Editor’s choice:

2016 Green Hotels

Discerning hotel guests may wish to have a luxury break which they know is not damaging the environment. The Good Hotel Guide's top green hotels have all taken big steps to encourage an eco-friendly experience. The hotels all offer fantastic accommodation, high-quality dining choices and luxury service, but at the heart of this they have a special emphasis on ensuring their local environment is protected for the future. Among the green initiatives Pendragon Country House, Cornwall, offers are solar energy, recharging points for two electric cars and a free washable nappy service for young visitors - even the hotel's website is hosted on a carbon neutral server! The beautiful Green Park Hotel in Pitlochry offers complimentary transport to and from local stations to encourage guests to use public transport, purchases products that are environmentally friendly - local, organic, fair trade, recycled and/or recyclable - and reuses waste for compost to feed the hotel's gardens. The Old Vicarage in Powys has hens and a kitchen garden to reduce food miles, electric car recharging and solar thermal energy installed. The friendly hotel also offers special deals for guests arriving by bike.

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    Pendragon Country House, CAMELFORD, Cornwall

    In North Cornish countryside, this former Victorian rectory is run as a small guest house by Nigel and Sharon Reed; his mother, Sue, is a partner. ‘We arrived early to a warm welcome,’ said visitors

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  • The Scarlet, MAWGAN PORTH, Cornwall

    On a Cornish cliff-top, this ‘fabulous’ eco-friendly hotel is ‘a perfect sanctuary’, say visitors this year. Owned by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington, it has

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  • St Cuthbert's House, SEAHOUSES, Northumberland

    In this colourful harbour village on the ‘beautiful’ Northumberland coast, this former Presbyterian church has been ‘lovingly’ restored into a B&B by musicians Jill and Jeff Sutheran, ‘great hosts’.

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    The Green Park, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    In a prime position on the banks of Loch Faskally, close to Pitlochry golf course, this traditional hotel is run by two generations of the McMenemie family. The original house was built for sisters

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  • Y Goeden Eirin, DOLYDD, Gwynedd

    Named in homage to a book of Welsh stories, The Plum Tree (as it translates) is a converted cowshed in pastureland facing the three peaks of Yr Eifl in Snowdonia. We were sorry to learn of the death

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  • The Old Vicarage, DOLFOR, Powys

    Guests are greeted with afternoon tea and cake at this small guest house, in a red brick Victorian vicarage in the hills of the Welsh Marches. Helen and Tim Withers are the ‘charming, helpful’ owners,

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    The Falcondale, LAMPETER, Ceredigion

    Up a drive bordered by bluebells in season, Chris and Lisa Hutton’s ‘striking’ Italianate hotel is ‘run with good traditional taste and without pretension’. Guests praise the ‘very pleasant’ staff and

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    Timberstone, CLEE STANTON, Shropshire

    ‘A very welcoming couple’, Tracey Baylis and Alex Read, greet guests with tea or coffee at their ‘delightful’ rural B&B in this ‘lovingly extended’ stone cottage in the Clee hills. The open-plan

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    Overwater Hall, IREBY, Cumbria

    Deer and red squirrel may be seen on the approach to this ‘comfortable, friendly hotel’ in the northern Lake District. The Grade II listed Georgian mansion is run in an informal style by

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    Augill Castle, KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria

    ‘There is something here for everyone,’ says a visitor this year to Wendy and Simon Bennett’s turreted Gothic castle in the Eden valley. A multi-generational party (aged from three

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