We are passionately committed to the Orcadian Natural Heritage and the overall pursuit of environmentally sustainable processes in all aspects of the business is our core belief. This is evidenced by an environmentally sensitive and profoundly sustainable approach in both construction techniques and our day to day running methods:
- Minimising energy use by exceeding all conventional building regulations for standards of insulation.
- Our own Stone, Turf and Soil resources were used in all masonary and Oldroyd turf roof construction. Most of these materials traveled no more than a few yards to the sites. Lime mortar and Harling was used on all external stonework. Sapele Hardwood sourced from sustainable forests was used in the windows and doors, Holkham Linseed paint was used on all external woodwork. These processes radically reduced the carbon footprint of both the original construction and future building maintenance.
- Underfloor heating and doubled glazed windows have been installed to improve on thermal performance, and make the buildings very snug.
- All appliances purchased are “A” up to "AAA" energy rated and we have almost total use of low energy light bulbs, exceptions for antique lights.
- Reducing, recycling and re-using household products and encouraging our guests to follow the same philosophy by offering;
- A full range of Ecover household products which do not harm the environment.
- Easy to use and extensive waste recycling and composting facilities.
- All Provisions in our welcome packs are all locally sourced.
- Providing an organic natural habitat both in the immediate garden and in our 10 acre extended wildlife/bird reserve.
- Promoting a no smoking environment for the benefit of our guests.
We have been credited as a Silver award winner level in 2009 by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and expect this to be converted to Gold status in the Spring of 2011.