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The new emphasis in tourism is to develop and promote high quality customer experiences rather than promoting specific seaside or city destinations as people now choose their holiday by the experience they want rather than its location. At the same time environmental tourism, where the biggest attraction is landscape and wildlife is emerging as a key growth sector.
Our client owns 150 acres of woodland with 20% open space. The proposed development provides autonomous holiday accommodation units in isolated woodland locations. Away from the light pollution, the public roads and the disturbances of modern day-to-day life people can enjoy the serenity and ‘wilderness’ of nature as they relax alongside the rich plant and wildlife in their woodland ‘eco-cabin’. As well as teaching guests how they can reduce their impact on the planets resources they also provide educational opportunities for schools, team building courses for companies and ever changing scenery for natural history groups.
The units are constructed from locally sourced and sustainably managed materials and as there are no services they are fully autonomous. Heating, hot water and cooking facilities will be provided by a traditional solid fuel aga. During the summer hot water will be provided by solar panels and a combination of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines will provide power. A central washroom utilizes grey water harvesting and dry chamber toilets will be provided in the units together with showers as they use less water.
The woodland concept takes full advantage of the beauty and opportunities in the area for an all year round sustainable tourism development providing a unique Devon holiday. The development not only sustains the environment but also the local community by spreading visitors into new areas throughout the whole year.