My wife and I have lived in Milford on sea for around 30 years and just love it! We designed Mulberry Barn to our own specification and purposely put in features to make it ‘Green’ and environmentally friendly – as well as a great place to stay! On the roof we have photovoltaic panels as well as solar hot water panels. The log burning stove through a system of flues heats the other rooms. Our thick insulting materials, south facing all glass patio doors/windows and open plan downstairs ensures the whole house is kept beautifully warm throughout the winter. Of late we have installed an electric car charging point.
But we have ways to go yet! LED lightbulbs throughout, cleaning materials without phosphates, reduce water flow rates, increasing the house energy rating, reduce, reuse and recycle more, etc – all aimed at reducing Mulberry Barn’s carbon foot print.
Why are we doing this – well we live in a wonderful area and we would like to keep it this way for future generations to enjoy and experience. The sea is just a 10 minute walk away and provides delightful walks either west wards towards Barton on sea, or east wards along the mile long shingle spit culminating at Hurst Castle first built in 1546. Wildlife enthusiasts will love the Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve home to wintering wildfowl such as Mallard, Shoveler and Teal plus wading birds like Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Lapwing. But sadly coastal erosion is taking place with crumbling cliffs, the shingle bank needs constant attention and sea walls have had to be raised.
We are also fortunate to have The New Forest National Park on our door step which starts just over a mile away with150 square miles of open heathlands and ancient woodlands to explore. New Forest ponies, cows, donkeys and pigs (autumn only) all wonder freely whilst it is not unusual to spot Fallow or Roe deer. This is a wonderful place to walk with hundreds of trails, tracks and paths.
But you can help us and play your part as well!
- Shop local and buy local products – Milford has a good range of shops – most of them independently owned. David Gates, the butcher, stocks locally sourced meat and is well known for his prize winning sausages
- Dine/drink locally – Again Milford has a great range of restaurants, pubs, wine bar and coffee places all within an easy walk of Mulberry Barn
- When walking, picnicking etc respect nature and bring all your rubbish back
- Please ensure the right material goes into the correct rubbish sacks and bottles/jars into the glass container. We recycle as much as we can and you can help
- Reduce energy usage by turning off lights when going out, closing windows if the heating is on
- Give the car a break! Walk/cycle and explore locally. Bikes can be hired in Milford from Coastal Bike Hire on 01590 642376. From early July to early September the New Forest Tour operates three ‘hop on and off’ bus routes around the New Forest area. Details: www.newforesttour.info.
We look forward to welcoming you to Mulberry Barn.