We are thrilled to announce that Trewena Cottages, our traditional smallholding holiday accommodation located overlooking Falmouth, has won the bronze award for New Tourism Business of the Year at the prestigious Cornwall Tourism Awards. We received our prize at Truro Cathedral on 17th November 2022 to cap off a brilliant end to our second year. As owners of Trewena Cottages, we are passionate about providing our guests with the best possible experience and are honoured to have received this recognition. Hellen said “I nearly cried when I heard the news and it feels like a massive vindication of the risks we took when we upended our lives to start our dream business. We’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into our venture but it all tastes like champagne today!”
Our duo of holiday cottages offer guests a peaceful countryside retreat, perfect for couples and families alike. We take great pride in ensuring that our guests have everything they need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Since moving onsite in 2021 we’ve re-furnished, decorated and equipped the cottages with all the modern amenities needed for a stress-free break. Our guests can relax and unwind in the stunning surroundings, with breathtaking views of the Cornish countryside in the tranquillity of our three acres of well stocked gardens, meadow and mini woodland.
One of the key aspects of our success is our commitment to sustainability. We understand the importance of preserving our environment for future generations and have taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint. From the use of energy-efficient lighting to the installation of eco-friendly heating systems, we have implemented a range of sustainable practices to ensure our business operates in an environmentally responsible manner. We’ve recently intsalled stage one of our plan to be solar sufficient with a field mounted system and are working with Forest for Cornwall to plant over 100 trees on our land.
We are delighted that the judges at the Cornwall Tourism Awards recognized our dedication to sustainability and our focus on creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for our guests. We take great pride in providing a memorable holiday experience and our focus on sustainability plays a crucial role in achieving this goal.
We’re also trying to build our business in a socially responsible way. We recognise that Cornwall has a complicated relationship with tourism. It brings money into the local economy but the proliferation of Air BnB’s are adding to the Duchy’s housing crisis. Rich (who has a PhD on sustainable tourism) and Hellen want to create a model solution to the problem by creating a small cottage business on their smallholding on the edge of Falmouth where tourists can stay and enjoy the views and the peaceful Cornish countryside whilst not taking housing stock out of the local community and providing the coupe and their young family a sustainable lifestyle. It’s important to us that we’re adding to the local community, not taking away from it. We offer discounts to visitors of local residents and parents visiting their children at Falmouth and Exeter University’s Penryn campus which is just down the road. We’re also working hard to utilise the three acres we have to create natural habitats for wildlife, are about to undergo the planting of one hundred trees with a grant from Forest for Cornwall and have plans to produce some of our own food which guests can get involved in and learn from.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guests for choosing Trewena Cottages as their holiday destination. We’ve had a steep learning curve over the last couple of years and have been helped and improved endlessly with help from great suggestions and feedback from our fab visitors. We look forward to welcoming many more guests to our award-winning holiday accommodation in the future.