Ten Green Steps - our pledges to promote sustainable tourism

1. We offer a designated parking space in our private car park with free EV charging to guests with an electric or hybrid vehicle.

2. We offer complimentary luggage storage in advance of check in and after check out for guests travelling to Windermere by train or bus.

3. We encourage guests to explore the Lake District on foot and/or by public transport. Our ‘Walks from Ivythwaite’ information sheets are available in our cottages and on our website with further maps and guides available on request. We encourage guests to make use of the local Stagecoach bus services, to explore the lakes using the services of Windermere Lake Cruises, Coniston Cruises and Ullswater Steamers, and to experience the Lakeland fells on a Mountain Goat guided tour.

4. The produce on our breakfast menu is homemade or locally sourced from suppliers in the South Lakes. All our bread and cakes are freshly home baked. We grow some of the fruit, vegetables and herbs that we serve. Our free range eggs are from Bannerigg Farm, less than 1km from Windermere.

5. We are striving to eliminate single use products. The water, milk, cake, jams, honeys and cereals we offer are provided in reusable glass or ceramic containers. We provide hand wash, shower gel/shampoo and moisturiser in refillable dispensers, sourced from a supplier in the nearby Eden Valley.

6. We encourage our guests to reuse their bath and hand towels. We monitor our water use carefully. Laundry accounts for 16 % of our water use when using our washing machine’s ‘eco’ setting. All our guest rooms have heated towel rails for drying wet towels. Remember that once you have taken a bath or shower, you are clean!

7. We recycle all our waste paper, cardboard, glass and plastic. Our menus and room information are printed on recycled paper. Our waste bin liners are compostable. Our food waste is composted.

8. We monitor our energy use carefully to ensure we are efficient in our use. We programme our lighting, heating and hot water using smart sensors and meters. We use LED light bulbs as well as solar and motion sensing outside lighting.

9. We encourage guests to charge mobile phones using the USB sockets in the bedside alarm clocks.

10. We are working with Cumbria Tourism and Green Tourism to monitor and evaluate our current practices. We have a development plan outlining our green targets and the future actions we need to take to achieve these targets.
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