With acres of outdoor green space, plenty of public transport to criss-cross the county and Hertfordshire being home to a few garden cities, we’ve got just what’s needed for a country escape that is all around visiting sustainably, and of course carefree! So read on, make some plans and take some time for you and your family that won’t cost the planet.
It doesn't get much greener than glamping! In addition to their beautiful bell tents and home from home comforts, the team at Home Farm Glamping follow the UN's Global Goals for sustainable development. Food waste is either donated or composted, charcoal for BBQs is locally sourced and responsibly produced, products like washing up liquid and detergent are natural based, and the beautiful landscape is managed and protected in partnership with the Herts & Middlesex Trust to help regenerate and rewild the estate. So there you have it, a stay that not only offers the chance to reconnect with nature, but protect it too.
It’s one of life’s simple pleasures – being able to simply turn up, put up a tent or roll into the site in your caravan, and spend time soaking up the outdoors, and it’s equally rather environmentally friendly. At Camping & Caravanning Club's Hertfordshire sites, take time for you and your family with sites in Hertford and Theobolds Park all local to outstanding outdoor space and our picturesque towns. Once you're done, the only mark you leave is from where your pitch was!
Working to become a net zero business, Bethnal & Bec is a luxury, adults only sustainable retreat. At its core, the self-catering studios are there for you to truly unwind in the Hertfordshire countryside, with their chic accommodation featuring the likes of whirlpool baths, underfloor heating and rainforest showers and fenced gardens so you can relax and breathe in your surroundings. To really upgrade your stay – make sure to pimp up your stay, by pre-ordering some local goods such as beer from Buntingford Brewery and sourdough from Stevenage market.
Set in the countryside just north of Chorleywood, you will reconnect with nature as soon as you step into the surroundings of North Hill Farm. Encapsulated by trees, the glamping huts which include the likes of the ‘Beehive’ and ‘Owls Lookout’ are the perfect weekend getaway each themed around the natural world, with one exception being the Hut ‘That Shall Not Be Named’. Once you’ve settled in, head out on a countryside wander on the Chess Valley Walk or visit a local pub! Handily, it’s easily accessible by public transport being a short journey from Chorleywood Underground station too.
For the many evenings out you might need to fill, Herts has a raft of local businesses waiting to serve. If you’re keen on trying some of the county’s best craft beer, head over to Croxley Green's Anchor, Tap & Bottle. Not only can you sample (at the time of writing) some Hertfordshire ales, but their deli stocks some local produce and snacks to perfectly accompany your evening – and like North Hill Farm, it sits close to an Underground station!
With lots of accommodation in Herts being self-catering you might be wondering where would be best placed to provide you with some environmentally sound produce… In steps Vimi Eco Store in Radlett. With a truly global problem of single use plastic and poorly produced food (with the likes of harmful chemicals), ViMi is Hertfordshire’s premier stop for people wanting to go plastic free but still pick up the likes of pasta, dried fruits to household products.
With a small group of five restaurants across Herts, Lusmmanns has been sustainably sourcing its offering for many years. With classic and seasonal menus, their line up of the original fish and chips to hake puttanesca will ensure you get taken on an expedition of taste, without the air miles! If you don’t believe us simply check out their sustainability page on their website where Lussmanns have won MSC Menu of the Year to a Sustainable Seafood Award.
If you’re coming back to Herts or live in the county, we’ve got a range of places that will ensure you do your bit while not costing you or your wallet. Take a read of our Veganuary blog which is relevant through the year, or our guide to shopping independently and locally in Herts.