We love where we live. And we want to have as little impact on the environment around us as possible. That’s why we work hard to make Old Lanwarnick a sustainable holiday destination. Read on to find out how.
Reducing our emissions
Using less fossil fuel is an important part of becoming more sustainable, so we’ve installed solar panels on all the cottages at Old Lanwarnick. And to reduce our energy use further, all appliances within the cottages are A-rated for energy, and we use LED light bulbs across the whole site.
We’re cutting out diesel and petrol too – driving electric vehicles and using electric garden tools in the gardens and across the land. And because we think electric vehicles are great, we have three EV chargers available on site for you to use too.
Reducing virgin plastics
We know that using less plastic is important to you. But it can be hard to avoid single-use plastic when you’re on holiday. That’s why we make it easy for you with compostable coffee pods, cleaning cloths and bin bags made from plant-based materials. Our toilet roll and kitchen paper is made from bamboo and wrapped in paper. And we make sure that products like handwash and washing up liquid are provided in refillable bottles.
But it’s not just single-use plastics we’re reducing. Each time we need to replace a plastic item in the cottages or on site, we use a recycled alternative. That’s why our cleaning packs now come in containers made from 100% food grade waste plastic. And we’re slowly replacing the garden furniture with products made from plaswood – a sustainable, durable material also made from recycled plastic.
Using cruelty-free products
All the cleaning products and toiletries we provide in the cottages are cruelty-free and free of harmful chemicals, including those we use between stays. We use well known sustainable and plant-based brands like Ecover and Ecozone for excellent cleaning ability without harsh chemicals. And you can enjoy vegan-friendly and paraben- and petroleum-free treats in the bathroom, with toiletries provided by Anyah Eco Spa Treatments.
Increasing our recycling
Recycling is key to reducing our use of resources. But again, it can be difficult to know what you can and can’t recycling when you’re on holiday. That’s why we provide clear and easy-to-use recycling facilities for all our guests to use.
And some of what you recycle gets used right here on site – with all food waste being composted and used in the gardens and flower beds around Old Lanwarnick.
We don’t just recycle waste from the cottages either – we apply our recycling philosophy all over. Fallen trees from our woodland are either turned into logs for the wood burners, made into wood stacks for wildlife, used to create barriers for flower beds or made into stepping stones for children throughout our woodland walk.
Sourcing locally where possible
With so many wonderful food producers to enjoy close by in Cornwall, cutting down on food miles is an easy way to be sustainable while on holiday at Old Lanwarnick.
From the moment you arrive, open your Welcome Pack and enjoy food sourced from our closest producers. There’s milk and butter from Trewithen Diary just 8 miles away, bread and cake from our local bakery, and eggs laid by our very own rescue hens right here on site.
And we’ve got a list of local grocery shops on our Food & Drink page, including a butcher just 5 minutes away in Pelynt, a large farm shop in East Looe, and a fully comprehensive set of food delivery services bringing home-cooked food and freshly sourced groceries from the best local suppliers right to your door.
Increasing biodiversity on site
Our guests come to Old Lanwarnick to immerse themselves in nature. So we do everything we can to create safe and thriving homes for wildlife around the site.
As well as creating a wildflower garden, we leave the grass in our 10-acre field to grow long in the summer to encourage wildlife, with a path around the edge so you can enjoy the burst of wildflowers and insects on a hot summer’s day. We’ve made our hedges thicker to provide vital nesting habitats for birds and small animals. And along our woodland walk, we use fallen branches to create a fence around the gulley, providing a safe place for wildlife to hide away from wandering feet.
We’ve also installed 20 bird boxes, one owl box, two beehives, three ponds and planted five trees so far – with plans to keep going and create an entire orchard on site. And we’re not ending there. With wild bee houses and another wildlife pond to come, as well as plans to harvest our own seeds, we’re continuing to look after the legacy of this nature-rich part of the countryside.
Using less water
By harvesting and reusing rain water to water the plants across site, we can reduce our emissions and impact on the environment, especially during hot summer droughts. That’s why we’re installing water butts all over the site to collect as much rain water as possible, until one day we won’t need to use hosepipes at all.
As a result of these changes, we’re proud to have been awarded a Green Tourism Bronze Award.