At Perkhill Holiday Cottages we are committed to providing a good quality service whilst minimising the environmental impact of our activities. You will stay on a farm managed for wildlife in accommodation designed for sustainable tourism, featuring biomass boiler central heating and hot water, electricity generated by our wind turbines and private water supply from springs on the Perkhill.
In 2012 we installed 2 x C&F 20 kW wind turbines to generate electricity from the wind. In 2012 we also installed a 100kW KOB Weissman biomass boiler which feeds off locally sourced wind-fall timber. 80% of the energy produced is used on the farm and holiday lets.
Other recent projects have included creating three new wildlife ponds and fencing off these areas to maintain biodiversity. This allows us to protect areas of permanent wetland and species-rich grassland for the benefit of ground nesting birds, amphibians and flora. Several varieties of marsh orchids are seen flowering in July/August and snipe, osprey, otters and deer are frequent visitors.
It is our aim to manage the land in ways to promote wildlife and preserve traditional countryside features. To this end since 2011 we have planted 6 kilometres of hedges and 9 acres of native broadleaf and coniferous trees. This was done to create riparian linkages and help protect and encourage our native wildlife.
As part of this commitment we are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme which provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. By promoting sustainable practices the scheme will help ensure the continued enjoyment of the environment around us for future generations. We are also members of the Deeside Management Organisation through which local businesses work together with others to keep Royal Deeside special.
We encourage sustainable tourism by provision for walkers and cyclists and extensive information on low impact activities and encourage our visitors to follow the Sustainable Tourism Visitor code.
We encourage our guests to support local producers, pubs, restaurants and cafes and we promote local tourist attractions and events. In our welcome pack are a selection of goodies produced by Kincardine Castle Kitchen and Deans of Huntly.
We welcome, support, participation, and suggestions from you our customers as to how we can improve our environmental policy and protect the environment and increase the enjoyment of your stay.