Green Tourism at Valley Farm

Caring about our environment

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A solar thermal tracker heats the swimming pool and provides hot water for our guests A solar thermal tracker heats the swimming pool and provides hot water for our guests

A 5kW wind turbine was installed in August 2007 and stands on a 12 metre pole in the corner of the paddock A 5kW wind turbine was installed in August 2007 and stands on a 12 metre pole in the corner of the paddock

At Valley Farm we care about our environment and have introduced many measures that will help to reduce our carbon footprint. Solar panels provide much of the hot water in both self catering cottages and a huge solar thermal tracker heats the swimming pool and provides hot water. This has greatly reduced our reliance on oil as the primary source of water heating. In fact, we burn almost no oil from May until the end of October.

Our 5kW wind turbine, installed in August 2007 stands on a 12 metre pole in the corner of our paddock. On wet, windy days when there is no solar gain for the hot water, it is good to see the turbine spinning. More recently, we have added 4kW P.V. panels to the pool roof. These are proving very efficient and have further reduced our electricity requirements from the grid. New for 2013, a charging point enables electric vehicles to re-charge their batteries for a small fee.

Rookyard Cottage, our most recent self catering cottage, has been built with care of the environment in mind. It is timber framed and clad and is insulated with recycled newspaper. This makes the house very thermally efficient and with wooden framed sealed double glazing, it requires very little heating in the winter. Oil-fired central heating is supplemented by a wood burning stove. The roof drains into a rainwater harvesting tank which supplies the lavatories and washing machine and we have tried to select lights and appliances which consume lower amounts of energy.

Our local Council has an excellent recycling scheme for household rubbish. We add to this by composting green waste for use on the garden.

Choose Valley Farm for your holiday and you will have all the benefits of a comfortable, well equipped holiday cottage, without it “costing the earth”.

Contact: Jackie & Andrew Circus

Telephone: 01986 874521

Email:mail@valleyfarmholton.co.uk

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