If you’ve ever thought about having an eco-friendly holiday, it could be easier than you think. Being green doesn’t have to mean going without; a few small changes and a shift in thinking can make all the difference.

1. Try out renewable technology

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Our eco-house, Lowen, is a zero carbon, energy self-sufficient house. It uses energy from the sun and ground to provide electricity, heating and hot water to the house (as well as sending surplus electricity back to the grid). You can even see how much energy is being generated, used and saved at any moment on the LED panel in the hall.

Greentraveller came to stay in Lowen and gave it a big thumbs up. Take a look at their review.

2. Travel to Cornwall without a car

Bosinver is close to St Austell which has excellent train/bus links. Don’t forget, if you choose to travel on holiday to Cornwall by public transport, we’ll pay your taxi fare to/from the station.

3. Recycle and compost your waste

We recycle plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, tins and cans (you’ll find bags for recycling in your cottage). Not only does this help conserve resources, but whatever we recycle also helps raise money for St Mewan playgroup. We’ve got compost bins around the farm and we use the compost produced on the gardens.

4. Have a car-free day out

We’ve put together an handy e-guide ’50 things to do without a car’ which has got all sorts of ideas for great family days out in Cornwall using public transport, bikes or your own two feet. Why not give it a try?

5. Try local produce

Cornwall is well known for both its culinary excellence and the quality of locally produced fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, ice cream and much much more… Buy buying locally, you’re supporting local producers, and cutting down on food miles.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite local producers, Farmers’ Markets and the best places to buy fresh fish. Lobb’s Farm Shop at Heligan is one of our favourite, but there are plenty of other places to buy fresh produce in the local area – just ask when you arrive.

You can also order locally grown vegetables from People & Gardens, who will deliver to your cottage.

And if you’re here at the right time of year, you’re welcome to pick salad leaves and herbs from the garden, and enjoy fruit from our trees.