We are a ‘Green Leader’

We have been awarded a ‘platinum rating’ by Tripadvisor as part of their green leader program.

It is our objective to have as little impact as possible on our environment and maintain resources for future generations.

The existing fabric of the house constructed in 1923 was restored with minimal use of new fittings and materials.

The orginal B.J. Waterhouse design relied on ecological principles of the day to trap solar radiation in winter and exclude it in summer. This was achieved using the north facing aspect, thick stuccoed walls, shutters and verandas reducing heating and cooling needs. Instead of air condition all rooms have ceiling fans and opening windows.

18 solar panels adorn our north facing roof. Small tree and garden trimmings are mulched and used on the gardens to retain moisture. By maintaining our large gardens and trees we are also compensating for the generation of greenhouse gases from any polluting activities.

All organic wastes from the kitchen are recycled, composted and used on our gardens. Recyclable materials are collected by Blue Mountains City Council for reuse.

We harvest our roof water and recycle the spa bath water in tanks with a capacity of 90,000 litres. This water is used to irrigate the gardens and lawns. In the non-heritage parts of the garden we grow native plants with a low water requirement.