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Case Study St Andrews Country Lodges & Cuplahills Farm In 2012 Stephen & Amanda, the third generation to farm at Cuplahills Farm, embarked on a special journey that began with a hay meadow and was to become the tranquil idyll that is now synonymous with St Andrews Country Lodges.

A working farm, growing a range of arable crops and also running a successful livery yard, the farm nevertheless needed an additional source of income. With spectacular views, accommodation was a natural choice and St Andrews Country Lodges was born.

The four luxury lodges operate alongside a successful farmhouse B&B. Rated 5 star on Trip Advisor, we aspire for our lodges to be the first choice in self-catering holidays and our visitors always go home having had a wonderful stay. Within the lodges we have taken care of every detail, offering comfort and style in a stunning and peaceful location. The lodges have their own play area and outside space and their living roofs help to ensure that they are both complementary to the landscape and environmentally friendly.

Whilst our guests are of utmost importance, so is our working farm and we try to ensure that both businesses are managed in harmony with each other. At Cuplahills we have 40 acres of community woodland offering recreational access for locals.

Volunteers and local children helped us to plant hedges and each year Balmullo Primary school undertake their annual John Muir Trust events in the woodland. Balmullo Beavers and Cubs help out by removing plastic tubes from hedges and trees in order to earn their relevant badges, and we try wherever possible to ensure that the woodland can provide an educational resource for both tourists and visitors to the area. To further enhance access, we have submitted a paths application to improve the public access into the woodland and link it to the Core Paths and Balmullo village at the bottom of the hill.

In addition to the two community woodlands, we are also participating in our second environmental scheme (AECS), with a third applied for. We have planted several kilometres of hedges, created a species rich grassland meadow, established margins around all our arable fields, sown wild bird seed and we actively manage all wildlife habitats. To add to our conservation efforts, we have also installed dozens of bird boxes, reconstructed stone walls and created several ponds, with an application to establish five more already submitted.

We are always very mindful of supporting our local community as well as delivering what our guests want. We employ local cleaners from the village, use a local cleaning company for our laundry and whether it be food and drink, golf, shopping or restaurant dining, we always ensure we do our best to direct our guests, and thus sales, to other local businesses.
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