Can you still get away with an electric vehicle?
There’s no doubt if you’re an EV owner, or you’ve leased an electric car from us, that you now know that range for getting to work is not an issue, and charging at home is way more superior to the greasy forecourt of a fuel filling station.
But what happens when you want to get away from it all, kick back, and take a well-earned rest somewhere in the UK? Is your EV up to it?
Will you be charged up after a weekend away, but your electric car will be left flat?
Fortunately, there are a growing number of hotels and inns realising that the provision of an electric chargepoint or two is not only a good thing, it’s great for marketing the hotel.
So where can you go to have a break and be able to charge up your EV at your chosen hotel?
There are some apps and guides around but we’ve not found them all that easy to use. So we’ve done some research of our own to find some great hotels dotted around the UK that not only offer you a fabulous break, but enable you to charge your electric car too.
So here’s our selection of seven great hotels that come with EV chargepoints.
I’ve just returned from a weekend stay at this Hotel, and the Tesla Model 3 I have on lease came with me.
If you love golf, then Fairmont St Andrews is the place to go – the home of golf. Set in a fabulous 520-acre estate, there’s the stunning north-east coastline with dramatic views, a spa to unwind in, and of course, the famous links course.
Plenty for you to enjoy and there’s provision for your EV, too, but only as long as you drive a Tesla, as there are two Tesla destination chargers situated at the clubhouse adjacent to the hotel (my Tesla looking rather dirty, pictured above, on arrival at the Fairmont’s charging facilities following its two hour drive at the weekend).
Located in the New Forest, Hampshire, the Montagu Arms among other things offers guests a luxury classic car break. This includes the opportunity to rent a Jaguar E-Type or an Austin Healey and then drive off to have a look around the famous Beaulieu motor museum.
Rather more up to date though is the provision of two chargers: one is a Tesla specific charger and the other a Tesla universal charger for other electric car brands. Both chargers are available onsite. Modern and classic sorted.
Up in Cumbria near Carlisle is the delightful Warwick Hall, a country house B&B with the River Eden flowing past it. The emphasis is on fresh local produce for dinner and breakfast with a big welcome for dogs – along with acres to let them run wild.
And to make your stay more welcoming, there is also the provision of an electric car charging point.
Situated near Kingsbridge and Salcombe on the Devon coast, the Thurlestone Hotel offers visitors a luxury break. In addition to the stunning sea views and the opportunities for coastal walks, and a spot of golf, there’s a spa for a bit of R&R.
What’s more, the hotel also offers four electric car charging stations to keep your EV up to speed.
Located on the south west of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, the Blackaddie House Hotel is a four star hotel and home to one of the best gourmet restaurants in Scotland. No wonder, it’s run by famous and award-winning chef Ian McAndrew and his wife Jane.
And while you’re tasting the delights of Ian’s fine food, there are four free to use electric car chargepoints at the hotel to keep your battery fed with enough kWh of juice to enjoy the next stage of your getaway.
Staying in Scotland, the Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant is based in Pitlochry, Perthshire. The hotel is known for its art with original paintings throughout the house and for its association with the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Less artistic but highly vital to any EV driver enjoying a stay at Knockendarroch Hotel is the provision of dedicated EV charging spaces with two Tesla chargers. One is a dedicated Tesla unit and the other a universal type 2 charger.
Situated in Pembrokeshire, The Grove is very much about sustainability. The hotel won the Green Tourism UK Gold Award in 2017 and was also voted AA Hotel of the Year, Wales 2019/20.
Apart from enjoying a luxury stay and the superb cuisine, you’ll also be able to enjoy the hotel’s sustainability policy which includes the provision of three charging stations. Two of these are Tesla chargepoints, the other a universal charger. Both you and the car will feel greener for your stay.
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