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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


August 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.


July 2019

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