Accessible self-catering holiday cottage in Northumberland
Situated at Bingfield near Hexham Northumberland
OUR GREEN POLICY
Northumberland is possibly England's most consistently beautiful county, with access to excellent landscape and outdoor spaces rich in flora and fauna. We recognise the pressure that our guests and we have on this precious resource and therefore we try and run our business taking the environment into consideration wherever possible or appropriate.
We are reducing the environmental impact of our business by recycling as much as possible minimising energy use/loss and using renewable energy, avoiding wasting any water and dealing with bathroom waste in a sustainable manner.
All cleaning products, both used by us and provided in the Hytte are natural and biodegradable.
The surrounding grounds provide a haven for birds and wildlife. Guides and identification books on local wildlife are available; we have a list of birds and mammals that have been seen in the garden. There are ordnance survey maps and guides for you to plan walks, cycle rides and days out enjoying the countryside and wildlife.
We believe that your stay with us will be improved by these measures. A symbol of this commitment is our membership of the "Green Tourism Business Scheme". See full details of all our Environmental Measures.
We have recorded our energy usage weekly for two years so we could determine the "Average" amount used. An internal electricity meter allows guests to monitor, control (and possibly reflect!) on how much energy they are using throughout their stay.
Guests who use above "Average" electricity will be charged for units over as "Pay Back". Our electricity is on a competitive "Green Tariff" and costs 10p per kW. We feel this is the best aid to careful consumption and fairest to all our guests. This "Pay Back" will be donated to Northumberland National Park Environment Association and The Great North Air Ambulance.
"The Hytte achieves a Gold award. The energy efficient and fully accessible build is one of a kind in Northumberland and is a credit to the scheme. The owners are particularly enthusiastic and this came across well. All in all a very strong entry into the scheme - keep up the good work"
Green Tourism Business Scheme grading Summary.
North East Tourism Awards 2008
The Hytte won the Gold award for sustainable Tourism.
We represented the region at the National finals and won the silver award at the
Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2009.
"Exemplary sustainable holiday accommodation demonstrating good practice in so many ways. Clever design and great attention to detail combine to make this a charming and welcoming place, luxurious and uncluttered. Perfect for relaxing and unwinding with lots to do on site - both indoors and out - with added pleasures of sauna and hot tub. Loads of ideas to plan days out in this lovely corner of the North East. Enthusiasts will relish the explanations of sustainable features. And there is encouragement for all guests to adopt sustainable practices - delivered with a light touch and without any sniff of heavy handedness. Those seeking a sustainable holiday must be happily reassured they made the right choice, whilst others will have a delightful introduction to sustainable tourism.
Most of all the attentive owners have a genuine and passionate commitment to both sustainable tourism and the North East - an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to come here".
NE Tourism Awards 2008 Assessment Report. (Sustainability)
Visitors to The Hytte can help us in simple ways by:
- Separating recyclable waste, compostable and cooked kitchen waste in the bins provided, feed scraps of bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc to hens - they will recycle them into eggs!
- Switching off appliances, lights and taps when not in use, and reporting dripping taps.
- Putting sanitary waste, nappies, etc in the bin not down the loo.
- Eat Local, Buy Local and See Local - support local producers and services, experience the true flavour of what Northumberland has to offer.
- Using the washing lines or indoor airer in preference to tumble drying.
- Not leaving doors and windows open, close curtains/blinds at dusk to minimize heat loss.
- Having a day on site or using the Roman Wall Bus to reduce car use.
- Using only the natural cleaning and laundry products provided for your use.
- Not throwing away empty complimentary shower gel bottles, or cleaning bottles as they will all be refilled and reused.
- Reduce water and energy by taking a shower instead of a bath.