green holidays made easier
The Silverdale is a seven bedroom guest house in the centre of the Edwardian town of Seaford which is mid way between Brighton and Eastbourne, near the ferry port at Newhaven and at the foot of the South Downs. It says it offers hotel standards at B&B prices.
The rooms are each individually designed with matching décor and bedding and all have en suite facilities, TV and videos (there is a stock of over 100 videos to borrow free of charge), minibars, tea trays, goody baskets filled with light snacks and a wide range of books.
The restaurant specializes in local sourced food and there is a wide selection of English wines and over 150 Scottish malt whiskies are available in the bar.
The Silverdale is inspected by the AA and English Tourist Board and has a 4 star rating. It has won several awards for being a dog friendly establishment.
The Silverdale’s proprietors, Ted and Gilly Cowdrey are evidently deeply committed to sustainable tourism. Their guest house has received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and in 2003 won a sustainable business award from SEEDA (South East England Development Agency).
They have installed a solar heating system to provide hot water. To conserve heat all bedrooms have been double glazed, the loft insulated and floors boarded over to prevent draughts. When further heat is required they burn sustainable fuels such as damaged telegraph poles cut into logs. Ceiling fans are reversed in the winter: the rotation pushes the warm air back into the room. Light fittings have low energy bulbs.
Waste paper, glass, metal and plastic are recycled and as much organic waste as possible is composted and used in the garden. Water is collected from the roof areas for cleaning and watering plants.
Food is extensively sourced from local food suppliers and Fairtrade products are purchased when possible.
The Cowdreys have been involved with many community initiatives and set up STAG (Seaford Town Accommodation Group) to promote sustainable tourism.