Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England

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Responsible tourism: Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England

Environment

We aim to minimise the harmful effects and maximise the beneficial influences that our activities have on the Island’s environment.

We support a number of Isle of Wight environmental organisations (Gift to Nature, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Isle of Wight Ornithological Group) that aim to protect the island's precious wildlife and encourage visitors to get closer to nature. We provide wildlife books and guides to help guests identify local birds and animals. We have a laminated booklet for snorkellers which illustrates the sealife that can be found around the coasts of the island. We provide a pair of binoculars for guests’ use. We provide bird feeders and food (peanuts, sunflower seeds, niger seeds, suet). We provide a nestbox for blue tits. We have a “Wildlife diary” where we and our guests record any wildlife we see in the garden.

We have adopted the island’s new waste collection scheme and note that recycling rates have tripled since its introduction in January 2012. We provide a kitchen caddy for food waste and a wheelie bin for recyclable waste. Instructions on waste collection and recycling are clearly displayed in the cottage. We encourage guests to dispose of glass bottles, jars and aluminium cans via the mini-recycling site. We use electronic media as the core of our marketing strategy, advertising on several internet sites so our use of paper is minimal. We provide washing detergents in concentrated formats where available. We provide personal hygiene products in the same kind of formats as the guests may use in their own homes - we do not purchase individually packaged soaps, shampoos etc.

We have a water meter and encourage guests to be careful with their water use helped by the measures we have taken to reduce water consumption in the cottage, e.g. low flow rate showers. We have a notice in the bathroom asking guests not to dispose of items down the toilet but place them in the bags provided and dispose of in the rubbish bin. We have one water butt and this is used for watering and thanks to this we never have to use tap water for watering the garden.

We advise visitors (via a folder in the cottage) how they can help us save energy by turning off lights, using the microwave rather than the cooker, not filling the kettle, not leaving appliances on standby etc. We have A-rated appliances and 50% light bulbs are low energy or LED. We have insulation in the loft. We selected Good Energy as our electricity provider as they source electricity from people generating sustainably from wind turbines, solar panels, small hydro and sustainable biomass all around the country, supplying the national grid with only 100% green energy.

Our website and brochure promote the use of public transport. We advise guests about public transport options if they leave their car behind and travel as foot passengers. We provide guests with information on places to visit that are easily accessible via public transport and provide links to public transport providers, including ferry operators and buses. There is a bus stop in the village, opposite the village shop. In the cottage we provide Ordnance Survey and local town maps, walking and cycling guides. We promote the use of Wight Cycle Hire based locally in Yarmouth and they can deliver cycles to the cottage. The island is popular with cyclists and has dedicated cycleways. Our website includes a link to CycleWight, a local organisation which promotes cycling. Guests are given access to the garage so that they can store cycles securely.

We support the responsible use of chemicals and long term protection of the planet’s natural resources. When choosing products from our suppliers we therefore consider the value, performance, safety and wider sustainability impact of their products and operations, i.e. human safety, environmental safety, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, waste and sustainable sourcing. We use recycled products in the cottage wherever possible including kitchen roll, bin bags and toilet paper. We include a list of suppliers of local produce and local crafts in our cottage. We provide a welcome hamper from the Brighstone Village Shop that includes local produce. We provide Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar in the cottage.

Community

We provide leaflets on surrounding cultural attractions, including museums, National Trust and English Heritage properties, gardens, archeological sites, galleries, local events and festivals. We make the local parish newsletter available and ensure guests are aware of local events, e.g. Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, Shorwell midsummer fair at Northcourt and Wolverton Manor Garden Fair. We are a lifetime member of the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and have made a £50 donation to the “Buy a brick” scheme to raise funds for the new boathouse and a £5 donation to the Freshwater Lifeboat Mosaic Appeal. We are members of the local Chamber of Commerce and are listed on the IOW Tourism website. We volunteer for the National Trust Isle of Wight and Teresa is a member of the central volunteering team.

We use the services of a cleaner and caretaker from the local area (i.e. nearby village of Freshwater).

Landscape

We provide a wealth of information to our guests on how to enjoy the local landscape. With a spectacular coastline, rolling hills, green countryside, historic buildings and welcoming pubs, the island makes a great location to explore on foot or by bicycle. We provide an Ordnance Survey map and walking / cycling books & leaflets. As members of Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust we also share their newsletter and events diary. Have a look in our own wildlife diary to see what has been spotted in the garden - and please add any unique sightings of your own.

Reviews of Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in Brighstone is perfect for our family with the incredible views, peace and quiet, and amazing community feel especially with a visit to the local village shop, newsagent and pub. Stunning walks and cycling from our cottage doorstep was ideal. The cottage itself was amazingly appointed and had everything we needed.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you love the outdoors and particularly enjoy coastal walking and cycling, this cottage is ideal.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The cottage was located in a quiet and incredible supportive community where everything you need is provided for locally, reducing environmental impact and there is no need to use the car for enjoying the beautiful countryside. There are also very clear instructions on recycling and limiting waste.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a fantastic stay and we will certainly be returning. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This is our second time (in as many years) at the granary and we love the village. However, sadly we won't be returning as the owner does not want us. I advise that this is therefore not a suitable vacation let for young families. Apart from the stairs, I think that the owner would rather adults who will not make full use of the house and facilities offered.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Save the last day of your vacation for cleaning, if you'd like to return back. Vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, putting out the rubbish - the usual you would expect for a vacation let - is not enough here. Indeed, you must leave it cleaner than you found it. Dust where the cleaners haven't! Clean the fridge when the cleaners have maybe just wiped...but best of all, don't use the facilities, other than the bed and shower. Eat out!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we spent a lot of money in the local shop! Ate out at a lovely bistro and used local transport. The bistro is also a B&B and I would suggest that anyone visiting the area should stay there. It has a central village location and is run by a lovely couple. We intend to stay there next time in Brightstone.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We thought it was perfect with no car and two small children. I had thought Teresa who runs the cottage was incredibly understanding. However, it turns out that the unreliable taxi firm which Teresa uses (it's part of the deal that taxi is covered in the booking) penalises you. I spoke and texted frequently when the booking was made and then the car didn't show up. When I got through to him he denied he was even him, despite being his mobile number, and I was stranded with 2 small children (1 and 3) at the Red Jet terminal. I made alternative arrangements, Teresa said the cost was similar and would cover the costs. This has now been held against me. Also, the shower rail collapsed on me early in the vacation. it is just a cheap suction pole and I realise now I should have tried to fix it. However Teresa advises you contact her handyman with issues, which I did. But this is now being held against me as she evidently incurred a charge. It must have been a 30 second job in retrospect.

