We have aimed to make Isaac’s Byre one of the most eco-friendly and pet friendly cottages around. To do this, we’ve focused on providing low-carbon, highly efficient energy and working with local businesses and organisations to source as many fixtures and fittings as possible.


The energy for the cottage is primarily sourced through a Ground Source Heat Pump. Heat is pumped from the ground and into the cottage, where it receives a small electricity boost and runs both the central heating and the hot water. Combined with large amounts of insulation, the cottage is lovely and warm in Winter, and cool in Summer. The electricity is supplied by renewable supplier, and comes from 100% renewable sources.

We have made an effort to minimise energy use as much as possible, so there are the low-energy light bulbs in both the standard and halogen fittings. The television is also a low-energy model, as are all the applieances. None of this comes at the expense of comfort. We also have a wood burning stove with locally-sourced logs (included in the price) to make the cottage even more cosy!

Most recently, Solway Renewables have added a 3.5Kw charging point for Electric Vehicles, meaning that even the highest parts of Pennines are becoming part of the low-carbon transition.


We believe that it is important to shop as locally as possible. As well as reducing the carbon impact through reduced transport, buying locally supports the economy of an area. As a result, we have made every effort to source building materials, fixtures and fittings as locally as possible. This has covered everything from mattresses to chairs, all of which are just as good, if not better than those you would find from every-day large stores.


We have twinned one of the cottage toilets to help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.

By donating £60 to twin your toilet your smallest room becomes the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.


In order to keep items out of landfill we have bought pre-owned furniture where practical. For example: the oak wardrobe and chest of drawers in the master bedroom. Where used was not suitable we have ensured that the wood used in the furniture is from sustainably managed forests. We encourage all of our guests to recycle all metal, glass, plastic, paper and card used during their stay by the provision of labelled bins.

We always buy recycled paper for loo rolls and printing. Recently we have bought loo paper from Who Gives a Crap. This paper is 100% recycled and avoids the use of chemicals and dyes. Added to that they also give 50% of their profits to help build toilets.

So by staying here you are helping to build toilets all over the world.


You can read about all of our values in more detail, in our Environment Policy.


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