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Thurlestone Hotel’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy

As a family friendly 4 star hotel situated on South Devon’s stunning coast, we believe that we must do everything possible to reduce the negative impact we have on the environment, without compromising the holiday experience of our guests.

At the Thurlestone Hotel we are committed to providing a good high quality service and we genuinely care about the local area and environment.  We have adopted many special procedures to minimise the environmental impact of our activities, improve our management of water, energy conservation and recycling of waste.  In addition we make special efforts to source our produce and services locally to support the South Devon economy.

A symbol of this commitment is our membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  The scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.  By encouraging sustainable practices the scheme ensures the continued enjoyment of the environment around us for future generations.

Some of the main steps in order to reduce our impact are:

  • We continually seek to improve our environment and social performance.
  • We reduce pollution, emissions and waste wherever possible with monitoring and control of heat, light, power.
  • We train, encourage and support employees to value and participate in sustainable business practices.
  • We expect similar environmental standards from suppliers and contractors we use.
  • We encourage, inform and assist visitors to reduce their impact on the environment both here at the Thurlestone Hotel and when they leave .
  • We work closely with the local community and Support of Local Charities & Groups.
  • We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver Award) as an ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and tourism.

Here at Thurlestone we have our own Green Team, members of staff from all our departments, whose goal it is to ensure we are doing all that is possible to ensure our commitment to the environment and to you, our guests.

The signature of the Green team confirms our commitment to monitor and minimise our business impact on our environment.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle  In Devon we recycle! You can help us by refusing packaging and bags you don’t need, and by using the recycling banks you will find in many places across the county. And if you can recycle where you are staying – please do. We are able to offer facilities for the recycling of many products at Thurlestone.


Give the car a rest!  Walking, cycling and riding are great ways to see the area without adding to traffic. Use public transport if you need to travel to a start point, but you could also try exploring near to where you are staying – there are some fantastic places to see right on the doorstop.  Eco Taxis, local bus services and train information all available from reception if you wish to travel further afield – please ask.




Stay Local, Eat Local, Buy Local, See Local  Buy Local, and you will see what Devon can offer along with benefitting the local communities.  Visit farmers markets, farm shops, village stores, local pubs and restaurants.  Our distinctive culture shines through the hundreds of community events that happen throughout the year and the food and drink producers of the West Country offer a fantastic array of flavours. Our Chef uses many fine local products and we support local businesses wherever possible.


Chill Out and Switch Off!  You can see the stars at night in Devon. Help us reduce light pollution, energy usage and CO2 emissions. Please switch off lights and standby buttons when you don’t need them and by closing windows when the heating is on or turn down as necessary.  Help us to reduce water consumption by using just the water you need, don’t leave the tap running when brushing teeth and take note of our clean towel policy. Then just relax and enjoy the view!


Enjoy the Devon landscape…  To enjoy Devon at its best we can help you get to know all the nooks and crannies. This is a beautiful countryside that pampers and relaxes with ever changing scenery. Never too remote, yet you can easily feel a million miles away from city life.  You can explore Devon by bike, boat, foot, horse or train.  Along the way you will inspired by stunning scenery in many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Why not sample the delights of country pubs and award winning restaurants along the way.


Respect our area!  Help us to look after the local landscape and encourage wildlife by not littering, guarding against fires and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Please follow the Countryside code…


There are thousands of businesses that are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme.


Whereve we go and whatever we do, we have an impact. Make positive choices, and you can help us care for Devon and make that impact a positive one.

If you feel we should be doing more, then please let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

The Thurlestone aims to support the local community by purchasing our produce from local suppliers through the South Hams Food & Drink Association and Taste of the West.

Please find following some details of a few of our suppliers:-

Premium quality meat from the heart of the West Country; born from three lifetimes’ devotion to quality food.


Suppliers of fresh fish and shellfish from all the
Southwest leading Ports

Specialising in locally produced Cheeses

Providing our Kitchen with speciality food ingredients

With over fifty yeas of trading history, Bristol Fruit Sales continue to go from strength to strength and were delighted in 2009 to be adjudged the award for Fresh Produce Wholesaler of the year.

For local bus timetable information please visit www.travelinesw.com or call – a bus service is available twice a day from Thurlestone to Kingsbridge, you can then get connecting services to Salcombe, Totnes, Dartmouth, Plymouth and Exeter.

For local train information please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call – please remember our nearest train station is Totnes.

For those who love exploring the area visit  www.southwestcoastpath.com or www.southdevonaonb.org.uk for information on local walks.