Naren and I have always had an interest in the environment and to be able to incorporate some of our ideas into our business is exciting for us. With support from our guests, we can help make and sustain Common House Farm holiday cottages as a green tourism business.
Our first step towards incorporating our ideas was to install a bio mass boiler. We were able to do this with the aid of a 50% grant from Northumberland National Park’s Sustainability Fund, www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk. This replaced the old system of electric wall heaters that had previously provided heat for the cottages. The wood used for the boiler is sourced locally from nearby woodlands, including Kielder Forest.
More recently, we reduced our carbon footprint further by installing two wind turbines, which now provide us with low cost, low carbon electricity for our family and guests - we export any surplus to the National Grid.
A more ambitious plan of ours for the future is to own an electrical vehicle and to provide an electrical charging point for our vehicle and any others which may be brought by guests. We hope you that the above will help you appreciate your surroundings more and that you support our green ethos for Common House Farm.