BUCKET LIST ECO-CONSCIOUS STAYCATION OPTIONS IN THE UK
The events of the past 18 months has seen many of us pivoting our travel plans and opting to book a staycation in the UK. By reducing air miles and being more eco-conscious with our choices, it has not only made us explore the heritage and culture of what’s literally on our doorstep but also that the UK has some of the most vegan friendly and sustainable boutique hotels in the world. I’m talking residences that have scored global and national awards on their innovative efforts to reduce energy usage, increase locally sourced produce and materials as well as offering their residents a carefully tailored wellbeing programme. All this and remember you can still go and explore what the local area has to offer.
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So sit back, relax and let me show you a selection of boutique staycation options that you’ll be wanting to add to your bucket list, if you’re looking to lessen your carbon footprint…
Saorsa 1875, Perthshire
Impressive: Electricity is supplied by Ecoctricty, the UK’s first certified-vegan electricity supplier.
The UK’s first 100% vegan hotel, dedicated to ‘ethical luxury’, Soarsa 1875 is located in Scotland and owned by mother and son team, Sandra and Jack Mclaren-Stewart.
It’s housed in a restored 19th century, mansion house, surrounded by two acres of woodland overlooking the picturesque town of Pitlochry, in close proximity to Loch Ness.
The entire hotel is completely free of any animal products including the upcycled furniture, toiletries, energy and a plant-based menu that changes regularly featuring organic and foraged delights to avoid food waste.
The boutique residence has 11 rooms, featuring statement wallpapers, soft furnishings where wool, silk and leather have been replaced with linen, cotton, velvet and manmade fibres and down-free duvets. All are locally sourced or second hand.
Toiletries have been selected from The Highland Soap Company (with refillable containers).
- Saorsa 1975. 2 East Moulin Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5DW
- Website: Saorsa 1875
- Telephone: 01796 475217
- Price: Double Room from £130
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The Montagu Arms, Beaulieu
Impressive: The Montague Arms is part of The Green Tourism Business Scheme, Championing sustainable travel businesses.
The hotel donates £1 from every stay to The New Forest Trust’s ‘Love the Forest’ campaign which raises funds for the forest’s conservation.
This beautiful country ivy fronted country hotel is located in the pretty village of Beaulieu in the New Forest.
Decorated in classic neutral tones with splashes of colour provided by the soft furnishings, the hotel’s award winning Terrace restaurant, focusses on seasonal cuisine where head chef is no other than Michelin-trained, Matthew Whitfield (Former chef at 3 Michelin Star, Eleven Madison Park, New York). Ingredients are home-grown or sourced directly from the New Forest and home counties. A large focus is placed on creating recipes to minimise food waste.
The hotel also has a flock of rescue hens which deliver fresh eggs on a daily basis.
A real haven for foodies as well as a great opportunity to discover the beauty of the New Forest.
- The Montagu Arms Palace Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO42 7ZL
- Website: The Montagu Arms
- Telephone: 01796 475217
- Price: Double Room from 201
The Fish Hotel, Cotswolds
Impressive: The Fish’s green promise includes zero waste to landfill and all food waste going to neighbouring Northwick Park’s anaerobic digester.
Located in the popular Cotswolds village of Broadway, The Fish Hotel is considered a 50/50 split of boutique hotel and adventure hideout.
Located on the 400 acre Farncombe estate The Fish Hotel has a pretty impressive green initiative.
The hotel has a rustic, woodland vibe with earthy toned and neutral décor. It is powered completely by green energy and they rear their own pigs for pork on the estate. They also plant trees via their tree planting programme, to replace every single tree used for printing purposes.
The hotel will be expanding this year to include more hideaway huts and tree houses with roll tub baths and tree huts. It is no wonder that The Fish is one of the sought after staycation locations in the UK.
- The Fish Hotel. Farncombe Estate, Broadway. Cotswolds. WR12 7LH
- Website: The Fish Hotel
- Telephone: 01386 858000
- Price: Double Room from £285
Number One Bruton, Somerset
Impressive: The hotel uses comfortable biodegradable mattresses.
A pioneer in sustainability in terms of the smallest of hotels therefore reduction in resources, people and speedy ethical transactions with a more personalised service, Number One Bruton in Somerset has to be on your list.
The hotel consists of 12 bedrooms in a Georgian townhouse, medieval forge and row of cottages in the village Bruton, also known as Somersets, boho creative hub.
The hotel style is pretty simple with hues of olive and stone, hand turned oak beds from York and arts from the owners own local artists collection. They also work with a local restaurant, Osip which delivers a fresh and seasonal farm to table concept. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here.
- Number One Bruton. 1 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AB
- Website: Number One Bruton
- Telephone: 01749 813 030
- Price: Double Room from £130
Inhabit Hotel, London
Impressive: Inhabit Hotel received Green Key certification which is deemed the crème de la crème of awards in the tourism industry for environmental responsibility.
Inhabit Hotel, in my opinion stands out from the rest due to its ‘mindfuness’ approach to wellness and sustainability.
The scandi-chic décor are filled with soft furnishings from ethical brands such as Aernde and REN. The hotel’s restaurant, Yeotown is plant-based and serves a Californian-inspired menu of healthy dishes.
This hotel is not just sustainable in what it does and the number of partners it works with but also by encouraging wellbeing through a programme of daily yoga and pilates classes, guided nature walks, mindfulness sessions and morning meditation classes.
- Inhabita Hotel. 25 – 27 Southwick Street, Paddington, London W2 1JQ
- Website: Inhabit Hotels
- Telephone: 020 77237723
- Price: Double Room from £150
The Scarlet, Cornwall
Impressive: The Scarlet has won many awards in sustainable tourism and is deemed a pioneer in terms of the construction of the building and areas that a resident wouldn’t normally think 0f.
When the hotel was built, existing stone walls on the site were carefully deconstructed to allow for over 100 small reptiles (lizards, slow worms) to be rehoused and the insulation from the old hotel was sent over to a monkey sanctuary.
The rooms are neutrally toned, with views of the beach and sea which evoke wellness and relaxation from the start.
All electricity supplied to The Scarlet comes from renewable resources and guests are encouraged to take home the locally handmade organic soap.
A nose to tail approach to dining ensure that the restaurant has very little wastage whilst you dine overlooking the Mawgan Porth Beach on a sandy bay.
The Scarlet has a number of tailored spa packages like no other for wellbeing and they even have flip flops for guests made from recycled tyres. The Scarlett is a wonderful UK staycation option.
- The Scarlet. Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Newquay TR8 4DQ
- Telephone: 01637 861800
- Website: The Scarlet Hotel
- Price: Double Room from £250
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