Hutton John Estate achieves a Green Tourism Award

April 5, 2024

Very Proud!

We are very pleased to announce we have been awarded a Green Tourism Award. We have tried very hard to improve our level of sustainability since we began in 2017. When we decided to build the cabins we set out to make them as eco-friendly as possible. All but the first one was built by us, using local craftsmen and local suppliers and larch sourced from Cumbria. The cabins are EPC A. But in fact the surveyor said they were better than A, the software just couldn’t calculate better than A! The reason the cabins are so thermally-efficient is because they are insulated in the walls, roof and the floor. There is underfloor heating which is powered by the large bank of PV panels on the quadrangle barn’s roof. The water supply comes from a borehole, so the water is filtered and put through UV light treatment. We believe the spring water is much better for the environment than mains water. There is a water treatment unit to deal with waste water and it processes the water to such a high level it can be safely drained in to a soak away. It won’t affect any water courses nearby.

We are in business so we have to appeal to our guests. We wanted to offer cabin guests a really special experience so there are large windows (double glazed of course) to look at the glorious views of the fells above Ullswater. To make a stay extra special we wanted a hot tub for each cabin, but how to be more sustainable? The answer was a wood-fired hot tub heated by sustainably- sourced wood. We use our own water, no chemicals and voila!

The cabins’ hot water is heated by LPG. We looked at biomass but decided that wasn’t right for us. Hopefully at some point in the near future we may find something really eco-friendly, to replace the LPG.

A view of the fells above Ullswater and our Hesket Wood in the foreground. Oh and two bruisers giving me a firm stare!

We look after our woodland, some of it classified as ancient, so very precious. We have also planted lots of trees including 50 acres of willow which has various uses, but it is also second only to oak woodland in terms of bio-diversity. We have hedgerows as well, which we maintain and we are currently looking at where we can plant some more, both for bio-diversity but in addition to provide corridors for wildlife to safely pass through. Dry stone walls can provide a habitat for flora and fauna and places to hide too. Moreover dry stone walls are part of heritage here in Cumbria. We have had a programmer of restoring them, just not finished them all yet!

Our cottages are all old building, made of local stone and slate. However we have put in LED lights and sensor lights outside, as we have at the cabins. The roof space is insulated properly and all windows, bar three, are double-glazed or have secondary glazing. We have thermostats on all the radiators and all loos have a double-flushing mechanism.

We use eco-friendly toiletries and recycled loo paper. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things, but we hope you see how we are striving to be green. We’ve done a lot but as we all do, we need to do better. So we have an audit of the estate’s energy and sustainability coming up to help us identify where we can improve. We have been working with Green Hub to find other ways of, well, just get better at being green.

One thing we do have to do is record everything: how many business miles we do and how much electrify we use. We have sharpened our pencils.

We know our guests are as keen as we are to be more sustainable, so we encourage guest to recycle and make it easy for them to turn down the heating. We are looking to provide EV chargers in the next year too.

The Award is great for us, but also because it’s an easy way of showing guests how well we are doing. Hopefully next time it’ll be a silver!

If you would like to find out more about our sustainability efforts and green ethos here at Hutton John Estate, head over to our page on sustainability.



Three beautiful and lovingly restored cottages. Where heritage meets modern-day living. 

Sleeps 4, 6, or 10.

Four contemporary cabins, immersed in nature. Where the outdoors meets luxury. 

Sleeps 2.

Passed down through generations, our family and history are at the heart of the approximately 300 acre Hutton John Estate.

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