Green Tourism

Green Tourism Policy Statement for Kerridge End Holiday Cottages

We are a small family run business, who cares about our environment and long-term sustainability.  We are committed to make Kerridge End Holiday Cottages as environmentally friendly as possible.

At Kerridge End Holiday Cottages we believe that our environment is very precious, with beautiful unspoilt views.  We work hard to keep our Cheshire Peak District special whilst minimising the overall impact on the environment and are proud to have been awarded the Green Tourism Gold Award for our sustainable efforts, conservation, use of local produce, energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendly business practices. 

Ever mindful of preserving our environment and the need to minimise pollution, we try to play our part by being eco-friendly, and encourage our guests, to join us in our efforts during their stay.  At Kerridge End Holiday Cottages we:  Support sustainable use of the countryside and encourage guests to leave the car behind during their holiday and access the outdoors in a more eco-friendly way, be it on foot, or by bicycle.

We maintain the ancient dry-stone walls.  Encourage car sharing and provide information on local public transport (although not always practical in such a rural location).  Generate electricity and heat for the cottages using photovoltaic solar panels and air source heat systems.

Purchase locally to minimise environmental damage through road and air miles e.g. products in your welcome pack such as, milk.

We have installed energy efficient appliances.  Most of the appliances in the cottages are “A” – Rated to minimize energy consumption. The majority of light bulbs used are energy efficient.

We save energy whenever practical by line drying bedlinen and towels outside and extensive use of low energy light bulbs.

The outside lights have been fitted with low energy bulbs, passive infrared sensors (PIR’s) and dusk to dawn sensors.

Minimise paperwork by working online.  Unavoidable print-outs, copies, letter heads, and leaflets are printed solely on recycled paper or paper sourced from sustainable forests.

Use environmentally friendly cleaning materials and detergents.  Buy in bulk or concentrate form to save on packaging.

Source local skills and knowledge whenever possible and employ local people with a personal link to the region and commitment to its sustainability.

Minimise water usage and collect run-off rainwater for watering plants.  Re-instated the well in the paddock to source a water system for watering plants, vegetable garden, washing cars and bicycles etc.

All our cottages have efficient air source heat pumps along with Solar Photovoltaic cells, the radiators are fitted with thermostats, thermal insulation which complies with the latest building regulations for energy efficiency, double-glazing, and water conserving cisterns.  Electricity storage batteries have been installed to store any excess electricity generated by the PV cells.  When these are full we export any excess electricity we generate into the National Grid.  This green electricity is used for our EV charging point.

Solar PV cell array

Air Source Heat Pump at one of the cottages

Our energy and water consumption are monitored to identify opportunities to reduce consumption. Energy tariffs are reviewed on a regular basis.  We have made an eco-friendly choice by switching our energy supplies to use 100% green electricity.

EV Car Charger

EV Charging point at Kerridge End Holiday Cottages        



A great way to see Cheshire at its best is by exploring the walking routes and cycling paths which we have in abundance! Enjoy a leisurely walk around Kerridge Ridge to take in the “Kerridge Ridge and Ingersley Vale Project”. This is a community project surveying important historical and industrial heritage features, the wild life and the landscapes on our doorstep.   To learn more about this project and how you could become involved, even if only for one day.

A day in the countryside without the car.

We are committed to a continuous improvement in environmental management to benefit us all and future generations. We would ask you to support us with this by contributing to this whilst staying at Kerridge End Holiday Cottages.

  • Suggested areas where contributions can be made are as follows:
  • Switch off lights and TVs when not in use
  • Please close doors and windows when you have the need to use the heating
  • Please adjust the heating in individual rooms to suit your requirements
  • Please avoid excessive use of water, boots etc can be cleaned using rainwater collected in the trough in the courtyard
  • The local council provide recycling facilities; we would ask you to use these, a box is provided outside each cottage to collect recyclable materials
  • Bins are located in each kitchen for the disposal of compostable kitchen waste
  • There is a local bus service which links into the railway station at Macclesfield, use of this can contribute and give you a break from driving
  • Local produce can be sourced from “The Lost Garden of Rainow”, please ask for details
  • Deliveries of milk, cream, eggs and orange juice can be arranged from our local farmer
  • We would welcome any ideas that you have, that could help Kerridge End Holiday Cottages to be more ‘environmentally friendly’, particularly while not affecting the enjoyment of our cottages

Images reproduced by kind permission of Richard Thorogood and Nick Martin.

Some of the birds that visit Kerridge End

Photographs courtesy of Rick Leigh

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