The Cottage Lodge is a five-star, eco-friendly “green” Bed & Breakfast in the New Forest Village, in Brokenhurst, Hampshire.
Constructed from reclaimed ship timbers from the Kings Fleet, hand-made bricks, and sand in 1650, one could say The Cottage Lodge has been using environmentally friendly and recycled materials from the start.
Named the best Bed & Breakfast in the New Forest by the Guardian in 2007, this B&B is not your typical little family owned inn. Formerly a hotel, the Cottage Lodge boasts 12 hotel-quality bedrooms and amenities, but still enjoy the charms and intimacy of a family run business.
The owner of the Cottage Lodge, Christina Simons, has spent years turning her property into a green retreat, with the goal of being both environmentally conscious and eco-chic. They use low-impact building materials throughout the property, and only use environmentally friendly paints and cleaning products.
Much of the furniture throughout the B&B’s 12 rooms are hand crafted from naturally fallen trees or other recycled materials by local artisans.
Additionally rooms feature solar panels, wood-burning stoves, low-flow toilets and showers, and low-energy lighting, all designed to reduce water and electricity usage.
The latest addition to the Cottage Lodge is yet another energy-saving featured, a bicycle powered television set, installed in the Standing Hat room.
Guests simply hop on the stationary bike and peddle away, getting a nice workout while they enjoy some TV programming, which produces electricity for the set.
Simons says, “I focused on three things when constructing the room: reducing waste, minimizing pollution and using resources with the lowest impact possible. I also wanted to show that being green can also be exciting and fun, and guests love cycling on the bike.”
If you want to try out the new bike-powered TV for yourself, it will cost you £129 to stay in the Standing Hat room, which includes breakfast.
If you live in the UK or you’re planning a visit and you’re interested in a stay at the Cottage Lodge, either in the Standing Hat or the eleven other rooms on the property (each with their own decor and features) you can call 01590 622 296 or visit their website.
(Via The Telegraph)