Our Green Journey
We have always cared deeply about our environment. After all, we know that lots of our guests come here to enjoy our beautiful countryside and rivers. As guardians of 20 miles of rivers, we take our responsibility seriously.
Since 2009 we have been working on making our hotel as green as possible. This hasn't been easy in a 300 year old building!
We have made huge strides though and done lots of things some small, such as fitting low energy light bulbs, and some large, like building an Eco Energy Centre to heat the hotel. Collectively though these have all reduced our fossil fuel consumption on site by 70%.
Our new Eco Energy Centre was commissioned in February 2013 and now provides all of the heat and hot water for the hotel.
For the technically minded, it contains a Hargassner 198 KW biomass boiler burning wood pellets. There is a store containing approximately 24 Tonnes of pellets.
On the roof is a 4 KW photovoltaic array generating electricity. This also provides power for our electric car charging points. We have a 16A charger and 32A Fast Charging Point - both are free for our guests to use.
The wood pellets come from fast growing trees sustainably harvested in southern England.
|CO2 Saved||254 Tonnes|
|Heat generated||443 Mw Hours|
|Electricity||3940 Kw Hours|
In May 2013 we won the prestiguous PEA Business Award for Tourism. This national competition recognises those people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to their business environment.
We were delighted to win the Devon Environmental Business Initiative award or "DEBI" in 2012.
In November 2013 we won Silver in the Devon Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism.
In February 2014 we won the Southwest Tourism Excellence Silver Award for Sustainability
These awards reflect so well on the whole team and what their collective efforts have acheived as well as the practical measures that we have taken over recent years:
We reduced our LPG consumption by 48% by:
Replacing our solid plate gas cookers with 6 ring burners
Replacing our gas ovens with efficient combi ovens
We reduced heating energy consumption by 10% by:
We have free secure bicycle storage
We have 16A and 32A electric car charging points powered by our photovoltaic system which is free for guests to use.
We have a very good bus service that provides an hourly service to Exeter or Newquay the No 510. It stops right outside the hotel and goes direct to the Station at Exeter so it is a really convenient service for our guests.
As we reduce our prices by 20% if you use the bus, your bike or electric car to travel here, you really have no excuse not to come here!