Cradle to Grave Initiative - Eco Barns

The Eco Barns at Cranmer Country Cottages feature in the 'Good Initiatives Handbook' containing many examples from across Europe which implement or demonstrate some of the green 'Cradle to Cradle' principles is now downloadable from


"Three new holiday cottages at Home Farm in Cranmer use 100% renewable energy. The cottages were created from the conversion of original farm buildings, together with a contemporary modern extension. The new extension is insulated well beyond  standard regulations, clad in locally-grown green oak and maximises natural daylight by the use of heat retaining glass. On the internal walls, the owner has used environmentally-friendly, low VOC paints. The development is powered by a combination of a wind turbine, ground source heat pumps and solar  panels. The wind turbine also supplies electricity for the swimming pool, other holiday cottages on the site and the farmhouse. The swimming pool and showers are heated by solar panels and all water on site comes from a borehole deep in the underlying chalk aquifer, while all gutters and terraces run off into the original Victorian drainage system and back  into the land." - C2C Network 2011


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"If you’re looking for a luxury, family stay in North Norfolk, this is it. If you’re looking for a luxury, ecologically aware, family stay, this is it too. A fabulous holiday with a green conscience if you will… Great."  

Enjoy North Norfolk Website December 2010

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"Cranmer Cottages, a GOLD award winner for the GTBS ,has just posted figures which demonstrate a 10% saving in fuel use for the site. This is an absolute saving and doesn't take into account increased occupancy and an expansion in the number of cottages. The site has wind turbines and heat pumps and this helps to demonstrate the significant benefits from adopting new proven technologies. It also demonstrates that even our GOLD award businesses can continue to make savings and reduce their carbon footprints. With good data collection all sites should demonstrate significant savings by adopting the green tourism business scheme. Saving 10% in 2010 is part of a UK campaign called 10:10 and we are pleased our businesses are able to demonstrate this in practice."

Jon Proctor
Technical Director
Green Tourism Business Scheme


"Cranmer's three new cottages are an excellent example of how a luxurious accommodation can attempt to be carbon neutral. To have achieved this and offer a five-star service is exceptional. I can't think of another five-star self-catering accommodation in the UK that is as green as Cranmer."

Richard Hammond (Guardian Green travel correspondent)
Review on the Greentraveller website


"A couple of eco-conscious entrepreneurs believe they have created Britain's first zero-carbon luxury holiday destination in the heart of North Norfolk."

Chris Hill, Journalist
Eastern Daily Press
'Couple build themselves an eco-barn' Eastern Daily Press  15/08/2009


Best Self-catering Establishment Award 2009 :


EDP Tourism in Norfolk Award 2009




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