Here at The Hollies, we take our environmental responsibility seriously. Being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, we would like to keep it this way for the longest possible time.
We have been awarded the 'Green Leader Silver Award' for our environmental standards by Trip Advisor.
We are happy to be part of the Cumbria Action for Sustainability Green Open Homes Scheme and support these green initiatives and our local recycling policy, as well as the nationwide Freegle scheme.
Freegle is a British organisation with free-of-charge membership similar to the international Freecycle. We have used the local Freegle group to source certain items and donated ours. We believe in reusing furniture and furnishings to reduce our carbon footprint, but also to give furniture a new lease of life.
During the refurbishment of The Hollies, we have tried to restore this building as sympathetically as possible to both the environment and the house itself. Some windows have been replaced with modern double glazed Planitherm, but are still wooden sash design. We have relocated, replaced and reused as appropriate throughout the renovation process. Insulation where possible has been done with hemp. The new wooden floors, where required, use bamboo.
Every little counts is what we are all told, and so the little changes we make to ensure an eco-balance are an everyday process for us. The Westmorland Breakfast you are served in the morning is sourced from as many local providers as we can - reducing the carbon footprint whilst helping our local economy and serving you with a truly delicious morning meal providing a real taste of the area!
Cleaning and cleaning products are a great pressure on the environment, and as such, we use eco registered cleaning fluids, recycled FSC toilet roll, and energy efficient dual flush toilets have been installed to make sure our footprint is as light as possible. We have also retained our 150 year old septic tank so please treat it with respect!
As part of our renovations, we have installed a Biomass Boiler, which has replaced two oil boilers & one Flogas one. We are delighted to be using this renewable energy, and can’t wait to share the warmth with you when you next visit! If you would like to see the 'Big Beastie' when you are here please just ask.