A five-star boutique in North Wales is taking measures to make itself completely self-sustainable in terms of energy and potentially food.
Palé Hall’s relatively new owners have poured heavy investment into a new turbine as part of their renovation of an old on-site hydroelectric plant, which will produce enough energy for the country house hotel and leave enough left over to be sold back to the grid.
Owners of old country house hotels will be fully aware that buildings like Palé Hal leak energy. Despite the huge cost of investing in a new turbine for the hydroelectric plant, the Harpers hope to save money in the long run.
Angela and Alan Harper, who are market entrants to the hotel industry, also hope to install a production garden and kitchen further in the future.
It is hoped that the extensive grounds can be used to provide food for the kitchen, designed by industry legend Michael Caines.
“We would gradually like to have a genuine production kitchen and garden,” said Angela Harper, speaking to Boutique Hotelier. “We’ve got a lot of land here. That’s a 10 year project really. I would like to produce seasonally. At the moment we’re doing a few micro herbs and bits and pieces.”
“A green hotel is very important to us. It’s good for the reputation. We want to become firmly established as part and parcel of one of the reasons of why people come to North Wales.”