Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the UK's most naturally beautiful counties. The rugged cliffs, idyllic coves and wild, rolling moors are punctuated perfectly by picturesque towns and villages, adding a further level of charm.
With nature's beauty in such abundance, the importance of looking after the environment couldn't be much clearer in Cornwall. Fortunately, there's no shortage of green and sustainable hotels in the county, allowing holidaymakers to get the most from the area while keeping the size of their carbon footprint to a minimum.
An Intimate Stay in Sunny Falmouth
Located on the south coast, Falmouth is one of Cornwall's liveliest towns, but the county's strong laid-back vibe isn't forgotten. Winner of a Silver Green Tourism Award, the Lyonesse Guest House offers guests the chance to check out the popular town without tarnishing their environmental conscience.
The town itself centres around a picturesque harbour, and has a plethora of fine beaches within a short distance. Eco-conscious guests will be glad to learn that just about everything you could need is within walking distance, from vibrant bars and restaurants to the pretty Gyllyngvase Beach.
No Need to Compromise
If you think picking a hotel with outstanding green credentials means you'll have to compromise on luxury, you're mistaken. There are plenty of hotels in Cornwall which deliver a healthy balance between comfort and conscience.
The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is located at Mawgan Porth, a small bay on the North Coast. In addition to its eco-friendly credentials, the hotel boasts a whole range of natural spa treatments, as well as a range of cultural events throughout the year.
St Michaels Hotel and Spa offers a similar package on the south coast, offering a full service spa and health club in Falmouth. This green hotel also houses conference space, making it a smart choice for ethical corporate events.
Rural Green Hotels
As you'd expect, some of the best sustainable hotels in Cornwall have more rural settings. Trenderway Farm is located in the west of the county, near Looe. The B&B offers a five star retreat, where guests are surrounded by tranquil natural beauty and friendly farmyard animals. The Farm has also been awarded a Silver Award for Green Tourism.