Millmans Holiday Cottages Devon, Village Road, Marldon, Devon, TQ3 1SJ +44 (0)1803 558213 tina@millmanscottages.co.uk
Bird Table

Our aim is to reduce the impact of ourselves and our visitors on the environment, to research and share knowledge and to inspire others to address their own impact on the environment.

We are not 'eco warriors' but we do respect this planet and don't wish to do it and the life on it now and in the future any harm by our actions. People have lived and enjoyed Millmans for over 500 years, we would like future generations to live here and to continue to enjoy it. This is how we do it.

Wildlife Report prepared by Devon Wildlife Trust. PDF Document - 1MB Download

Flora and Fauna

We have here a wide variety of birds from humble sparrow to the rarer green woodpecker which we actively encourage into the garden by providing food and water. We have put up a nest box for birds and build a small wild life pond and self-catering accommadation for insects hidden in a flower bed and bee boxes for leaf cutter bees . We are encouraging butterflies and insects by planting insect and butterfly friendly scented plants around our new deck and by creating habitat they like we hope in return they will pollinate our fruit and veg! This year alongside our tubs, and planters with flowers there will be a variety of herbs from the herb garden to share with our guests.

Days out and shopping
We support Green Tourism and promote attractions with green tourism awards, Torbay Countryside Trust and other conservation organisations with good ethics towards wildlife the environment.

 We shop and encourage our guests to shop locally supporting local businesses in Marldon, Post Office and Newsagent, Village Store and the two village Inns, crafts people at Cockington Court and Occombe Farm. We buy fair-trade where possible, recycled paper goods, cleaning products that don't harm the environment.

The cottages have an information book which provides our guests with a wealth of information on attractions, events, countryside, coast, shopping, place to eat and local transport routes etc. We also make available for our guests books and maps of the many published walks featuring Marldon, its lanes and countryside.

Basket Vegetables

Occombe cheeses

Fund Raising
Thank you to our guests who kindly gave donations to “Starlight” after our art and craft  workshops  and  who also purchased  our art and  crafts. We have so far raised over £1,500 and surpass our £1,000  target which we set in 2014. “Starlight” grants magical wishes and creates fun and entertainment  for over 500,000 serouisly ill children  throughout the UK, proving happy memories that will last a lifetime.     

Energy
We have and are reducing the energy we use by double glazing, extra loft insulation, lined curtains, using low energy bulbs, reducing washing temperatures, line drying bed linen and towels, solar heating the pool and garden. We now have a policy to cut unnecessary washing by asking our guests to indicate to us the linen they have used. We now buy and use "green energy" in all the cottages. We try to email out cottage information, receipts and take payments by card over the phone, by bank transfer or online.

Water
We have installed equipment to bring our own pure, softened spring water up from our spring for use in the garden and pool. We have installed into all the cottages dual flush toilets and all our cottages have shower facilities. We also use water butts to collect rain water for the garden.

Pool & Garden

Waste
We try to reduce waste by buying in bulk, we recycle, paper, cardboard, clear plastics, can, tins and glass. Garden waste and kitchen scraps are composted or fed to the worms in the wormery with tasty crumbs and nibbles saved for our birds. When we refurbish we give goods to charity shops, charities and Marldon Apple Pie Fair.

Transport
Marldon, although it is small village has several bus routes to surrounding towns, coast and attractions with links to the Steam Railway and boat trips on the Dart or to coastal towns by sea. If you would like to leave the car behind we would be happy to pick you up from the Bus or Railway Station.