Stones Cottages Green Policy
Green Holiday Cottages
At the conception of Stones Cottages we knew that anything we were going to create had to be in harmony with the environment. Furthermore that our actions in its creation had to have minimal negative social, local and global environmental impact. Where we have been able our adventure has been self funding and sustainable through the use of our own labour and resources. When we have bought in expertise and labour we have done so from the local area. This is a family project and we feel we are building something for the future. Something that will last. Something that is not disposable. The fabric of what we are creating we hope will outlive us and many generations to follow. We hope you will come and stay in our green holiday cottages and give us feedback on what we are doing.
By creating efficient buildings we hope to minimise environmental harm as with our choices of recycled and natural materials. Stone has been reused on site. Existing stone work has been re-pointed with lime mortar. Interior plasters are lime based. In addition all paints and wood finishes are natural clay or vegetable based. Roof insulation made from recycled newspaper keeps the heat in and breathable walls keep the cottages feeling healthy. FSC certified timber, locally sourced where possible, has been used in the construction of the cottages.
A bore hole provides all the cottages with crystal clear water. Furthermore it is regularly tested and free from added chemicals. In addition hot water is provided by solar thermal panels and is stored in highly efficient water tanks. When the sun is not shining hot water is heated using green electricity supplied by Green Energy. Electrical appliances are at least A rated and we try to buy items that are repairable.
Log burning stoves are the main heat source for the cottages. Furthermore locally sourced logs from sustainable sources are used as fuel. Oil filled electric radiators provide backup heating again using green electricity. Underfloor heating pipes have been laid in all the cottages. Although not yet connected to a heat source as and when money allows we aim to implement an air source heat pump. Further reducing energy use.
Natural Products & Composting
Environmental cleaning products, washing powders, soaps and shampoos are provided in all the green holiday cottages. No bleach is ever used. Recycling and composting is a passion and bins for that purpose are provided.
We love plants and trees and have landscaped around the cottages and planted hundreds of trees around the surrounding land. Compost we have used has either been made by ourselves or has been certified organic and peat free. Since moving here no chemicals or fertilisers have been put on the fields that we own around the cottages. Subsequently we have been rewarded with many wild flowers and birds on the hay meadows, shelter belts and wildlife areas. All of which you are free to wander, picnic and enjoy the sea views. A coppice has been planted which one day provide us with the fire wood for the cottages. Vegetable gardens are managed using organic principles. The design philosophies of permaculture are slowly being entwined into our world.
Cycle storage is provided. Guests can be collected from the local train and bus stations and are happy to pick up shopping.
We have tried very hard to be mindful of our actions demonstrated by our choices of materials and energy use. Mistakes have been made but we have also had many successes. We would be happy to talk to anyone undertaking a similar project and share our experiences.