Twee Cornish bolthole sets new bar for eco cottages
Acanthite Cottage, a twee Cornish eco cottage situated in pretty countryside between Liskeard and Callington, has set a new bar for eco holiday homes available through Blue Chip Holidays.
Transformed from a former out building by its owners, Acanthite cottage is a four star gold property that bristles with renewable energy solutions and features. Ground source heating, solar panels and a solar thermal system generate heat and energy; the cottage has its own charging point for an electric car; it even boasts an underground well that draws water pure enough to be bottled.
Throughout August this cosy cottage bolthole can be booked from £699. At other times of the year Acanthite cottage can be booked from £206 for three nights and from £289 for a week.
Set in the charming countryside village of Gang near St Ive, close to the Caradon mining district World Heritage Site, this pretty stone cottage is just twenty minutes from the charming fishing villages of Looe and Polperro.
High quality furnishings and fittings have been used throughout. The open plan living, kitchen and dining area is remarkably spacious, light and airy. It has a comfortable leather sofa just for two, a large teak coffee table, and a toasty wall mounted fire. Entertainment is provided by a 40" wall mounted flatscreen TV with Freeview, a DVD player, a selection of DVDs and board games; free Wi-Fi is also available.
The pretty first floor en-suite bedroom has sweeping countryside views, oak veneered flooring with inset in-floor LED lighting, a cosy king size bed, two oak bedside cabinets with lamps, a fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Outside, Acanthite Cottage has its own furnished private patio area with far reaching countryside views. It also has access to one acre of communal gardens, a charcoal barbeque and a shared gym featuring a running machine, rowing machine, a 'leg-magic' trainer and a TV with DVD player.
What makes Acanthite stand out as an eco cottage:
The owners of Acathite cottage have paid special attention to every energy saving consideration they could think of. A ground source heat pump takes warmth from the earth to heat the under floor heating and hot water, which is in turn boosted by a solar thermal system. Solar Photo Voltaic units provide all the property's electricity needs and also contribute to heating 300 litres of hot water.
To optimise insulation a modern timber frame was constructed within the walls of the original building, which was then packed with 200mm of high quality insulation to maintain a stable temperature throughout. Together with wooden shutters, which provide an additional thermal layer inside the window recesses, in the depths of winter the heating can be turned off overnight and only 2 degrees of warmth will be lost by the morning.
Other little touches include the use of low energy lighting throughout and 'in floor' LEDS. There's even an air exchange system to maintain pure and high quality air throughout the cottage.
For bookings, visit bluechipholidays.co.uk.