Holiday firm takes charge


A Cornish holiday company has taken the next step in providing carbon-neutral holidays, by installing two electric car charge points.

Shaun and Andrew Hawkey charging an electric car at their new charging stations at The Olde House

The Olde House in Chapel Amble, near Wadebridge, now offers guests the chance to charge their electric cars for free from the power generated by their 1008 solar panels.

The new initiative builds on the Hawkey family’s commitment to responsible tourism which has seen them convert to solar energy to power their 30 self-catering cottages, swimming pool and farm buildings.

Andrew Hawkey said: “It typically takes a minimum of four hours for an electric car to charge, so it is ideal for owners to power their cars whilst they stay in one of our traditional cottages.

“It is important to us that we do all we can to be energy efficient; all our electricity is generated by our solar panels and with the addition of these new charge points, we are looking into electric-powered vehicles for our staff to use around our farm.”

The Olde House’s new charging points are available for guests to use, with a four hour charge enough to power an electric car for 100 miles.

Donated to them by environmental charity Zero Carbon World, they are one of the first in Cornwall to provide charging stations which are solar powered.

To find other business in the UK with charging stations, click here.


  1. Pioneering stuff, hotels are going to be one of the places we will find charge stations it is an ideal place to charge your vehicle which could be done over night. Although as popularity of EV continues the charge stations could become quite busy.

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