Lastly, we made a concerted effort to leave the cottage in a clean and tidy state and even vacuumed - which I am sure most who stay there do not. It certainly was not dust free when we arrived. Now we have been told it was not sufficiently
clean. I should have realised how pathetic the hire was when you have to provide your own loo roll. Penny pinching and miserly. I will certainly be back in Brighstone and am going to call an alternative B&B in the village to book today!

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks Lucia for sharing your feedback so openly. I’m delighted that you and your family enjoy the Isle of Wight and Brighstone so much and support our local village. We do welcome families and this is why we provide a cot, high chair, stair gate, ample toilet roll (I thought!) and I bought a brand new cot mattress at your request for your first stay. We have a fantastic cleaner / caretaker husband and wife team whose high standards have been commented on by other guests and are always happy to help – you only have to read our Visitors Book. We did have a lot of cleaning up to do after you left and we should have just got on with it. I’m truly sorry that I reacted badly to this incident. I do try and help people who travel to the island without a car. I thought that laying on taxis was a good idea but this really does not work when guests are delayed. In this case poor communication on both sides left my taxi driver waiting for you and thus I paid both you and the taxi driver as compensation. I have discontinued the taxi service offer now and will replace it with free foot passenger ferry tickets in future for guests traveling without a car.

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Finding our lovely cottage which was kitted out with everything you could wish for...above all the peace and quite...lovely.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to be chilled out on your return.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The locals were brilliant from the village stores where we picked up the keys to the little restaurant that did a splendid fish an chip supper to take away.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It is a lovely cottage if you want some lovely walks and near to most things if you want to drive. We loved it.

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The kids thoroughly enjoyed the fast boat out to the needles.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would have a few outings planned before arrival if you have young kids as you need to go out and explore.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not really.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We loved it. We would definitely go back.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback and we are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us and would like to return! However, we are disappointed that you did not notice how we support our local community and the environment. We are most proud of our village shop which has an excellent selection of local produce and supplies our welcome hamper, how we encourage wildlife into the garden via our pond, bird feeders and nest box, adoption of the island’s new waste collection scheme where recycling rates have tripled since its introduction in January 2012 and promotion of public transport through our partnership with the ferry companies and a local taxi company - see “How we make a difference” for much more.

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Arriving at our vacation cottage and discovering it exceeded our expectations in every way. Also the wonderful sunset whilst having supper at the Sun Inn in Hulverstone.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring your walking boots as the island is so full of footpaths which are clearly marked. Also the buses are frequent and well-supported by locals and vacation-makers alike so try leaving the car behind and come over by ferry as a foot-passenger. A car-free vacation would be wonderful and is really possible here. Do the walk from Freshwater Bay (have coffee first at the Dandelion Cafe) to The Needles on a blue-sky day for stunning views.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes definitely. We shopped locally on a daily basis (didn't go near a supermarket the whole vacation). The Welcome Pack and key collection arrangement from our local shop certainly encouraged this. We walked to our local pubs and ate there. We visited local open gardens on foot and supported venues such as Ventnor Botanic Gardens and The Garlic Farm. Found all the staff at these places friendly and welcoming. Within our cottage we followed the recycling system and took on board the suggestions to conserve water and save energy. If the cottage was mine I would remove the bath with the shower attachment overhead and fit a walk-in shower only to further conserve water and heat.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10 out of 10 at least!! We cannot wait to come back soon. The Visitor's Book in our cottage was full of praise for the cottage.

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The shear enjoyment of walking the lovely Isle of Wight countryside and sea shore and visiting some of the islands excellent hostelries.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If possible try to use the local bus services, They are not particularly frequent but by intelligent use of the Vectis timetables, you can visit everything on the island without any difficulty.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


By not taking our car we feel we benefitted the local environment. As we were self catering we shopped locally in Brighstone and ate at local pubs. We made sure we observed all the recommendations in the cottage brochure regarding saving water, energy etc and tried to recycle as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a lovely time. My parents took me to the island nearly 60 years ago, we brought our children here and they loved it and it is still a great place to go.

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The coastal walks, Roman villas and trip to Osborne house.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To check bus timetables before going as they finnish early.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It benefited the local people as we used the local shop very often and visited the museum there. The property was a short walk away from the village and had messages reminding you of the environment all over the property.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a good time on the Island and would like to explore the Island more.

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking along the seaside cliffs near the cottage.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring your raingear!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We gave the town business (through the pubs, etc.), so it benefited the people and we also did not use a car for 8 days.

Read the operator's response here:

It does not always rain on the Isle of Wight - a survey to determine the quality of life across Great Britain has named the Isle of Wight second only to Eastbourne as the sunniest place in the country. The study, undertaken by the Halifax, noted that the Isle of Wight enjoyed an average of 34.2 hours of sunshine a week.

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