Dream about living off-grid? Give it a go at one of these gorgeous eco stays

There are many reasons to make the home eco-friendly, whether you’re looking to lower your energy bills or are concerned about climate change.

It can be difficult to know where to begin with all the sustainable gadgets and systems on the market.

A test drive of an ecohome is one way to find out what features you like.

We’ve compiled a list of top eco-friendly destinations in Europe to help you make the right decisions about how to adapt your home.

5. Sunnybrook, Devon, UK: Try eco-gadgets

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Sunnybrook is the perfect place to test out eco-gadgets within beautiful natural surroundings. 

You can also test the underfloor heating, and take a look at heat recovery ventilation. This is a system that lowers your home’s heating and cooling.

You can also relax in the wood-fired Swedish sauna at the end.

The entire house is carbon neutral so your trip won’t cost the earth.

4. Galway, Ireland: Secluded bungalow

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Teach Greine is a Galway-based eco-friendly dormer bungalow that offers sustainable interiors. It is decorated with natural oils and organic paints. The rooms are heated using solar power and heat recovery systems.

The bungalow has natural, sustainable bamboo flooring. It is also surrounded with wildflowers which attract native insects and pollinators. It’s a wonderful example of sustainable gardening because all the plants are organically grown.

It’s also affordable at only PS55 (EUR66), so it won’t strain your wallet.

3. Oasy Hotel in Tuscany, Italy, is an eco-friendly farm.

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You can find out what it is like to own an eco-friendly farm by going to the Tuscany wild hills. This stunning eco-resort is 80 km north of Florence has been created by Oasi Dynamo Nature Reserve and the World Wildlife Fund.

Oasi Dynamo Nature Reserve, located 80 km north of Florence, has partnered up with the World Wildlife Fund.

The site covers 1,000 hectares and 16 eco-lodges are located on it. Each one has panoramic views over the surrounding reserve.

You can try growing your own food at the hotel’s restaurant. The menu includes produce from the Oasi Dynamo Farm. You can also participate in a cheesemaking class, and then enjoy your own creations at the restaurant later that evening.

You can also learn more about the plants and take a tour to see how the farm-to-table process works.

2. Explore off-grid living in Hazel Hill, Salisbury (UK).

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Hazel Hill is the ideal spot for those who want to explore the world off the beaten path and experience what it’s like living off-grid. The Hazel Hill Trust manages the conservation forest located just 11 km from Salisbury. Their main goal is to connect people with nature.

The timber residential buildings can accommodate groups up to 30 people and are made from wood from the forest.

They are also nearly entirely off-grid, with compost toilets and a reedbed for greywater processing. All heating is provided by the wood from the 28-hectare forest.

1. Three green living options are available at El Toral Eco Farm in Asturias (Spain).

El Toral ecofarm gives visitors the opportunity to experience rural charm with three options. You can choose from the caravan with a composting toilet or the yurt equipped with a kitchen and a field, or even the cabana which is a traditional rural building used by shepherds and sheep.

You can also find green gadgets here, such as solar-powered phone chargers or a wood-fired boiler that heats water from natural springs.

This farm is totally off-grid so it’s a great place for anyone who is considering major lifestyle changes.

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