Biomass switch prompts growth

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An award-winning 5 star B&B in north Cornwall is expanding after switching to biomass heating.

Pendragon Country House, near Camelford, is converting a neighbouring 18th century vicarage into three self-catering cottages, which will all be heated by the hotel’s boimass boiler provided and installed by Wendron Biomass.

The hotel, which was ranked in the top 3% of ‘green’ B&Bs in the UK by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, was previously reliant on LPG gas but is now heated entirely by biomass.

The owners, Nigel and Sharon Reed, invested in the properties, which were previously owned by a neighbouring business, after experiencing significant savings following the installation last winter.

Pendragon Country House owner, Nigel Reed, (l) and Wendron Biomass sales director, Gary Hawkins, pictured with the Pendragon Country House’s biomass boiler
Pendragon Country House owner, Nigel Reed, (l) and Wendron Biomass sales director, Gary Hawkins, pictured with the Pendragon Country House’s biomass boiler

As well as saving on heating bills, the owners are also receiving payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Through this Government scheme, the business will receive a fixed amount per kilo watt hour of energy produced over the next 20 years.

Pendragon Country House owner, Nigel Reed, said: “We consider the environment in every aspect of our operations. As a business in a beautiful location and as parents to two young children, we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment.”

Wendron Biomass sales director, Gary Hawkins, added: “We are seeing more south west tourism businesses moving over to biomass. The benefits are not only in the cost savings, but also in making a business more environmentally sustainable.”