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House on the Brooks spaces have nature as inspiration. We were born here. Our thoughts of inter-generational equity are our deep seated philosophy. Leave the earth and your community in a better state than you found it.
Our ethos is to re-cycle from the build stage to the clearing of the party and aim to ensure carbon-neutrality throughout our guests' stays through our Sustainability Action Plan, see below.
Marvel in the splendor each morning with daily hikes, our commitment to the earth can be felt. We are dedicated to preserving and protecting the planet, We incorporate sustainable practices into our company at every opportunity.
Purpose-built, House on the Brooks is an opulent fusion of old and new; creating a luxury guest experience, with fully equipped, 5-star self-catering accommodation within a sustainable and environmentally friendly framework.
The house features a double-height Saxon-inspired hall, which coupled by the exposed timber beams and classic interior design are all reminiscent of times gone by. Reclaimed, second hand or antique materials have been used throughout, including massive railway bridge timbers, reclaimed clay tiles for the roof and ancient Jali screens, originally from India: Creating a unique atmosphere inspired by nature.
Our Self-catering houses live and work harmoniously within our natural environment, nestled in the South Downs National Park.
We have diversified our working farm landscape to include accommodation which provides a space for people to explore and learn more about the local environment.
Our farm is home to a huge variety of different flora and fauna including our flagship species: Lapwings, Vanellus vanellus.
Our Sustainability Action Plan is grounded through three core systems: Conservation Grazing, our Wild Brooks Nature Reserve, and Carbon-Neutral Building.
The farm currently has over 150 Soay Sheep: a very rare breed of native sheep which are Category 4: At Risk, on the Rare Breed Survival Trust. There are only 900 registered breeding ewes left. Soay are a hardy breed and can survive in the most adverse conditions as they originate from the St Kilda Archipelago, which contain the most Western islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Soay are also a very small breed of sheep – the second smallest breed of sheep in the world. Their size, coupled by their small population means that the farm requires additional grazing livestock to be environmentally and financially sustainable. Our guests enjoy learning about this unusual breed and have fun understanding their unique personalities.
Our Wild Brooks Nature Reserve
The protection of our Wild Brooks have been at the forefront of all planning. We have loved and protected all creatures great and small for generations, from the birds and bees to dragonflies and butterflies. Consequently, there is excellent bio-diversity in both flora and fauna. Specifically, Natural England have granted us a designated breeding area for the rare Lapwing. The Lapwing has declined dramatically in recent years and is now on the Red List of Conservation Concern.
The wet grassland farm benefits from grazing livestock such as sheep and cattle which enhance the quality and character of the landscape and reduces the risk of flooding.
We support The Barn Owl Trust, actively participate in their environment creation scheme and The River Trust helping to protect, promote and enhance river eco systems for the benefit of people , flora and fauna. Developing bespoke environmental projects to work with the community.
Carbon Neutral Building
Our houses showcase how we have built a pioneering, local and sustainable business which provides the means to enhance the local landscape for wildlife and people within the South Downs National Park. Our sustainable works have been recognised by a variety of different bodies including DEFRA, FiPL, Visit England and the Rural Business Awards.
-planting over 100 trees per year
-wild flower meadows
-flood risk management
-new habitat creation
Our new builds will meet outlined SDNP Performance Ratings:
· 19% Energy Efficiency CO2 reductions
· 20% On-Site Green Energy CO2 reductions
· Passive Design
· EV Charge Points
· Sustainable Waste measures
· More than half of build materials green; reclaimed/FSC timber, reused/upcycled interiors
With every new project, we prioritise the creation of new habitat. For example, our new accommodation, Tree Tops, features our purpose-built Biodiversity Pond. Collectively, ponds, provide habitat for more species, and critically, more vulnerable species than any other freshwater habitat. Our Biodiversity pond features a host of wildlife including frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, mayflies and water beetles