Our Environmental Policy...
Tottergill is surrounded by fields and backs on to a designated Area of Natural Beauty and RSPB reserve... We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place and want to do everything we possibly can to ensure that Tottergill supports, enhances and improves its local area. Our hope is to run Tottergill in a sustainable way, while still providing you with a gorgeous experience.
We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and love to source locally, buy locally and employ locally...
- Our employees including housekeeping staff and the majority of the tradesmen we hire are from local villages and towns.
- We use local products and suppliers, including The Bath House toiletries we provide in each cottage (Parabans, SLS & Silicone free), Farrer’s Coffee, Out of Eden linens, and home-baked cakes which are made using local eggs.
- We love to be a part of our local community, support local charities, donate auction prizes and promote local events.
Wildlife is found in abundance around our holiday cottages and we do as much as we can to to encourage more wildlife to visit our cottage gardens and fields...
- We keep well-stocked bird feeders in each cottage garden
- We encourage red squirrels with squirrel boxes well stocked with hazelnuts
- We collaborate with our local Red Squirrel protection charity.
- We rent some of our fields out for grazing to a local farmer
- We hope to introduce insect and bee boxes into gardens
The logs we provide for our cottage woodburning stoves are supplied mostly from our own woodland.
We’re committed to the constant improvement and reassessment of our energy efficiency by...
- Replacing old windows with more energy efficient options to reduce heat loss
- Turning off applicances when cottages are unoccupied
- Replacing all light bulbs with low energy and LED bulbs
- Ensuring proper and prompt maintenance of appliances, including the use of guest maintenance request forms.
- Controlling temperature settings in cottages. Guests are able to adjust these but the system will automatically reset to our specified temperature at the next interval.
- Setting hot tubs to energy saving mode when our cottages are unoccupied, to reduce the amount of energy use.
- Our cleaning products are environmentally friendly and sourced from Ecover as much as possible.
- Micro fibre cloths are used to reduce the amount of chemicals necessary.
- Bulk purchases and refillable containers are made as much as possible to reduce waste.
In our office we continue to look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle...
- We use recycled printer paper
- We reduce ink use by setting printers to automatically print in ink saving economy mode.
- We recycle our ink cartridges
- We recycle batteries
As our guest, we would appreciate your help in working towards having a lower impact on our environment and preserving the nature and beauty of our surroundings. We’d love if you could help us in the following practical ways:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Please help us to reduce waste by using our recycling area. Bins are provided in the agricultural building for all your clean dry containers: plastic, glass, aluminium, steel, cardboard & paper. Please don’t throw away excess food & drink at the end of your stay, if you don’t wish to take it with you, please leave it in your cottage for our housekeepers to collect up when you leave.
- Support local: Eat locally. Cumbria is known for fine locally produced food, sample the range of delights, from Penrith fudge to Cumberland Sausage and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. Information is provided in your cottage to help you choose local restaurants, pubs and cafes – of which there are many!
- Go local: Information and recommendations for local attractions, gift shops, cultural events and more are all provided in your cottage. You can help make a difference in the livelihood of these many small businesses by supporting them while you’re on holiday here.
- Get outdoors: Leave the car in the drive way, don your walking boots and take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful area of Cumbria. Walking routes are provided in your cottages as well as guidebooks to help you identify wildlife along the way. Bikes are also available to hire locally. While you’re out and about, please remember to close gates and keep dogs on a lead especially around livestock.
- Use Public Transport: Although there are no direct public transport links from Tottergill, the train service from Carlisle is excellent and perfect for a day trip to Glasgow or Edinburgh. Or why not try the scenic Carlisle to Settle route?
- Drink Tottergill: As you’re out and about, no need to buy bottled water. Tottergill has it’s own spring, so please feel free to bottle up your own fresh natural spring water straight from your cottage tap!
- Switch Off: Please don’t forget to turn off lights, taps and heat as you leave your cottage or rooms. Every little helps!
If you have feedback or further suggestions, we’d love to hear them! Just let us know as you see us out and about, or in an email after you leave.
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