Autumn is a truly exciting time for us here at the here at the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth’s most environmentally friendly luxury boutique hotel. No sooner has Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea festival finished in a flurry of fireworks, than autumn proper sets in and sets our hearts aglow. Why? Well, here are five reasons we love autumn.
The New Forest
Autumn is a magical time in the New Forest: the canopy turns into a rich overhead tapestry of reds and golds, pigs wander freely for Pannage (hoovering up the carpet of acorns and chestnuts so they don’t harm other animals – a practice that goes back to William the Conqueror’s time) and pubs start lighting their log fires. The Japanese believe that “forest bathing” or shirin yoku has medicinal properties – and we can see why. Here at the Green House Hotel we challenge any of our guests to spend time in this ancient, mythical landscape, which luckily is right on our doorstep, and not come away feeling calmer, less stressed and more energised.
Summer rambles are all well and good but the heat can make them feel a bit too much like hard work. A good, crisp autumn day, on the other hand, is just made for walking. Whether it’s a guided walking tour of Bournemouth, an expert-led hike as part of the New Forest Walking Festival, a visit to dramatic Corfe Castle or a simple stroll along the prom-prom-prom, here at the Green House Hotel we can help you arrange your perfect outing, provide before-and-after sustenance – and even send you off with a packed lunch if you like.
At Arbor, the Green House Hotel’s two-AA rosette restaurant, we love the change of seasons. There’s a real buzz as Head Chef Andy Hilton comes up with new and exciting ways to use seasonal produce. Obviously colder, darker months demand lots of warming, slow-cooked dishes that pack in flavour – and you’ll find plenty of these on our new autumn-winter 2016 menu. Comfort food doesn’t have to be stodgy: Andy uses the wonderful colours and textures of seasonal winter veg – beets, red cabbage, sweet potato, root vegetables – to full effect to produce dishes that are perfectly balanced as well as satisfying. Having said that, a spot of Beth’s Blackberry jam Roly-Poly with ginger-infused custard might not go amiss, either.
An excuse to retire early
As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, early nights just become so much more inviting – even if sleep is the last thing on your mind. At the end of a strenuous day of walking and eating, there are few things more pleasurable than cosying up in a Green House Hotel guest room, where you can relax on a bespoke bed handmade from purely natural materials, luxurious goose down duvets and crisp white organic bed linen. All rooms are furnished beautifully with our handcrafted bespoke furniture and have a 32-inch LED flat screen TV and Bose sound dock. Plus if you pick one of our stunning master doubles, you can make the most of your beautiful Victorian rolltop bath before retiring – bubbles optional (though highly advisable).
Countdown to Christmas
Of course, the other great thing about autumn is that Christmas is just around the corner – and that means an excuse to get out and about and perhaps do a bit of shopping. Bournemouth has something for everyone when it comes to retail therapy, from the high street stores in the town centre (a pleasant stroll from the Green House Hotel) to buzzing Boscombe (also within walking distance), home to Bournemouth’s Open Air Market; from Westbourne, affectionately known as ‘the village’ to Southbourne, with unique independent stores waiting to be discovered. Head down to the vintage quarter (Christchurch Road in Pokesdown) for a range of retro boutiques, quirky cafes and individual book shops. And don’t forget to reward yourself with coffee and cake, or perhaps one of Arbor’s special made-to-order Afternoon Teas.
To book your autumn stay at the Green House Hotel call us today on 01202 498500 or book online here.