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A luxury boutique hotel with excellent food in sunny, sandy Bournemouth, minutes from the sea front. It's described as "one of the greenest hotel in the world" so expect eco-cred. Comfy eco beds and solar power are just some of the light touches.

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Rooms: 32: 5 Master Dbls 6 Large Dbls 16 Dbls 5 Small Dbls
Price:

prices from £50

Meals: a la cart seasonal menu in award winning restaurant
Open: All Year Round
Address: 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AX
Tel: 01202 498900
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen The Green House

Reviewed by Richard Hammond: "The Green House is something unusual – the owners have taken a traditional seaside hotel and gone out of their way to make it greener – as green as they could within their limitations whilst keeping the traditional aspects and character. They say: “Relax in the knowledge that we will spoil you without spoiling anything else.” Give in to them and accept the challenge, you won’t regret it." 
Read Richard's full Review of The Green House

The Green House is a stunning eco-friendly boutique hotel that lives, eats and breathes sustainability. Just minutes from the white sandy beaches of Bournemouth, this privately owned Grade II Victorian Villa has been extensively renovated with an investment in excess of £5m, to prove that luxury travel and eco-consciousness can exist together.

On the surface, this 32 bedroom hotel may appear to be the same as many other designer boutique style properties, its contemporary décor, tactile fabrics and quality natural materials such as wood, metal and glass, complementing the light airy period rooms and gothic architecture. Dig deeper though and you will discover that extensive thought and painstaking research has gone into every aspect to ensure that this designer hotel minimises its impact on the environment at every turn.

Inside you'll find 100% UK wool fabrics, woven on the isle of Bute, British designed and made wallpaper, Forest Stewardship Council certified, printed with vegetable ink, sumptuous organic goose down duvets, solid hard wood furniture, either recycled or hand crafted in the UK from fallen trees damaged through storms or disease.

Solar thermal energy, complemented by electricity generated on site, ensure that public resource is only used where absolutely necessary, showers pump out far fewer litres of water than is usual – the aeration of the water still giving the feeling of a terrific shower, lighting has an array of low-energy features – even the flat screen TV’s are backlit with LED’s, using less than a quarter of the energy normally required. All of this without compromise to guest satisfaction and pleasure, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The food served in the 60 cover restaurant by Head Chef, Andy Hilton, is sourced within a 30 mile radius of the hotel, and is organic or ‘home’ grown, wherever viable. Andy is passionate about quality fresh seasonal fare as well as animal welfare. He is relishing the challenge of his new role immensely, finding many artisan producers in the nearby New Forest to fuel creativity for his menus. The hotel’s signature is its ‘6 course Tasting Menu’ – dishes change frequently but examples include nettle cappuccino soup and flat-iron steak with Mrs Tee’s mushrooms and leek porridge. Complementing wines are sourced from ‘Vintage Roots’ a company which specialises in organic and biodynamic wines, each bottle is graded according to carbon footprint for consumer choice – but if taste is your only guide, then you won’t be disappointed.

There are Private Event rooms with state of the art technology, and chairs made from recycled Play Stations, which can accommodate up to 100 guests for company think tanks, small residential conferences, ‘green’ weddings, private dining and a whole host of other functions. The hotel can also be booked for exclusive use.

The hotel’s mature gardens have eco-habitats, such as bat and bird boxes and log piles to encourage natural eco-systems and there are also plans afoot for growing kitchen herbs and keeping bees.

You don’t have to be green through and through to enjoy the Green House, even just staying here is supporting the ethos of sustainability and you can be assured that going green does not have to mean compromising on enjoyment or indeed paying a premium for ‘green’ values.

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Bournemouth. From the station, it’s just a 15 minute walk to the hotel or a 5 minutes bus or taxi ride. Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business and contribute positively to their surroundings, earning Gold from the GTBS.

Top eco features at The Green House

 
  • Uses the sun to help heat water

  • Generates a lot of electricity on site using a combined heat & power unit

  • Locally-made 100% wool carpets & luxury eco beds

  • Wood furniture has been made in the UK using trees felled by storms or tree surgeons

  • The wallpaper is made in the UK using vegetable inks & paint is eco-friendly

  • Shortlisted for The Awards for Environmental Excellence which celebrates green innovators

 

Location

The Green House, Bournemouth, England
Nearest train station: Bournemouth

Directions from station:
15 Minute walk from the train station 5 minutes by bus 5 minutes by taxi

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.