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The Lasswade Country House Hotel

Practice on:

Restraunt and Hotel. Member of an area promotion group and demonstrates sustainable travel

Practical details:
NUTS 2: UKL1 West Wales and The Valleys
Start date: 00.00.2001
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

A small family run restraunt and country house hotel. The hotel has won a variety of green tourism and sustainability awards for their support to local suppliers and striving a low carbon foot print.

By promoting and supporting local inititaives for example the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, the Lasswade is supporting and helping develop the local economy. By also being aware and concious of improving the quality of the natural local environment. These link to the Welsh Local Government Association's policies on Regeneration. (

The The family run award winning Country House Hotel and Restaurant is located in Llanwrtyd Wells, South Powys on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains. This provides the Country House with stunning mountainous views. The Hotel is furnished with traditional furniture along with reminders of family life which gives the Country House a very homely and welcoming feel.
Over the years the Hotel has won a variety of green tourism and sustainability awards for their support of local suppliers and striving for a low carbon foot print. The Restaurant has a policy of purchasing as much food as possible from the local area; this is an endorsement of their Slow Food Policy of which the owners are a member. The food comes directly from the producer. The Lasswade is an ambassador of the Cambrian Mountain Initiative (CMI) as they are an important contribution to rural communities, by their use of local food produce in addition to the way they encourage visitors to connect to the countryside and culture of Mid Wales.
Working in partnership with other businesses the Country House are developing and encouraging an initiative where local hotels, guest houses and visitor attractions have a power hook up for electric cars. This business is a good example of encouraging integrated rural development, protecting the environment and adding value to products and services in mid-Wales. 

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Located on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains this provides a stunning setting for the Country House Hotel, but the owners also creat a link to the mountains by feeding guests with Cambrian Mountain Lamb and other products sourced locally.

Visual impact and recreational value:

The CountrtyHouse Hotel is located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, therfore with plenty of opportunity for walking, cycling and other outdoor activicties.

Cultural heritage:

The interior of the lasswade is decorated with traditional furnature. In addition the food served is influenced by ingredients that can be sourced locally. The owners take care to provide information on local history and culture and actively promote the these.

Environmental impact:

Low. The Lasswade Country House Hotel are very consious of their carbon footprint and have policies in place such as The Slow Food policy whereby they buy as much of their food as possible from local suppliers. Therefore not only helping the environment but supporting local businesses and farmers. Working in partnership with other local businesses the Lasswade Country House are developing and encouraging an initiative where local hotels and attractions have a hook up for electrical cars.

Economic viability:

Provides family business incloe and some local jobs. Adds to the tourism offereing and strenghtens that sector.

Yes, the practise could be easily transferred to businesses all over Europe, where restaurants and hotels support local suppliers in buying their products and produce. Also working in partnership by adding value to products and services in the area.

Contact details:
Name: Roger and Emma Stevens
Organisation: Lasswade Country House

Completed on: 2012.12.10
Date added: 27.12.2012  Hits: 108
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