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Sustainability

Going “Green-er” at Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate

We are on a mission to become even more sustainable and have set some bold objectives 

we aim to achieve by the end of 2023.


In-House Green Team 

It all starts with the team. We have implemented a dedicated team to explore and actively implement CSR within the hotel. The green team meets on a regular basis to work on initiatives and schemes to ensure the hotel keeps moving forward with being sustainable, environmentally aware, community driven and charitable. 


From seed to plate

We have developed a one acre kitchen garden which provides an abundance of fruit, vegetables and salad which is used by our team of Chef’s. We change our menus as regularly as necessary in order to best utilise ingredients from the kitchen garden and work within the seasons. Any excess produce is given to team members to avoid waste.


Sourcing locally

We source as much of our ingredients as we can locally, using the very best produce from Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.


Water

We use recycled glass water bottles for our conferences and in-house guests, filled from our own in-house water plant. These are sanitised and refilled onsite.


Recycling of Materials

We are zero to landfill. All waste materials including food, glass, paper and cardboard, metal are recycled or composted.


Single use plastics

We aim to eradicate all single use plastics by December 2023. We are currently converting all our bedroom toiletries into a refillable more environmentally friendly solution.


LED Lighting

All lighting has been converted to LED bulbs which are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting. 95% of the energy in LED's are converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. Lights are switched off in meeting rooms, bedrooms and back of house areas when not required.


110 Acres

We are set within 110 acres of woodland, parkland and formal gardens. We have developed a 5 year woodland management plan and are committed to stocking our grounds with additional trees, flora and fauna.


Facilities

Our facilities have been developed to ensure our guests don’t need to leave the resort. The estate benefits from padel tennis, tennis, short-tennis and badminton courts as well as a trim trail through the woodland, fully equipped gym, French boules, giant chess, and a play park.


Charity

It’s not all about us, we want to make a difference in the community too. We actively fund-raise to support our chosen charity, St Clare Hospice.


Our Ambitions for 2024

Install electric vehicle chargers

Generate our own energy on site

Introduce e-bikes for our hotel guests

Introduce beehives to the resort

Create and bottle our own gin from produce foraged within the woodland

Extend the kitchen garden

Eradicate all single use plastics