Q&A Ju­lia and Richard Barnes

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Why do you think peo­ple voted for Te­hidy?

It’s great to give peo­ple lo­cal knowl­edge. We find out what in­ter­ests them – it’s not one size fits all.

How long have you owned the site?

We’ve been here 11 years. We wanted a project, and

it needed a lot of work.

How did you make it a site

peo­ple want to stay at? We went back to ba­sics. Ev­ery­thing we do is about mak­ing it eco-friendly.

It is an extension of the coun­try­side. We have been David Bel­lamy Gold Award win­ners for 11 years. Our aim is to be as low-im­pact as pos­si­ble.

Who are your guests?

Our de­mo­graphic is right across the board. Older guests tend to visit be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days, but

there’s also a real fam­ily at­mos­phere. The play area is in the mid­dle of the site. Par­ents can re­lax – it is a safe en­vi­ron­ment. De­pend­ing on the sea­son, it works out at about 60%

tents, 40% tour­ers. De­scribe the lo­cal area At Chapel Porth, John the Fish sells fresh crab, fish and lob­ster that you can buy for the bar­be­cue. He has a board with what’s avail­able. If he has time, he will dress the crab.

Down at Portreath there’s a bak­ery mak­ing baguettes and crois­sants

that we have de­liv­ered to the site. Mar­ian, the baker, is the pastie am­bas­sador for Corn­wall and runs cour­ses. For those who want to learn to surf, we send peo­ple to surf

in­struc­tors we trust.

CON­TACT Har­ris Mill, Il­lo­gan, Re­druth, Corn­wall TR16 4JQ Tel 01209 216 489 Web te­hidy.co.uk

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