Tag: Eco Friendly

Aug
08
2019

Press Release

The Old Barn self-catering cottage in Tregonetha has won the ‘Best Eco-Friendly Rental’ category of Schofield’s Holiday Home Awards 2019.

Described by the judges as a ‘a shining example of how self-catering accommodation providers can be sustainable, responsible and ethical in terms of their impact on the environment’, owner Stephen Chidgey beat off shortlisted competition from property owners in Wales, the Outer Hebrides and Northern Ireland to win the title.

Stephen believes in going the extra mile when it comes to all aspects of his hospitality provision. Having first bought The Old Barn in 1988, he gave the 250-year-old cottage a complete overhaul 25 years later.

“The building had damp, the roof was in poor shape and the windows and doors needed replacing,” he says. “Worst of all, was the energy consumption. I had an old oil-fired Aga and an oil-fired central heating system that were both proving hugely expensive and I didn’t want to go on paying those sort of bills – especially when I retired.”

Cue a transformation that Stephen designed himself. Sustainability was key so, as well as undertaking a complete refurbishment, he also had a ground source heat pump fitted under the garden, installed solar panels in the roof and harvested rain water for the washing machine and toilet. Unusually for a single self-catering property, Stephen also put in two electric charge points.

The makeover resulted in impressive business success, with high levels of bookings achieved every year since and a clutch of prestigious accolades that include winning several golds in the Cornwall and South West Tourism Awards.

“I’m totally committed to giving visitors the very best holiday experience possible and to be described as the UK’s ‘best eco-friendly rental’ means a great deal to me,” says Stephen. “I’m passionate about Cornwall and it irks me when I hear reports of people enjoying a less than perfect holiday because their accommodation hasn’t been up to standard. We’re lucky enough to live in a wonderful part of the world and it’s important that the facilities and service we provide for guests exceed expectations too.”

For more information, visit www.oldbarncornwall.co.uk

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August 2019

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Jul
07
2019

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The Old Barn self-catering cottage in Tregonetha has received a 97% score in Visit England’s recent 5-star gold assessment and been nominated for two more national awards.

The latest accolades follow regular gold awards in Cornwall Tourism Awards and the South West Tourism Awards over the last few years and see the property shortlisted in the 2019 Best Eco-Friendly Rental category of the Schofields Holiday Home Awards and in SME News’ 2019 Southern Enterprise Awards.

“I’m over the moon with these latest nominations,” said Old Barn owner Stephen Chidgey. “We work very hard to ensure the best possible accommodation experience for our guests and independent endorsements like these underline the quality of service we provide. I’m very proud of our exceptionally high Visit England assessment too.”

Beautifully designed and appointed throughout, The Old Barn’s impressive list of features include a grand piano, two electric vehicle chargers, a locally manufactured ground source heat pump, solar panels and rainwater harvesting. Nor does Stephen’s environmental entrepreneurship end there. He also came up with the idea of St Wenn primary school and church sharing a biomass boiler and project-managed the installation process – resulting in big savings for both and a Church Times award for Stephen, who was subsequently appointed sustainability and renewables advisor to the Diocese of Truro.

“Our local community plays a vital role in helping our guests enjoy their holiday and I believe it’s important to get involved and help as much as possible,” he said.

To vote in the Schofields Holiday Home Awards, visit https://www.schofields.ltd.uk/schofields-holiday-home-awards/ Winners will be announced on 7 August. Judging for the SME News awards will take place over the next two months.

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July 2019

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Feb
02
2018

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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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February 2018

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Nov
11
2017

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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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