The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall, England
A gorgeous hotel built to the highest eco standards, overlooking the sea on the Cornish coast. Be pampered in the luxurious Ayurvedic spa, sample delicious locally sourced food or take some time out to reflect and enjoy the views.
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Prices from £180 (just right room), £200 (generous room), £255 (unique room), £255 (Spacious) and £310 (indulgent room)
Why we've chosen the Scarlet Hotel
Reviewed by Richard Hammond: "The Scarlet is perfect for that special indulgent break. The quality of food and service is of a very high standard and it’s great for couples (its nearby sister hotel, Bedruthan Steps, is the one to go for families). Also, they’ve set their stall out to be green and while lots of luxury hotels are jumping on the eco bandwagon, the Scarlet is the real deal. In my opinion it sets the standard for eco-friendly luxury in the UK. " Read Richard's full Review of the Scarlet Hotel
Simply put, we are a beautiful sustainably-built 37 bedroom hotel, boasting delicious locally sourced food and the best Ayurvedic inspired spa imaginable. Whether alone, together or with friends; discover an escape for grown-ups to eat, dream and play in peace.
Distinctly Cornish, hugged tightly by the cliff top and with views over the sands of Mawgan Porth beach, the stunning coastline and the rolling Atlantic ocean, The Scarlet reflects and embraces our unique location, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. The hotel is a balance of light, airy spaces with cosy, private areas, allowing you to mix with our other guests or enjoy a bit of peace and solitude.
Influenced only by the natural rhythms of Mother Nature, The Scarlet is an individual retreat for all seasons where we don't stand on ceremony and our guests make themselves at home. Solar panels heat the indoor swimming pool, there's a natural ventilation system (no draining air conditioning units here) and electricity comes from a renewable energy source.
How does the Scarlet Hotel minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?
The Scarlet Hotel boasts a long list of impressive eco credentials. To begin with, all of the electricity is provided by Ecotricity, who ensure that 100% of the electricity used is generated through renewable sources. All of the heat comes from a biomass boiler, which is run on waste chips from a local company. Solar panels are used to heat the indoor pool, with any excess used to top up the boiler, while the air-to-air heat exchanger uses heat from stale air being expelled to heat the fresh air being drawn in from outside. The rooms are all well-insulated, using a combination of hardboard and mineral wool, the lighting is low energy, and all lights in public areas are motion-sensored. The building management system monitors all energy output.
The extensive recycling list includes, as well as the usuals, batteries and cooking oil, which is taken away by Cornish company, Edible Oils. There's also a variety of water saving initiatives in place, ranging from a blending valve and aerators that regulate water usage usage to the use of rainwater to top up the natural pool, irrigate the sea thrift roofing, wash cars and rinse wetsuits and outdoor kit. Urinals are fitted with sensor flushes and all toilets have smaller cisterns. In terms of food, Head Chef Ben is passionate about dealing with as many local producers as possible, creating a menu that changes by the day. A discount is offered to all guests who arrive on foot, by bike, train or bus, plus there are extensive walker and cyclist facilities. The hotel is minutes from a selection of coastal walking paths, as well as the sands of Mawgan Porth beach overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Guests can also try horse riding on the beach at Perranporth, as well as taking part in 'Plan-it Earth' Sustainability and Eco Courses.
How do you reduce your draw on energy:
We have a variety of energy saving initiatives in place:-
- A biomass boiler, which runs on waste chips from a local company, heats the hotel
- Evacuated tube solar water heating (solar panels) heat the indoor pool and any excess is used to top up supplies which heat the hotel
- Electricity is provided by Ecotricity who ensure that 100% of the electricity we purchase is generated through renewable sources
- We have exceptionally high levels of air tightness throughout the building
- Our air-to-air heat exchanger uses heat from stale air being expelled to heat the fresh air being drawn in from outside
- We have high levels of insulation throughout – using a combination of rigid hardboard and mineral wool
- We have low level, low energy and LED lighting throughout the hotel
- We have installed time controlled, movement sensors on lights in all public areas (corridors and washrooms)
- We have a fantastic building management system (BMS) in place which is continually monitoring the amount of energy being used
- Guest room lighting operates on a lighting control panel, enabling guests to select lighting to suit the weather and their mood
- Staff are conscious of energy consumption, and employ practices and routine checks to ensure that energy is not being used unnecessarily (i.e. computers and equipment being left on when not in use.
