This traditional stone cottage has been carefully renovated, using local materials where possible, both to retain its traditional features but also to fully accommodate modern eco-friendly design principles as well as ensuring long-term sustainable use of the building. The cottage is not connected to the national grid so a number of eco-friendly design features were essential to provide the energy. These included;
- a 3.5 kW wind turbine that provides all the electricity needed. Any surplus is dumped into a storage heater, taking away the chill on winter mornings,
- solar hot water panels; and
- a high-efficiency Clearview wood burning stove (made locally, near Bishop’s Castle) that uses wood from the farm and also provides hot water on not so sunny days!
The cottage makes use of the wind and sun for energy
The effect of these energy saving measures mean that the cottage has a massively reduced carbon output. The sourcing of local and recycled materials and products as well as the use of local craftsmen has been incorporated. Following is a list of other eco-friendly measures that minimise energy consumption and waste.
- Sheep’s wool insulation helps to keep the building cosy
- Energy efficient light bulbs are used and only ‘A’ energy efficient rating appliances are provided
- All windows are double-glazed
- Local craftsmen, using locally sourced wood, made all of the woodwork, including floors, windows and stairs
- Recycling bins are provided for glass, paper, plastics and cans, as well as a compost bin
- The water butt ensures that rainwater can be used for washing wellies and watering plants
- A control system allows the toilet to minimise water consumption
- The kitchen worktops are made from recycled plastic cups
- Lime plaster and breathable eco-friendly paints were used
- Some of the food is grown in the garden and made freely available for guests.