It's not a choice....it's an obligation
'Take only memories. Leave only footprints'
c. 1786 – June 7, 1866
We aim to provide our guests with an authentic and intimate experience celebrating the local environment, its people, its ancient history, its wildlife and its locally produced foods and cooking traditions. Your hosts in Scotland and in Greece have lived in the community for many years and we offer you the benefit of our own intimate knowledge of our region where you will meet with local people, eat locally grown and often organic produce, prepare and cook some of the region's best loved dishes and visit carefully selected places that are not on the mass tourist trails. You will feel like a local for a week!
All associated tours included in the weekly itinerary are carefully chosen to support small local businesses and registered charities which are staffed by local people and all of which are deeply committed yo ethical practices. Many of the charitable organisations we support are involved in the regeneration and conservation of habitats and monuments.
Our guest accommodations are owned and serviced locally. Most of our staff are indigenous and all live in the neighbourhood. We use local guides and local transport on excursions where needed, sometimes this means bicycles and kayaks!
For our cookery classes, if we cannot grow it ourselves, we try to buy our produce from small producers. and choose wherever possible organic and sustainable from supermarkets.
Our cookery classes operate a zero waste policy whereby absolutely nothing is wasted. What is not eaten is either recycled or composted in the kitchen gardens along with other biodegradeable waste to make compost for next years' food. We use organic produce wherever possible and much of it grown in our own or neighbouring gardens. We are committed to eliminating single use plastics and now use alternatives. We use paper packaging, re-useable, re-fillable water bottles and cloth napkins for our picnic lunches.
Many of our excursions are to places of significant historical or biological interest and we take care to educate our guests about the uniqueness of these environments, the history and required practices needed to conserve, preserve and nurture these places.
Our guest accommodations take care to observe sustainable living practices in every respect from the locally sourced, handmade toiletries provided for guests, environmentally friendly and vegan cleaning products to comprehensive information on how they can help to reduce their carbon footprint during their stay with us.