Environmental cleaning products are used wherever possible but not forgetting the fantastic steam cleaner (which sterilises everything in its path). We use where possible vinegar, washing soda etc, and microfibre cloths reducing the need for nasty chemical cleaning fluids.
Books, maps and guides are provided for bird-watchers, walkers, nature-lovers etc. Birds are encouraged with feeders and nest-boxes.
Guests can join in the nature watching events held in Elmley Marshes and other reserves, as well as the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Cromers Woods and the AONB. We particularly encourage visitors to walk and cycle to these areas (we hire out 2 bikes). Remember to take your binoculars. Visitors may also like to go out on one of the Thames sailing barges that take visitors along the Swale.
Local food and local transport
Our website pages and the information folder in the cottage details local restaurants, pubs, shops, butchers and farmers markets. There are a series of fantastic local food trails, copies of these are available in the cottage and on the website. Award winning SW Doughty’s the local butcher in Doddington, one of only four in Kent with their own private abattoir and delivers to Rodmersham twice a week. They stock locally produced meat, vegetables and dairy. Their meat is very good and they are the only butchers in Kent to have their own abattoir.
Delivery of milk and groceries from local village store is encouraged. In fact we a struck a deal that they provide a grocery ordering service for guests. We also have a number of local companies that can deliver Kentish produce (order online and deliver to the cottage door).
Maps are available with footpaths and cycle paths marked, plus guide books and we can hire out 2 bikes for guests. We provide a whole host of information; timetables for the buses and trains, leaflets on the joys of the immediate villages, Faversham and further a field including Canterbury and Whitstable. We provide information on a number of cycling and walking routes from the 20 minute walk to Cromers Woods to an all day cycling route along the Saxon shore way/No.1 cycling route.
Support for Organisations and Campaigns
Monique is an independent member of Swale Borough Council and represented Swale on the North Kent Downs AONB Joint Steering Committee tasked with the long term management of the AONB between May 2011-May 2012. Monique actively encourages the local borough council to adopt green initiatives and reduce waste. Monique is also vice chairman of the Parish Council who is tasked with the long term management of the village green and ponds opposite the cottage. The Parish Council has recently restored the village ponds and is looking to add to the wildlife with further planting round the main pond and a pond dipping platform was recently constructed.
We support the Kent wildlife trust