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The Manor, located on the western shore of Lake Windermere, is part of the 5,000 acre Graythwaite estate and was recently renovated after failing into poor repair.
The newly transformed Silverholme is now a luxury hideaway which can be used for parties, weddings and corporate retreats, and has been given the highest accolade by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).
The Manor generates its own heating and hot water through a 100-kilowatt woodchip boiler, using locally produced ‘carbon neutral’ fuel wood from the Graythwaite estate’s carefully managed woodlands. To ensure the property is truly self-sufficient, rain water from the Lakeland fells is collected and treated to provide its own supply of water.
Additionally Silverholme will shortly unveil its own water turbine which it will be using to provide all the electricity needed to run the house. Discreetly located, the turbine is one of three new installations being installed on the Graythwaite estate and together, they will generate electricity for a number of cottages in the surrounding area.
Katrina Stacey, Manager of Silverholme Manor, says, “Green credentials have been an integral aspect of Silverholme’s restoration, and we’re delighted to achieve the gold standard. As part of the few working country estates which is still in private ownership, it’s vitally important we continue to be self-sufficient and run in a really effective way, and that includes giving back to our environment what we take out.”
Other green measures the manor is adopting include a long-term plan to preserve and extend the diverse and ancient woodland surrounding Silverholme, as well as a number of projects to protect and attract wildlife, such as rare breeds of butterfly, on the wider Graythwaite estate.
Collectively these measures have made Silverholme a worthy recipient of the GTBS Gold Award.
GTBS is the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) and Silverholme was graded against a rigorous set of criteria including energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity.