Eco Chic Cottages - The Chestnuts and Culls Cottage Places where Luxury and Sustainability meet
Have an amazing holiday and tread lightly on the earth.
When we opened The Chestnuts holiday cottage just over ten years ago, Eco Holidays had a touch of the worthy about them. They were often dimly lit - using as few lights as possible, swaddled in thick dark curtains to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Extra layers were often de rigueur just to keep your core temperature up. I remember one eco-holiday where I barely took off my bobble hat - inside! But we knew the ethos was right, we just needed to do it differently.
Holidays are special time – time to relax and indulge yourself, they shouldn’t be about giving things up (such as comfort) or having to wear extra layers.
The Chestnuts and its sister cottage Culls deliver just that and the majority of our guests don’t start off looking for an Eco property. As far as we are concerned all properties should do what it can and when it can to tread lightly on the planet.
We don’t have any high tech ground source heat pumps or even solar panels. Both of our properties are heritage listed and Culls dates from 1670 - so structural changes such as double glazing are not an option. But we work with what we have got and by the ‘Small Steps approach’ you can holiday in Luxury whilst helping the planet.
Blessed with naturally thick stone walls, most Cotswolds cottages are naturally insulating. But we have added to that great start with curtains that are thermally lined and floors and ceilings are packed with added insulation. Our underfloor heating heats the buildings slowly and softly and padding around in bare feet on warm flagstone floors is one of life’s small pleasures.
From the start it was important to us to be accredited and we have been a member of Green Tourism for over ten years - holding their prestigious Gold award, as well as running as a Carbon Neutral Business. We are audited and we like that it keeps us on our toes and chatting to the auditor is always a great source of information. To use a cliché ‘being green is a journey not a destination’.
We are big on natural fabrics – crisp linen sheets, sumptuous woollen throws and sheepskin rugs. Bamboo chopping boards and bowls in the kitchen and reusable shopping bags. We buy only Eco friendly toiletries and cleaning products, that are kind to the environment but also you the guest – there are no parabens in our shampoos or conditioners that we leave you to enjoy.
Holiday cottages are all about living life your way - in a super new space that for the weekend or the week is your very own, and although we don’t supply you with food, we have a number of staples left for you to enjoy – Tea, Coffee, sugar etc…but you can be assured even these are all either locally sourced, Fairtrade or organic.
Where possible we buy in bulk, lessening the need for unnecessary packing. But we all end up with some paper and glass waste and so we have made recycling at our cottages super easy – no rummaging frantically in a shed down the bottom of the garden on the night before you leave. We don’t like chores as much as the nest person!
Our cottages may be hundreds of years old but our attitude to technology isn’t. Arrive in your electric car at The Chestnuts and you can plug it in to the PodPoint charger. With the help of the Nest learning thermostat and Smart electrical meter we can keep our cottages humming along at the most economic but comfortable temperatures. Plus we have the very latest in electrical appliances - Smart TVs, sound systems and A+ rated kitchen equipment.
We would love solar panels but until we can get a solution that isn’t at odds with our beautiful Cotswold stone roofs we buy 100% green generated electricity we can sleep easy knowing we aren’t depleting the fossil fuel bank.
Giving back is part of our ethos and with our guests help we support a number of charitiesthat help our wider environment including The Barn Owl trust and Caring for the Cotswolds. Our Bit Bob soft owl toys, purchased by guests, help raise awareness of the plight of endangered species and we support Three Barn owls at the Barn Owl Trust. You may actually be lucky enough to see one of these majestic birds in the wild in The Cotswolds (especially near Culls Cottage).
Eco friendly living is now the epitome of cool and enjoying a holiday in an Eco Property is a real alternative for everyone - You don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort to take care of the environment. We truly believe our cottages where Luxury and Sustainability Meet.