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.
Bright gardens, dotted with sculptures, and a sweep of lawns tumble down to a private lochside terrace from this Victorian country house, where many thoughtful touches ‘set the hotel apart’.
Shhh! It’s adults only at this ‘truly special’ cliff-top hotel, which, say readers this year, ‘achieves a wonderful balance of chic luxury, tranquillity and culinary delight’.
We can’t say whether King Arthur stabled Llamrei in the equestrian centre next door, but the once and future king lives on in this small hotel near Tintagel, named after Uther Pendragon.
'A very special place.’ ‘Utterly charming.’ 'It’s not the Ritz, but you will feel like a lord.’ Lavish and frequent praise in 2019 for Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley.
The promised welcome in the vales is extended by Eluned Rowlands at this converted granite cowshed-turned-characterful B&B with views to Snowdonia and the Menai estuary
In the Cambrian mountains, set back from the A483, this red brick former Victorian vicarage-turned-B&B has been praised for its ‘atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’.
On the edge of this seaside town, a ‘lovingly converted’ Presbyterian chapel dedicated to Northumberland’s patron saint is run as a 'superb' B&B and occasional music venue by enthusiastic owners and 'great hosts' Jeff and Jill Sutheran.
‘We are greeted as if we are the most important people in the world,’ says a regular guest at this Shropshire B&B, lovingly created by Tracey Baylis and Alex Read from two 300-year-old cottages.
Last updated: December 12, 2016