Responsible tourism: Alderney holiday cottage in the Channel Islands, UK
We live in what we consider to be one of the most beautiful spots in the UK. The island of Alderney is very quiet and unspoiled by mass tourism. Our property is situated in the greenbelt and there is an abundance of flora and fauna on our doorstep.
We recycle our rubbish and limit our use of water and power as much as possible. Our guests appreciate the peace and quite of our location more than anything and we have made a commitment to maintaining this at all times. The majority of our guests choose to walk or cycle everywhere - we are only 1.5 miles from town and so this is not a hardship - there is very little traffic on the island and we aim to keep it this way.
The island does not have ferries bringing in visitors cars and there is a limited supply of hire vehicles on the island.
This being a small island community, the islanders have always been truly resourceful people and the local Impot (rubbish tip, coming from the norman french term for taxes) is used by us all as a source of free recycled materials. You would be surprised what can be produced using one person's rubbish!
We know personally most of the restaurant and bar owners on the island and can recommend to our guests what will best suit them. We have a little fishing boat and can usually offer our guests some freshly caught fish, crab or lobster for dinner. The local commercial fishermen supply the local restaurants where possible and our local farmers also supply the restaurants and shops with their produce. Alderney's traditional bakery has won awards for its bread.
The island is doing its best to protect our waters and we have a large Ramsar site (a wetlands conservation area) on the western end of the island. We have our own kayak that guests may use and we can suggest locals who can give tours on the sea and land.
The Alderney Wildlife Trust is an amazing resource for the island offering wildlife walks, talks and tours throughout the year.