Here at the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth’s most eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel and one of the greenest hotels in the UK, we are delighted to have been mentioned recently in not one but two national newspapers.
First, The Times newspaper recommended us recently in a feature on zip-wiring in Bournemouth, one of the town’s latest attractions to keep the family entertained this summer.
“The joy of a classic seaside resort is, that in order to stay fresh, every summer brings new offerings,” the piece said. “Kids will love the new pier-to-shore zipwire, which flies 25m above the sea — and there are two lines, so family members can race each other. Fans of the art deco artist Alphonse Mucha can see a spectacular collection of his work at In Quest of Beauty, an exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Museum (until September 27)…while the Green House is a chic boutique hotel in the heart of the town.”
We also popped up recently in a news article in the Daily Mail. “Plug-in hybrid car sales are soaring but are they really the future?,” the article began. “We drove a green SUV to Britain’s greenest hotel to find out…” The idea of the piece was “to show holidaying can leave a baby-sized carbon footprint, rather than a basketball player-sized one”.
We were delighted to read that we had been picked for our green credentials – not least because we have two electric charging points to top up car batteries, which we specified during the refurbishment of our 32-room Victorian villa back in 2010. (It’s features like this that enabled us to become one of the first hotels in the UK to be granted “Platinum Green Leader” status on TripAdvisor.)
The locally and sustainably sourced food at Arbor, the Green House Hotel’s award-winning, 2-AA-rosette restaurant also suited the article’s eco remit. We were glad to hear the Mail’s correspondent and his companion weren’t disappointed: “Fresh scallops hand-dived from Lyme Bay and steak from Hereford/Angus cows nearby, washed down with some organic white wine were the perfect tonic to our long day of walking.” Plus, we are proud to say we also managed to puncture a few “eco-hotel” myths along the way: “After the sun shone on Saturday, hot water wasn’t a problem – a fear in a hotel powered by solar.”
And the couple were delighted to find the next morning they could even charge their smart hybrid petrol /electric Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the rain!
Anyway, the verdict was heartening: “[Would we] swap salubrious European breaks for eco holidays in Britain permanently? We decided we would occasionally and it certainly got us thinking more about our carbon footprint when travelling”. Ah, music to our ears!
You can read more about the Daily Mail’s eco-adventure here
And if you are thinking of having a little eco-adventure of your own (either with or without an electric vehicle) then call us on 01202 498900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.