400 year old heritage
Once a working farmstead, Thorney How is one of the oldest properties in Grasmere dating back around 400 years. As responsible custodians of a historic building within such natural, beautiful surroundings; taking care of our environment has been at the core of our thinking from the very start.
At Thorney, we proactively support sustainable tourism. Environmentally friendly practices feed into all our business operations and decision making as we endeavour to minimise our impact on the natural environment, whilst providing an excellent guest experience and commercial sustainability.
Though we have already made a lot of changes to the building, we still have on-going refurbishment plans to invest further into solar energy, self-sufficiency, water boreholes and of course, even more recycling!
Natural ancient woodland
With wildlife, birds and dark skies
Meet the rare breed sheep
Free range hens & ducks
A 100kW Guntamatic Biocom wood pellet boiler meets the hot water and heating requirements of both Thorney How buildings. It is a low carbon alternative to electricity with much fewer emissions than traditional fossil fuels.
Walking is what the majority of our visitors are here for – and it’s the best kind of sustainable travel there is. However, we provide electric car and bike charging points for our guests and even have our very own hybrid vehicle for business travel. As active supporters of the Drive Less See More campaign we always promote the local public transport links and encourage our guests to car share.
Whilst our heating and hot water comes from the Biomass Heating System, we still needed to research and find the most eco-friendly power supplier we could for our additional energy requirements. We like to minimize the use of electricity at Thorney and installed automatic lighting where we can throughout the buildings. Even small things such as turning appliances off when they are not in use and using green web hosting services make a difference!
Our bathrooms have recently been updated with brand new eco shower-heads, auto turn on/off taps and half-flush cisterns. We use a special eco-friendly washing machine for towels and linen and we even make sure to collect water for all the lifestock on Thorney grounds, rather than running a tap - all in order to reduce water wastage wherever we can.
Waste reduction practices are applied wherever possible with an extensive recycling program integrated throughout Thorney How. Our wood burning stoves use felled or damaged wood from our own grounds, which are carefully maintained and we have installed high efficiency electric hand driers instead of paper hand towels. Fresh drinking water is also readily available in an effort to reduce bought plastic bottles.
Thorney How has a wonderful reputation for quality food. We are keen to use locally sourced ingredients and even include our home-grown summer fruits, salads and seasonal vegetables from the Thorney Polytunnel to our menu. To keep our food fresh we keep our stocks low and encourage guests to pr-eorder in an effort to manage food properly and avoid wastage.