Surprisingly, Scottish "midges" and other biting insects are not very common and rarely a problem by the ponds even in the evening and so far we have had no customer complaints about bites. Perhaps it has something to do with the bats and swallows commonly skimming the surface. A circular pond side walk leads to a summer house with glass doors looking back towards The Waterhouse. Parents should supervise children playing near the pond at all times.
In keeping with the environmental ethos of The Waterhouse and gardens, the building and contents have been designed to minimise carbon emissions and to be as natural a build as possible. All timber in the building and decks comes from local and/or sustainable sources. The living roof is clad in green sedum to lessen environmental impact on the landscape. The thick insulation is natural Thermafleece, sheep's wool. Interior paints and varnish are safe and natural green products. The windows have heat reflective glass. To reduce energy use, all light bulbs are low energy and electrical appliances have been kept to a minimum.
There is no telephone or internet connection in The Waterhouse. Reception for mobile phones is poor in the property but gets better as you drive towards town. The house phone can be used in emergencies or for incoming messages.
There is disabled access to The Waterhouse and the large deck is a comfortable space from which to view the garden, however, the terraced nature of the gardens, makes closer access to the gardens, by wheelchair users, difficult. The gardens are designed for nature conservation with large numbers of bird species present, and over 100 species of wild flowers and masses of butterflies. It is a dog and cat free zone and as such we ask visitors not to bring pets except by prior arrangement.