Situated on the southern flank of Killhope Law, this miner’s/farmer’s cottage is located at around 1800ft (550 metres) above sea level, making it the highest altitude accomodation property in the country.
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The cottage is “off the grid”, electricity is provided by solar panels, a wind turbine, and a backup diesel generator if this is insufficient. You should have no worries about the stability of the electricity supply to the property, however it would be appreciated if guests kept the use of hair straighteners, hair driers and other non-essential, high-draw electrical appliances to a minimum during their stay.
The water supply for the cottage comes from a spring higher up the hill to the north of the property. The water system is fitted with a series of filters to ensure that it is completely clean. Further filtration is installed for drinking water and the quality is verified by the local authority as being safe and suitable for consumption. You will notice some water discolouration resultant from its source on the peat moorland. Whilst this may seem unusual, it does not affect the suitability of the water supply for domestic use (washing-up and showering).
On this registered smallholding there are currently 8 fully free-range chickens and three Muskovy ducks. The smallholding is also surrounded by lots of open access moorland which often has sheep grazing on it. With this in mind, please ensure you keep any dogs on a lead at all times while in the grounds of the property and in the surrounding fields. Free range eggs are available for purchase from your hosts.
While the summer months provide gorgeous clear days ideal for rambling walks and lunch at the local pub, the winter months bring a whole new perspective on country life, with an almost guaranteed appearance of snow each year.
Access to the property is via around 500m of single track road off the A689. This track is quite steep in some parts.