Denbies Vineyard Hotel continues to pave the way for sustainable green tourism. This year hails the opening of a new Wine Library (in May), and the solar generated power at Denbies has been doubled, enabling the hotel to run on its own independent energy source around the clock through power generated from PV panels feeding into 15KW of Tesla batteries.
At a time where climate friendly solutions are in the greatest demand, Denbies pledged to offset the investment in future projects with a percentage investment in green initiatives.
The hotel, designed with long-term environmental benefits in mind, was added to Denbies Wine Estate in 2019 and was built adopting the best measures available to achieve carbon neutral status. This reduces the impact on the environment and blends the hotel building into the natural surroundings of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs.
Outside the hotel, electric car charging points and cycle parking facilities have been installed to encourage visitors to use sustainable transport methods.
The latest addition to the hotel this year is the Wine Library lounge, situated adjacent to the restaurant. With clever use of shapes and materials, the design of the Wine Library reflects all aspects of the wine making process. The curvature of the building replicates a wine barrel, together with a wall lined with antique riddling racks. The main feature of the Wine Library is the magnificent floor to ceiling wine wall, displaying a range of Denbies vintages dating back to 1993. An Enomatic wine machine is the central focus of the wall, where customers can select from a choice of wines to taste by the glass.
The Wine Library is the perfect spot for hotel residents to unwind and generally enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the estate. It can also be hired for exclusive use for tastings and private dining.
Denbies CEO, Christopher White, commented: ‘As one of the UK’s major wine producers and one of the largest wine tourism destinations in the south-east, we feel it is important to make major changes when the opportunities present themselves. The development of the hospitality side of the business has presented a perfect opportunity. This latest investment will be a big draw for eco-friendly tourists looking to stay in the area.’
The 17-room Denbies Vineyard Hotel opened in September 2019 and is situated within the 265 acre estate. The vineyard itself offers seven miles of public footpath, which includes part of the North Downs Way, and located next to the and the iconic Box Hill.
Denbies will be continuing its commitment to establishing the best practice in green-tourism. There will be further eco initiatives at Denbies – watch this space.