Estate Escapes owners Tor and Christian Carver have welcomed over 1800 guests in the last six years and for every guest an oak or spruce tree has been planted in a nearby wood (just ¼ mile from the cottages). The wood was originally planted 16 years ago in memory of woodman Alan Davey who worked on the Hotham Estate all his life and is called ‘Alan’s wood’ in his memory.
At Estate Escapes, we are very keen to do our bit for the environment. Our properties are situated in a beautiful part of the world and we want to help preserve it for future generations.
During the restoration of the cottages, great care was taken to ensure the properties remained in keeping with the idyllic, rural setting and the period character of the properties. This meant that original features, such as fireplaces, were preserved and restored wherever possible. Carbon neutral wood burning stoves were added to minimise the impact on the environment. We provide guests with firewood from Hotham Estate woodland.
Guests are encouraged to use the recycling system in place and are reminded to switch lights off when they leave rooms. We provide guests with environmentally-friendly toiletries and we try wherever possible to use local produce, which sometimes is grown quite literally on the doorstep. We make juice with fruit from our own orchard and the cottage housekeeper and gardener live locally too.
From October 2011, Christian and I are committed to planting a tree for every booking we take. We are hoping to create two new copses on the estate called Stracey and Clitherow.