A state of mind and way of life
Sustainability is important to us at Broadgate Farm Cottages, in offering a 5 star luxury holiday experience we ensure that we are kind to our environment. Our main aim is your comfort and enjoyment, we know that we can achieve this in a green/eco way.
Energy and Fuel Use Energy efficiency is key but we do this in a way that still gives you a luxurious stay. We select energy-efficient options for all equipment (A+ or better) and install eco light bulbs, all we ask is that you try to help by turning off lights, heating and TV sets etc when not required.
Surrounded by nature we do all we can to create the right habitats
Surprisingly when we bought the farm it was a wildlife dead spot – we set about creating an environment to attract wildlife . We put up over 30 bird boxes including Owl boxes, installed feeders and planted woodland. Our reward is the wealth of wildlife that now surrounds us including our nesting Barn Owls who live right next door to the Cart House.
We have so many different species of birds from buzzards and sparrow hawks to robins and goldfinches. Spring sees an invasion of swallows and starlings as they nest in the surrounding out buildings. A few cheeky foxes can sometimes be spotted or maybe even a deer or two, pheasants live here in peace safe from any of the surrounding shoots.
We supply each cottage with a pair of binoculars and a wildlife book so you can enjoy a bit of wildlife spotting from your cottage
Toasty cottages with eco-friendly heating
Relax in the comfort of our wonderful cottages
All our cottages are heated by ground source heat pumps, we installed our first in 2009 and have continued to use them as we have developed more cottages. We now have 4 – all from the only UK manufacturer of heat pumps.
These heat pumps take heat from under the fields surrounding the cottages and ensure that all the cottages are cosy for your stay, all the cottages have full central heating most of it is underfloor but a few rooms in the Forge and Stables use radiators.
You don’t really need to use the log burners but it is sometimes nice to settle down in front of a roaring fire. All your heating is included in the price you pay including logs for the fire (sustainably sourced from local managed woodlands) and if you need more logs there is a big pile in the recycling area so just help yourself!
Ground source heat pumps use some electricity so we have installed our own on site electricity generation – tucked away on one of the barns a large array of solar PV panels, we use over 95% of everything we generate.
Eco- friendly hot water system
Mains pressure showers and lovely modern bathrooms
The hot water for your cottage is provided mainly by the ground source heat pumps but we do also have solar thermal heating the water as well on some of the cottages. It is amazing how hot the solar panels heat the water, even on a sunny winters day the solar panels do their bit.
The water is timed and can easily be adjusted if needed.
Because it is a sustainable eco – friendly system all the cottages have a highly insulated water tank, the tank is large enough for normal use but it may sometimes be necessary to allow time for the water to reheat if you use all the hot water. Our showers are all mains pressure and most cottages have a bath as well, see the individual cottage details.
Recycle, Re-use and Repair
We aim to recycle as much as possible
We have a very extensive recycling programme but don’t worry it is not compulsory. For many of our guests recycling has become a way of life so we have a recycling centre with colour coded bins. We do also re-sort the general waste bins to ensure that we recycle as much as we can which is over 70% of all waste produced.
Many items can be re-purposed, so if something has plenty of life left in it we aim to spruce it up, bring it up to date and give it a new lease of life. Just as we have done with these old farm buildings. Having a builder on site helps with the repairs – we try to repairs all that we can.
When we renovated the cottages we reused all the old brick and roof tiles to maintain the character of the buildings, we used lots of natural materials included the cherry wood or oak window sills that were grown here on the farm