Tag: Eco Friendly

Feb
02
2018

Press Release

South West Tourism Gold Award for second consecutive year

It’s no mean feat for the owner of a self-catering property in a small Cornish hamlet to take on the best of the best across the seven counties of the South West and win but that’s exactly what Stephen Chidgey has achieved. Not only that, he’s done it for the second consecutive year.

Stephen owns The Old Barn in Tregonetha near Padstow. Comprising three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it is the Cornish holiday destination of choice for many visitors from across the UK each year. Nothing is too much trouble for Stephen and his team when ensuring guests have the most comfortable, welcoming stay possible and that attention to detail has resulted in exceptionally high bookings and a string of industry accolades. In addition to again winning gold in the Self Catering Property of the Year category of this year’s South West Tourism Awards, they include gold in the 2017/18 Cornwall Tourism Awards and, thanks to the Old Barn’s impeccable eco credentials, silver and bronze awards in each event’s Sustainable Tourism categories.

“To win gold at the South West awards for two years running is fantastic,” said Stephen. “We work really hard to act on the feedback we get and to go on improving because it’s never enough to think ‘that’s it, we’re the best, there’s nothing more to be done’ because there always is. As a small business in a rural hamlet, we’re hugely proud to have been judged better than all the competition across the whole South West region and to fly the flag for Cornwall once again.”

The 2017/18 South West Tourism Awards were held at The Riviera Centre in Torquay. There was a 7 per cent increase in entries and more than 450 people attended the evening which was hosted by BBC Spotlight’s presenter Victoria Graham.

The Old Barn has been nominated through for the Visit England Awards. Announcement of finalists is expected in March.

For more information, visit http://www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk/

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Nov
11
2017

Press Release

An eighties’ charity night in Newquay has raised £800 for Cornwall air Ambulance and the St Francis Home 4 Animals – with half that sum coming from an auctioned four-night stay at the award-winning Old Barn, Tregonetha, donated by Stephen Chidgey.

The event at The Esplanade Hotel was organised by Charmian Licsauer, Property Manager at Cornish Traditional Cottages. About ninety people turned up for the party – most of them in outfits fashionable in the 1980s. The Mayor of Newquay, Councillor Margaret North, and The Esplanade’s Jason Coffey judged the fancy dress.

“Everyone really got into the spirit of things and there were some really good costumes,” said Charmian. “I was delighted with the number of people who came and their generosity. Raffle prizes included two nights at Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, dinner for two at five-star Boringdon Hall near Plymouth and Rick Stein and Sharp’s Brewery vouchers.

“We decided to auction Stephen’s amazing donation because it was so special. The Old Barn won a 2016 Visit England gold award and has just scooped gold again in the self-catering category of the 2017 Cornwall Tourism Awards for the second year running. The successful bid was £400 – half the amount raised.”

Stephen Chidgey found out about the fundraising event through Cornish Traditional Cottages which markets his property.

“As soon as Charmian told me what she was doing, I was very keen to get involved,” he said. “Both the charities do an incredible job and I was keen to support them.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is based at Trevithick Downs, Newquay, and the St Francis Home 4 Animals, which provides temporary shelter and care for abandoned, homeless and unwanted dogs, is in Porth.

“We are so very grateful to Charmian and everyone who helped raise this money,” said Leanne Thomas, duty manager at St Francis. “Two of our volunteers went along and had a really good time. Every dog who comes to us has a full veterinary check and is vaccinated, neutered, wormed and micro-chipped so we are always desperate for funds. We’ve been around for more than sixty years and have helped thousands of dogs in that time.”

Jackie Southon, Head of Income Generation (maternity cover) at Cornwall Air Ambulance represented the charity at the event.

She said: “It was a fabulous night and we are grateful to everyone who came to support the event, especially Stephen Chidgey who donated such a fabulous auction prize. With over 700 missions a year, we rely on the support of the public to continue our life-saving work, so I’d like to say a huge thank you for helping to keep the helicopter flying and saving lives throughout Cornwall.’’

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Feb
02
2017

Community Fundrasing Event – July 2016 (Old Barn, Tregonetha was previously marketed by Unique Home Stays as ‘The Stud’)

Stephen Chidgey kindly donated a weekend break at The Stud in Cornwall to commemorate 1000 years of continual habitation in Great Tangley Manor

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