Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England

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Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We live and work in a stunning and breathtakingly beautiful part of the world and we do not want to be partly responsible for its demise. We are determined that we will have a positive impact on our local community and wider locality and wish to benefit and sustain them. We operate a visitor payback scheme for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, where we donate £1 for each guest and also have a donation box for this and ethical tourism charities. The money goes to support local project such as marine conservation and wildlife reserves.

We purchase fair-trade products, such as bedding, crafts and beverages and local Cornish produce where possible for breakfasts and cream teas. We have used oak shutters for the windows on the North. And the barns were opened up towards the South to make the most of passive solar gain. We have also planted a small orchard, some native trees and conservation hedge.

We have reduced our carbon emissions by installing renewable energy such as solar and ground source heating, and preserve water by rainwater harvesting. We have installed a 4,500 ltr rainwater harvesting system for toilets and washing machines and use grey water from showers for the garden as we use chemical free and natural cleaning and soap products. We subscribe to 100% green energy to back up our own renewable power. We have installed a new lighting system which comes on at a set low energy level, is dimmable and uses less power or can be turned up for reading, but always goes back to its original setting. Elsewhere we use low energy light bulbs. We have installed a ground source heat pump for underfloor heating and solar panels for the hot water. We have used traditional building methods to renovate our barns with lime mortar and local lambsí wool to insulate the oak panelled walls. We have left a panel free for our guests to see the wool.

We have recycling and composting facilities for all our guests. There are composting facilities with a caddy in each cottage. We also have a cooked food composter for the kitchen waste, and a natural dog loo composter for our guests dog waste. When we replace sheets and towels we have bought fair-trade. We have a 2 acre wildlife garden with a mill pond and a badger sett. We have let areas to grow wild and provided hollowed logs and nesting boxes, although the bats prefer the roof! We have green folders in our rooms to try to educate our guests on the serious issues of climate change and to show them how easy it is to make changes. We have uses natural paints, all bi products are compostable and have not removed any waste from building from site, we built a new drive with any building waste.

We have a folder in our rooms and cottages with local pubs and restaurants, and their contact numbers. We offer jute bags for our guests to use instead of bags and have a list of the super independent butchers, deliís, fishmongers and grocers locally. We also have details of the local produce we use for breakfasts and cream teas, which guests often ask for. We promote local businesses, restaurants, shops and display local crafts. We advertise and try to sponsor events for the local regatta and festivals, and offer lifts home from local restaurants where possible. Where possible, we purchase our cleaning and toiletries from local companies and try to use locally handmade soaps. We also support global organisations campaigning for ethical travel and community based tourism. If our guests choose to travel by train, we will collect them and we also have details of local bus routes. We are not eco- warriors, we are an ordinary family doing our best to balance a luxury accommodation business with a sustainable lifestyle, and to give back to our environment more than we take, and to support and be of a benefit to our local community and environment.

7 Reviews of Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England

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Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The peace. The cottage is excellent, very well equipped and in an idyllic setting for getting away from it all and relaxing. We really switched off from the London rat race!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's not easy walking distance into Fowey although we did try it there and back one evening with a 3 year old (it wasn't easy!), It's a mile walk through narrow country lanes to the edge of Fowey and probably another 1/4 mine or more in to the centre of town, and so a car is essential which isn't great for the environment. We did however book local taxis which were £7 one way in to Fowey so it wasn't a problem for us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It had solar panels on the roof which was good.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Read the operator's response here:

We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you regarded the cottage excellent. We are sorry you found the walk difficult into Fowey. It is important to note the accommodation owner recommends that the property is suitable for children 12 and over. Many thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed this idyllic setting. Kind Regards Responsible Travel.

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Colin was a great host making us both feel very welcome.We were both
blown away by the beautiful interior and finishing touches here,it was stunning. Enjoyed the lovely features such as the underfloor heating, jacuzzi bath with TV,walk in shower,huge comfortable bed and the thoughtful items on arrival. The facilities and features were outstanding along with the decor.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is ideal for summer or winter breaks.15 minutes drive from Eden and not far from St Austell.The walks along the river Fowey are stunning,visited the little
church on the top of the hill(walk with a legend attached recommended by Colin).Fowey itself was a 5 minute drive (2 large car parks on way in).Could walk through country roads.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Lots of unusual little shops for good quality holiday nik naks ran by local people. Boat trips in local area (Ferry).Views from accommodation were stunning but also private. The hosts were keen on the recycling aspect and the accommodation was very tastefully done.Enjoyed also the book around the building of house and also recommended places to visit with plenty of maps and suggestions around the local area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Everything about it was above expectation, we absolutely could not fault it!!We would not hesitate to visit again.Thanks for such a lovely weekend great host, great accommodation,great location,would recommend this place to friends and family.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We were not expecting such comfort in a beautiful rural setting with all the modern conveniences and yet environmentally friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow yourselves plenty of time to imbibe the pleasures of the area.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all three questions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We would love to return.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


On the first evening we parked the car in the car park of Fowey and walked through the old town to discover amazing views of this busy estuary and wonderful waterside locations to eat. The cottage exceeded our expectations. We could have happily stayed there for much longer whatever the weather conditions.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to pay for parking for any journey into Fowey including even to purchase groceries from the small shop there. If you intend to walk along the narrow lanes between the cottage and Fowey be aware that there are no footpaths and fluorescent clothing is essential.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our visit benefited the tourism industry of the area. We did not choose this holiday because of environmental impact but are happy that the cottage is being run sympathetically.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It is a lovely high spec cottage in a beautiful area. We were very sad to leave and we would be very happy to return or recommend it to friends.

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Restorative peace and quiet; the attention to detail in providing good facilities and information for guests by the owner.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow time to relax as part of your holiday. A fan for unusually hot nights may be useful in combination with leaving the balcony door open (it feels safe to do so). Flush the jacuzzi with a false fill before using to remove sediment which might come out of the jet pipes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, by buying and eating locally; many walks in the area - you don't need to drive to see things; wild areas of garden around property encourages wildlife and bees used crevices in the warm walls of the barn to rest in.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 13 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The extremely comfortable accommodation at peaceful White Willow and the wonderful walks nearby - on part of the Saints' Way to St Sampsons Church and the Hall Walk with its little ferry rides and wonderful views.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow time to enjoy relaxing at Coriander Cottages as well as exploring the village, walking and visiting the famous gardens nearby.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes particularly the innovative heating system using geothermal heat. Also there is interesting educative information regarding local wildlife and the opportunity to support associated organisations.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


All the elements for a delightful holiday were there. We had returned after enjoying our previous stay and would do so more often if we did not live so far away.

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Stunning location in a beautiful cottage. Colin, the owner, is very friendly and helpful and gave us lots of information about local walks and places to visit. One of the highlights was seeing an owl at dusk!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, eco-friendly cottage.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent!

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