Mid Wales celebrates two entries in independent guide’s top 10 green hotels.
The high standard of guest accommodation in Mid Wales has again been recognised in The Good Hotel Guide 2015, which names two of the region’s properties in the editor’s top 10 green hotels.
The Old Vicarage at Dolfor, near Newtown and The Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter both feature in the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland.
Owned by award-winning journalists, Adam and Caroline Raphael, The Good Hotel Guide is written for the reader seeking impartial advice on finding a good place to stay and hotels cannot buy their entry.
“We are particularly proud of this accolade, as we revere this guide more than any other,” said Helen Withers, who owns The Old Vicarage with her chef husband, Tim. “Unlike other guides, with the exception of the Michelin Guide, we don't pay to be listed. We are there on merit and therefore are very pleased with this appreciation of our efforts to be green.”
Referring to the top 10 green hotels, the guide states: “Discerning hotel guests may wish to have a luxury break which they know is not damaging the environment. The Good Hotel Guide's top green hotels have all taken big steps to encourage an eco-friendly experience.
“The hotels all offer fantastic accommodation, high-quality dining choices and luxury service, but at the heart of this they have a special emphasis on ensuring their local environment is protected for the future.
“The Old Vicarage has hens and a kitchen garden to reduce food miles, electric car recharging and solar thermal energy installed. The friendly hotel also offers special deals for guests arriving by bike.”
Tim and Helen describe their home as an excellent stopover for those traveling across Wales or the perfect choice as a centre holiday, exploring the wild wilderness of Mid Wales, the Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains.
One of the main attractions for visitors to the Old Vicarage is the food. Tim and Helen have an enviable pedigree with awards and accolades, stretching more than two decades. Home-grown produce, hens and locally sourced organic free-range meats, all make for a truly memorable experience.
Referring to The Falcondale Hotel, the guide states: “Run with good traditional taste and without pretension, this Italianate hotel stands in landscaped gardens above the Teifi valley.”
Guide inspectors 'really enjoyed' their stay at the hotel, owned by Chris and Lisa Hutton, and commented that the “'excellent” cooking of chef Mike Green is much admired.
The four star graded country house hotel, which has a two AA rosette restaurant and 18 bedrooms, is located in the Cambrian Mountains university town of Lampeter and just half an hour from the Cardigan Bay Coast.
“We are delighted to have our efforts recognised by an independent guide, and believe that reducing our carbon footprint goes hand-in-hand with building a profitable business,” said Lisa Hutton.
Both The Old Vicarage and The Falcondale Hotel are members of MWT, an independent organisation representing around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses in Powys, Ceredigion and Meirionnydd.