Our eco-cottage offers the perfect place to relax, enjoy the breathtaking views and unwind or, if feeling more active, there is ample opportunity to explore the local countryside and wildlife, either by foot or using the bicycles provided.
The cottage is located within its own grounds on an organic hill farm in the Clun Valley, in beautiful South Shropshire and is the ideal holiday location to reduce your carbon footprint whilst taking in the landscape and experiencing organic hill farming.
The cottage has been carefully renovated to a high standard, using local materials, both to retain its traditional characteristics but also to fully accommodate modern eco-friendly design principles as well as ensuring long-term sustainable use of the building.
This traditional stone cottage has been carefully renovated, using local materials where possible, both to retain its traditional features but also to fully accommodate modern eco-friendly design principles as well as ensuring long-term sustainable use of the building. The cottage is not connected to the national grid so a number of eco-friendly design features were essential to provide the energy. These included;
a 3.5 kW wind turbine that provides all the electricity needed. Any surplus is dumped into a storage heater, taking away the chill on winter mornings,
solar hot water panels; and
a high-efficiency Clearview wood burning stove (made locally, near Bishop’s Castle) that uses wood from the farm and also provides hot water on not so sunny days!
The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker and energy efficient appliances. The floor and units are made using local wood and the worktops from recycled coffee cups.
The lounge is equipped with a sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs. The flagstones are original and the high efficiency Clearview wood burning stove is made locally, near Bishops Castle.
The double bedroom has a wardrobe and cupboard. These, along with the floor, are made from local ash, alder and oak.
The twin bedroom has a wardrobe and wooden floor, again made from locally sourced wood. The walls, as throughout the house, have been traditionally lime plastered.
The garden has a large patio and a raised seating area. Organic vegetables are grown in raised beds and these are freely available for use by the guests.
The cottage makes use of the wind and sun for energy.
The effect of these energy saving measures mean that the cottage has a massively reduced carbon output. The sourcing of local and recycled materials and products as well as the use of local craftsmen has been incorporated. Following is a list of other eco-friendly measures that minimise energy consumption and waste.
>Sheep’s wool insulation helps to keep the building cosy
>Energy efficient light bulbs are used and only ‘A’ energy efficient rating appliances are provided
>All windows are double-glazed
>Local craftsmen, using locally sourced wood, made all of the woodwork, including floors, windows and stairs
>Recycling bins are provided for glass, paper, plastics and cans, as well as a compost bin
>The water butt ensures that rainwater can be used for washing wellies and watering plants
>A control system allows the toilet to minimise water consumption
>The kitchen worktops are made from recycled plastic cups
>Lime plaster and breathable eco-friendly paints were used
>Some of the food is grown in the garden and made freely available for guests.
The cottage is beautiful and very comfortable, not too big though, the host has kept all the details neat and perfectly organized. Trevor is very nice and wise man, tremendously helpful and you can really count on him, it has been my pleasure to have a chance to meet him. One thing you have to keep in mind, the location is very remote and if this is what you're looking for you'll be living like heaven : ) thank you Trevor.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.