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Our sustainable approach

Devon Barns converted with ecology in mind – reducing our footprint on the planet.

Your hosts at Hartland Holiday Barns

Your hosts at the barns are Nigel, Toni, Nutty our friendly watch dog, two farm cats – mousers that we adopted as feral kittens – and our Land Rover. Between us we aim to make your stay enjoyable, relaxing, rewarding and entertaining. We love dogs, and welcome dogs at the barns, but we’re also house proud and keep the barns in tip-top condition. Come and meet us!

Nigel and Toni

Heating, hot water and lighting

Overall, around three-quarters of our heat energy requirements are supplied through renewable energy.

The barns have thermostatically controlled underfloor heating supplied by air-source heat pumps. In the farmhouse, heating is supplied by ground-source heat pumps. The ground remains at a constant temperature all year round – at around 50ºF – and the heat pumps pick up and compress that heat, amplifying it and piping it into the accommodation. In a similar way, our air-source heat pumps are able to extract heat from the air – even at times of very low temperature – and this is used to provide heating and hot water. The advantage of heat pumps is the availability of a constantly renewing energy source without recourse to conventional fuels.

We also use high efficiency LED lighting which yields much more light, and of a more natural hue, for a given unit of electricity than conventional or mercury bulbs.

Barn conversion
Wherever possible we have used natural materials in our house renovation and barn conversion: oak and slate for the flooring; sustainably sourced Idigbo wood for structural timbers; and local stone has been used for repair and alterations to the barns.

Rainwater harvest system
Rainwater is harvested, filtered and stored in an underground tank, then re-cycled for external watering and cleaning.

Ground-source heated greenhouse
We have constructed a subterranean heating and cooling system, enabling us to sow and plant all year round.

The smallholding
Our smallholding is a work in progress; we are establishing a wild grass and flower meadow, and instituting the rolling management of our hedges to encourage all kinds of wildlife. We have positioned owl, bat, bird and nature boxes, and created covered shelters and small ponds for amphibians.

Organisations we support/subscribe to:

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT): A charity that provides urgent medical assistance to people in Devon. Their two helicopters allow them to reach emergency scenes – often inaccessible by road – within minutes.

British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT): Saves approximately 50,000 hens from slaughter each year and find them caring pet homes through a network of 32 regional pop-up centres so they can enjoy a free range retirement. More here »

Dogs Trust: Rehomes stray and abandoned dogs.

Cats Protection League: Rehomes stray and abandoned cats.

Barn Owl Trust: The Barn Owl Trust is a UK charity which aims to conserve the Barn Owl and its environment. Carries out practical conservation, research and educational work, advises farmers, government and landowners, and runs a free information service. Also looks after sick and injured owls in a genuine owl sanctuary – a place of peaceful retreat. More here »

North Devon Animal Ambulance: A local domestic and wild animal welfare service.

Organisations we are members of:

South west Coast Path Association (SWCP): Conserves and protects the coast path.
www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Devon Association of Smallholders (DASH): Smallholders with like-minded needs and interests in country living.
www.devonsmallholders.co.uk

National Trust: Places of historic interest, natural beauty and a national conservation organisation.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT): Conservation charity with many important nature reserves in Devon.
www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS): Founded in 1804 with the objective to be the world’s leading gardening charity and to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. A magnificent RHS garden is open to visitors at nearby Rosemoor, Torrington.
www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

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