The Cottage Lodge is the many quaint B&Bs located in and around Brockenhurst village in New Forest, UK and doesn’t differ from any other lodging in the area except for the fact that it is one of the most eco minded establishments in the world. Apart from a low-flow shower and toilet, producing hot water through a wood-burning stove, solar panels and low-energy lighting, the hotel also allows guests to power televisions themselves using good old leg power.
The bicycle-powered television sits in the Standing Hat room in the Cottage Lodge which is situated in a building dating back to 1650 and the 360-year-old property was turned into a green retreat over the span of eight years by its owner Christina Simons. Originally constructed from a reclaimed ship, the historic building was restored using eco friendly methods, low-impact building materials, environmentally-friends paints and features mirrors, wardrobes, dressing tables, bedside tables and beds created out of a single beech tree that fell in Brockenhurst by a local tree surgeon.
Not only does the bike-powered TV helps the hotel stay as green as possible, it also doubles up as a gym for guests staying at the lodge without wasting a single watt of additional power that regular TV or gym equipment require. The 15-bedroom B&B has received a 5 star rating from AA as well as many other awards for its eco friendly initiatives. A stay at the Standing Hat Room costs £129.
Via: The Telegraph