Sustainability Policy

Nowadays, we are all acutely aware of our impact on the environment. Here at Meadow Cottage, we make a conscious effort to be as eco-friendly as possible without compromising the comfort of our guests. Below are some of the steps we have taken to be as "green" as possible:

Energy

  • All our gas and electricity comes from 100% renewable sources.

  • The house has an EPC rating of B thanks to the added insulation, double glazing etc added in the renovations.

  • Our air-filtration system not only removes 99% of airborne pollutants, allergens and bacteria but also diverts up to 91% of heat from the air leaving the building into the incoming supply. A 100% summer bypass valve prevents unwanted heat entering the home on hotter days, using less energy than intermittent fans.

  • All interior and exterior lights have been replaced by low energy LED bulbs.

  • All electrical items in guest and private areas are A rated or above.

  • All guest room have low-energy kettles.

  • We only change bed linen and wash guest towels (certified OEKO-TEX® 'Made in Green') upon request.

  • All showers are served by mains water pressure and are fitted with water saving devices.

  • Our hot water re-circulation pump ensures water is not wasted while waiting for hot water to come through.

  • All rooms have independent heating controls and we only heat bedrooms when in use.

Waste

  • All our bathrooms feature hospitality-standard soap dispensers to reduce packaging and unused product waste. The Faith In Nature toiletries are high quality, naturally derived and cruelty-free, with 100% natural fragrance.

  • We remove recyclable material from guestroom bins and recycle glass, card, paper, plastics, foil and garden waste.

  • We use email where possible rather than post and print double-sided where we can using recycled ink cartridges.

  • We encourage use of public transport with timetables and information available.

  • We encourage walkers and cyclists with maps and books to borrow.

  • We offer guests secure cycle storage.

  • Food is sourced locally to reduce food miles and many items are homemade.

  • Guests are given breakfast menus and asked to pre-order so that we can minimise waste.

  • We encourage wildlife in the garden, do take time to watch the bird feeders and sit by the pond

  • Reduce our car use by using local shops and delivery services.

  • We encourage guests to use local businesses, shops, cafés and restaurants.

We continually look at ways to improve our commitment to green issues while encouraging our guests to do the same and have recently been awarded a TRAVEL SUSTAINABILTY BADGE from Booking.com in recognition of the above.