, and wood stove-warmed bathhouse complete with roll top Victorian bath. The Radnorshire Hills are on your doorstep as are the bookish delights of Hay on Wye. 

Book the Majestic Bus here.

Swinton Estate, Yorkshire

Swinton Bivouac is part of a 20,000 acre estate in the Yorkshire Dales, complete with secluded woodland and a series of yurts and cute-as-a-button tree lodges. The tree lodges are tucked away in the forest and have their own kitchen, wood burning stove (using trees from the site’s own forestry), wood fired hot tubs and cute verandas. 

Upcycling and recycling are built into everything on this sustainably minded estate, there’s no electricity but plenty of eco chic despite it being an off grid escape. Don’t want to be on your own all the time? There’s a friendly cafe on site, a cookery school, spa or you can go riding or fishing.

Book Swinton Bivouac here

Treehouse Howf, Perthshire

Will you be king (or queen) of the castle this Valentine’s Day in Perthshire? From this woody abode you can take in the Ochil hills. This is a proper eco-escape, the self sufficient treehouse has a wood burning stove and cooker inside, shower and compost loo. Cosy up in the bedroom or take in the views from your wrap around balcony.

Even if you can’t see any people on this two acre space, you’ve got company - there are sheep, ponies,donkeys, pygmy goats, a variety of poultry including turkeys, rhea, guinea fowl, ducks and geese. It's perfect for anyone who wants to run away and start a smallholding (or is that just us?).

Book Treehouse Howf here

Damson, Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent

The Isle of Sheppey has much to offer those that want a spot of walking, wildlife and woodlands and Damson sits on the huge National Nature Reserve. 

It’s surrounded by damson trees and wooded hedgerows and feels like a classic British country escape. Cosy on the inside, the views are the real star here, but you’ll find the stress just falls away after a good night’s sleep and a leisurely cuppa. There’s also an outdoor bath if you’re brave.

Book Damson here

Fforest, West Wales

One of our favourite glamping/farm stays is Fforest, a 200 acre farm that sits next to the Teifi marshes nature reserve, a stone’s throw from the Welsh coast. The farm has a range of accommodation options from see through domes to renovated stone cottages (there’s also a tiny pub for lock ins) and these guys are local food fiends. 

A Valentine’s Day getaway here includes a two hour guided coastal walk and a special wood fire supper by the riverside. A perfectly dreamy take on the best bits of country life, perfect for those dipping their toes in the rural water.

Book the eco-escape Valentine's Day package for FForest here

Now, all you have to do is decide....what your significant other would rather do....and book

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