We feel so privileged to live in this beautiful part of Cornwall and strive to leave a light footprint on
this fragile earth. We work hard to grow our own food, source local ingredients, reduce, reuse, recycle
and lower our energy and water requirements:
- We have a large walled kitchen garden and endeavour to produce as many ingredients from Cornwall as
possible to serve for breakfasts and evening meals. Fruits include strawberries, rhubarb and
nectarines. Vegetables include courgettes, tomatoes and new potatoes. When available we serve our
own pork, sausages, lamb, free range eggs, jams and chutneys. We harvest rain water for the garden
and promote composting and the use of mulches and leaf mould.
- We buy locally sourced produce to reduce food miles and support our local economy. We buy and serve
fair-trade tea, coffee, chocolate and sugar.
- We reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, and encourage our Guests to do the same.
- We primarily heat the house using our wood burning stoves in the winter, which are fuelled using our
own wood. Trees are always replaced and in 2012 we replanted gaps in our ancient hedges with 300
trees to promote wildlife habitats and provide a windbreak. We also planted an area of coppice
- We are careful to monitor our energy consumption. In 2011 we installed a 20kW solar system, which
reduces our import of energy by nearly 50% in the summer months. Any electricity we import is
generated from renewable technologies. All our heating & water is powered from UK supplied wood
pellets. The house has energy efficient lighting and appliances throughout.
- We use environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry products, and refillable shower and bathing
products to reduce water contamination and packaging. We buy in bulk to reduce plastic waste. We
use a laundry agreement to reduce towel washing.
- We have started planting a forest garden to provide fruits, nuts, coppice wood and wildlife
habitats. We have created a wildlife pond and bog garden to encourage aquatic fauna and flora.
- Guests are encouraged to explore the many delights of our local area. We keep a range of maps and
walking guides, with information on local attractions, and public transport. Please just ask if you
would like any recommendations! Finally we have an electric car charging point so you refuel for
This policy will be reviewed every year to ensure it remains relevant.
Sally Searle. October 2014.