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If you want to get away for some serious relaxation without compromising on your eco-principles or your comfort, Natural Retreats’ self-catering UK holidays might have just the answer. Natural Retreats was launched in 2006 by founder Matt Spence, who wanted to offer luxurious, sustainable, self-catering and short break holidays in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Natural Retreats, Yorkshire Dales

Spence was determined to ensure that each retreat fitted with its surroundings and didn’t impact negatively on the environment. Since 2006, the company has grown to include five locations in the Yorkshire Dales, Fistral Beach (Cornwall), West Highlands (Scotland) and Llyn Peninsula (North Wales). If you want to venture further afield, Natural Retreats also offers self-catering holidays in Ireland in County Cork, County Kerry and County Limerick – as well as in the US, although you then have to wrangle with your conscience over the flight.

One constant across all their properties – apart from incredible views, seascapes and fabulous coastline – is the personal concierge service that comes with it. Customers have access to a team of dedicated travel professionals who are on hand constantly to offer local advice so that you get the most out of your trip.

Natural Retreats, Yorkshire Dales

Spence’s dedication to implementing environmentally-responsible practices and promoting all things ‘green’ to guests and the wider community has led to the Yorkshire Dales retreat being awarded the Green Tourism GOLD Award for the second time. Sustainable design is particularly fundamental to this property, which has sustainable timber used in the building frames, recycled insulation, evergreen sedum roofs, passive solar glazing, biomass heating and use of natural spring water (from Natural Retreats’ own spring) for drinking and showers.

In their other locations, Natural Retreats employs many other environmental initiatives, including green build technology, energy bought from 100% renewable sources, welcome hampers sourced from local suppliers, the promotion of car-free itineraries and a wildlife plan.


Natural Retreats offers seven nights in the Yorkshire Dales from £560 for a three bedroom residence (sleeps six). For more information on its philosophy and full selection of properties in the UK and internationally, visit www.naturalretreats.com.