Who We Are
Pat and Dave Smith really are the heartbeat of Bosinver; having moved to the site in 1998, they’ve turned what was at the time a chalet park into the national award-winning self catering cottage business it is today.
Originally from Worcestershire, Pat and Dave relocated to a farm at Lanydrock near Bosinver with their boys Paul and Mark before finding Bosinver and imagining the place it could become.
Pat and Dave have spent that last 20 years turning the site into an environment that everyone can relax in and make memories that last a lifetime. A day will rarely go by that you don’t see either of them with a smile on their faces, helping guests get the most from their stay. During their time here they’ve developed a number of areas that are close to their hearts:
Our environment and outdoor play
Childhoods were once spent outside, enjoying everything nature has to offer. Woodland walks, a wellie hunt and nature trail and our Gruffalo trail are just some of the activities that Pat and Dave have created to bring guests of all ages closer to the abundance of nature on our doorstep. We have 30 acres of diverse habitat, farmed organically with ancient hedgerows and untended field margins, wildflower meadows, wetland, woodland, and our own private lake – and |everyone who stays at Bosinver is encouraged to learn about and enjoy these very special places. Find out more about the nature and wildlife at Bosinver.
We’ve always understood the fragile balance of the environment and the demands we all make on it. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Bosinver – we think about how every decision made affects the environment – from our choice of suppliers to how we construct our buildings, from how we manage our land, to how we run our business. Our aim is to give all our guests a magical, memorable holiday, while minimising the impact we all have on the environment – find our more in our Environmental Statement.
With over 100 people staying at the farm every week, we know we’ve got an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of environmental issues and act as example to our guests. If we can encourage all our guests to change just one thing, over time this can have a big impact. We encourage guests to act sustainably by:
• Refunding taxi journeys from the station to Bosinver if guests come without a car.
• Promoting local days out using public transport – we’ve created a free ebook guide to family days out from Bosinver by public transport, ’50 things to do without a car’.
• Providing secure cycle storage and links to local cycle hire companies who will deliver to Bosinver.
• Offering several electric car charging points including one at Lowen Cottage.
• Providing information about recycling, compost caddies and recycling bags to encourage guests to recycle their waste.
• Using guests’ leftover food to feed our animals or turning it into compost to use in the gardens.
Our eco-house, swimming pool and renewable energy technologies
As part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, we built a zero carbon eco-house Lowen in 2011. Lowen was made from reclaimed timber and lime rendered straw bales. It’s carbon neutral and energy self-sufficient, using PV panels and a ground source heat pump to provide electricity, heating and hot water to the house. Lowen generates enough electricity to power itself plus two other cottages and send energy back to the grid and has its own EV (electric vehicle) charger for Lowen guests to use.
Our indoor swimming pool is heated by solar energy and renewable technologies and we have a PV solar array to generate 50% of our electricity needs. The cubicles in our swimming pool changing rooms were made from recycled plastic detergent and fabric conditioner bottles.
Wherever possible, Pat and Dave always try to support other talented local producers and businesses. Whether it’s that amazing light fitting in your cottage’s living room or the frozen meal you order for your arrival, you can be sure they’ve tried to source the very best local products from local companies, artists and craftspeople.
We also support the People and Gardens’ Veg Bag Scheme which gives people with emotional and physical difficulties opportunities to work, as well as giving our guests the chance to enjoy fresh, local produce.
Local Environmental Networks
We are proud to be Ambassadors for the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Forum (COaST) and Business Members and supporters of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. We have won a number of awards for our sustainability:
2017 Winner of Cornwall Sustainability Award for Longstanding Commitment to Sustainability
Green Tourist Business Scheme – Gold Award (held since 2008)
Cornwall Sustainability Award for Connecting Your Business With Nature
Trip Advisor Green Leader Platinum Award
Our tourism awards
The effort and quality Pat and Dave have brought to Bosinver has been recognised both locally and nationally. They won Gold at the 2015 Visit England Awards and in 2017 were national winners of the first VisitEngland Family Friendly Accommodation award, which both take pride of place alongside numerous other accolades. From multiple Gold awards at the Cornwall Tourism Awards to Green Tourism awards, Bosinver has been recognised for its excellence year after year and time and time again.