Accommodation only holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

If you are looking to simply get away from it all, stay in beautiful surroundings and do you own thing, then our accommodation only holidays may be just what you need. From traditional B&Bs and hotels to beachside retreats, jungle ecolodges or tipis & yurts we have options worldwide to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our accommodations are run by people that are committed to looking after their environment and supporting their local communities so you can rest assured your stay is as responsible as it can be.

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Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Houseboats on private trout lake and wetland, from £385 - £795 per week
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €580 - €850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy
Modern comforts days gone by ambience, from €70 - €105 per double room per night
Liguria holiday accommodation, self catering apartments
Stay in a restored medieval village, from €390 - €1200 per apartment per week (sleeps 2-6)
Tobago beach accommodation
Three lodges & four apartments in beautiful Tobago, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Gambia holiday accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £12.50 - £30 per person per night incl breakfast
Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Unusual accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Luxury eco apartment in Lanzarote, from €525 - €735 per couple per week
Atlas Mountains accommodation nr Imlil, Morocco
Berber guesthouse in the mountains, from £30 - £40 per person per night
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €65 - €110 per room per night
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from £95 per accommodation per night
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Converted farm building in beach setting with car, from €1540 - €2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
East Sussex tree house accommodation, England
A remarkable, romantic tree house in rural Sussex, from £172 - £279 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
New Forest Hotel near Cadnam, England
A Grade 2 listed hotel in Cadnam set within 8 acres of land., from £62 per person per night
France luxury eco accommodation, Saint Martin Laguepie
Stunning Eco-House in Riverside Hamlet, from £825 - £1200 per house per week (sleeps 6)
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Organic hideaway for 2 & wheelchair access cottage for 6, from £270 - £740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm., from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Idyllic Andalucian Farmhouse with Stunning Private Pool, from €799 - €1199 per accommodation per week
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Live with a local Maasai tribe, from US $70 per person per night
Droxford self catering cottages, South Downs, England
Self catering holiday cottages near Droxford South Downs, from £900 - £2025 per cottage per week
Pewsey farm house B&B, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
Beautiful 18th century B&B in Wiltshire countryside, from £30 - £75 per accommodation per night
Rauris bed & breakfast in Salzburg, Austria
Tranquil and centrally located B&B in Rauris, Salzburg, from €23 per person per night incl breakfast
Rajasthan luxury hotel, Narlai, India
Rajasthan's charming rural Royal heritage hotel, from £80 - £300 per accommodation per night
Pewsey self catering cabins in Wiltshire, England
Beautiful, cosy waterside log cabins in Vale of Pewsey, from £300 - £689 per cottage per week

