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Green Scheme

Classic Green Scheme

Most of us want to be green, be kinder to the environment and create less of a carbon footprint. The Classic Green scheme identifies holiday cottages where additional steps have been taken towards these goals.

Classic Green holiday cottages have achieved 20 (where possible) of the measures listed below.
* The six criteria that we consider essential are highlighted with a star.


  • Provide recycling facilities for all guests. *
  • Kitchen waste – provide and manage composting facilities.
  • Garden waste – compost and use peat-free products in any garden areas or flower baskets/boxes.


  • Provide and use only eco-friendly and responsibly purchased cleaning materials. *
  • Provide recycled paper goods (eg kitchen towel, toilet roll). *
  • Buy in bulk where possible (eg toilet rolls, liquid handsoap and washing up liquid to dispense into smaller containers weekly).
  • Provide locally produced items for the welcome tray.


  • Site water butts if appropriate and use for watering plants and gardens.
  • Fit low flush WCs or a mechanism to reduce flush volume and provide information on correct use.
  • Monitor water usage regularly to check for evidence of any leaks and rectify immediately.


  • Fit low energy light bulbs throughout. *
  • Fit (or replace with when due for replacement) appliances that carry the Energy Saving Trust Recommended Certification mark ie those that are A, A+ or A++ rated. *
  • Check roof insulation/draught proofing to ensure current standards met (270mm loft insulation).
  • Ensure additional blankets/throws etc are available for guests, particularly during winter months.
  • Where there is outside space, ensure a washing line is available where possible.
  • Monitor electricity usage and subscribe to a green energy tariff.
  • Commit to efficient heating system if not already installed eg replacing with more efficient boiler when necessary.

Social, Environment and Communication

  • Display details of the Classic Green Scheme requirements within the Cottage Information Folder. *
  • Register for the Owners' website for paper-free notifications.
  • Ensure sufficient information on local public transport and car-free activities available in property.
  • Promote local cultural events, and review/add attractions near property on Classic Guide.
  • Encourage native wildlife within grounds where poss eg bird boxes, bee shelters, wildlife habitats.

What can you do?

Keep it local. Winkle out local shops and farmers' markets. Over the last few years the West Country has edged the image of cream teas and pasties to one side and forged a reputation for good food. That is not just in the pubs and restaurants, but through dedicated local producers displaying their goods in a host of farm shops and markets. So winkle them out when you visit to enjoy that special something that you get from food that has never seen a motorway and bask in the satisfaction that you are also putting something back into the local economy. Our Classic Guide website gives ideas for your area.


  • Recycle. Please use recycling facilities where available. The Recycle Now website (www.recyclenow.com) details recycling centres near your cottage.
  • Be energy aware. Simply closing windows and turning off heating and appliances when you are out makes an enormous difference. It is good for the environment and will delight your hosts.
  • Leave the car at home. Lots of the loveliest parts of the UK are best explored on foot or by bike; again, go to www.classicguide.co.uk for inspiration.
  • Please leave only your footprints and, if you see any litter and are feeling brave, put it in the bin.