When the owners bought the building that was the old Dolphin Inn (hotel and public bar) in Dunbar, it was derelict and on the Buildings At Risk register. Whilst the renovation this proved a considerable undertaking it also presented a unique opportunity to “future proof” the building for the 21st century.
The building was completely stripped of its traditional lathe and plaster interior and the walls and roof were then fully insulated and all the new windows were double glazed. Solar panels were installed on the roof, being in a conservation area this proved a significant challenge to the local planning department but were agreed following the owners’ presentation at a planning committee meeting – setting a precedent for other commercial buildings within conservation areas.
With the renovation complete the hostel operates as sustainably as possible. We use Ecover products for all our cleaning, shop local where possible and provide a full recycling service. In order to minimise food waste we also stock basic items including herbs and spices and provide a basic breakfast and tea/coffee.
Sustainable travel is promoted and we are fortunate to be situated on the east coast mainline and there are good local bus services so a car is not required. We also have secure bike shelters in our private courtyard and offer a number of free bikes for use by guests, Dunbar is a compact and relatively flat town so it is easy to walk to most attractions.
As with all business we also carefully monitor energy use.Find out more about Dolphin Dunbar @The Dolphin Inn