Isle of Wight self catering cottage nr Shorwell, England


Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

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 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, i.e. low flow rate showers. We have one water butt and this is used for watering and thanks to this and our stream 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 75% light bulbs are low energy or LED. We have 30cm 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 promotes the use of public transport. We provide guests with information on places to visit that are easily accessible via public transport and provides links to public transport providers, including ferry operators and buses. The bus stop is directly outside / opposite the cottage. 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.

In our own garden, guests can relax by our crystal clear brook that has its source a few hundred metres away in NorthCourt.

The Impacts of this Trip

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. 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 do the changeovers ourselves with the help of a local housekeeper (i.e. next village of Brighstone).


1 Reviews of Isle of Wight self catering cottage nr Shorwell, England

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2015 by

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

cosiness and remoteness of the cottage (thanks God not situated on the Eastern coast!); we found it exciting to go on the bus to Freshwater and to enjoy the remarkable coastline (a walk from Freshwater bay to The Needles is highly recommendable - ); to witness the Ventnor Carnival (and other carnivals) was another higlight

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

Be prepared for climate change (can be really hot!) on the Isle of Wight; in order to see whatever you'd like to see on the IoW do take the bus; due to narrow roads I wouldn't recommend to explore the island by bicycle; relatively low ceilings in the cottage groundfloor might rise problems to those who are more than 1,80 metres tall - we had one with us (2,15 m !!!) who didn't mind his head all the time ...; have a look around Shorwell, a nice little village with a lot of historic traces

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

It was a good feeling to stay in a place where responsibility for the environment is important. Yet I'm not really sure whether we managed to reduce environmental impacts because we felt having "produced" a lot of packaging waste, although we tried to buy local/regional products (and not to go to Newport). So: better go to Brighstone and do your shopping there (for example there you find people selling vegetables at their front door).

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

Not the least thanks to the accommodation owners we spent exceptionally good times on the Isle of Wight having faced the variety of weather we had expected before ... Bus stop in front of the cottage kept us from stressfully starting excursions. The cottage was extraordinarily well equipped with everything people need on vacation in a self-catering place (never met such a standard, even details have been cared for!!!): four and half stars.

Read the operator's response here:

I’m delighted that you loved the location of our cottage and the facilities that we provide. I will make a point of mentioning ceiling height in future - for sure we don’t get many guests at 2.15m! We love Brighstone village too – a real privilege to have such a wealth of island produce for sale on our doorstep.

Popular similar vacations

Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England

Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England

Quiet cottage on edge of Brighstone village, Isle of Wight

From £435 - £929 per week (sleeps 2-4)

Yarmouth holiday accommodation on the Isle of Wight

Yarmouth vacation accommodation on the Isle of Wight

Delightful chalet bungalow in Port La Salle, Yarmouth IoW

From £495 - £1175 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)

Convert currencies