Sustainability

Here at Kipling House Barn, we are committed to being sustainable to help better our earth but also to help protect our home, our farm and our countryside. We take joy in watching the local environment here on the Yorkshire Wolds flourish and change, season to season so we are continuously looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and doing what we can by encouraging local flora and fauna to succeed.

  • Heating

    Kipling House Barn has no gas connection, you’ll find the hob and ovens to be electric and the internal heating is created using Ground Source Heat.

    During the construction, Sarah Soanes took the executive decision to use ground-source heating to supply; the underfloor heating to the ground floor, radiators upstairs, and the hot water to the taps and showers.

    The Barn has absolutely no gas and is solely heated by the ground source heat pump. There is a log burner in the kitchen but with the underfloor heating and the insulation of the Barn during redevelopment, it’s always toasty inside so the log-burner is mainly just for ambience if guests choose to light it.

    • Ground source heat pumps work by circulating glycol (antifreeze) around a collector pipe, which is buried deep in the ground. Heat from the ground is then absorbed into the fluid and then passed through a heat exchange into the ground source heat pump, where it is concentrated for use in the Barn.
    • Ground source heat pumps produce lower carbon emissions than most fossil fuel appliances, they can convert 1 kilowatt of electricity into 4.5 kilowatts of heat, meaning they can be 450% efficient. For comparison, an A-Rated combination boiler can only turn 1 kilowatt of gas or oil into 0.9 kilowatts of heat, meaning they are 90% efficient.

    **The EcoForest ecoGeo 3-12kW has a Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) of 3.75 or 375% efficiency at a flow temperature of 55 degrees.
    At a flow temperature of 35 degrees, this increases to 5.05 or 505% efficiency.

  • Solar Electricity

    In September 2023 the Soanes family had one hundred 410W panels installed onto the grain store roof in the farm yard which can be seen out the kitchen window. These panels provide electricity to Kipling House Barn as well as the neighbouring farm house and cottage. The agricultural part of the farm uses very little electricity being a mainly livestock heavy farmstead.

    When the sun is shining, and even on cloudy days, Kipling House Barn can be carbon neutral! The solar energy powers the barn, including supplying electricity to the ground source heat pumps!

    We also use low energy LED bulbs throughout the Barn and ‘A’ rated appliances.

  • Electric Car Charging

    We have two electric car charging points for the Barn. These are easy to use and currently free to use for guests.

  • Biodiversity

    We like to encourage biodiversity within the Barn courtyard and on our farm. So far, we have installed swift boxes on the Barn and the grain store adjacent to the Barn. We have bat boxes on the Barn and owl boxes in the woods. Also in the woods are a few hedgehog houses which offer good spots for hibernating hedgehogs!

    We are working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to help maintain and improve the Dew Ponds at Kipling House Farm which brings a host of flora and fauna including newts and toads. In the summer you will sometimes find the toads in the landscaped garden

    We have planted some wildflower patches at Kipling House Farm and have undergone some woodland maintenance.

    We are enrolled in the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme which is a set of standards relating to animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection.

    In 2024 we will be hoping to gain our LEAF Marque (Linking Environment and Farming) which is another assurance scheme which recognises sustainable farmed products.

  • Recycling

    We encourage recycling and use the East Riding Council waste disposal service.

    We have multiple sheets in the Barn explaining what can be recycled and where the waste goes.

    We are in the process of creating a ‘Hen Party Box’ which has lots of party supplies left behind by previous hen groups. We hope this will be available early 2024.

  • Cleaning and Detergents

    We are making the change over to using eco-friendly cleaning products and detergents such as Eco-ver, Method, Faith In Nature and organic mixes (vinegar, lemon water) where possible.

    The Body and Hand wash we supply for guests is from Faith In Nature and is refilled from larger containers which are then recycled.

  • Local Produce and Local Support
    • The cleaning team we use are an independent team based in Market Weighton.
    • The laundry company we use are independent and based in Beverley.
    • All maintenance and updating of the Barn we try to use local tradesmen and purchase items locally or from independent companies where possible.
    • Our ‘gift hamper’ is sourced locally where possible, including Yorkshire Crisps, Sarah Soanes’ honey, Yorkshire popcorn and when available, fresh sourdough from Luke’s bakery based in Brough.
    • We recommend suppliers to guests for celebration activities and local restaurants, all of these are local and independent suppliers.
    • We supply tea and instant coffee which is refilled from larger tins.

What do customers have to say about Kipling House barn?

“Wow! Wow! Wow! Fabulous accommodation, very clean, modern, high speck, they have thought of everything!… The beds were so comfortable, really need to know the make of mattress and pillows… nothing was too much trouble… would love to come back, had a really great time for hubby’s 60th”.

– The Earles, 37th-30th October

“The perfect retreat. Views to die for, quality fixtures and fittings, thoughtfully equipped. Nothing has been forgotten. The most beautiful barn in a gorgeous location. Thank you for the thoughtful hamper and the hot tub care. We’ve had the best time.”

– Joint 18th & 40th, 13th-15th October

“A beautiful place, everything we needed, perfect attention to detail! Had a fabulous weekends celebration. Thanks to Andrea for the fantastic food! Thanks Becky for all your help and for the lovely flowers and hamper! What a brilliant place to stay, hope to return… Thank you so much!”

