Responsible tourism: South Downs self catering cottage sleeping 2 people, England
The Stables has recently been converted and has all the advantages of modern building standards which include high levels of insulation, double glazing and solar powered blinds. These all help to reduce the need to use energy for heating the property. The cottage is ideally suited for guests to walk to all the necessary amenities such as village shop, cafes, butcher and pub as we are well situated for this. Being in the heart of the South Downs National Park, walks starting from the cottage are ideal and no need for excess driving and thus reducing unnecessary emission of carbon. We encourage all forms of recycling and have 3 classes of refuse available to our guests. We like to recycle our water and use this on our vegetable patch as for the last few years we have grown our own vegetables. Horses grazing in our field produce a good source of compost when mixed with grass cuttings.
The village of West Meon has many business enterprises such as the local village shop, butcher and pub which are all dependent on trade such as tourism. Our visitors are encouraged to use this facilities which are just on the doorstep in order to bring funds into the rural economy. Our village shop supports local business such as local vegetable producers, local artisans with their arts and crafts, support local artists and writers by including their work for sale in the local village shop. Local bread is produced and sold in the shop and it is this bread we provide our guests with. The Stables employs staff from the village such as cleaners and gardeners. While the property was built many local tradesmen were hired and now these return for occasional repair jobs as such electricians and decorators. We encourage our visitors to enjoy the local walks and eat in the local pub which also hires staff from the village
Close to the cottage are several historic sites and probably the most interesting, in terms of natural landscapes, is Old Winchester Hill, an old iron age fort with superb panoramic views. We encourage visitors to visit such sites on foot. This landscapes includes ancient woods such as Hen Wood and quiet fisheries such as The Meon Springs, all surrounded by protected land. The geological base is mostly chalk with a little clay and many of the houses are made with the additional locally sourced flint. The River Meon which runs from East to West Meon is of particular interest and often features in local history. It supplies the fresh water needed for the watercress beds which are found in Warnford just a mile away from West Meon. The church of St John is also of significant interest and dates back to the early 1800 which was donated by an old family of West Meon.