An Eco-Friendly Business.

Cheese and water on a table

At Little Marshfoot, we have aimed to build and operate our business with the following over-arching principles in mind:

  • To consider the environment
  • To consider our customers
  • To consider the future
  • To minimise our environmental ‘footprint’.

‘… without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

In particular, the principles of design and construction aim to demonstrate to our guests that being ‘green’ does not mean being uncomfortable. We are happy to discuss these principles at any time.

We aim to minimise pollution of water, the air and the general environment. To this end we ensure that all equipment is regularly maintained.

We try to reduce usage of the car, choosing wherever possible to walk, cycle, and use public transport.


All waste is sorted for recycling
Waste food is composted and used in the garden
Waste paper, tins, glass, aluminium are taken to the recycling depot

At the rear of your accommodation we provide a number of labelled recycling bins for you aid us in sorting your rubbish.

There is also a compost bin to the right at the rear, for all vegetable waste.


Water usage is managed.
To this end we have installed showers rather than baths, operate reduced flush toilets, and encourage guests to use the environmental programmes on the dishwasher and washing machine (instructions for use in the main handbook).

In the garden we apply mulch to the plants to avoid loss of water through evaporation, and choose plants and grasses which are drought resistant and hardy.

Energy use

This is reduced by installing energy efficient equipment, low energy lighting, energy efficient bulbs, and making best use of natural light.

Insulation is of the highest standard available when the building was constructed. For more information see the panel to the right…


All cleaning materials used in Little Marshfoot are environmentally friendly. These products tend to be plant based and totally biodegradable.

The Garden

In the garden, we aim to work in sympathy with our environment. Wherever possible we employ organic gardening principles and our planting schemes are designed to attract as much wildlife as possible.

Birds, bees, butterflies – these all seem to be under pressure. The bats that used to fly in our garden in the summer have disappeared, the starlings that used to roost in the oak tree no longer do so, the moths that used to fly at night are much reduced in numbers. And yet the farming and the methods in this area have not changed at all. This suggests that there is a greater pressure on the environment, including climate change.

Principles under-pinning the construction of Little Marshfoot
When the building was constructed, in 1999/2000, we chose good quality equipment which demonstrated the best available environmental technology at the time. The philosophy was that good quality equipment lasts longer and is less likely to break down, thereby minimising its impact upon the environment.


We acknowledge that since that date there have been considerable improvements in technology and as equipment is replaced we will always strive to install the best environmental option.

In Summary

To paraphrase the best known definition of sustainability, by Gro Harlem Brundlandt, we aim to operate our business ‘without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

The Building

Little Marshfoot was designed as an Eco-Building to offer a very high standard of comfort and convenience.

Formerly awarded Gold status when a member of the prestigious Green Tourism Business Scheme


Awarded Four Stars Gold by the Visit England Quality in Tourism Assessment Scheme.

Environmental principles and concepts:

  • Constructed of wood sourced from certified sustainable woodland within the UK
  • Faces south-east in order to capture morning light and warmth
  • The expansive double glazing captures and retains ‘passive solar heat’
  • Natural ventilation is provided by wide opening doors and windows
  • Thickly insulated with Warmcell, which is made up of treated, recycled telephone directories and newspapers.

The building stands on small ‘stilts’ to enable the circulation of air, and prevent cold striking up from the ground in the winter. The stilts stand on individual concrete piles, rather than the raft of concrete that most buildings are constructed upon. This reduced the amount of concrete used, and therefore less damage to the environment was caused in the mining and transport of materials.

The wooden building has a good ‘cradle to grave’ lifecycle. The building is designed to use to heat the building.

A Combi-Boiler for heating and water only heats up water as required rather than storing in a cylinder. Modern boilers have a much reduced impact upon the environment.

The building of Little Marshfoot resulted in the ‘recovery’ of a waste area of the garden. The gardens are planted with native plants, and are designed to attract a range of birds, bees, butterflies, moths and wild mammals. Organic principles underpin gardening methods wherever possible.