Responsible Visitors Charter
Feel Good... Seven things you can do to help save the planet
We are working to make the cottage holidays we sell in Cornwall and Devon more eco-friendly, but we need your help! We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making better choices. As a visitor to the county you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve Cornwall and Devon’s assets and become a more sustainable holiday destination. Here are our recommended tips on how you can help:
At your cottage, reduce energy by switching off lights and closing windows if heating is on. The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do to save energy at home and when on holiday. Please visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more advice.
Give the Car a Rest
Whilst on your cottage holiday, leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport. We will happily provide you with advice. You may want to visit the Traveline website, Seat61 or Sustrans for more advice on how to travel in Cornwall and Devon without using your car. There are plenty of options!
Use local products, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts. Ask us about local markets or local and regional produce. We promote local food and recommend organisations and companies to bring the region's best produce directly to your doorstep when you are in your self-catering holiday home.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. Check in your property information pack for details of recycling. There are often recycling bins at our self catering properties. There are also numerous recycling facilities provided by Cornish and Devonshire District Councils.
Be Water Wise
The UK has rising costs for water treatment and flood defense, especially important to the low lying areas of the South West so please use water wisely. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, adhere to towel policies, partake in Green Laundry initiatives or other water saving initiatives. Please see the water guide for more information.
Help us to look after the beautiful landscape and wildlife of our county by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the Countryside Code.
Support Green Businesses
There are thousands of businesses in the British Isles working to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable. We are currently working towards our accreditation at North Devon Holiday Cottages.