How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
We have a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle policy and are continually trying to reduce the amount of waste that we send to landfill. We recycle the following items:
- Glass (Taken away by Cornish recycling company, Cornwall Cullet)
- Plastics (Taken away by Cornish recycling company, Cornwall Cullet)
- Aluminum cans and tins (Taken away by Cornish recycling company, Cornwall Cullet)
- Cellophane (Taken away by Cornish recycling company, Cornwall Cullet)
- Paper (Collected by Cornish recycling company, PaperPack)
- Newspapers and magazines (Collected by Cornish recycling company, PaperPack)
- Cardboard (Collected by Biffa)
- Printer and toner cartridges (Taken away by a recycling company who then donate proceeds on our behalf to Surfers Against Sewage)
- Batteries (As rechargeable batteries are used when possible, old batteries are taken to a local recycling centre when enough have been collected)
- Cooking oil (Taken away by Cornish company, Edible Oils)
Items from guest bedrooms are separated and recycled by our housekeeping staff; paper is reused for internal printing; and we have a great relationship with our local suppliers and ensure that packaging is minimised wherever possible e.g. 99% of our kitchen produce is delivered in reusable or recyclable packaging.
Where possible we order in bulk and then decant the product into suitable, reusable containers, e.g. cleaning products, cereals, juices, sugar
We purchase recycled items for the hotel:
- All paper is post consumer, recycled
- All marketing materials are printed using recycled paper
Our chefs employ a nose to tail (or top to tail for veggies) policy, minimising food waste
How you reduce your consumption of water:
- We have a variety of water saving initiatives in place:-
- The installation of a blending valve makes sure that the appropriate amount of hot water is directed to bedrooms and the kitchen
- We are recycling greywater (the waste water from our showers and baths) to flush the toilets
- Rainwater is used to top up the natural pool, irrigate the sea thrift roofing, wash cars and rinse wetsuits and outdoor kit.
- Aerators help to reduce the amount of water that the hotel consumes
- We provide guests and staff with the option to minimise the amount of water being used by selecting a smaller flush
- We have installed urinals which work on a sensor, only flushing after they have been used.
- Installing smaller capacity cisterns on all of the toilets means that we are able to conserve the amount of water used
- Sensors ensure that taps are not left on when not being used
- We have a towel and bed linen change policy, enabling guests to select their own comfort between clean and ‘green’, and reducing the amount of water we use for laundry
How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
We have a buy local; buy responsible policy - Ben (our head chef) is passionate about dealing with as many local producers as possible, forging close relationship with them to ensure he is kept abreast of seasonal changes and produce that is at its best. Ben adapts his menus daily showcasing what is available. We happily cater to all dietary requirements and vegetarian options form part of every menu.
Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
- We offer a discount to all those who arrive on foot, by bike, train or bus.
- We have a secure bike shed and provide facilities and services for walkers and cyclists (i.e. packed lunches, hot flask top ups, maps etc)
- We provide details for a number of local, car free activities as well as up-to-date bus times and routes.
We hope that we have dared to be different with some of our more innovative offerings; we have a natural pool, filtered only by a reed bed, for swimming in; log fired (FSC wood only) hot tubs for soaking weary limbs; and are challenging the concept of in room fridges and kettles by instead providing a complimentary room service tray and afternoon tea enabling guests to be served with freshly brewed coffee and tea, and fresh milk.
Top eco features at the Scarlet Hotel
Electricity supplied by eco-friendly Ecotricity
Biomass boiler that runs on sustainable woodchip heats the hotel
Grey water is treated then used to flush the toilets
Evacuated tube solar water heating harnesses the sun's energy to heat the pool
Reduces, reuses & recycles to reduce waste
Natural ventilation system rather than air conditioning
Directions from station:
Buses (Western Greyhound 556) run regularly between Padstow & Newquay (from Bodmin Parkway take Western Greyhound 555 & change in Padstow, & from Newquay Train Station you will need to walk to Newquay Bus Station, approx 10 minutes). The bus stops in Mawgan Porth village, a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. Also nearby are Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network. BioTravel Taxi: (01637) 880006 or http://www.biotravel.co.uk/page.php?id=Online+Taxi+Booking.