The 24 active hives are situated on a nearby hillside close to the Manor’s unspoilt valley and woodland.

The bee colonies not only help the surrounding crop production by improving pollination, but they also give the added bonus of providing an abundance of beautifully scented honey for the hotel’s year round requirements.

The honey’s unique scent and flavour is derived predominantly from gorse that grows in abundance around the hives. An overwhelming floral sweet flavour is balanced with a hint of spice. This precious honey is best tasted in its raw state and makes the perfect breakfast accompaniment.

Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production and ultimately mankind.

Maybe only a drop in the ocean, but Longueville Manor is doing all it can to help save the planet. The home-grown “New Leaf” initiative is the driving force in spearheading sustainable strategies both on and off the property.