our zero carbon cottage is the perfect choice
Barnacre Green Cottage is private and secluded, 400 metres beyond the other two cottages up Barnacre Lane (our private farm road), and is perfect for couples and families and people with mobility difficulties - see more details here (pdf). All on one level, it can sleep 6/8 in two family bedrooms (each with a double and single bed) plus the sofa bed in the living area.
But the cottage also holds particular appeal for those who want to make sure their holidays have as little impact on the environment as possible: the traditional green oak-frame and lime-panelled cottage's home-from-home atmosphere comes with minimal environmental impact. All the materials in the construction and fitting were selected for their low environmental and carbon impact, there is not a lick of paint anywhere (we use limewash), and Barnacre Green cottage is self-sufficient for all energy, water and waste water. In fact, the building of the cottage was filmed by the BBC in 2007 and featured on It's Not Easy Being Green - so you really can enjoy your holiday guilt-free!
Central heating via underfloor heating (ground-source heat pump)
All water from onsite rainwater harvesting system
All electricity generated onsite from wind turbine
No fossil fuel use
Private natural reed bed system for waste water.
Woodburner (burning locally-sourced fuel)
Large kitchen/dining area and additional lounge area
The oak and granite kitchen is fully equipped including full size electric oven/grill, electric hob, fridge, microwave, toaster etc
The lounge area has a vaulted beamed ceiling, TV with cable freeview channels and a selection of games
All of the above creates a very cosy stay, whatever the time of year
The bathroom has granite tiled floor and walls, plus shower
Two spacious vaulted ceiling family bedrooms each have double and single antique French oak beds
Additional double sofa bed in the living room
Quiet and secluded settling off the beaten track on our smallholding (but with easy access to shops and services)
Private barbeque area
Heated (indoor) swimming pool
Outdoor hot tub/jacuzzi
And there's more!
Cots and high chairs available.
Well-behaved pets welcome by prior arrangement (a small charge is payable).
All bed linen and towels provided at no extra cost.
Welcoming tea, coffee, milk, and sugar (often there are also little extras, such as our own free-range eggs when available).
Prices are inclusive (ie we do not add extras for electricity, bedding, towels etc).
Starter pack of fuel provided for the woodburner (additional fuel available to purchase on-site and locally).
All cottages have free use of our swimming pool, hot tub/jacuzzi and coarse fishing lake. (Fishing tackle is available for hire at a modest charge).