We are constantly working to improve our eco-friendly status. Measures already in place include:
- The roof has recently been insulated with rock wool insulation
- Secondary double glazing windows have been installed to improve comfort and reduce fuel consumption
- A wood-burning stove reduces reliance on fossil fuels.
- Use of biodegradable cleaning products
- Energy saving light bulbs in 80% of all lights
- Laundry air-dried whenever possible – we have a roofed drying area.
- All waste from rooms sorted for recycling.
- Food waste composted or fed to hens where appropriate.
- Shampoos and shower gels supplied in refillable containers
- Water in rooms filled from filtered water source
- Bed linen and towels normally changed after three nights, unless requested otherwise.
- Printer cartridges are refilled rather than replaced.
- We grow a large proportion of our own vegetables and have our own hens – at busy times we supplement with free range eggs from a neighbour.
- Wherever possible we use local food suppliers
- We make our own breads and jams, and use hedgerow fruits and berries as well as our own fruit.
- The tea served to you is fully Rain Forest Alliance certified
- We have 2 bat boxes and encourage visits by local groups for bat walks
- We have planted a native hedgerow to encourage biodiversity, as well as keeping two areas of meadow grass for wildflowers.
- The graveyard behind the house is currently being managed to encourage biodiversity, through provision of wood piles, restricting mowing and replacement of lime trees which had to be felled for safety considerations.
- We are investigating the installation of solar panels to reduce oil consumption.