Caring for the Environment
At Burnside Bungalows we have designed the accommodation to suit the climate and make use of natural energy. The bungalows face north and catch the winter sun, making them warm in winter while verandahs make them cool in summer. Slow combustion wood heaters make the bungalows warm and cosy in the colder months.
Margaret River has a mild maritime climate and the temperature rarely reaches uncomfortable levels making air conditioning unnecessary.
Only recycled and plantation pine timber was used in constructing the luxury spa bungalows. Jamie sourced the timber from salvage yards and it includes oregon roof beams from an old warehouse in East Perth as well as Western Australian jarrah and blackbutt. Deep red local gravel was used to form the rammed earth walls. Granite rock in the garden beds came from a local vineyard where it was removed to allow planting of the vines. Rainwater is collected from the roof to supply the bungalows and all waste-water is treated in an on-site sewerage plant and recycled onto the gardens.
Our farm is fully certified organic and biodynamic. This allows us to market our produce through organic suppliers and means there are no pesticides, herbicides or artificial chemicals used in producing food on the farm.
We have fenced off remnant vegetation and replanted areas to encourage native birds and wildlife. Every year we plant more trees on the property. There are abundant birds, bandicoots, possums and many kangaroos that live on or visit the property from the forest.