St Aubyn Estates Holiday Cottages Sustainability

The vision for St Aubyn Estates is: ‘to be a force for growth while preserving the beauty of the landscape under our care’. Sustainability is a part of the estate’s strategy, the full environmental policy can be found here. The Holiday Cottages are set next to a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are managed from a central hub and café within the hamlet of Porthgwarra. The following environmental improvements have been made:

Environmental Policy

Holiday cottages

Locally sourced products in the welcome pack. Kiln dried, low milage logs for the wood burners. All holiday cottages have had a refresh this year with stylish upcycled furniture. The cottages are superbly placed to explore the coastal and foot paths of the area and/or to have a digital detox!

Porthgwarra Hub and Café:

Procurement is all local with ethical buying and much of the food made on site. Recycling has been improved this year from the café. The café is an information hub for guests and visitors to the area and can advise on activities, events and local businesses to support sustainable tourism.


The Porthgwarra SSSI and AONB area is estate owned land that is managed with the RSPB for the benefit of its plants, insects and animals and coastline. This specialised land-management was introduced to protect the Cornish Chough, whose numbers have increased every year since the project started in 2010.

St Aubyn Estates is committed to continual environmental improvement and the Holiday cottages, Porthgwarra hub and SSSI area are being audited this year for the Green Dragon Level 3 award which includes environmental compliance and annual sustainability objectives. Hugh St Aubyn, Sustainability Manager for the Estate works closely with the Porthgwarra Hub to monitor and improve environmental impacts.

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