Green Key to the Door in 2016

We’re delighted to announce that our Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm has been awarded the Green Key Accreditation for environmental tourism in Wales.

Not only are we the first holiday accommodation in Ceredigion to gain a Green Key award but we are the first in Wales, outside of Pembrokeshire, where the scheme has been launched during the past year. We’re extremely proud to be recognised for all our work providing sustainable holidays. 

IMG_7059Green Key is the largest global eco-label awarded to more than 2,300 tourism providers in 50 countries worldwide. From boutique hotels with fine dining, to B&B’s, campsites and attractions, Green Key offers an environmentally sustainable choice when planning holidays, excursions or business trips. Green Key Wales launched in April 2015 and offers a growing collection of the country’s most environmentally sustainable destinations, ensuring that wherever you are in Wales, you can make the best choice for the environment, as well as discovering some of the finest hospitality providers in the country.

Green Key is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and managed in Wales by the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, who also manage the Blue Flag and Eco Schools programmes. 

The Eco Lodge is built using sustainably sourced timber for the main frame, we have a biomass heating system using locally sourced wood pellet fuel. Rainwater and waste water runs to a biodiversity-boosting wetland treatment system. Electricity is generated from our own PV solar panels. Sheep’s wool insulation enhances heat conservation and all is topped by a living green (sedum based) roof. Internal walls ate painted with Earthborn organic VOC free paint and internal wood is treated with only environmentally friendly products. Each apartment has its own efficient wood burning stove to ensure a cosy stay all year round. 

Our furnishings are green too! Alphabeds near Llandysul made our beds in their water powered workshop, with sustainably sourced timber, and mattresses made from pure wool and cotton. The majority of our other furniture is sourced locally, either handmade or second-hand, further reducing our impact on the environment. All our bed linen and towels are 100% organic cotton.  Last, but far from least, we have some gorgeous Welsh blankets, handmade curtains and cushions all supplied by Jane Beck’s Welsh Blankets, who couldn’t be much more local – about a mile up the road in Llwyn y groes.

Not forgetting wildlife, of course, we have sited a range of bird and bat boxes in the surrounding trees, wildlife-friendly landscaping and a ‘natural play areas for the ‘human wildlife’.

We are striving to offer as sustainable a holiday as possible, with all profit from bookings helping to further the vision and aims of the charity The Shared Earth Trust.

So if you have not already experienced a stay at Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, now is a great time to book for 2016. The Eco Lodge sleeps from two to twelve people in three flexible interconnecting apartments. Whether you’re in need of a romantic retreat or a small family get away, a gathering of friends or a large celebration which does not cost the earth, the Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm is the place to come. 

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“A sunny (lucky us) trip for 2 families to Wales at half term was stunning but it was staying at Denmark Farm that really made it for us – Freedom, nature, the views, with comfort from our delightful but practical accommodation. It was like being in a Treehouse, with the wood and natural interiors and bright light spaces, whilst the birds flitted about outside the windows and terraces. The kids had the space to run around safely with only the wildlife for company, just a step outside the door. Mara welcomed us with warmth and all the necessary information.

We enjoyed meals and games (lots provided!) round the wood burner together but had space and a bit of peace with an apartment to each family- a perfect set up. Kitchens have everything, loved the helpful things like the shoe and coat rack, the wellie boot holders on the terrace, cosy blankets, local interest books and leaflets, sofas big enough for everyone. I also loved the personal touches like the bunch of flowers from the wildlife garden and the nature spotting log book.

A great jumping off point for this part of Wales – the Coast, the Cambrian mountains, the Teifi river and valleys. We rarely saw anyone on our walks. Lampeter is 5 mins away with everything you need, before retreating back into the ‘treehouse’ eco lodge to escape again!

As you can tell – we loved it.” Charlotte Wilkinson – November 2015

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