1852 reviews for accommodation only holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent accommodation only holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this holiday is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous holiday - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
Probably one of the best holidays we have ever had. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, good food, wonderful people, as little or as much to do and see as you like then book now! (more)Kathryn Spalding
From £495 - £550
Swedish Lapland holiday accommodation
Fantastic! Loved every minute of it. Excellent accommodation and food. Owners were extremely accommodating, helpful and knowledgeable. Great activities in an amazing setting. Would highly recommend it and would love to go back! (more)Amanda Ford
It was fantastic. Scenery and people made it all worth while...Staying in the wilderness cabin for 2 nights was an amazing experience. (more)Bolette Bruun
The most exciting part was finally seeing the Northern Lights the night before I left. (more)Natasha Cafane
From SKr1600 - SKr2500 per person per night
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
First class!!....Owners of the property helped us plan wonderful cycling trips in the area through majestic woodland, gorgeous beaches, unspoilt villages and great restaurants. Also wonderful breakfasts. (more)kath Ferguson
10 out of 10. Perfect for relaxing....Without doubt our most memorable part has to be James and Aastas care of and help to their guests. Their expertise of all things local, historical places, restaurants, walks is second to none (more)Patricia Brenchley
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best holiday ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Bavaria self catering apartments
The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. (more)Rainey Wikstrom
Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest was the most memorable part...An excellent holiday thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. (more)Diane Jones
Our day trip to Prague was just fantastic and could not have been improved....Wonderful!! (more)Susan Smith
From €455 - €1260 per accommodation per week
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our holiday experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Transylvania holiday accommodation
We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... (more)martin davis
An unforgettable holiday in a remote region of Europe. (more)Gerhard Loupal
It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. (more)Karen Booth
From €36 - €49 per person per night
Pinasca accommodation, Piedmont, Italy
Gosh, difficult to say which part out of so many! I am reviewing the holiday five months later and still remember everything about our stay here. The delicious food and warm hospitality from the hosts, the beautiful scenery and the long walks will stay with me forever, I think. (more)Bill Reid
The kindness of our hosts, the nice balanced way they shared and included us in their individual enthusiasm and warmth, the pertinent information about local and Piemonte region, without coming too close were most memorable. Excellent holiday. (more)Anna Welsing
Whilst we have many very happy memories of our recent 5 weeks in Europe all involved voted that the week was 'the' most memorable. This was primarily a result of the passion that both Marla and Fabrizio bring to the running of the accommodation and to ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Of course this professionalism is ably supported by the fantastic scenery and interesting history of the area. (more)Neal Dalgliesh
From €60 per couple per night
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Algarve holiday accommodation
Great place, great people!... also perfect place to be with kids! (more)Monika Wolkers
We had a lovely time!...The accommodation is faultless and very beautiful and the hosts are welcoming and friendly. (more)Tracey Smith
The most memorable part was the location - so tranquil and perfect hosts. (more)Rachel Turner
From €40 - €190 per accommodation per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Perfect..the best part was driving on the beautiful country roads. (more)Eve Piggott
It was all great: peace and quiet, made to feel welcome but left alone when you wanted privacy. The local market was crammed with excellent local produce. Local wildlife, stargazing, scenery. (more)Richard Needham
Absolutely excellent. The property was well kept but traditional and quirky too. (more)Suzi Staden
From £390 per week (sleeps 2)
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From £385 - £795 per week
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
It was a 100% success...We have never been anywhere that was more environmentally friendly. (more)Keith Pinion
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain
We had a lovely family suite which was spacious and well equipped. The pool is also lovely - quite large and pristine... (more)Julie Mills
The blend of marvellous scenery, a fabulous place to stay and relax, and the hospitality of our hosts (including great food and great local advice on walking, parking points, activities etc). (more)Russell Chant
Exploring hills and geological areas near the property was the most memorable...Relaxing. Hosts very attentive and informative. Peaceful location. (more)Diana Loffler
From €73 - €83 per double room per night
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
If you want to relax, this ticked all the boxes. We came back refreshed and fully benefitting from our week away. (more)jayne ellis
We had a nice, quiet break at the straw bale cabin. The cabin was well equipped with cooking ingredients, utensils, crockery etc so we were able to spend time preparing nice meals before curling up and reading or listening to our little radio. With the veranda, pond , apple trees, allotment and surrounding farm land we felt close to nature. (more)Michele Rogers
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
From £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
You couldn't ask for a more idyllic location, or more welcoming hosts. Shane met us at the villa when we arrived and gave us a quick run through the basics, while Bea would always let us know when she was around to water the plants (twice during the week), a much appreciated sign of the type of consideration they show towards their guests. (more)David Mervik
The peaceful setting, serene surroundings and the warm and gracious hospitality of our hosts, Shane and Bea, are our fondest memories. From the moment we arrived until the minute we left, two weeks later, we rarely thought of our hectic, fast-paced life back home. (more)Nancy Lipson
From €799 - €1199 per accommodation per week
Isle of Wight tree house accommodation, England
Memorable parts? The location Tips? Prepare for a lovely time Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Fantastic (more)Edward Cossart
From £150 - £250 per accommodation per night
Eco lodge accommodation in Bali
Re-invigorating and inspiring...Check out all the activities and make the most of them. (more)Rosemary Livingstone
Most memorable were swimming, reading, and relaxing by the pool at the resort. Taking a little trip to the beach and having a drink over looking the ocean. (more)Kate Birbilis
The ecolodge was very comfortable with friendly hosts who were able to tell us a lot about the wildlife of Indonesia. (more)Delia Stephens
From US $90 per double room per night
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant holiday and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing holiday, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From £120 - £130 per person per night all inclusive
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
We loved every aspect of this accommdation... We dream of returning soon. My daughter and I rank this accommodation as our best holiday ever. (more)Judith Doyle
This was a totally relaxing, getaway holiday...John and Maureen are wonderful hosts and if you are looking for this kind of restful holiday this place is perfect. Excellent - it surprised my husband how much he enjoyed it. (more)Mary Head
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1120 - €1330 per week (sleeps 4)
Lanzarote villa holiday, Fishermans Cottage, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Arriving at Fisherman’s Cottage and seeing the wonderful location. Tips? It's not a holiday destination for clubbers. If you want a few days relaxation by the sea come to fisherman’s cottage. Local benefits? We shopped in the local supermarket and ate out locally. The cottage was totally solar powered with 'green' loos. So yes to both. Overall rating? 10 out of 10. It was so much better than I expected. Jill and Maria were both lovely and friendly.... (more)Laura Whelan
From €665 - €875 per week (sleeps 4)
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
WONDERFUL. Out first three generation family holiday in several years and it couldn't have been better. (more)Melissa Elliott
It was good, for a week we lived like Hobbits in our home under the hill. For fans of Bilbo Baggins this is the place to be. (more)Susan Clack
A wonderful peaceful relaxing experience but also great fun for our children as they found much to enjoy (more)Brian Boyle
From £400 - £600 per week
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
It is the best holiday we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years holidaying in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best holidays. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £406 per accommodation per week

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
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It was OK
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A bit disappointing really
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