The house and gardens are located within the conservation area of the Exmoor National Park. The unspoilt beauty and diversity of the area is well documented, and there is great emphasis from the National Park Authority to help it stay that way.
This house is set in an acre of land (most of it nearly vertical). Half the garden is tended and planted with shrubs and trees for the enjoyment of our guests. If you get chance spend some time on the garden deck, the views are incredible. The other half is untended and left to natural woodland and wilderness. It’s a wonderful habitat for birds, squirrels, dormice and foxes.
The wild flowers are plentiful and protected and by the National Park. To help preserve the local ecosystem we’re asked to not cut the grass in the spring until they have died down. We have an area of the garden called the 'Meadow Bank' which is seldom cut allowing the natural vegetation and wild flowers to grow through.
All local hedgerows are protected and never disturbed until the birds have finished nesting.
Lynton & Lynmouth is without mains gas, so Highcliffe House is installed with grade A & AA high efficiency oil-fired boilers, which provide hot water and heating. The house is also on a water meter, so to help conserve energy the heating and hot water are on timers. This is to maximise times when guests are in the house and off when guests are out midday. All rooms have thermostatic controls on the radiators for guest’s comfort and where practical and possible the majority of light fittings now have LED bulbs.
Wherever possible we use local food suppliers for our fresh meat, vegetables and dairy produce. We ask guest to pre-order breakfast at Highcliffe House allowing us to offer a greater and fresher choice. This also helps us cut down on waiting time for your hot food, but more importantly reduces food waste. In the UK, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink each year, worth approximately £13bn.
Towels are completely changed every 3-days, or sooner, at the discretion of the housekeepers. If you would like your towels changing more regularly, then leave any towels for changing in the bath, shower tray or on the bathroom floor.
Bedding will be completely changed every 3-days, or at the housekeepers discretion. If bedding need changing sooner, please let us know.
Reuse | Reduce | Recycle
Wherever possible all waste is recycled; glass, plastic, newspaper and cardboard. We ask our guests to help us to reduce waste, recycle or reuse as much as possible.
- Water Bottles - we provide small bottles of water at check in. These can be refilled and taken on your walks, or on your car journeys. Exmoor tap water is soft and refreshing. Chilled tap water is available in reuseable glass bottles in the Guest Lounge refridgerator.
- Toiletries - we ask that guests please take and partially used toiletries with them to finish using the contents at home. These handy little bottles could be used on others trip.
- General Waste - for hygiene reasons we don’t hunt through bedroom bins for items to recycle. We ask that if guests have any paper, cans or bottles, or anything else that can be recycled they leave it beside the bin, or in the Boot Tray.