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A newly built green complex of 6 luxury self catering holiday cottages and 2 arks in the heart of Cornwall. Self sufficient with wood burners, a natural swimming pool, nature reserve and 25 acres of land. Close to North and South coasts.

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Rooms: 7 double, 5 twin/double, 2 Arks (2 adults and 2 children)

From £210

Meals: Award winning pub 1.4 miles away
Open: Year round (including Christmas)
Address: Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6PL
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Little White Alice

A place to get away from it all, Little White Alice is at the end of a long track and yet close (less than 10 miles) to both the South coast and its sailing estuaries and the wilder surfing North coasts of Cornwall.

A unique collection of cottages nestling in sympathetically landscaped gardens with a beautiful natural swimming pool, wood burning hot tub and communal fire pit All our homes are highly insulated bright light spaces with natural materials and warmly coloured textiles our stylish interiors have been created by local craftsmen.[img_assist|nid=16684|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=80]

[img_assist|nid=14781|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=60|height=100]Our kitchens are all individually hand made, our sofas feather filled, our beds high quality. Underfloor heating topped up with wood burning stoves create inviting spaces to relax into. Wood burners, solar panels, ground source heating, a wind turbine, our own borehole for water and reed bed sewage system. We are proud of our green credentials. Plant a tree in our woods to help yours.

[img_assist|nid=14780|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=60|height=100]We offer not only luxurious interiors but inspirational exteriors with many activities on your doorstep including water sports on Stithians lake and bicycles to hire. 25 acres to explore we are a place to truly relax into or a centre to get up and explore from.

Awarded Gold for Sustainable Tourism and Silver for Self catering in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14.

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Two Eco Arks, decorated by local craftspeople and almost entirely powered by green energy, are available for guests. With stunning views of the Cornish countryside, each has its own outside space and sleeps up to two adults and two small children for romantic retreats or family adventures.

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Deceptively spacious, the bespoke Eco Arks (made out of Cornish Douglas Fir) are designed to be relaxing spaces; filled with natural light they feature an open plan living space with a king-size bed, a bunk bed and a small sofa bed, a dining table, a carefully kitted-out kitchen, a shower room and a wood-burning stove.[img_assist|nid=18393|title=Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall Ark interior photo: Little White Alice|desc=Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall Ark interior |link=none|align=left|width=515|height=345]

Tim Stirrup of Pioneer Environmental Buildings explained the principle: "The Eco Arks are constructed using sustainable materials which are natural and non-toxic and utilize energy efficient building principles, including extensive insulation made from recycled newspaper."  With televisions, Wi-Fi access and electric heating they have all the modern comforts with the added benefit of being powered almost entirely by solar panels and a wind turbine at Little White Alice - offering a luxurious take on off-grid living.

Where possible upcycling has provided a rich source of materials, for example: the kitchen tops are made of small off-cuts of granite worktops which would otherwise have been discarded.  Local craftspeople have been commissioned to create the interiors; headboards are made out of willow by Lin Lovekin, glass tiles and splash backs are the work of Jane Smith, and the textiles have been made by artistic owner Rosie Hadden and her sister Diane.

Rosie is thrilled with her cosy Eco Arks, saying: "As well as beautifully decorated interiors, the Arks are positioned to offer stunning views of the countryside from their individual decking areas and gardens; guests can enjoy BBQs and al-fresco dining every night." She added: "The Eco Arks are small and efficient, yet they are also inspiring spaces which make the best use of resources and break down the boundaries between inside and outside."

>> Little White Alice wins 2014 VisitEngland Sustainable Tourism Award

[img_assist|nid=6771|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=90|height=120]Reviewed by Tom Watts

"Having only been open for business for a few months, Rosie and Simon may still be in the process of planting and building but there's already so many reasons to visit. With Stithians Lake and so many great opportunities for walking and cycling nearby you could easily fill your days with adventure, although, with that natural pool and those views, I wouldn't blame you for doing absolutely nothing."

Read Tom's full review of Little White Alice

Why is this a greener holiday?
To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train stations are Redruth and Camborne. While there is no bus link from Redruth, it takes about 30 minutes to cycle or 10 minutes by taxi. Alternatively Camborne is the next mainline station to the West and the number 442 bus takes 25 minutes with a close stop just past the entrance of the property.

Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the impact of their tourism business on the environment. The building is highly insulated. The owners are a net exporter to the National Grid as 6kw wind turbine producing more electricity than needed. The underfloor heating is supplied by two ground source heat pumps. Each building has a wood burning stove. Hot water is supplied by solar panels. All water is supplied from the owner’s spring water pumped up from a borehole. The natural swimming pool is filtered using a reed bed system.

Top eco features at Little White Alice

  • Highly insulated

  • Natural swimming pool filtered using a reed bed system

  • Net exporter to National Grid

  • Renewable energy for heating

  • Hot water supplied by solar panels

  • Water sourced from onsite borehole

  • Wood burning hot tub

  • 6kw wind turbine

  • 21kw Solar Panel Field system

  • 2 Electric Car charging points

  • Onsite Studio offering sessions in Sustainable crafts



Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall
Nearest train station: Redruth or Camborne mainline stations

Directions from station:
Redruth is the nearest train station but there is no bus link. It takes about 30 minutes to cycle or 10 minutes by taxi. We maybe able to collect you. Camborne is the next mainline station to the West and the number 442 bus takes 25 minutes stopping just past the entrance to Little White Alice.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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