Congratulations to Cartwheel Member ‘The Old Rectory’, which has been awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, making them the greenest B&B in the UK 2012. This award adds to Sally and Chris’ accolades, as they have already achieved 5 star Gold from Enjoy England thirteen years in a row. Here are just a few of ways that the Old Rectory supports sustainable tourism and makes your stay greener:
Breakfast and evening meals are a real treat as they are made using some of the 70 types of fruit and vegetables grown at The Old Rectory, as well as homemade sausages and home-cured bacon from their free range rare breed pigs, and eggs from their free range hens and ducks. If you are lucky enough to stay when their 3 honeybee colonies have been busy, you might even get some fresh honeycomb! All dairy products are from an organic farm just down the road, fish is locally caught and smoked, bread is locally baked and even the cheese is locally produced.
As well as reducing food miles, The Old Rectory strives to have as little impact on the environment as possible. For example, vegetable waste ends up back in the earth via their wormery and compost bins, all cleaning products are environmentally-friendly and guests are welcome to use refillable Faith in Nature shower products, which are from naturally derived sources with no synthetic additives. The Old Rectory uses green energy sources - during the day it is powered by an 80 panel solar system that Chris and Sally developed themselves, and their own wood is used for heating the house.
The Gold Star Award is a real testament to dedication of The Old Rectory team. Sally and Chris say “Guests enjoy the history of the house and the beautiful natural surroundings we have to offer and we hope they leave here with new ideas and a sense of peace.” Congratulations on a well-deserved award!