Burley country hotel, New Forest, England

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Responsible tourism: Burley country hotel, New Forest, England

Environment

Car free discounts - We offer discounted rates to our guests that choose to travel to the New Forest car free. We are committed to helping to reduce the traffic associated with tourism, so if you decide to leave your car behind you will receive 10% off your break rate! All you need to show is your train or coach ticket or push bike on arrival.

We are also very close by to the route of the New Forest Tour (Red Route) which calls into the village of Burley. This is an open-top bus that has a commentary with information on the history, wildlife and culture of the forest. It's a great way of getting around the forest as well as an environmentally friendly day out. We try to promote the tour wherever possible to our guests.

Resource Efficiency Audit
In order to improve our energy consumption and waste management and disposal we have undergone an environmental audit. The results of this have been invaluable in saving energy and improving the way we dispose of waste.
Monitoring the use of our resources
We monitor the usage of all our resources (water, gas and electricity) to see exactly how much we use and where we can conserve energy.
Use of energy saving bulbs
We are replacing standard light bulbs, wherever possible, with energy saving bulbs, to aid reducing our electricity use.

Laundry
Our Hotels do not wish to compromise the standards of service which we set and supply to our guests, but the gallons of water, use of energy and use of harmful detergents needed to launder our linens increases the impact on our environment. We therefore ask our guests to request a clean supply of bath linens only when they feel it necessary.
Heating
We turn down radiators instead of opening windows to reduce our gas consumption.

Green team
In order to facilitate environmentally friendly policies throughout our group and encourage new ideas for being green we set up a ĎGreen Teamí, a group of employees with at least one representative from each hotel.
Future actions and strategies
Expansion of the recycling program
At present we have paper and glass recycling bins at all the hotels. We are currently piloting a food waste scheme at our sister hotel that we hope to roll out across the group in the near future.
Reduction of energy consumption
In addition to the program we have already initiated by monitoring consumption of our resources, we shall be pursuing further reductions as our consumption patterns become clearer. Any ideas we implement will not result in any inconvenience for our guests or staff.

Community

The hotel is set within beautiful extensive grounds which our visitors can explore freely and enjoy the open space and fresh air. Itís a great chance to unwind from the stresses of everyday life and get closer to nature. The hotel is within the New Forest National Park and the reception staff have extensive knowledge of the New Forest, so if you need any advice on local walks or attractions, just ask. We encourage our guests to take advantage of our forest location and to get out and explore all that is on offer within the New Forest National Park, itís amazing!

There is so much to do in the New Forest and the old favourite of walking is very popular for our guests. All trails and tracks are open to the public unless marked, allowing visitors to walk for miles in whatever direction they please, a dog walkers paradise too. Please do take notice of any signs about ground nesting birds in a particular area and any areas that are closed to visitors for any reason. We sell walking and cycling maps at all the hotels' receptions, so if you fancy cycling but don't have your own bike then our staff at New Forest Hotels will organise bike hire for you. There are gravel and grass tracks throughout the national park, allowing you to cover great distances every day. Most of the roads in the New Forest have a speed limit of 40mph allowing a more relaxed cycling experience. There are so many cycling routes across the forest which show off some of the prettiest scenery including the heathlands, woods, wildlife and pretty and picturesque villages. We encourage our guests to go out and get active in a way that does not damage the landscape, flora and fauna, by being a responsible visitor.

Landscape

The hotel is set within beautiful extensive grounds which our visitors can explore freely and enjoy the open space and fresh air. Itís a great chance to unwind from the stresses of everyday life and get closer to nature. The hotel is within the New Forest National Park and the reception staff have extensive knowledge of the New Forest, so if you need any advice on local walks or attractions, just ask. We encourage our guests to take advantage of our forest location and to get out and explore all that is on offer within the New Forest National Park, itís amazing!

There is so much to do in the New Forest and the old favourite of walking is very popular for our guests. All trails and tracks are open to the public unless marked, allowing visitors to walk for miles in whatever direction they please, a dog walkers paradise too. Please do take notice of any signs about ground nesting birds in a particular area and any areas that are closed to visitors for any reason. We sell walking and cycling maps at all the hotels' receptions, so if you fancy cycling but don't have your own bike then our staff at New Forest Hotels will organise bike hire for you. There are gravel and grass tracks throughout the national park, allowing you to cover great distances every day. Most of the roads in the New Forest have a speed limit of 40mph allowing a more relaxed cycling experience. There are so many cycling routes across the forest which show off some of the prettiest scenery including the heathlands, woods, wildlife and pretty and picturesque villages. We encourage our guests to go out and get active in a way that does not damage the landscape, flora and fauna, by being a responsible visitor.

Reviews of Burley country hotel, New Forest, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in nice serene countryside and away from it all.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Lot of walks and other activities available around Lyndhurst so you won't be bored, do some research before coming down.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Spent some money in shops and pubs an visit to Beauliu Motor Museum which was a great experience as much changed since last visit a few decades ago and a lot older and able to appreciate it better.

Secret Army base by the main house was of very much interest as SOE's work in detail mentioned.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Well worth coming down to and make return in near future.

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