We work hard to embed sustainability in our business, for example we:
- Source electricity at our own Isle of Wight holiday cottages from Good Energy – all their electricity is sourced from certified renewables like sunshine, wind and water.
- Monitor our energy and water use and take action to reduce our impact, e.g. the installation of a web enabled thermostat allows us to effectively monitor and manage heating and hot water remotely.
- Encourage our visitors to recycle waste: we have kitchen caddies for food waste and wheelie bins for recyclable waste (plastics, metals, glass, paper etc.).
- Are replacing our filament lamps with low energy or LED equivalents.
- Promote car-free holidays and supporting Visit Isle of Wight’s Green Star scheme
- Keep marketing material to a minimum as most of our communication is via the internet.
- Use recycled, locally sourced and fair trade products. Guests are provided with a welcome hamper which is packed with locally made produce.
Travelling without a car
If you would like to reduce your impact on the environment why not consider using public transport to get to your Isle of Wight holiday cottage and during your stay. You can travel by train to the ferry ports of Southampton (to Cowes), Portsmouth (to Fishbourne or Ryde) and Lymington (to Yarmouth). Yarmouth is the port with easiest access to our Yarmouth holiday home and bus services to Totland and Freshwater. There are connecting bus services to the West Wight villages from Ryde / Cowes (via Newport) and Freshwater for access to our Brighstone, Shorwell & Billingham holiday cottages. See Southern Vectis website for routes and timetables. The FYTbus is also good for visiting Shorwell, Brighstone, Mottistone, Freshwater, Totland or Yarmouth during the day. Teresa is happy to advise if you need help in planning your car-free journey.
The Isle of Wight is popular with cyclists and has dedicated cycleways – many following the course of disused railway lines, signed routes, miles of bridleways and quiet country lanes – see Cyclewight for more information. Maps and walking guides are available in the cottage.
We recommend the use of Wight Cycle Hire based locally in Yarmouth – see Wight Cycle Hire. They will deliver cycles to the cottage (free if the cost of cycle hire is more than £50).
Supporting our local community
We support the following organisations through paid membership, donations or volunteering:
Gift to Nature – responsible for a variety of conservation sites on the Isle of Wight, caring for the Island’s wildlife and encouraging everyone to get out and explore our countryside. We have a collection of fantastic Gift to Nature sponsored material in our cottages so please buy and donate generously.
The Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society – promotes the study of natural history & archaeology, conservation of the flora & fauna of the Isle of Wight and preservation of all objects of special archaeological and geological interest.
Freshwater Independent Lifeboat – operates 2 boats 24/7 in an area up to 30 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight from Hurst Point to St Catherine’s point. We are a lifetime member and make regular donations.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust – protects the wildlife and wild places of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and our local seas.
Isle of Wight Ornithological Group – bird surveys on the Isle of Wight & field trips
National Trust Isle of Wight – Teresa volunteers with the central National Trust Isle of Wight team supporting all 200+ volunteers across the island and also volunteers at Newtown National Nature Reserve.
You can play your part too, why not shop locally? We have a well-stocked Brighstone Village shop who supply the welcome hampers for our Brighstone, Shorwell & Billingham holiday cottages and the Freshwater Co-op is the flagship for local island produce. We provide Fair Trade tea, coffee & sugar in the cottage.