Sustainable Self Catering in the Lake District

As more and more hotels step up their environmental awareness and policies so too have self catering accommodation providers.

Self catering can be an excellent way in which to have a greener holiday both in terms of what the self catering operators are doing to lower carbon footprints as well as the control guests have when staying with them.

As with hotels and bed & breakfasts, holiday accommodation providers can join schemes such as the not for profit Green Tourism Scheme or in the Lake District, join and support organisations such as Nurture Lakeland. It is through organisations such as these that operators can learn ways in which to be more sustainable, lower their carbon footprint and help advise guests on how to have a greener holiday. Being assessed and awarded bronze, silver or gold helps guests understand how green each provider is.

lake district cottages

Bank Court, Cartmel with open fire and central village location & Heathwaite Farm, Coniston with the wonderous free fresh air right from the door

Green tips for self catering guests start with the most important meal of the day, breakfast. This can be filled with locally sourced produce which is an excellent way to sustain the community the cottage is located in as well as cutting down food miles and general transportation costs. Guests can take their own environmentally friendly cleaning products for use and other supplies such as recycled toilet and kitchen rolls for example.

Many self catering cottages, especially in the Lake District, are traditional properties so wood burning stoves and real fires can be found which is an excellent and sustainable way to heat the cottage or house. Naturally the Lake District is hugely popular for walking and cycling holidays. With many holiday properties in locations where walks and cycle routes can be started right from the cottage door, car can be kept to a minimum both for daytime activities and evening meals and drinks.

The Lakeland Cottage Company have a number of holiday cottages in the Lake District with great green credentials whilst combining luxury, style and in fabulous locations such as Coniston, Cartmel and Ullswater. Visit