Sustainability

Trying to make our little green hut a little greener ​
We may only have a little beach hut so we try to do lots of small things that will leave as little an environmental impact as possible.

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The Refurbishment
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All items removed before the refurbishment got underway were either re-used where possible, offered on a local recycling website ‘Freecycle’ or given away on site.

We ‘upcycled’ furniture and fittings where suitable.


Insulation used everywhere in the walls, on the walls, on the ceiling, under the floor and around pipework enabling our beach hut to be used all year round.   
Sheep’s wool cavity insulation was used in the walls where ever possible.
All timber used is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified where possible and comes from local timber merchants in Minehead and Keenthorne.
We installed double glazing throughout, underfloor heating, low energy and LED lighting and all appliances are A or A* rated. The toilet is a ‘dual flush’ cistern.
The only trades used (plumbing, electric and window fitters) were all local from Minehead
The TV installed is low energy LED
British made natural mattress with British fleece wool.
Pre-set thermostatically controlled heating which does not come on overnight.
Good quality bedding so heating not required.
Water bottle in fridge to save running the tap to get cold water.
Drought tolerant planting.


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Local West Country produce in our welcome pack

Radford’s West Country Fudge - Stoke-sub-Hamdon  
Dorset Cereals - Dorchester 
Glenmore Bakery Bread - Williton 
Secret Orchard Cider - Nettlecombe Exmoor
West Somerset Free Press - Williton 
Miles Tea - Porlock
 
Lower Marsh Farm - Dunster 
Free range eggs and Cornish sea salt
Should any of our guests have special dietary requirements or food intolerance please let us know when booking and we will ensure alternatives are supplied.

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...and for Dogs

Homemade gluten free dog biscuits
Bio-degradable poop bags
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Beco dog bowls and Exmoor blankets available from 2018
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Other little things we do

​We give details of many local walks that do not need the car both online and in the beach hut.
We ask that all our guests follow the countryside code.
We recommend local restaurants, pubs, café’s and attractions both online and in the beach hut.


We support the South West Coast Path, RNLI and #2minutebeachclean on Instagram and Twitter which we ask others to also support.
Cotton bags and litter pickers are provided for guests use to do their own beach clean.

We recycle as much as possible and request that our guests do the same. A recycle bin is provided and we have a dedicated recycling area on Dunster Beach site. Full details of all the items which can be separated are given in the ’Useful Stuff’ folder.

We have changed our energy supplier to
Green Energy UK who provide 100% renewable electricity.

We try to make people aware, but do it with a smile.
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Public Transport around Dunster

Nearest mainline train Station is at Taunton
Travel between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead from Dunster Station on the
West Somerset Railway
For bus routes, timetables etc. visit
First Group Somerset
For further details see our 
Find Us page

Bicycle racks are provided for two bikes, so guests can bring their own bikes and store them.

Why not have a look at Mavericks blog Steam and Sea for details of the Steam Coast Trail which is a new accessible trail and cycle path from Dunster Beach to Blue Anchor Bay .

Any feedback or little ideas which may help us improve are always welcome.
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The Countryside Code

Local producers

At Salad Days we always try to use local Somerset products, so we have introduced 'Mo's Marmalade' to our welcome basket. It's homemade marmalade from our village. We hope you enjoy
We now get our freerange eggs for the welcome basket from Lower Marsh Farm Dunster (which you can see from Dunster Beach) when available. They also supply 'raw' (unpasterised) milk if you fancy trying something different.
Inroduced in 2017 'Secret Orchard Cider'. An award winning cider, made just a few miles away in the village of Nettlecombe in Exmoor National Park, we can highly recommend it. ​
For more informationon on this great craft cider producer see
​secretorchardcider.com .
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We love supporting local artists and we have a great one called Leo Davey, based in Minehead. His work is inspired by Somerset and we have several of his pieces in Salad Days. His gallery is well worth a visit to pick up a souvenier of your stay.
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