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BRACKEN HILL FARM COTTAGE – GREEN POLICY

Bracken Hill Farm Cottage was developed from an unused, derelict cow byre between 2010 & 2014. Great thought was put into the development to minimize the impact on the rural surrounding area and in order to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the countryside as much as we do each day. The build programme for the barns not only included much recycled material including; roofing tiles, stone steps, bricks, but also used modern insulation and windows to ensure the property was as energy efficient as possible.

We want our guests to enjoy a fantastic holiday here with us in County Durham, and we also want to look after our environment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Save Energy, Save Carbon" Bracken Hill Farm Cottage is dedicated to helping the environment, the management kindly asks guests to respect the environment as well by turning off all electrical goods, lighting and heating when they are not being used and on exiting the property.  All products used in the cottage are environmentally friendly and cruelty free. 

 

Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle waste - Food waste can be collected and fed to the chickens.

Re-cycle glass, paper, tins, cardboard, milk/fruit juice cartons and plastic – details in the cottage information book.

Green Laundry Practice - Please use the eco-friendly washing powders provided. A supply can be found in the cleaning cupboard below the sink.

Please use low wash temperatures and full loads where possible to save energy.

Please peg out washing when conditions permit.

Please put unused towels in a separate pile to used towels so that staff can establish which need washing.

Transport - Bring your bikes we have secure storage

We have lots of information on "walks from the door" giving you the choice of a car free break or holiday.

Please respect the Country Code, and dispose of litter carefully

 

WHAT WE DO

Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle waste – Food waste – collected and fed to the chickens.

We recycle glass, paper, tins, cardboard, milk/fruit juice cartons and plastic – details in the cottage information book.

Wherever possible, we use email and telephone, rather than paper

We recycle our used printer cartridges

Only reusable linen, crockery and tableware are used, no disposables.

Green Laundry Practice - We encourage our guests to follow a green laundry practice. The following measures may help:

Please use eco-friendly washing powders provided. A supply can be found in the cleaning cupboard below the sink.

Please use low wash temperatures and full loads where possible to save energy.

Please peg out washing when conditions permit.

Please put unused towels in a separate pile to used towels so that staff can establish which need washing.

Energy - We have installed an oil fired central heating system in the cottage and fitted underfloor heating thermostatically controlled in each room.  The condensing boiler if much more efficient than the standard boiler and only heats water as required.

Solar panels at the main house producing electricity for usage at the cottage

We have installed double glazed windows to reduce drafts and keep heat loss to a minimum.

We have invested heavily in insulating the cottage with cavity wall insulation throughout, 80mm Xtratherm insulation under the floors and 125mm Xtratherm in the roof

We use low energy lighting throughout the cottage and externally.

Wherever possible, we have fitted minimum ‘A’ rated appliances to reduce energy consumption. There is a slow cooker and a steamer in the kitchen allowing cooking with minimum energy usage.

We make as much use as possible of the sun and wind to dry our laundry otherwise we use a dehumidifier instead of a tumble drier to reduce energy costs

We monitor electricity usage to help identify potential savings

We make temperature adjustments when property vacant.

Water - The bathroom is fitted with an over-bath shower and the en-suite is fitted with a walk in shower as water saving alternatives.

All toilets in all the cottage are dual-flush

The sewage treatment plant does not use electricity and has no moving parts

The cottage is stocked with cleaning products that do not adversely affect the functioning of our septic tanks

We do all our own laundry on-site using short-water cycles at 30 degrees using eco friendly detergent

Gardens are watered using the natural supply from the water feature

Purchasing - Wherever possible, we use local suppliers. Our holiday cottage renovations were undertaken by local builders, architects and craftsmen. 

Our bank of cleaning staff all live in the nearby village.

Where possible we buy local produce for use in the welcome pack

We offer local suppliers the opportunity to match prices we have received elsewhere

We buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste

We supply our guests with complimentary toiletries in refillable plastic bottles for use during their stay

Only reusable linen, crockery and tableware are purchased, no disposables.

Transport - We provide guests with information on local transport

We offer secure storage so that guests can bring their bikes

We have lots of information on "walks from the door" to give guests the choice of a car free break or holiday.

We offer to arrange collection of guests arriving from nearby train and bus stations

 

We respect the Country Code, and dispose of litter carefully