At The Hideaway Experience we are committed to running our business in a sustainable way which is sympathetic to the natural environment of the farm and countryside where are located.
We, ourselves are interested in environmental issues and that is why our new Hideaways have been designed as Eco Hideaways, to reduce the impact on the environment as much as possible.
Overall we aim to —
- Run our business in a way which always aims to improve our environmental and social performance and build on achievements.
- Reduce energy use, the use of water and other scarce resources.
- Make use of the natural resources we have to generate electricity and heat.
- Design and build eco-Hideaways which are as sympathetic as possible to the natural environment.
- Comply with all aspects of environmental legislation and codes of practice.
- Communicate to our guests about what we are doing and encourage them to become involved.
- Remain an active part of the local community and support environmental improvement schemes on our farm land.
- Join the Green Tourism Business Scheme within the next six months and undergo a grading process via an external audit of our business.
Some of the most interesting things we are doing!
- Installing renewable technology - a wind turbine on the farm has been producing green electricity since March 2011. The new Hideaways have hot water and heating generated from air source heat pumps and solar thermal panels; the existing Hideaway will also be retro fitted with these technologies later in 2011. It is our ambition to become self sufficient in energy but this is a challenge!
- Designed for green innovation - our new Hideaways are cosier than you can imagine.. the glazing and doors exceed the building standards regulations, a double sided wood burning stove will uses wood, a renewable fuel, to heat the whole Hideaway, and a whole row of glass on one side of the Hideaway uses passive solar gain to keep everything warm and light. We have worked with a fantastic innovative architect who designed our eco Hideaways, Andrew Black Design.
- Recycling waste - recycling glass, cardboard, paper, cans and food waste from The Hideaways and in our own home. Guests collecting food scraps can give them to our six chickens and have them recycled into eggs!
- Blending into the background- the new Hideaways have been designed with a grass roof which along with an area of the garden being a wild flower garden will provide a haven for wildlife. We have recently planted several kilometres of hedges on the farm, left strips of fields as wildlife zones, made a bog into a wildlife pond and we are planning number of native trees in 2011. It must be working, recently guests woke up to find two deer on the patio next to the hot tub! We do supply binoculars but at this distance from your door you won't need them.
- We are passionate about the fantastic local food and drink that is produced in this area and in other parts of Scotland. We ensure guests can enjoy the best of local produce by doing the shop for them, selling food on-line to order ahead of their stay and by recommending restaurants which use only local produce. As well as having no air miles and very few road miles it tastes delicious and becomes part of the Hideaway Experience.
- Get on our bikes! We have provided mountain bikes for guests at The Hideaway so they can explore the lovely quiet country lanes and leave the car behind for the day. We offer complementary pick up and drop off from and to the local Dundee airport and the train station, supporting public transport.
- Supporting our local community - the farm is host farm for the Royal Highland Educational Trust, bringing children from City schools out to the countryside to experience a different environment and learn where their food is coming from.
- Building a new community path - we are in the early stages of plans for a new path on an existing right of way which will take guests directly from The Hideaways to join up with our local community woodland on Balkello Hill, part of the Sidlaw Hills. A more ambitious plan is to work with the local community to increase the path networks on the Sidlaw Hills including a path on our own farmland for the local community, visitors and our guests to enjoy.