Arundel luxury country guest house, England

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Responsible tourism: Arundel luxury country guest house, England

Environment

We are in the heart of the National Park, and can advise on the local land and wildlife management schemes managed by the local farmers, primarily on the large estates of the Duke of Norfolk.

The Arun Valley has a broad valley floor, gently sloping sides and lush seasonal meadows. The valley sides are smooth and open, whilst the steeper parts are wooded. The valley also contains one of the highest amounts of unimproved grassland in the county in the form of seasonal floodplain meadows and chalk grassland slopes.

We point out migrating birdlife, such as Bewick’s Swans, as well as indigenous species such as hares, stoats, weasels, and owls. When there are sightings of rare birds we post this on our website, and we maintain a wildlife spotting diary. We have a great deal of wildlife here, from glow-worms to hares, pheasants and partridges as well as the rare chalkland butterflies and orchids. Old traditional flowers such as cornflowers, bluebells and poppies abound in the fields.

We offer secure storage for bikes, and packed lunches (bookable) for walkers and cyclists. We always have a stock of walking routes and copies of Ordnance survey maps, and we'll dry out wet clothing. Boots can be left at the door.

We are ideally placed for walking and cycling, being close to the South Downs Way and the Monarch's Way. You can walk or cycle directly onto the South Downs, following the old Leper's Way up onto the Downs with its iron-age earthworks, including the bones of an elephant near Peppering Farm.

We aim to recycle 80% of our waste in the form of cardboard, glass and paper. We ask guest to separate recycling material, and to minimize laundry use. We use green lightbulbs throughout our house. Our green policy is stated on our website.

Community

We live in a small rural community of about 200 people, as well as being within walking distance of Arundel. We provide a reference service to local B&Bs, pubs and restaurants on local walking routes in the Arun Valley. We source about 80% of our restaurant produce from local suppliers, including locally caught fish and lamb from our own South Downs estates, as well as local suppliers of cheese, ice cream and heritage vegetables.

We offer advice on local produce and suppliers, and display leaflets and weblinks on local attractions. We have relationships with local attractions and can offer discount vouchers for Arundel castle. We advise on opening times, special events locally, and publish these on our website. We advertise on local community websites. In the winter we act as a shooting lodge for many local estates, helping local farmers to offer a complete package of shooting, accommodation and dining and so to obtain a valuable source of additional income.

We employ a number of local staff who are paid a fair wage, as well as receiving tips from customers. We list local attractions and events on our website, and in the past have run a number of events for the local hospice and for our local church.

Landscape

We enhance guest experiences by supplying ordnance survey maps as well as pointing out birdwatching sites. We provide information on local walks, such as the one from Burpham to Amberley Mount and Wepham Downs. We advise on the history of the area, downland, village and church, and point out archaeological landscape features. We can supply maps of historical features, and organize local history or photography walks. We display photographs of local historical and geographic features in the house. We also supply local walks to take advantage of seasonal changes, such as bluebell walks.

We have a lot of historical information about our own house, in the form of books and letters from the previous owners in the 19th Century which we make available to residents. We supply birdwatching and wildlife books, binoculars and bikes for hire on request.

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