We support Green Tourism

When we first opened, the owners of Wallops Wood Cottages were keen to ensure that we were as green and as ecologically conscious as possible for our eco friendly holiday houses.

We are proud to be part of Britain’s Green Tourism Business Scheme as it recognises our commitment to green issues and sustainability. A month after opening we won a Silver Award for Green Tourism so we continued to work hard on sustainability at our eco friendly holiday houses and won a Gold Award in March 2020!

The quality of our accommodation and service at our eco friendly holiday houses is always a priority and will never be compromised. Each action we take may be a small step, but we feel that by addressing a number of small environmental matters, the wider benefits can be considerable.

Perched on a ridge of the South Downs National Park, we are fortunate to be surrounded by spectacular countryside, so we actively encourage our guests to explore and enjoy it as much as we do.

We have provided some walking routes in the information packs in the eco friendly holiday houses. The walks are available as laminated sheets which can be taken with you on. They are also accessible on your mobile device to be downloaded from our website. But we recommend they are downloaded to save paper!

Sustainable Accommodation & Practices

  • We installed solar panels on the roof of the north building to power the Wallops Wood Cottages site
  • In the summer months, the solar panels power our woodchip boiler which in turn heats the cottages, indoor pool and games room
  • We source woodchips from a local co-operative, and our woodland is sustainably managed
  • Rainwater is harvested from the roof into a soakaway, which feeds back to the aquifer
  • Our buildings are lit by low energy lights
  • We use distilled vinegar and Ecover products to clean our cottages, and beeswax to polish the wooden surfaces
  • Cleaning cloths are made from discarded textiles which are cut into squares and used by our housekeeping team
  • Excess building materials are stored on the farm estate to be repurposed for future building projects. We repurposed material from the build of the games room to create shelving for the shop and bicycle store
  • We recycle kitchen brushes and scourers. They are re-used by our maintenance team
  • Any material and towels that cannot be recycled are donated to charities with recycled textile schemes
  • Our cottages have recycling bins. We have one bin for normal waste and one for green waste
  • We have large recycling bins for paper/card, glass, aluminium and steel at Wallops Wood Cottages
  • Spent Nespresso capsules are collected. Nespresso use the coffee grind as soil conditioner and the aluminium from each capsule is repurposed to make bicycles
  • Wallops Wood are proud members of Hampshire Fare which supports producers, retailers and hospitality providers passionate about quality Hampshire produce.

We love our wildlife!

As a farm estate we really are in tune with the countryside – the seasons that come and go, and the wildlife that passes through. We see ourselves as guardians of a whole host of eco-systems born and living here and our guests love seeing the wildlife around the eco friendly holiday houses and the estate.

  • We have owl boxes placed around the eco friendly holiday houses
  • Kites are often seen swirling high up in the thermals, making ‘figures of eight’ and cruising the skies
  • Every year a wild meadow is sown with native flowers and grasses and Peter, our team member, mows a path through it. Our guests love to walk along the path to enjoy the wild flowers and butterflies feasting on the nectar
  • A huge number of pheasants roam the estate, the hens chasing the males in a merry dance! Did you know that a group of pheasants is called ‘a bouquet’ of pheasants?!
  • See South Downs Hares here at Wallops Wood. The best time to see them is during Spring and Summer it’s such a treat as they are so elusive 
  • The surrounding fields, woodland and lanes of the holiday houses and farm estate are ‘atweet’ with green finches, grey partridges, lapwings, goldfinches, skylarks and more. Our hedges are also full of sparrows, common blackbirds, chiff-chaffs, blue tits and bullfinches