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Off Grid Adventures

treehseMost of us like to get away on holiday and enjoy new surroundings, but its a bonus if you can do this without leaving too big a carbon footprint behind you. There are many amazing ways for get closer to nature, enjoy the stars at night (without electricity dulling their brightness), and having a few days away from all the antisocial gadgets... but with many comforts thrown in to make for a special stay.

Leave the musty old tent which you can't quite stand up in at home - and the airbed that slowly leaks to leave you on the hard ground at 4am. And take a look at some wonderful off grid places from within our unusual accommodation directory at QuirkyAccom.com.

West Lexham Treehouses and Bell Tents - These gems are hidden in the garden and amidst trees on a Norfolk estate. Enjoy star gazing, rustic chic colour and style, in off grid loveliness.

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The Green Escape - In secret woodland just 1 hour from London - yet a world away - you will find a shepherd hut hideout for up to 20 (groups only). Lounge in tree-strung hammocks amidst bluebells by day and have candle lit get-togethers by night. Aiming for zero-carbon.

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Pego Ferreiro in Portugal - In a remote and rocky location in a National Park near the Spanish border you can choose between a canvas River Lodge, a solar and wind powered Goat House or, my favourite, the Boar Hide. Lay in wait to watch the boar's nightly visits.

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TiPi Bush Camp in South Africa - Very excited about my forthcoming stay here. My son is more worried about not being able to 'plug in' - but instead of focusing on screens we can look into Addo Elephant National Park at the big 5.

The Hidden Mill in Scotland - A uniquely historic and ecological property which sleeps up to 10. They get their electricity through a hydro generator, plus warmth from a woodburner and ground source heat pump. Take a fire bath in the garden!

The Nest of the Red Dragon in France - Stunning setting for this misplaced bit of exotic Asia. With natural water pool plus solar electricity and water, there is no guilt - just pleasure in staying here.

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The Old Coach House at the Labyrinth - This Cornish coastal property has been awarded the Higher Level of Environmental Stewardship for encouraging wildlife on the land plus the house is eco heaven.

Cwtch Camp in Wales - Enjoy the simple life without WiFi or electricity in the Pembrokeshire National Park.