Current Award Status Silver
Green Tourism Promotional Statement
Ross Bay Retreat & Overdale Cottage is off to a great start, securing the SILVER level of award at first assessment. The owners are clearly very knowledgeable about sustainability issues and have incorporated this into the cottages, while running the farm sustainably as well. The bigger impacts are all under control due to the biomass heating, efficient appliances LED lighting in most areas. The local area with lots of walks and attractions are promoted well (Cream O Galloway) encouraging guests to explore locally . There has been effort made to create lots of wildlife habitats with wildflower planted and a bug hotel created – this is complemented with a nature diary and spotting books.
Green Tourism Opportunities
While scoring well there are still some green initiatives to consider in future. Keep telling your green story more , using the Green Tourism logo and plaque and perhaps getting involved in some of the campaigns in the area. Dumfries and Galloway have the Eco Deco waste system but should be improving on this. Ensure to have some up to date waste information for guests to let them know why the system appears to be different in the area. Keep greening the supply chain aiming for more eco cleaning products as well as 100% recycled paper items. Further recommendations have been made throughout the audit report, which should be read in conjunction with the criteria document. Additional supporting information can be found in the members area on the Green Tourism website.
Overdale Cottage is a cosy pet friendly cottage in the charming village of Harome, 3 miles from the Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.