…………and it’s a Gold!
Wow! Still can’t quite believe it, but we have been lucky enough to win Gold for the ‘Ethical, Responsible, Sustainable Tourism’ category in last week’s Cornwall Tourism Awards. It was a rather unusual ‘zoom’ ceremony, but they were done beautifully, and we were all able to celebrate from our various venues. My amazing helper and ‘right hand woman’ Carol joined from her home two doors away(!), and we have a lovely bottle of bubbly given to us by a guest that we will share when we are allowed…We were joined in the category by Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park and Camp Kernow – both we thought were winners before us!
This was an important award for all of us – ethical, responsible & sustainable choices are at the heart of what we do, and we recognise that we can (& will) do much more. Having this award gives us more responsibility to make sure that we do as much as we can, and gently encourage others to join us in at least taking a few ideas away with them. It also gives us the encouragement to carry on, knowing that we are making a difference, to life locally, hopefully highlighting responsible tourism in Cornwall, and potentially being able to make a difference to tourism in the UK- a big ambition, but if we all do our part, there is no reason that we can’t all make a difference.
Part of our view of tourism is how we actually get to a place – not always easy, we know. We’ve been held up a bit by Covid backlogs, but we’re hoping that our electric car charger will be operational by the summer for guests use, and we are happy to help arrange taxis, or possible lifts if you are arriving by train. We try to keep on top of the local bus time tables, which do change with the seasons – we are always happy to give you an up to date list before you arrive if that helps. More and more of our guests are choosing to leave the car parked for their stay, and walk, cycle, or kayak from here – or catch the train to places like St Ives, Falmouth and Truro, which eases the pain of parking and traffic jams! Again, we can get you all the latest info either just before or during your stay.
Although we are only 10 mins drive from the Eden Project and about 45 mins from Heligan, many of our guests comment that they had no knowledge of our area – many hidden and quiet places are only accessible by water or foot – the Saint’s Way runs through the village (from Padstow to Fowey), and from Fowey you have access to the South West Coastal path. So lots of ideas to enjoy your break without having to rely on the car completely.
However you choose to travel, we hope that you will come and visit, and see this special part of Cornwall for yourselves whenever we are allowed to get out and about again!