The green revolution is everywhere these days. You see its footprints in advertising, fashion, architecture, and every corner of industry. Graduate programs in sustainable management are becoming a standard offering at universities. There’s green web hosting, where customers can rent space on servers that are powered by 100% wind energy. There are even solar-powered bathing suits, into which you can plug your favorite gadgets.
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at boutique hotels lately. Many of them are located in cramped urban settings, with owners and managers who need ways to do more with less (and of course, adding the word “boutique” tells you that!). So when I came across an English newspaper’s list of the best country house hotels in England, I just had to click. It was an opportunity to sail to the other end of the spectrum. What happens when a hotel has all the space (and sometimes, it seems, all the money) in the world?
The images were just as I imagined—no surprise there, since I’ve seen a few in my time. From the air they look like castles. Inside you see lush chairs, cavernous common spaces, private rooms big enough for yoga classes. There are fireplaces and oaken desks. There were names like Langar Hall, Park House and Swinton Park.
“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics.” Einstein once wrote. “I can assure you mine are still greater.”
Whilst seeing someone with a bigger problem than ours can help us keep things in perspective, it doesn’t necessarily help us with our problem. On the...Read More