Our People

“Fight for the things you love, but do it in a way that others can join you”
Ruth Bader-Ginsberg.

Thanks Ruth – perfect

Our brilliant team.

Since we formed in 2012, we have operated a flat hierarchy and built our daily schedule around the teams’ home commitments. We have a Family First Policy; where if people want to take time off, or take unplanned leave, we will always support them.

We frequently have our children (and dogs) in the office to support working mums, and we have a programme to mentor the team with life-learning skills.

Being a local team is a huge advantage. We share insider-knowledge on where to go, what to do, and how best to enjoy the New Forest. We are always keen to learn and lead by example, so will often take part in activities like guided walks, litter picks and beach cleans.

Meet our “Escape” artists!

Loving our people and our work…

We are certified with the Living Wage Foundation. We already pay well over the Living Wage and encourage all of our owners to follow suit.

We believe in being flexible, fair, and supporting – because work isn’t mutually exclusive from life. In our last team survey:

“100% of the team feel valued and important.”

“The team think we can make 75% positive changes with our B Corp journey.”

Learning together - Life Lessons.

We commit to an ongoing programme to learn together about life outside of work.

Lessons are broad and the team choose them. We’ve covered everything from changing a tyre, to pensions and ‘making a will’.

Learning about our local habitats is a critical part of this. We’ve walked with Wild New Forest, a brilliant nature-education project, for two educational walks; one in autumn to learn about farming and Commoning, and the National Park forests and heath, and the second took us along the sea wall to learn about migrating birds and how we can help protect our coastal habitats. We’re able to share our learning with guests and owners too.

We celebrate our local Change-Makers.

A special group of people, our local Change-Makers are social innovators, do-ers and imaginieers, they’ve gone the extra mile, stand up for something worthy, fought for their communities and for the environment, built businesses that contribute to society and stuck their necks out to do the right thing.

Starting in 2022, founder Rachel Has been interviewing local people who deserve a bigger audience. You can read them here:

Vegan Eco- preneur – Robyn

Foot Engineer – Ryan

Wildlife Champion – Marcus

Food & Farm Innovator – Pete

Bumblebee Freedom- Fighter – Gill

Happiness Detective – Dr P


Climate Literacy

It’s a complicated subject.

We suggest our owners and team use these resources to help them:

The GIKI Earth App. For our team and guests, this app is great. Kids like it, it’s simple, gamifies education, it’s helpful and gives practical advice.

My Green Butler – for our owners, we give free access to MGB – a specific tourism education tool for short term rentals. It’s tailored for short-stay accom’ owners and covers everything from guest engagement to heating controls. Brilliant.


Paying it forward - our charity work.

We donate our expertise to local projects – our goal is to deliver 200 hours for the year.

We support local projects by match-funding our teams’ giving. Our goal is to donate 0.5% of all profits to local charities and organisations.

  1. The Crossing – Homeless and Vulnerable People Drop-in Centres in the New Forest and Waterside area.
  2. Bumblebee Conservation Trust – supporting biodiversity and conservation of bumblebees.
  3. Wild New Forest – education Community Interest Company (CIC) for New Forest conservation.
  4. Involvement with the Toilet Twinning initiative.

Find out more about these and other charities we support.

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