Responsible tourism: South Downs converted B&B farm, England
Green Tourism Policy:-
Our definition of 'responsible tourism' is offering guests a level of comfort and indulgence over and above what they expect at home while managing the affects on the environment. All to often eco-friendly accommodation is viewed (by proprietors as much as guests) as a way of using less water, using less heating, doing less washing, etc.
This then begs the question why go away in the 1st place?
By contrast, our strategy is one of managed investment in green credentials, not compromise, where guests need to have little participation, and certainly will not notice any impact on the quality our 4 star, silver award accommodation provides them.
Our impressive environment friendly Hotel's credentials speak for themselves without the need for any green tourism logo's, as we feel it wiser to invest in the latest technologies, rather than simple marketing.
So please 'indulge yourself in one of our large walk in showers with an individual 3 bar pump through a 12" sunflower head, knowing that the energy used is carbon neutral!'
Our Green Credentials - latest technology coupled with best practice:-
We have set aside 3 acres of mixed: - willow, horse chestnut, hawthorn, sycamore, and beech woodland within Hampshire as a renewable supply of carbon neutral fuel. Currently we plant between 1000 and 1500 new trees every year, which will be ready to coppice 10 years after planting.
Commissioned and running daily is a 60 Kilowatt wood gasification biomass boiler. The carbon dioxide generated by Biomass is offset by the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by growth of replacement trees. The net carbon emission of our biomass boiler is therefore zero by simply managing and replanting the 3 acres woodland. We believe we are the only eco tourism accommodation in southern England providing 100% of our 'ample' hot water and central heating requirements using this technology.
The main strength of biomass over other reusable energy sources is that supply can be adjusted to meet demand - essential for a hotel or bed and breakfast. To put this into context, winter is always the most demanding season for heat, but this is when solar energy is at its weakest. To get the same amount of heat as our Biomass gasification unit during winter, we would need 120 square metres of solar thermal panels or 850 square metres of solar PV cells at an installation cost of approximately £400,000.
Other Environmentally friendly considerations we make:-
Electrical energy is sourced through renewable suppliers.
Rainwater collection and recycling in several points around the Holybourne b&b for outside use.
Toilet paper & kitchen tisue made from recycled paper.
Waste water managed locally, using the hotel water treatment plant.
All toilets (except disabled) are low flush.
Low energy lighting in all areas around the bnb, with automatic switching in 'pass through' corridors.
Uncooked food waste is used as compostable material, once you've tried our gorgeous freshly prepared breakfast, you will realise why there is very little cooked waste!
Refuse waste is recycled into paper, metal, plastic, glass and general.
Breakfasts are served in the guest house between 7.15am to 8.15am weekdays and 8am to 9am on Saturdays and Sundays, other times available with prior arrangement.
We believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why we offer our guests a healthy and wholesome selection, Whether traditional English or continental.
We use local, free range and organic produce from close to the bed and breakfast Alton Hampshire area where possible.
Pubs and restaurants we can recommend close to Holybourne Hampshire, while staying in the hotel accommodation:-
Hen and Chicken Pub, Upper Froyle Hampshire, good quality pub food with friendly service, often special offer menu's Sunday to Friday, 1 mile from bed and breakfast.
Loch Fyne, Fish restaurant Farnham Surrey, good quality and service with special offer menu's (currently starter & main course for £10.25 if you seat before 19:00 including Saturday), 10 minutes from bed and breakfast.
St John Restaurant, Odiham Hampshire, High quality fine dining, great value 'market menu' if you eat before 8:00pm Monday to Friday, 15 minutes from accommodation.
The White Hart in Holybourne Hampshire - Pub has recently changed management and currently has limited menu, will update with review once established. 10 minute walk from bed and breakfast
The River Kwai Thai Restaurant in Alton Hampshire - good value authentic dishes - with prior knowledge can make dishes not on the menu. 5 minutes from accommodation.
Upper Neatham Mill Farm is located on downland mosaic with greensand terrace to the east, characterised by gently rolling chalk landscape eroded by dry valleys that form tributaries to the River Wey with a series of hills creating the eastern edge. Upper Neatham is just outside the South Downs National Park.
We use these local downlands to the banks of the river way to grow willow trees as a fuel for the bed and breakfast Central heating and hot water. This has the double benefit of having more tress in the area and also reducing the amount that we have to get delivered. They also look lovely!
We also have an old traditional orchard, running residential cider making courses in the Autumn.