Chez Sven B&B


Wellfleet, Massachusetts, United States


Chez Sven B&B offers a variety of green attributes as detailed below. In order to appear on our site, a hotel must possess at least 10 green attributes, so this puts Chez Sven B&B in good company. The more green features a hotel has, the higher the green leaf rating up to a maximum of seven green leaves. To get more information on Chez Sven B&B and to book a room at the best Internet prices, just click on the orange Website button above! Why book direct?

Green Attributes
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  • Air
  • Allergies
  • Fresh Air
  • Environmental Cleaning
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Education
  • Educate Guests to "green"
  • Educate Staff to "green"
  • Participate in Green Program(s)
  • Promote "greenness" in PR
  • Donating to Charity
  • Energy
  • Alternative Energy
  • Maintenance for Conservation
  • Energy Conservation
  • Food
  • Organic Food Served
  • Eco-friendly Food Served
  • Solid Waste
  • Bulk Soap & Amenities
  • Compostable Disposables
  • Composting
  • Durable Service Items
  • Guestroom Recycling Bins
  • Hotel Recycling Bins
  • Newspaper Program
  • Recyclable Disposables
  • Supplemental
  • Additional Green Features
  • Towels and Sheets
  • Cotton Towels/Sheets
  • Sheet Program
  • Towel Program
  • Water
  • Water Conservation
  • Xeric Garden
  • Gray-Water Recycling
  • Extras
  • Conference Center/Rooms
  • Transportation
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet


This hotel doesn't allow pets.


Chez Sven is a one of those places that give one hope that the world's great places might yet be experienced but not despoiled--part of the promise of ecotourism. If all Cape Cod B&Bs were operated like this one --with a serious understanding of and real concern for their environmental impact-- the pressure on the fragile ecosystem there would be greatly reduced. As ecologists, my wife and I make our vacation plans with these concerns in mind. We spent almost a week at Chez Sven last year, and over this past winter made reservations to return for another week this year.

Sandy and Sven do a great job of balancing hospitality and respect for your privacy, which is key with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast. Their commitment to green principles is documented thoroughly at their excellent website-- --so I won't detail all that here. I will say it distinguished their operation from others on the Cape for us.

Sandy is also a superb source of information (both published and anecdotal) on the many less-visited places on Cape Cod of interest to green-minded travelers: the more out of the way beaches, the nature preserves and higher quality whale-spotting operations. Your stay will benefit substantially from her tips...don't be shy about asking for her opinion.

There were no plastic liners, no shower curtains at all, just a handheld shower with a button flow control to reduce unnecessary use and a stool for seated, focused bathing in a ceramic-tiled (no plastic) bath area; energy efficient refrigerator; no AC, but lots of cross-ventilating windows (mostly a summer place, being Cape Cod) and skylights which reduced the need for artificial lighting.

Some produce for meals comes from their own garden, and pervious surfaces are used in the parking and walkway areas. No apparent preference for native plants.

The only thing I would add to their set-up is loaner bicycles (to encourage reduced car use, which really kills the Cape in the summer, but liability nsurance costs might be prohibitive), and PV solar.

This is how we would run a B&B.

Mark Vian, September 2005

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