South Downs Eco Lodge

East Meon, Hampshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1730 823549


An eco B&B (minus hair shirt) in the stunning Meon Valley surrounded by woodland and wildlife - one of our Sawday's Community Champions

Bedroom

11 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 – 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Newly clad and brimming with sustainability, this old wartime Naval building is transformed into a very comfortable place to stay. Bedrooms, on two floors, have en suite showers, plug sockets and shelves where you want them, organic cotton sheets and good reading lights. Breakfast is a DIY affair in the garden room and if you want something heftier walk over to The Beech Café for veggie or vegan, all made from scratch – even the baked beans!

If you’re on a course – everything from woodland management to health and wellbeing – you’ll spend your days learning about sustainability and what all of us can do to stop damaging the planet. If not, you can wander 55 acres of garden, forest, restored chalk grassland and a natural burial woodland; views from the top soar to the Isle of Wight on clear days.

Walkers and cyclists, birdwatchers and botanists, writers and artists will also thrive here. The atmosphere is infectiously gentle.

South Downs Eco Lodge - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Signing up for one of the courses - there's something to interest everyone, children too
  • Setting off for walks or cycles on the South Downs Way, right on the doorstep
  • The lovely people who look after you. And the heavenly imp, Rachel
South Downs Eco Lodge - Gallery

You should know

  • Broadband isn't particularly fast and there are no TVs
  • The café is closed on Monday and Tuesday
  • No dogs please

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-5pm
Check out
9am-10am
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
On-site café for breakfast, lunch and cakes. All veggie or vegan.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £75
4 Doubles
From £95
1 Single
From £75
4 Twins
From £95
2 Family rooms for 4
From £125

Accommodation

Reviews

There's a very special, quiet and sincere vibe here and everything has a story and a meaning. The door handle of the B&B was made by a blacksmith on a course here, the willow lampshades were made from willow grown on site, coppiced by a volunteer then cleverly woven by one of the team. They are an inspiration to local communities about eco-refurbishment.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

This is utterly beautiful countryside. Join the South Downs Way and walk east to Butser Hill and the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, go trout fishing in the Meon springs, discover rare orchids and an Iron Age fort on Old Winchester Hill, drive 10-minutes to Petersfield for pubs, cafés, independent shops and a twice-weekly market. NT houses and gardens abound and it's a short hop to Chichester.

Local points of interest from The Sustainability Centre

  • There are many beautiful walks on our doorstep as well as 52 acres of woodland to explore on site.
  • Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve is within a 3 mile walking distance of the Eco Lodge B&B.
  • Butser Hill and Queen Elizabeth Country Park are within a 3 mile walking distance of the Eco Lodge B&B.
  • Broadhalfpenny Down is known as The Cradle of Cricket. It is one of the earliest cricket grounds in the country. Next to it is the Bat and Ball pub.
  • We are ideally situated in the South Downs National Park and are right on the South Downs National Trail.
  • Petersfield is a local historical market town with galleries, restaurants and a museum.

Introducing

The Sustainability Centre

The Sustainability Centre is owned and operated by The Earthworks Trust, a charity who believe we can all make the decision to live in a way that's greener, happier and more just. The buildings and the land were once owned by HMS Mercury, HQ of the Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School during the war. Christine, CEO, thinks they are still signalling, just a different message.