Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We are striving hard to eradicate single use plastics and all our cleaning products and equipment are reusable – as a result we generate minimal waste. We ask you to help us during your stay and to use our recycling facilities here. We leave composting bags for raw food as well as boxes for plastics, cardboard, tins and glass.
We are not off-grid or using solar panels (yet)! but we do source our wood for the wood-burners locally and our electricity is from Octopus as we love what they do – no fossil fuels, and no animal by-products. Just green electricity made from the wind, the sun and the sea, and green gas made from organic material. Our cabins are super insulated and also benefit from green, living roofs.
We are within a SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and it is important to keep lighting levels very low. Consequently we have no external lighting and our windows are fitted with automated black out blinds. We also ask you to help us keep it that way by switching off lights when you don’t need them.
Laundry & Cleaning
Our starting point for all our products is Eco Friendly, UK made, re-usable or biodegradable packaging. Sadly we can’t always get products made in the UK but we are getting there. We are also fans of an e-cloth and vinegar. Fancy chemicals don’t make things any cleaner, they just save a bit of elbow grease!
We provide Mitcheldean handmade soap – made using the highest quality, naturally derived, cruelty-free ingredients, with 100% natural fragrance. Towels and bedding are made from sustainable cotton, washed in harvested rain water and eco friendly products and wherever possible, dried in the clean Forest of Dean air.
Kitchen Essentials & Little Extras
Where possible, we stock the kitchen with local, organic produce. Items that aren’t made locally will at least be bought from the local village shop, individual shops or local market traders. Our Little Extras are all locally sourced too and the milk provided is semi-skimmed and comes in a glass bottle.
Travel & Transport
Gloucester train station is conveniently located opposite Gloucester bus station. Look for routes 24 or 33 to get to Mitcheldean (timetable links below). Once in Mitcheldean, we are a 15 minute walk from the bus stop (Lambs Quay Pub). If bringing a car, we want to encourage guests to leave it onsite once you are here. There are two local buses running between Mitcheldean, Gloucester & Ross on Wye – Route 33 Ross-on-Wye to Glouceter (via Mitcheldean). Route 24 Ross-on-Wye, Mitcheldean, Gloucester. We are 0.9 miles from the nearest village shop and bus stop (a fifteen minute walk). There will be a complimentary ordinance survey map for you to use during your stay plus lots of advice and maps for walks from the cabin.
If you would like to arrive by bike then you can store them in our secure bike shed.
If you have an electric car, we have a free electric car charging point here on site.
Our Green Initiatives include:
- Planted over 70 new native trees and 500 native hedgerow plants;
- Purchase our cleaning products from SUMA – an ethical purchasing co-operative;
- We are certified “Guardians of Grub” committed to minimising food waste;
- Hold Gold accreditation by Green Tourism;
- A rainwater harvesting system which serves our washing machines and staff toilets;
- A meadow management plan – we have planted new areas of wildflower meadow & have areas regularly grazed to encourage invertebrates for the Horseshoe bats;
- Have greenliving roofs on the cabins;
- Members of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust – see our Nature page;
- Support “The Rewild Project” – a Forest of Dean, non-profit social enterprise focused on environmental education and ecological restoration;
- Wash our laundry with Tru-Earth laundry sheets and, the majority of the time, are able to line dry all our linens. We use environmentally-friendly products for cleaning and guests use;
- Have an onsite dual tumbler composting system to deal with food and gardens waste;
- Provide locally sourced goods and hampers;
- Implemented biodiversity initiatives including bat and bird boxes, wildlife pond and reptile hibernaculums;
- Have a “light minimisation strategy”;
- Installed a guest Electric Vehicle Charging Point;
- Japanese soak tubs – a chemical free way to enjoy outside bathing;
- A “Responsible Guest Charter”.
Provide a great guest experience, encouraging more people to enjoy a UK staycation!