A Golden Glow for This Green Self-catering Holiday Destination in Scotland

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Melfort Village, a self-catering holiday village on the shores of Loch Melfort in Argyll, Scotland is celebrating winning a prestigious Gold standard Green Tourism Award.

Melfort Village, Scotland

Ever since opening Melfort Village in 1992, we have made sure all of our 32 self-catering holidays cottages are well-built and maintained to be as environmentally friendly as possible. It’s really satisfying to have that commitment to sustainable tourism

It’s not every self-catering accommodation provider in Britain who can boast impeccable environmentally friendly practices, so Melfort Village is celebrating following the news that the picturesque self-catering holiday resort near Oban has won a Gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The scheme, which is run by the not for profit concern and validated by the Visit Britain organisation, sets the challenge to businesses across the full spectrum of the tourism sector to become more sustainable and environmentally aware. According to the point score achieved, the business may be awarded a Bronze, Silver or the highly coveted Gold award.

Melfort Village, as a self-catering accommodation provider, had to meet a very strict set of criteria to join the scheme and assessors made a thorough visit of the holiday resort before announcing the Gold standard award.

The philosophy behind providing environmentally friendly self-catering holidays at Melfort Village is to create and maintain a small and manageable site which takes into account the needs of the local environment, local residents, businesses and visitors alike, both now and in the future.

Melfort Village, a hugely popular self catering holiday village in Scotland has both attained and exceeded these aims and their recent Gold award for green tourism reflects this.

Independent assessors to Melfort Village were impressed with the implantation of accommodation and facilities on site. Originally a gunpowder manufacturing site, all buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to integrate well into the stunning backdrop of Loch Melfort and the rolling hills surrounding these luxury self-catering cottages.

Melfort has proved that luxury does not have to mean disregarding environmentally friendly practices. Melfort achieved its Gold award thanks to innovative steps such as implementing a recycling program for guests, installing 'A' rated kitchen appliances to save energy (just one A rated fridge/freezer saves £45 on the electricity bill per year) and fitting properties with wood burning stoves as a very aesthetically pleasing and sustainable source of heating.

It was these initiatives and more that impressed the independent inspection team from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. With over 150 different criteria across 10 categories, including everything from biodiversity to waste management, it’s a major achievement to be awarded the Gold standard.

Site manager of Melfort Village Christine Roberts commented: “Ever since opening Melfort Village in 1992, we have made sure all of our 32 self-catering holidays cottages are well-built and maintained to be as environmentally friendly as possible. It’s really satisfying to have that commitment to sustainable tourism in Scotland that our guests appreciate so much acknowledged officially by the experts with this Gold award.”

By involving guests to Melfort Village in these green initiatives, it is hoped that those going to Melfort for a self-catering holiday will take onboard and continue some of these good practices once they return home.

For more information contact Christine Roberts at sales(at)melfortvillage(dot)co(dot)uk

Notes for editors:
The Gold award was presented to Melfort Village by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and Melfort Village is now listed on their website as a Gold award-winning provider of self-catering holidays in Scotland.

About Melfortvillage.co.uk:

Melfort Village is a self-catering holiday village resort near Oban in Scotland. The village offers 32 holiday cottages and houses spread out around the river’s edge, on the shores of Loch Melfort and the gardens.

The Melfort Estate on the edge of Kilmelford village was originally built in 1838 as a site for manufacturing gunpowder, with workshops, workers’ cottages, managers’ houses and everything needed to be a self-contained working estate.

Gunpowder manufacture continued at Melfort until the end of the 19th Century. The estate was then sold for farming. During the 1970s the farmer started to rent out some of the properties on the estate as self-catering holiday cottages, with Scotland attracting increasing numbers of visitors.

Charles and Helen Stott bought Melfort Estate in 1981 and the couple set about realising their vision of a holiday village with sympathetically restored properties to rent out on a self-catering basis and sell on a timeshare plan.

In 1992, the Stotts sold their interest to the Melfort Club, which manages and operates the village on behalf of the 1200 shared owners of the resort village.

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