Eden’s Appleby Manor Hotel, claimed a top national accolade last night (23rd November) at the Best Loved Hotels Awards.
Owners Mike and Angela Dunbobbin attended the glitzy black tie at Rudding Park, Harrogate, Yorkshire, where the beat off stiff competition from The Black Swan at Oldstead and Soulton Hall, Shropshire to claim top spot in the Best Eco-Friendly Hotel Category.
The four star hotel has a string of eco awards, including a Green Tourism Gold Award, and recently Cumbria Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Award, and is in the running for a possible VisitEngland Excellence Award 2016.
The team at Appleby Manor take their commitment to the environment very seriously and in an effort to minimise any impact the Hotel may have. They use local suppliers to reduce food miles, they have installed a bio mass boiler to reduce energy use and have also created their own bore hole to reduce water use, alongside a range of eco measures.
The addition of the hotel’s £1m destination Garden Spa development also followed this principle by ensuring the build and subsequent operation minimise the impact on the environment. The Spa has even been equipped with the latest in environmental technologies to conserve water and minimise heat loss and even the range of treatments that will be used have been carefully selected to minimise their impact, resulting in one of the only carbon-neutral spas in the country.
Owner Mike Dunbobbin, said: "We are thrilled to have won this award and it goes some way to recognising the steps we as a business have taken to minimise our impact on our surroundings. We are really looking forward to opening our new destination spa in December and we are starting to get a little bit nervous about the VisitEngland Excellence Awards in early 2016. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a great year for the hotel and we look forward to welcoming people to this beautiful green corner of Eden.’’