Back to Nature
Here at The Pear Tree at Purton we really care about being green. We're now officially one of the greenest hotels in the area having received a Silver Award under the Green Tourism Business Scheme for the past 7 years. It covers all areas of greenness and sustainability and amongst the 200+ criteria are:
- Buying local produce ( We have the Wiltshire Breakfast award for the amount of fresh Breakfast items which are sourced from within the County)
- A commitment to fair-trade products
- A commitment to the environment - on site wetlands, wild flower meadows and ponds. We have planted hundreds of indigenous wild flowers and trees and we monitor and record visiting fauna.
- We also closely monitor waste, energy usage and water consumption.
But we haven't just gone green to win awards, we really care about the natural environment. We're lucky enough to live in one of the most stunning areas of the UK and as we are surrounded by beautiful countryside we want to do everything we can to preserve that.
The Natural Environment
We are very pround of the two and half acre 'natural area' in our gardens, it is home to our 600 vine vineyard, four bee hives, wildflower meadow, wetland area and a copse of native oaks. This bit of the garden is just beyond the formal area of the grounds and we work hard to kee it as natural and wild as possible.
While you're with us, why not try some of our home-grown honey? It's served at breakfast and with the Pork Belly at dinner. It tastes incredibly pure because we are not surrounded by arable farming which could be home to pesticides. We like to think it takes you back to the honey you might have had with your granny 40 years ago!
If you're more into your wine than your honey, our home-grown Cuvee Alix is available to those eating or staying at the hotel, by the glass or bottle. We're now on our third vintage and like to think it just gets better and better each year. As the only 'Swindon' wine around, we're featured in the local press and on BBC Radio Wiltshire.
Read about our wine in the Swindon Advertiser Article.
If you're a fan of exploring the garden but don't know the difference between a daffodil and a duck then don't worry, we've got a selection of garden-themed i-spy books that you can use as you wander the grounds.
Bringing the fun back into gardens, we've got simple guides to birds, wildflowers, trees, nature and 'in the garden'. We've even got some i-spy badges that we can award to anyone getting over 1000 i-spy points during their stay.
If you spent your childhood frantically searching for Russian number plates on car journeys in your bid to get a badge then now's your chance! Just ask at Reception during your visit. Oh, and it's good fun for kids too!