To mark the publication of the new edition of The right hotel guide, we asked the editorial staff to name 10 of the best eco-friendly hotels for 2022.
Here are their top picks.
Thyme, Southrop, Gloucestershire
A lovingly restored Cotswold mansion and farm buildings combine here as a hotel and cooking school. Eco-friendly initiatives include sophisticated ventilation, heat pumps and boreholes. There is a chlorine-free spring water pool and careful management of the land encourages abundant wildlife. Cattle graze seasonally on the grasses of the aquatic meadows, while guests graze contentedly in the ox barn.
Doubles from £ 340, B&B. No children under 12. thym.fr
The narrow profile of this hotel from the 90s on the ramparts of the castle allows effective natural ventilation. Insulating plaster on the exterior and large cinder block masonry walls reduce heat loss. Daylight passes through the windows from floor to ceiling and anything that is possible is reusable or recyclable. A delicious menu of local, seasonal ingredients cuts down on miles of food and they’ll pack leftovers to go.
Doubles from £ 139, room only. hartsnottingham.co.uk
Sustainability is at the heart of this cool hotel’s operations, occupying a remodeled Victorian warehouse. Water from a borehole flushes toilets and cools refrigerators and bedrooms. A central atrium and skylight provide natural light and ventilation. Open your window and the air conditioning turns off. They are big on recycling and cycling – rent one of the bikes and go sightseeing.
Doubles from £ 153, room only. thezetter.com
Your room is cooled by the Atlantic breezes at this clifftop spa hotel, whose roof is lined with insect-friendly marine wrecks. Heating is provided by a biomass boiler and solar energy; “Gray water” from the showers rinses the toilets and algae filters the water in the outdoor swimming pool. The rooms do not have single use sachets; call for a coffee, while the valet sees that your car is loaded.
Doubles from £ 245, B&B. Recharge VE. scarlethotel.co.uk
Lyn and Jason Martin have used sustainable methods and materials to restore their Victorian home to create a stylish B&B. Dual-flush toilets and vented shower heads reduce water consumption. Energy-efficient heating, draft protection, waste reduction, recyclable materials, refillable toiletries and green cleaning products reduce environmental damage, while breakfast is an organic feast from Dorset.
Doubles from £ 115, B&B. dorsethouselyme.com
Sharon and Nigel Reed’s legendary hospitality at their King Arthur-themed B&B extends to rabbits, hedgehogs, birds and pond life that thrive in soils free from chemical fertilizers. Solar panels, a biomass boiler, dual-flush toilets, phosphate-free cleaning products, rainwater harvesting, recycling, composting and recharging of electric vehicles ensure Green Tourism Gold status.
Doubles from £ 94, B&B; singles from £ 68. Recharge VE. pendragoncountryhouse.com
Caroline and Jonathan Kaye take pride in their beautiful Victorian country home and minimizing their carbon footprint, while respecting the local community and sharing the glories of the Lake District. They are members of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and have raised over £ 17,000 for causes such as Fix the Fells and Save our Squirrels. Breakfast is sourced from local suppliers.
Doubles from £ 155, B&B. No children under 10 years old. EV charging. cedarmanor.fr
Respect for the environment and community is in the very DNA of Charles and Edmund Inkin’s relaxed and stylish pub and restaurant with rooms. Founding members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, they source their supplies from small local suppliers, employ and train local people, support local charities and have established a social center. Rooms have local art, Welsh blankets, natural toiletries, no TVs and no plastic bags. Supper could bring a plum tomato pie with garden salad leaves.
Doubles from £ 145, B&B. eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk
Leaving this baronial-style hunting lodge on the shores of Loch Torridon, guests are given wildflower seeds to cultivate for the bees. The water comes from a borehole and new trees are planted constantly, while the wood chipped on site feeds a biomass boiler. The food comes from the estate’s farm and vegetable garden, where cows and pigs eat the leftovers.
Doubles from £ 155 (stables), £ 305 (main house), B&B. Recharge VE. thetorridon.com
Fresh linens dance in the Iona Strait breeze at this no-frills, owner-run hotel. Green tourism company classified Gold, it uses only biodegradable washing products, encourages awareness of wildlife and minimizes food miles, by sourcing fish from the surrounding waters, organic fruits and vegetables from the garden and in products from neighboring farms.
Doubles from £ 100, B&B; singles from £ 77. argyllhoteliona.fr