The story so far..

When we created Great Barn Farm as a holiday destination it was important to us to re-use as much as we could of the existing buildings from both a sustainability point of view and to preserve some of the history of the buildings and their former use.

All the accommodation at Great Barn Farm originally formed an integral part of running our farm business. In creating Great Barn Farm as a holiday destination, we re-used and re-purposed materials from the barns themselves as well as other farm buildings, which were no longer in use. Where additional materials were required, we used reclaimed options where we could.

We installed a biomass boiler, which heats all the heated buildings on site and a solar array to help with the inevitable increase in electricity use. Our swimming pool is heated with the use of a Calorex heat exchange system, ensuring the pool and building are heated efficiently.

Great Barn Farm remains a working farm, where we work hard to encourage and protect wildlife. We have been involved environmental schemes for over 20 years. Learning from our experience we are embarking on a new Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme this year, which, we hope, will build on our conservation successes. Our regular guests will have noticed a change in products we provide in the barns to more sustainable options. We are looking to continually assess and improve what we do and what we provide in terms of our sustainability. For this reason, we have joined Green Tourism, to help give us an indication of how we are doing in terms of our environmental credentials and how we can improve.

We would like our guests to help us in our quest to become more sustainable, by following us along our green journey and helping us to achieve our green goals. Once we have our Green Tourism grading, we will share the results on this page and our plans for improvement, so come back to this page to see our aims for this year and how you, as guests, can help.