Fly fishing and open fires
ARUNDELL ARMS HOTEL IS LIVING PROOF THAT SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVES MAKE GOOD BUSINESS SENSE
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Published: 12 March 2014
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Surrounded by river valleys and rolling countryside on the western side of Dartmoor, Arundell Arms Hotel is flanked by some of the UK’s most beautiful and unspoilt countryside.
This 300-year-old former coaching inn is owner and guardian of 20 miles of the best fly fishing in the West Country, along a wild and unspoilt stretch of the River Tamar and its tributaries. As a result, it has earned a reputation as the UK’s premiere sporting hotel.
Open wood fires in the living room and bar add to the rustic charm that oozes from Arundell Arms, which has a fine dining restaurant, brasserie and village pub on site. Renowned for its great food, this hotel is a tranquil paradise of old world charm and traditional service, nestled in the heart of swathes of unspoilt countryside.
The ‘best fishing school in the UK’
The fishing school was named the best in the UK by The Field magazine, and there are countless opportunities for walks, cycling and birdwatching, as well as the option of golfing or surfing at the nearby Cornish beaches.
Arundell Arms Hotel has been in the hands of the same family since 1961, and four years ago a decision was made to ‘make the business more sustainable in all regards’ – beyond the usual requests for guests to re-use towels.
Today it serves as living proof that sustainable alternatives make good business sense. A host of changes to the day-to-day running of the hotel have made the hotel a case study in environmental best practice for older buildings.
A 198kW biomas boiler and a 4kW PV system will be part of the hotel’s ‘Green Energy Centre’ – and will save it £25k per year.
Growing and sourcing food locally, investing in boreholes and pumps, replacing bottled for on-site filtered water – and diverting 12,000 bottles from landfill per year as a result – are just some of the measures that have resulted in a 20% energy cut – and a 15% lift in profits. In recognition, Arundell Arms Hotel won the 2012 Devon Environmental Business of the Year award.
The next step for the hotel is to build a ‘Green Energy Centre’ with a 198kW biomass boiler and a 4kW Photo Voltaic system, which will put an end to all on-site consumption of fossil fuels – and save the hotel £25,000 annually.
Arundell Arms Hotel is on Bus Route 510 from Exeter to Newquay, and just one mile from the main A30 dual carriageway.
Free secure cycle storage is provided and the rate for a double room is around £85 per night, depending on the season.