Building three eco-friendly luxury cottages half a mile from the popular Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre in Mid Wales has helped a couple win a coveted business award.
Rhys and Gwyneth Llywelyn from Gelli Goch Llawrplwy, Trawsfynydd, collected theTourism Accommodation Award sponsored by Tourism Partnership Mid Wales in theGwynedd Business Awards.
Redundant farm buildings were transformed into carbon neutral luxury cottages using the finest local materials and contractors and ensuring the highest levels of sustainable power and heating. The cottages are let as holiday accommodation.
Located in a glade of SSSI woodland in a Special Area of Conservation, the cottages have spectacular views to the west across the Rhinog mountains and to the south is Cader Idris. The cottages have under floor heating powered by a ground source heat pump, hot water is provided via a solar system and even the electricity comes from solar slates.
High levels of insulation keep the accommodation snug in winter and cool in summer,drinking water comes from a private well and water for flushing the toilet comes from harvested rainwater.
The Llywelyns compost any food waste and recycle most of the rest. Human waste flows into a bio-digester, which uses bacteria to break it down and return clean water tothe land.
“We have spared no expense in using all the latest sustainable methods to heat and supply the cottages,” said Mr Llywelyn. “Guests sleep comfortably in Gelli Goch’s tranquil space, knowing their holiday is not costing the earth.
“It’s an ideal place to stay and see the possibilities for people planning to add eco friendly technology to their home.”
Other Gwynedd Business Award winners included Dewi and Nicol Gwynne, owners of CrossFoxes, near Dolgellau, who collected the Business Start-Up Award sponsored by Annog.
It took the Gwynnes two years to transform a previously derelict Grade II listed inn and bring it back to life as a vibrant five star bar and grill with rooms.
“Our aim was to use the best natural local materials and blend them with a contemporary design to create a new concept for south Snowdonia,” said Nicol.
“We hope to make the Cross Foxes a top destination of choice in the Dolgellau area.”
Another success for Meirionnydd came when Aberdyfi.com won the e-Commerce award.