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Green Tourism Week

27 October 2013 / Business / Guests / Sustainability

To celebrate Green Tourism Week (4th-10th November), Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) have teamed up with the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) to highlight businesses with the Green Tourism award on the Independent Hostel Guide website and in the 2014 guide and to encourage businesses with an Eco outlook to consider applying for GTBS grading.

Read more here from IHUK

Electric Car Charging

Some responses to questions from us here at Thorney How:

What motivated you to go down the “eco” route?

This has always been something that we have been keen to do. Having spent a lot of time in the natural environment it seems a straightforward step to want to care for it in whatever way we can too. We’ve always sought to choose eco options, in our domestic and working lives from growing our own food where we can, to always using green energy solutions and providers.

What has been the biggest change you have made to your accommodation?

Thorney How is a grade 2 listed building, we have spent much of the last two years since we took Thorney How over from the YHA consulting with professionals, attending courses and generally researching the eco options that are available to us. As an older building some of these options do not make much sense, and we are limited with our grade 2 listing from many structural alterations, including replacing the single glazed windows and installing solar panels.

Some form of heat replacement was the only real sensible option. The building does get cold and is draughty (high winds outside) in winter and our current night storage heaters are both expensive to run and woefully poor at delivering the right heat at the right time.

Our first task was a new drainage system at the front of the property in 2012. Then after a 4 month build programme we commissioned our new Biomass Boiler in April 2013. The new boiler uses sustainable wood pellets in a very efficient system that generates hot water for both showers and central heating. We have had to completely reinvent the wet system for the building, this is itself a big and messy job. Currently this is now working for the newly refurbished bunkhouse and will be extended to the main house this winter.

What do your customers think of your green credentials?

Many of our guests have commented on our use of electric bikes, the car charging points, the LED lighting and recycling points as these are the more visible interventions around the building. Several have been on mini tours around the new wood pellet boiler. But in the main sustainability does not feature highly in travellers choices at the moment.

This does surprise me still, all too often guests do not display behaviours that are consistent with nurturing the environment that they are here to enjoy.

We actively encourage guests to adopt sustainable choices when they visit us, to consider their use of energy in the building, in recycling their waste and in considering their travel options. We can only hope to encourage more people to build eco awareness into their travel lifestyles.


Independent Hostels network = YHA

15 July 2011 / Business / Hostelling

See http://www.independenthostelsuk.co.uk/

Not everyone realises that there is a coherent network of hostels in the UK that all operate independently and are not connected with the YHA. Independent Hostels UK was established to address this and bring together a wide range of locations and accommodation types under one network.

They say:

“Independent Hostels UK is the UK’s official network of independently managed bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation. With over 300 member hostels the network is comparable in size to the Youth Hostel Association in the UK (YHA plus SYHA).

Independent Hostels UK was established under grant funding from the government and is a self supporting membership body guided by a small committee of member directors.

IHUK works closely with other hostel networks worldwide including Scottish Independent Hostels, Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, Swiss Backpackers, German Backpacker Network, Hostel in Italy, Backpackers Spain, Backpackers Hostels of Canada and BBH New Zealand. IHUK also shares detailed information about the accommodation with national organisations such as the Sustrans National Cycle Network and the Long Distance Walkers Association.

To find out more about all the great places to stay in the network use our online search facility. This has scalable maps showing bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. You can search by name or location and you will quickly see that the accommodation listed offers great value with self catering, private rooms and flexible lengths of stay.

Full details of all the hostels in IHUK are available in IHUKs handbook, the long established Independent Hostel Guide, available for purchase now. “

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Independent Hostels UK

19 January 2011 / Business

Find us in the latest version of the Independent Hostel Guide

We’ve registered with Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) and we will soon have a full profile on their website.

The Independent Hostel Guide was started in 1993 when Sam Dalley decided to turn her photocopied list of twenty Independent Hostels into a book. Now online you can use the FREE search facility and maps to get up-to-the minute information on over 330 bunkhouses, bunk barns, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation centres in England, Wales and Scotland

We’re also going to the Outdoor Leisure Show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 25-27th February where IHUK will have a stand and we can promote Thorney How on stand 441 in Hall 9. We will also be participating in their prize draw to give away a free holiday.

Sadly we’re too late to be in this years guide but you can order a copy here plus we will have them on sale at Thorney How.