Welsh guesthouse wins top renewable energy award

We’re delighted for guesthouse owners John and Ceilia Whitehead who have just  scooped a top tourism award. And we’re particularly pleased as the award, from the Welsh Assembly-supported Gwynedd Taste and Tourism scheme, was
for Renewable Project of the Year.

One of the key renewable energy installations at the Whiteheads’ guesthouse, Bryn Elltyd, is an Organic Energy-supplied wood pellet boiler, installed by Menai Heating, of Anglesey.

The 25Kw ÖkoFEN Pellematic was fitted into a purpose-built boiler house with a fabric pellet store at the six-bedroom guesthouse, which has been run by the couple since 2006.

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It was the first project in Wales to be accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive in 2012 and the ÖkoFEN boiler was the latest in a number of renewable energy installations completed at the property, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, in recent years.

There are detached turf roofed rooms, lined with sheep’s wool, and their own solar thermal panels and rainwater harvesting. Celia and John’s own trees provide some of the timber for two advanced log burners and also the lumber which was used to build the main dining table. There’s also two electric vehicle charging points for guests arriving in their hybrid and electric cars… the list goes on.

The award also followed a shortlisting as a finalist in the national Renewables Awards in September, in the Energy Efficiency Project category and the couple have recently been awarded a Gold award from the Green Tourism Business
Scheme.

It appears work isn’t slowing down on the sustainable initiatives – within the last few weeks the Whiteheads have double glazed the conservatory with locally crafted local plastic from one mile away and they are also working on a
15m square mountain bike/electric bike/electric buggy store, built with timber and slate and an alpine plant sedum roof.

RHI 2 The Bryn Elltyd guesthouse in North Wales

Congratulations Ceilia and John – and to see more about this amazing green place to stay, visit www.ecoguesthouse.co.uk

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