More than fifty guests from businesses all over Cornwall turned up for the official opening of a new indoor swimming pool at Bosinver Farm Cottages, near St Austell.
Carefully designed by owners Pat and Dave Smith to blend into the landscape, the pool building has been constructed from local granite and slate, much of which was salvaged from reclamation yards.
The pool roof is covered with photovoltaic panels to generate electrical power and solar thermal panels to heat the water and the ceiling is covered with an unusual stretch fabric that has twinkling fibre optic lights embedded in it. The rest of the lighting is LED to save energy and even the changing rooms are constructed from recycled plastic panels.
Well-known conservationist Brigit Strawbridge performed the official ribbon-cutting in front of an audience that included Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, local trades people involved in the construction project and representatives from across the county’s tourism industry.
“I’m thrilled that so many people were able to come along and share this special event with us,” said Pat Smith. “The new indoor pool has been a major project for our small team.”
Malcolm Bell said he admired Pat and Dave Smith greatly for creating the holiday haven that Bosinver has become.
“This really is a case of Bosinver setting the very highest standards of quality and sustainability yet again,” he said. “Pat and Dave have been beacons of inspiration in Cornwall’s tourism industry for a long time and, as this new pool proves, continue to lead from the front.”