The hotel group English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, who own Lancaster House Hotel in Lancaster and The Midland in Morecambe, are one of only three finalists in the whole country to be shortlisted for the AA’s prestigious Eco Hotel Group of the Year award.
This annual AA award recognises a clear commitment to sustainability, demonstrated through good practice and policy to make a positive contribution to reducing impact on the environment.
English Lakes is a family run business with five hotels in North Lancashire and Cumbria, as well as The Midland and Lancaster House, they own Low Wood Bay and The Wild Boar in Windermere and Waterhead in Ambleside.
Simon Berry, managing director of English Lakes, said: “The company has a strong ethos for sustainability and our aim is to continue working constructively with our local communities and the business supply chain by making sound social and ethical choices.
“This includes implementing the latest energy efficient measures and renewable technologies, green procurement and ethical produce and promoting all the positive aspects of our culture and ecology.
“We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year. Our continual efforts to be a sustainable business has been rewarded this year with a Gold Green Business Tourism Scheme Award at all our five properties and to be recognised by the AA for our long-standing green commitments is a fantastic achievement.”
English Lakes also has exciting new environmental projects in the pipeline.
The group recently announced that it is planning to use new water source heat pump technology to draw on the natural energy stored in Lake Windermere to meet the majority of Low Wood Bay’s energy needs whilst substantially reducing its carbon emissions.
This will be the largest project of its kind undertaken by a private company in the UK.
The hotel also has a planning application in to build a hydro-electric power generator, harnessing the power from a nearby fast flowing stream, to provide electricity to assist the running of the heat pumps and the hotel.
Lancaster House and The Wild Boar have recently installed woodchip boilers, which use locally sourced wood chip to operate self-sufficient energy systems, and prevent tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
As well new initiatives English Lakes have a long history of conservation and charity work.
Simon Numphud, head of AA Hotel Services said: “Judges were impressed with the overall quality of English Lakes Hotels nomination, their connection and work with local communities together with their clear commitment to sustainability across all 5 hotels really stood out.
“This is why they were selected for this year’s shortlist.”
The winner of the AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year will be announced at the AA Hospitality Awards dinner at The Grosvenor Hotel in London on September 22.
For more information about English Lakes go to englishlakes.co.uk.