Classic Cottages strikes gold


Specialist self catering letting Agency, Classic Cottages, has been awarded Gold status by the Green Tourism Business Scheme – GTBS.

The family-run agency, which markets more than 700 properties across the south west, has spent the past year championing green tourism initiatives, both within their own business and the self catering properties they market.

“We have taken a very businesslike approach to the development of our environmental ethos,” said Simon Tregoning, managing director of Classic Cottages.

“The two central strands of our approach have been to commit our resources in the way in which we think they will have maximum effect and to walk-the-walk before we talk-the-talk.”

In order to receive a gold award, businesses have to achieve more than 80% in their assessment.  The audit is carried out by a qualified GTBS assessor and the audit report provides a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable tourism operation.

The GTBS audit report for Classic Cottages states: “Classic Cottages is taking great steps to reduce the environmental impact that the corporate office has, they are also deeply involved with raising money for social projects in the south west.  The organisation is also taking steps to encourage the cottage owners to manage their business in a greener manner.”