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Are you looking for a relaxing and eco-friendly getaway? Visit York and make unforgettable memories while enjoying the comfort and tranquillity of the city's finest accommodation. These establishments blend environmental responsibility with York's rich history and serene green spaces, offering you the perfect escape.

In this feature, we share the stories of places in York that are dedicated to providing a relaxing stay amidst the city's natural beauty. Their commitment to sustainability not only enhances your experience but also supports a healthier planet. As part of Green York, these places seamlessly integrate sustainable hospitality with York’s tranquil environments, giving you a holistic approach to eco-friendly travel and living.

Discover how they can make your stay in York both relaxing and sustainable!

Sandburn Hall and Griffon Forest

Set in the heart of 1,000 acres on the Sandburn Hall Estate, Sandburn Hall and Griffon Forest offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy the comfort of oak lodges and the abundance of wildlife, with woodland trails and outdoor hot tubs.

Eco-friendly initiatives include planting over 300 trees, installing renewable heat source systems, and creating wildflower meadows and woodland areas. Future plans include a 550kw ground-mounted solar PV system to reduce electricity demand by nearly 50%.

Fairfax Corner

Located within 10 minutes of York’s historic city centre, Fairfax Corner is an eco-friendly guest house that sleeps six guests. This Victorian home has been renovated to high environmental standards, featuring solar panels and an air source heat pump. The property also supports the local community through initiatives like the Refill Kitchen community café.

Fairfax Corner's sustainable practices and community involvement earned it a finalist spot in the 2023 Visit York Tourism Awards for Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism.

DoubleTree by Hilton York

Situated in York's city centre, DoubleTree by Hilton York offers a sustainable stay with views of the historic City Wall and Monk Bar. The hotel has achieved Greengage’s ECOsmart Gold certification, implementing carbon reduction measures such as 100% LED lighting, motion-sensitive lighting, and energy-efficient kitchen equipment.

The hotel also focuses on waste reduction and recycling, eliminating plastic water bottles and ensuring all paper, glass, cans, and plastic waste are recycled.

Moxy York

Moxy York combines style with sustainability in the heart of York. With 118 rooms, a vibrant lobby, and pet-friendly policies, Moxy York ensures a fun and eco-friendly stay. The hotel boasts LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible level, for its energy-efficient design and operations.

Moxy York is committed to reducing its environmental footprint while providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for guests.

South Newlands Farm Cottages

South Newlands Farm Cottages offer solar-powered, self-catering accommodations with a focus on sustainability. The farm features three wheelchair-accessible cottages and one snug cottage, all equipped with eco-friendly amenities like solar panels, no single-use plastics, and extensive recycling.

The spacious, comfortable cottages are perfect for families, couples, or friends looking to explore Yorkshire while minimizing their environmental impact.

The Hart Lake Escapes

Hart Lake Escapes offers five boutique shepherd huts nestled in woodland around a private lake. Each hut is equipped with a private kitchen, ensuite facilities, a log burner, and a wood-fired hot tub.

Located just five miles from York, this tranquil retreat provides a serene environment perfect for relaxation. The natural beauty surrounding the huts and the nearby attractions make Hart Lake Escapes an ideal getaway for those looking to unwind in a picturesque setting.

Studford Luxury Lodges

Located 25 minutes from York and near the North York Moors, Studford Luxury Lodges offer a blend of luxury and sustainability. Each lodge features super king beds, smart TVs, log burners, hot tubs, and private saunas.

The lodges also provide a free chauffeur service to nearby pubs. Their commitment to eco-friendly luxury ensures a comfortable stay while minimizing environmental impact.

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