If you’re looking for a hotel in a prime location on Bournemouth’s popular East Cliff but perhaps one with a whole lot of heart and a strong mission, The Green House Hotel might just be the place for you. While ‘Green’ could equally refer to the hotel’s décor or its luscious grounds this is actually a meticulously-styled, ‘Eco’ hotel, with a duty for gentle living and a conscience about its eco footprint.
Luxury at heart
Just because The Green House has an ethical approach doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a luscious stay and leave here feeling utterly spoilt. It’s just that this hotel has its own unique approach to hospitality. It’s still a luxury and boutique hotel, simply set in a beautifully renovated 32-room Grade II Victorian villa but with a quest to promote sustainability and consider the environmental impact of every business decision.
The hotel opened in April 2010 after an extensive 18-month refurbishment and the result is a luxurious destination with a strong identity. It is styled in popular boutique fashion, with contemporary décor and quality natural materials.
The bedrooms are a mix of small doubles, doubles, large doubles and master doubles all featuring en suite bathrooms with natural stone basins, walk-in showers and luxury toiletries, 32 inch LED flatscreen television, Bose iPad docking station, secure and free WiFi, organic goose down duvets, complimentary water, tea and coffee and lip-smacking home-made biscuits. The large and master double rooms also feature an original Victorian roll-top bath, 6-foot super king-size bed and bathrobes.
The Green House has established itself as a popular wedding venue, a premium business and conference venue for organisations who care about their environmental impact but still want the luxury of a hotel setting.
The two rosette Arbor restaurant has been recognised in the Dorset Tourism Awards. Led by Head Chef Andy Hilton, the team specialises in honest but imaginative seasonal cooking, of course, using local, organic and Fairtrade produce from treasured artisan suppliers. Its ambition is to offer food that’s big on taste and quality but refreshingly inexpensive. They take daily orders of organic farm-assured produce and fish and shellfish fresh from the trawlers. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the ingredients in natural abundance.
The Green House bar is open 10am to 10pm serving treats including Afternoon Tea, which is freshly made to order by the pastry chef. Lunch is served between 12.30 and 2pm and includes the option of a 40-minute meal if you’ve popped here on your lunch break from work. Dinner commences at 7pm with a seasonal a la carte menu. If you’re looking for a pre-theatre meal or you prefer to eat earlier there is also a ‘3 courses for £20’ menu served between 5 and 6.30pm. If you want to throw a celebration meal for a birthday, hen do, baby shower or retirement, perhaps, the events team can help you design the perfect menu.
Your big day
The Green House is a popular venue for weddings and family celebrations, and offers the same attention to detail and luxury to your special day as it does to everything else. It can cater for a wedding breakfast of up to 70 guests and evening receptions of up to 100 and can provide exclusive use of the venue if required. The team can even help you stage a proposal if you’re swept away by the romance of the venue but you’re not yet engaged!
Business meetings and conferences are another speciality, with private event facilities to accommodate boardroom-style meetings and private dining to large theatre-style events and ceremonies.
It’s on a quest to be the greenest hotel in the UK and over the past five years has been tirelessly improving and making efficiencies to achieve this. They have made more than 100 improvements to make sure they “spoil you without spoiling anything else,” from the way the building itself works (solar-generated water heating, combined heat and power unit for electricity), to its 100% wool carpets, solid furniture from trees felled by storms or tree surgeons, Forest Stewardship Council certified wallpaper made in the UK using vegetable inks.
This mission also underpins its operations. The company car runs on biofuel generated using waste cooking oil from the kitchen, the menu offers local, fresh and, where possible organic food sourced from producers with high animal welfare standards. The beers and wines are locally brewed and the wine list mindful of the carbon footprint to bring every bottle here. In fact, take a look at their website for a fascinating break-down of every measure they’re taking to boost their eco credential – it’s an exhaustive and inspiring list.
The hotel doesn’t want to stamp its values on its guests but if any of this strikes a chord, you can relax knowing the staff are already doing the work for you following their five principles: Source locally; reduce, reuse and recycle; consider what comes in and what goes out; insist on high welfare standards and be transparent, open and honest.
Despite endless evidence of its quest to make a difference if you look hard enough, the last thing The Green House does is press its values on its guest. Simply put, it knows who it is.