– Debbie & Family, 6th-9th October 

“What a wonderful place. Visited 29th September-1st October for my nieces Hen weekend. Fabulous facilities, spotlessly clean throughout definitely a place to recommend to friends for a fabulous getaway. Loved it!!… The flowers and prosecco were a fabulous touch too and very much appreciated…”

– Hen Party, 29th-23rd September

“Oh my! What a phenomenal wedding venue. Could not have hoped or dreamed of a more perfect house for the night before our wedding. Every guest had nothing but shining things to say. Becky & Sarah you have the most beautiful place, incredible from start to finish. A dream come true.”

– Megane & Jared’s wedding party, 1st-3rd September

“The most amazing weekend! Becky was amazing and so accommodating, the barn is beautiful & the recommendations were great, specifically Andrea the caterer and ChinChin for the cocktail making class! We had the most amazing weekends and I would highly recommend Kipling House Barn to everyone! Thank you!”

– Hen Weekend, 25th August – 28th August

“The kids loved watching all the big machinery come past the house, it was amazing to see how many tractors and lorries and pea-viners went up to the fields. You have a beautiful house surrounded by the best scenery. We will definitely be coming back… Thank you for the hamper on arrival and the perfect week away!”

– Family holiday, 14th-21st August

“Extended Scottish Family have enjoyed lovely time and lovely weather. Extremely comfortable & a delightful place for us all to stay. Thank you Becky & Sarah.”

– 5-night Family Holiday, 9th-14th August

“Came here for our family holiday! The hosts were so lovely and the house is amazing – super clean, cosy and we have made some beautiful memories here. Thank you so much!”

– Family Getaway, 31st July-3rd August

“The Barn made the perfect place to celebrate together. We’ve loved every minute! Becky is a fantastic host and every detail of the Barn is so well thought out and special. Great suggestions on suppliers and entertainment and the hot tub was a big hit! 10/10 THANK YOU!”

– Lucy’s Hen Do, 21st-23rd July

“The barn is stunning! Thank you Becky. Perfect place for a get together, had everything needed… Shops only 8 minute drive. We did a cocktail making class on the Saturday…!

– Hen Do, 30th June-2nd July

“Perfect getaway for an early summer break. Our group included one disabled Grandad. Perfect access and facilities… great recommendation of restaurant ‘Pipe & Glass’.”

– McGeorge’s, 23rd June 2023

“What a fantastic weekend. The Barn is amazing. Had everything we needed, lovely and clean. Such relaxing surroundings”

– Maisie’s Hen Do, June 2023

“Wow! Stnning! This house is out of this world and immaculately presented, a true home from how but with the ‘wow’ factor added… Can’t wait to come back!”

– Joint family celebrations, 2x 40th and a 60th birthday, May 2023

“Thank you so much for a wonderful stay for Rosie’s hen. The house is incredible and we all had a wonderful time.”

– Rosie’s Hen, May 2023

“Another fantastic stay for us and our clients! This will be our 6th stay with Kipling… Every time is amazing! Becky and Sarah always take perfect care of us!”

– Rich and Elaine’s Business Mastermind Retreat, April 2023

“Fabulous location and facilities. All rooms really comfortable and well equipped. Met the needs of all ages in our party – 70’s to infants. Becky was really helpful and responsive… thank you so much, outstanding venue.”

– Birthday Celebrations, April 2023

“Amazing stay at Kipling Barn. Gorgeous dinner by Andrea (private chef). A lovely weekend with family celebrating Dad’s 70th Birthday.”

– Ron’s 70th, April 2023

“What s house! Thank you for letting me use your venue for my wellbeing retreats. This place is so good for relaxation and wellbeing”

– Wellbeing From the Inside Out, March 2023

“Gorgeous house and perfect location. Would definitely reccommend.”

– Sophie’s Hen, February 2023

“A wonderful house in a wonderful location. Perfect house and everyone is saying how they want to come back! Also a special mention to chef Andrea – you are fantastic!”

– Grace’s Hen Do, Feb 2023

“Fabulous house – perfect for a large group reunion. Lovely location – Thank you”

– 23rd Year Girls Reunion, Jan 23

“Beautiful house! Gorgeously done. We had such a good time staying here and celebrating NYE with friends. Thank you for having us, happy new year!”

– NYE 2023

“This has been the happiest of birthdays to be surrounded by children, cousin, sister-in-law and of course my wife, has been magical. Andrea’s professional catering was superb too. Thank you Becky and Sarah for providing the most perfect venue”

– Hugh’s 70th Birthday, Dec 22

“Thank you for an amazing weekend. We love the house, it is a home away from home! There are so many little details that have made the stay so special. Becky was helpful from start to finish. I can’t recommend this place enough!”

Samantha’s Hen Party, Nov 22

“The house is amazing, we loved the open plan kitchen and living area. It was so nice us all being around the table together. We are hoping to book it again for next year”.

– Louise’s Suprise 50th Birthday Weekend, Nov 22

“As always, our stay here has been amazing! <3

We love it, our clients love it and we can’t wait to come back next year! Thank you xxx”

– FSS Mastermind, repeat booking

“Wow!

Such a stunning holidayhome that brought us lots of fun and laughter. Such lovely clean rooms with plenty of character… Thank You!”

– Olivia’s 12st Birthday Weekend, Oct 22

Fantastic stay at Kipling House Barn… Everything we hoped for and more. A lot of effort has been put in to ensure guests have a fabulous holiday. We would recommend to anyone and will definitely be coming back.

– Friends and Family Celebrating many Lockdown Birthdays, 14th February 2022

Amazing house and space, everything thought of. Thank you, x

– Belated 60th Celebrations, 18th March