Green Retreats

by Matthew Link

Where: Snowdonia, Wales

The pitch: Ever have fantasies of holing up in a stone cottage toasting crumpets over a roaring fireplace, with the Welsh wind howling outside? These three cottages built in the 1700s are for you.

Green factor: Pentre Bach is a past winner of the Wales Environmental Award for Sustainable Tourism, and the owners take pride in minimum waste and sustainable agriculture. They raise free-range chickens, cook organic meals, compost, and recycle old iron into lamps and pieces of sculpture.

Creature comforts: The cottages feature extras like glassed-in sun lounges, sheltered wall gardens, and sweeping ocean views. And the charming owners make black currant jam and deliver fresh bread to your door.

Eco-activities: This temperate corner of Britain has rock beaches, blackberry-lined footpaths, and empty, unspoiled countryside. You can take Land Rover tours to mysterious Bronze and Iron Age sites and areas associated with the King Arthur legends. Need more action? Hook up with local canoeing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking guides.

Green rule of thumb: "Ask what cleaning products are used. Truly conscientious places buy toilet paper made of recycled paper," says co-owner Margaret Smyth.

Pentre Bach Holiday Cottages
Tel: 44 1341 250 294
Cottages from $245 for a two-night stay

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