New Owners of Cottage Lodge Hotel in the New Forest Aim for 100% Sustainability
By: Cottage Lodge Hotel
Comments Maurizio, who has worked in the hospitality industry for almost 25 years: "We are both excited and delighted to be taking over Cottage Lodge Hotel which has gained such a fabulous reputation over recent years both for its fantastic location and outstanding customer service. We intend to take it to the next level, and we have a dream to make Cottage Lodge 100% sustainable.
"We are working with local companies who are supplying us with everything from soaps and shampoos to cider and shortbread, plus meats from the village butcher, to minimise our carbon footprint. And, whilst it is more expensive, we think it worthwhile when you consider the bigger picture."
Over time, Maurizio and Francesca intend to redevelop the rooms at Cottage Lodge, though the unique beds carved from fallen New Forest trees and made by a local wood sculpture will remain.
Cottage Lodge Hotel has three dog-friendly rooms, including one on the ground floor which has a door leading to a small, private courtyard, with an outside tap for washing off muddy paws.
The hotel is a short walk from Brockenhurst Station, and there is a bike hire centre in the village, making car free stays a genuine 'green' option (there are also special trailers available for children and dogs).
The open forest is within minutes of the hotel's door, and there are a selection of free walking guides available from the hotel's reception.
Overnight stays cost from £40 per person (two sharing a room) in one of the property's smaller bedrooms, or from £55 per person in a larger room with a four-poster bed. There are also family rooms, where younger children can share with their parents free of charge.
Prices are based on two people sharing a room and include full English breakfast.
For further information call 01590 622 296 or visit www.cottagelodge.co.uk.
*Maurizio studied at the Geneva Hôtel Management school and has worked in luxury hotels in London, Paris and Brussels for the last 24 years. He has also worked in the New Forest in the early 2000s.
**Francesca studied hotel management in London and worked in luxury hotels in Italy and Brussels for eight years. She also worked in retail marketing in Paris for five years before moving to London to launch a social media company.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR