Our Green Scheme identifies holiday cottages where the owners have taken extra steps to be kinder to the environment. We’ve established our new Green Cottages scheme by identifying holiday homes with features which help them make less impact on the environment. We encourage our owners to think sustainably, but we also make sure cottages remain warm and comfortable. We look at the impact on the environment of each cottage with regards to energy, pollution, information, water, wildlife and landscape, purchasing and promote beneficial features, such as renewable energy.

The owners which have taken part in this scheme have completed our online self-assessment, looking at things like helping save energy with extra insulation, A-rated appliances, recycling and promoting recycling to customers, and the provision of information about local facilities and car-free days out. We give practical advice to holiday home owners on how to make small improvements for a greener future.

Tips for a greener holiday:

  • Support local businesses: Find local shops and farmers' markets to buy your preserves and clotted cream.
  • Recycle: Please use recycling facilities where available. The Recycle Now website ( details recycling centres near your cottage.
  • Be energy aware: Simply closing windows and turning off heating and appliances and lights when you are out makes a huge difference.
  • Go by foot: Lots of hidden gems can be discovered when you can venture without the restrictions of a car. Go by foot or bike to and not only save emissions but enjoy the fresh air.
  • Don’t leave litter: Visiting the beach or countryside and taking a picnic (with local produce) is a great holiday experience. But remember to take all your litter with you, or put it in the bin.

Every property in the scheme must meet our green criteria.

Below is an overview of what that criteria involves.

  • Energy: efficient use of lighting, heating and insulation, appliances and renewable energy use.
  • Waste: minimisation of waste and pollution by the recycling of glass, metals, plastics, paper and cardboard, and the encouragement of reusable shopping bags. Registering for paper free notifications.
  • Water: efficiency – good, low consumption appliances.
  • Purchasing: Information and encouragement for customers to use local shops and farmers' markets.
  • Social and environmental: Information provided to encourage guests, where possible, to use local transport, walk, cycle, and itineraries with things to do with minimal use of the car, including local nature reserves. Providing bird boxes, bee shelters and wildlife habitats to encourage native wildlife within the cottage grounds.

Playing our part:

We understand how important and precious our environment is and not only do we encourage our owners and customers to be ‘green’, we also follow our own advice. We make every effort in preserving our fragile world, from recycling to car share schemes and cycle to work events. Operating our business in a socially and environmentally friendly manner makes good business sense!
The following summarises our commitment.

  • We are members of Travelife for Business which is a fair system to help tour operators and travel agencies manage and improve social and environmental impacts by complying with the sustainability criteria.

  • We will monitor and minimise our waste production and reuse as much as possible.

  • We will recycle as much as possible.

  • We will use Forestry Stewardship Council 100% recycled paper internally and in our publication.

  • We will ensure that we use energy responsibly in our business operations and buildings.

  • We will encourage fuel economy and minimising emissions by employee car sharing wherever possible.

  • We will promote best practice to our owners.

  • We will support local suppliers wherever practicable.

Look for the Green Award

Cottages awarded with the Green Award can be easily identified by this logo.