We're located in a very special part of the UK - rather like being at the hub of a wheel with the great majority of places you'd want to visit and things you'd want to do being no more than 45 minutes by car. We've a wonderful Coast here - stretching north from Filey to Staithes via Scarborough, Ravenscar, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby and Runswick Bay. truly amazing coast, beautiful landscapes, diverse in wildlife, rich in flora and fauna, and with a unique culture...
At Mel House Cottages we care about the environment and long-term sustainability. We believe that it is important to act responsibly to preserve and maintain both the global and more immediate environment so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
Preserving our beautiful environment in North Yorkshire while, at the same time, running a business that encourages and welcomes visitors is a challenge and a responsibility.
Being aware of the effects of our actions on the environment enables us all, both here at Mel House Cottages and you as our Guests, to minimise the “footprint” we make. Taking small steps and continually questioning the way we do things will produce positive results.
What We Do - Being 'Green'
As a family-run business we care about our environment and long-term sustainability. We have not sought accreditation under the Green Tourism Business Scheme ('GTBS') - the 'GTBS' now being the main sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK - but we have by our own 'unmeasured' actions enthusiastically embraced 'sustainability' in a significant way.
- Wherever practical we use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- We try to use 'super-concentrated' products which require dilution on-site. This means that the containers holding these products do not contain large quantities of water which is transported to us in order to meet our cleaning requirements.
- We ask our Guests to help us by recycling newspapers, magazines, glass, cans, plastic bottles and cardboard using the containers provided. We also recycle or reuse many other items including batteries, electronic equipment, linen and furniture.
- A water butt captures rainwater for use in the gardens.
- The Ponds in our Water Garden are topped-up by rainwater from our Leisure Suite roof. We've been a little clever here as this water actually flows uphill. During your Stay here see if you can tell us how we've achieved this!
- Each of our holiday properties, as well as Mel House itself, has radiators fitted with thermostatic valves and double-glazing.
- In 2007 we installed a Solar Thermal System on our south-facing Leisure Suite roof. This System assists with the heating of the water in our swimming pool when the temperature of the fluid circulating withing the 'evacuated tubes' exceeds 35 degrees Centigrade.
- In 2010 we installed a 10kW Photovoltaic System which, over a 12 month period, generates much of the electricity we use here during daylight hours. Any excess is exported to the National Grid.
- In 2013 we replaced our 3 Oil Boilers with an Austrian Biomass Boiler burning wood pellets. This single 100kW Boiler supplies heat and hot water on a carbon neutral basis to all 4 of our holiday properties, the Leisure Suite, and Mel House itself.
- The 'quality' of our Spa (or Hot Tub) water is partly maintained through a treatment utilising Ultra Violet which is environmentally friendly as it reduces our use of bromine.
- Either LED or low energy lighting has been installed wherever possible in all properties and in the Leisure Suite. The underwater light in the pool, now utilising an LED lamp, has a 12W consumption compared to the 300W consumption of the conventional lamp it replaced.
- Our information files in the cottages and our website Out & About section have loads of local information on what to do, where to go and where to eat close to Mel House Cottages - reducing fuel consumption once our Guests are here. Realistically, we cannot completely eliminate the need to travel by car for most of our Guests but there are lots of ideas for “more or less” car-free days whilst here.
We are committed to continually improve our environmental efforts while at the same time as maintaining a high quality, countryside cottage holiday.
How You Can Help Us
We hope that you will feel that you can help make Mel House Cottages environmentally friendly.
5 small steps that have a big impact are:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Say no to packaging you don’t need. At Higher Mel House Cottages we work hard to recycle all we can and you can help us by using the recycling system that we have in place.
- Stay Local, Eat Local, Buy Local, See Local. Buy food, souvenirs and gifts from local producers and artists. This also helps the local economy. Food produce in ?North Yorkshire deservedly has a great reputation so seek out farm shops, buy local produce, and make the most of the numerous quality pubs, restaurants and local food retailers in our area – please see our Eating Out and Local Food section of our website.
- Reduce traffic: walk, cycle or use public transport. Walking, cycling and riding are great ways of seeing this part of North Yorkshire without adding to traffic. Let the train take the strain and take a journey on one of Cornwall’s branch lines. Try exploring close to Mel House Cottages, there are some fantastic places right on our doorstep. Please see our Out and About section.
- Switch off and chill out! Help us reduce energy use by switching off lights and all those standby buttons when you don’t need them. By the way, although dusk until dawn lighting on-site (in place to around our properties to 'guide you home') has a detrimental effect on this, walk just 100 meters or so towards our Paddocks and you'll have no difficulty over seeing the stars on a clear night in our peaceful Village in the North York Moors!
- Follow the Countryside Code. The countryside code reminds us all to protect, respect and enjoy: look after plants and animals; take litter away; leave gates and property as you found them; and consider other people and users when in the countryside.
We welcome any feedback on how we can improve and be even more sustainable.