Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation, England

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Responsible tourism: Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation, England

Environment

We use organic (approximately 80%) and/or local food, Fair trade tea/coffee and other supplies, and ecological cleaning materials and washing products. In fact we do all our own laundry using minimal washing liquid (using wash balls) and dry washing out of doors or over the aga!

Energy saving measures include low energy lightbulbs (about 70%), capped outdoor lights and wind-up torches as emergency lighting. We also recycle glass, paper, foil, garden waste, clothing and textiles.

We use a W.E.T system for our sewage (entirely biological through action of plant growth and soil microbes), garden organically and promote wildlife in our garden. We farm sustainably and are committed to benefiting the environment through our involvement in several environmental schemes. We educate the public by holding farm walks and garden open days. Our local workforce (cleaner and gardeners) is paid well above minimum wage.

For our guests, we provide practical suggestions & files of information about green issues. We provide bicycles and give lifts to/from the train station. Here we promote peace and quiet as a desirable way to enjoy the countryside as well as to benefit our guests.

Community

We recommend local food in shops, markets and pubs. We provide books and guides to local places of interest and courses. We use local food in our cooking and local workpeople, and recommend local art and craft. We fundraise for local charities such as Herefordshire Nature Trust, by providing refreshments on our walks and other activities. Several art groups use the farm for painting days and a sculpture of apples has been made in the orchards by a local artist.

Landscape

We run at least four farm walks every year, led by enthusiasts and experts in such fields as bats, botany, invertebrates, birds and the care of trees. The whole farm (which has ancient woodland) is run according to the principles of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, to preserve landscape, biodiversity and certain rare species. Details are available to visitors, as are maps and guides and reference books to borrow. The farm is the subject of ongoing long-term monitoring and study of dormice, bats, woodpeckers and pond life. In the last twenty-five years historic landscape features such as ancient hedges, ponds and meadows have been restored and maintained.

Reviews of Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation, 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 10 Apr 2012 by

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


It was a beautiful setting, away from all distracting technology, right in the middle of the country side. A very warm and welcome environment. Inspiring to enjoy nature.

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



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


Yes it certainly did benefit the local people. Lady who runs the place is local. However since a car is necessary to get there it would not reduce the environmental impact.

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


9 out of 10.

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2008 by

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


The hospitality was very warm and welcoming - and the rooms and house were delightful. Lots of lovely touches - organic food and organic bath products and a bar of chocolate from Oxfam. Lovely and warm.

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


Get clear instructions to find the place - a complicated route of back country lanes and we never seemed to find the same way twice.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

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


Four stars - as I had mentioned I am a vegetarian beforehand I would have preferred a wider choice for breakfast - not just minus the sausage and bacon. The cereals and organic juices and coffee were lovely though.

Read the operator's response here:

I'm so sorry my guest was not aware of the choice of vegetarian options I offer: eggs in all forms, vegetarian sausages, local cheese (and even pancakes if ordered the night before). I understood her to say she would like the same cooked breakfast as her friend, but without the meat! We have many guests who follow differing diets and do our best to provide them with a delicious breakfast. It always includes cooked fruit, fresh fruit salad, nuts and seeds, and home made bread, in addition to the cooked breakfast, and all ingredients are organic and/or locally produced wherever possible.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2008 by

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


Staying in such a beautiful location and being able to walk on the Malverns again.

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


Look up good directions to get to the accommodation before going!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. There was lots of local produce there, including jams, muesli and bathroom products. The owner also talked to us about the new eco-friendly Lighthouse that has been built.

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


Great!

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2008 by

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


Fantastic B&B. Beautiful old house. Living rooms available to guests. Hospitable and friendly owner.

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


Worth paying the extra for one of the main bedrooms. We would probably choose the room called 'North & South', which has a super bathroom, despite not being en-suite.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, yes, yes!

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2008 by

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


Lovely location - beautiful buildings.

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


Follow the directions exactly - roads are confusing if approached from a different direction!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

Reviewed on 17 May 2007 by

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


The beautiful scenery.

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


It is possible to get there by train too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes for both. We ate out locally and Ella uses locally sourced food for our breakfast.

4. Any other comments?


We really felt at home and relaxed. The standard of comfort is very high.

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2007 by

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


Wonderful accommodation and great breakfasts.

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


Book taxis well in advance as the B and B is very remote!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we ate local produce.

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


9/10

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2006 by

We stayed at this accommodation near Malvern. The accommodation was lovely - there were several highlights including sitting around a huge old round table eating a delicious breakfast watching woodpeckers in the tree outside of the kitchen window. Our welcome was great and Ella made sure we had everything we needed (and more!) without us feeling crowded. We spent a few happy hours sitting in front of a log burning stove relaxing as well as time walking, eating, drinking and meeting up with friends.

Tips would be check locations on a good quality map (possibly OS) because the lanes can be very narrow and can start to look the same - especially in the dark. Check out the information available regarding eating places - some great places to try.

My most memorable part was walking away from the hills with a grumbling stomach and blistered feet, looking back and realising that we'd been up 'the big one!'

Ella did a great job of providing us with local produce - I didn't realise you could get so many different types of apple juice and encouraged us to try the Food Fair at Hereford so we could try some more. She provided us with environmentally friendly toiletries and there was information about how we could contribute to looking after the environment whilst we were there. My partner has subscribed to one of the green magazines that was available and I have started to use washing balls and making sure I do the shortest washes possible - i.e. it has changed some of our habits.

We were only on holiday for four days so it would be an exaggeration to rate this as a holiday of a life-time however the accommodation is definitely **** and I have already recommended it to family and friends.

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2006 by

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


Having a peaceful living room with fire, deep sofas and no TV. Welcoming pot of tea, local apple juice available on demand, fair trade chocolate bar in the room (which we did keep for half way round the walk).

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


Don't rush breakfast - there are almost too many rich tastes from the local organic food. Read the label before adding the seaweed extract to your bath. Bring slippers - parts of the floor are uncarpeted and uneven.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - the environmental policy is set out in room folders, and the business is enabling a historic building to stay in use.

4. Any other comments?


Close enough to the M6 to consider for an overnight stop on a long journey, though expensive if literally used for bed and breakfast only.

Read the operator's response here:

We have a budget room for overnight stops - but we hope our guests will stay longer in order to appreciate all that we have to offer and get best value.

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2005 by

Just to say that this is a marvellous place, entirely justifying a placing in your recommendations. Ella is a charming host, the bedrooms are five star luxury, breakfast was marvellous, the outhouses fascinating, the scale of the place awesome. And all this within a few miles of the Malvern Hills.

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