“Contemporary new eco hotel, opened in 2010, the first of a new breed. Just a block from the beach, this hotel oozes deep comfort and attention to detail, from the locally sourced Farrow & Ball wall paint to the recycled wooden furnishings in the bar and the solid oak doors and ash furnishings in the bedrooms. Most are high ceilinged - this is a grade two listed building - and feature huge eco showers, stone and slate wet room style, and in the larger bedrooms standalone bathtubs in the room. Nice touches include Bose ipod speakers in every room and DVD machines on request.
The restaurant - the Green Room - attracts custom from far and wide, with ambitious but well priced tasting menus from a star chef.”
Written by James Dunford Wood
“The award winning Green House is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Bournemouth that lives and breathes sustainability. The hotel opened in April 2010 to rave reviews and in November 2010 was named ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards.
Getting here has been quite a journey and we’re proud of what we have achieved: a beautiful boutique hotel that lives and breathes sustainability.
Everything about the hotel is green…
We’ve taken care of the usual things, of course, like using energy efficient lighting, and asking guests to reuse their towels. But you would expect that. And let’s be honest, these things alone won’t change the world. We know, as you do, that to make a real difference we need to make some big changes. So over the past four years we’ve done over 100 things to make sure everything about the hotel has been designed to spoil you without spoiling anything else.
…from the building itself…
We use the sun to help heat our water and we generate a lot of our electricity on site using a combined heat and power unit, which also keeps the building warm. Each of our 32 rooms is fitted with locally-made 100% wool carpets and a sumptuously comfortable bespoke eco bed made by a leading UK luxury bed manufacturer. The solid wood furniture has been made in the UK using trees felled by storms or tree surgeons. Where there’s wallpaper it is Forest Stewardship Council certified and made in the UK using vegetable inks. Where there isn’t, we’ve used local Farrow & Ball eco paint.
…to what comes in and what goes out…
Before bringing anything into the hotel, we think hard about where it comes from, and how we will get rid of it. Even our company car runs on the cooking oil we’ve used in the kitchen. If you eat at our brasserie, our daily menu offers local, fresh, organic food sourced from producers with high animal welfare standards. We find locally-brewed beer and spirits for our bar, and our wine list has been carefully selected taking into account the carbon footprint of every bottle.
…to the way we do things in it.
Our commitment to being green goes beyond the materials we need or the products we use. It is who we are, what we do, and how we do it. All our staff are trained on sustainability, and all our suppliers will be assessed against recognised environmental standards. Above all, we are all committed to keep making the Green House even greener.
If you like, we can even help you to be as green as possible during your stay. If not, don’t worry; you can relax in the knowledge that we won’t preach or force you to take part in any way. Just staying at the Green House will help you be more sustainable. We’re already doing the work for you.
Welcome to the Green House.”