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15 green places to stay


Across Britain, a new breed of environmentally aware hotels and B&Bs is springing up. But you don't need to pack a hair shirt. Richard Hammond suggests some great retreats where style and sustainability go hand in hand

12. Deepdale Farm, Norfolk

A 1,300-acre working farm with an 80-pitch campsite, a basic backpackers hostel for up to 50 and a converted granary for groups of up to 18. The hostel and toilet blocks have solar-powered underfloor heating. The farm is close to beaches and saltmarshes of the north Norfolk coast, including Blakeney Point for bird-watching and the chance to see common and grey seals.

Camping costs from 4.50 per person; a room in the hostel costs from 10.50 a night (+44 (0)1485 210256; deepdalefarm.co.uk). Take the train to King's Lynn then taken the Coasthopper bus (norfolkgreen.co.uk), which drops you off at the farm.

The Observer - Journalist: Richard Hammond
01/07/2007