We are commited to running our business in a way that reduces our impact, and that of our guests, on the global and local environment to a practical minimum.
We recycle, provide facilities for our guests and encourage them to recycle:
- Glass bottles
- Plastic bottles
- Plastic bags
- Steel and aluminium tins and cans
- Electrical goods
- All garden waste
- All kitchen food waste
Energy Saving Measures
We have reduced our energy usage by:
- Using low energy bulbs where possible
- Double glazing
- Use of intelligent thermostats
- Thermostatic valves on radiators
- Energy efficient appliances
- Provision of washing lines
- Insulation of roof space
- Solar heating for hot water
- Solar PV for electricity
We use night time power for NSHs and hot water and some appliances which not only saves money but is more fuel efficient for many of the UK's power stations.
In order to reduce our use of water we:
- Use variable flush toilets
- Have showers in all cottages
- Do not have power showers
- Use recycled rainwater for plant watering
We use and encourage our guests to use:
- Local organic boxed vegetable scheme
- Local vegetable farm shops
- Local butchers who source their meat locally
- Locally caught fish
We are located in the middle of an organic farm which has compelled us to:
- Stop using chemical fertilisers, weedkillers and insecticides
- Switch to environmentally friendly cleaners
We are blessed with a multiplicity of birdlife and make provision for them in terms of food, water and nesting boxes. In particular our annual visitors from Africa, the swallows, who nest in our barns and provide fantastic aerial displays. We don't get in the way of the many rabbits, buzzards, field voles, stoats, pheasants, foxes and badgers and they don't get in our way (although they do regularly eat each other).
We have made a determined start but have much more to do, we plan to:
- Install a heat pump
- Replace inefficient appliances with energy efficient models
- Increase the depth of loft insulation
We will continue to balance the often conflicting priorities of environmentalism and providing the services that our guests are willing to pay for. We believe that as public opinion changes the conflict will reduce and the right environmental decision will be the right business decision.
5 Steps to Being a Responsible Visitor
Wherever we go and whatever we do, we have some impact on the environment. By making positive choices during your visit, you can help to look after Cornwall, ensuring that it retains its character for your next visit.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle In Cornwall we take our recycling very seriously, as we hope you do at home! Say no to packaging where possible. You will find recycling banks in most main car parks across the area. Please help us by making use of the recycling system in your accommodation.
- Reduce traffic: walk, cycle or use public transport Walking and cycling are great ways to see the area without adding to traffic. Use public transport if you need to travel to your start point, but try exploring near to where you are staying - there are some fantastic places to see right on your doorstep!
- Stay Local, Eat Local, Buy Local, See Local Support local producers and services - this way your visit has a real benefit to the communities of Cornwall. Visit Farmers' Markets, farm shops, village stores, pubs and cafés. Much of our distinctive culture is evident in the hundreds of community events that happen throughout the year and are well worth supporting.
- Switch off! Help reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by switching off lights, taps and standby buttons when not in use.
Follow the Countryside Code The Countryside Code reminds visitors to protect plants and animals; take litter away; leave gates and property as you find them; keep dogs under close control; consider other people and users when visiting the countryside.