Sustainability & Hospitality

A little word about our sustainability & hospitality thinking…

These six acres have come together over our 40 year stewardship to accommodate the Woodman’s Hut, the Duck’s Nest, the Lambing Bothy and the Lazy Duck Hut Hostel, Camping Ground, cottage and main house. No master plan: simple organic progression and a keen eye and ear ever open to the hopes and needs of our guests. Thanks to the many local and international folk who have helped and encouraged us along the way. We aim to live gently on this ground and invite you to join us.

If you stay here, you might notice that we take great care with recycling, composting, with the cleaning products we use and supply to guests, with the lighting and heating methods that we choose, – and several other practices aimed at minimising our footprint in the environment and striving towards a sustainable future. We also play a small part in helping to preserve two rare breeds native to these islands (Soay and Aylesbury).

Many of the waterfowl you will linger by on the pond are direct descendants of those we brought here first in 1995, including the Aylesbury ‘early domestic breed’. We care for three acres of the seventy acre ‘ancient forest’ surrounding us to the north, and a small flock of Soay ‘ancient breed’ sheep (originating in the St Kilda archipelago many miles out in the Atlantic) now graze the field where planted pines once grew up to the south fence.

L. Duck’s visitors include a solid presence of mountaineering instructors in December and January, usually from Cumbria and Snowdonia, skiers and snowboarders all winter, mountain bikers most of the year, bird watchers any time, path builders, ecologists, family groups and small activity gatherings from all over the UK and beyond. Some are also artists and musicians, environmentalists and fair traders and we love that which they bring.

The Woodman’s Hut we built for twosomes in 2011, The Duck’s Nest in Autumn 2013 when Juan Carlos and Jo, with little Andrew made home in the Duck Keeper’s Cottage in order to take on the day to day running of Lazy Duck and all this means. Now Andrew has a sister, Elsa. The Lambing Bothy and Well Being Studio followed in 2016. Since 2004 we have hosted international volunteer Helpers. They have the opportunity to make a real contribution and to achieve some environmental and hospitality skills as well as substantial personal growth.

There’s space here for elemental living, personal reflection and ‘recharging of batteries. Since 1974 we have had the idea that this place is one to be shared with others four seasons round. This is how we have chosen to do it.

David & Valery