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Just the ticket: Green getaways with Railholiday

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Posted on: 07.07.2016

What’s more unique than holidaying in a converted Victorian train carriage in beautiful Cornwall?

Railholiday offers self-catering stays with a difference, and has kept its green ethos on track by choosing Good Energy for its electricity.

We spoke to company director Lizzy Stroud about the story behind her business and why she switched for good.

A different way to holiday

“In 1992 we bought a very derelict railway station in the village of St Germans on the Cornish main line and converted it into a house. A few years later we discovered a siding in the garden and decided to find a railway carriage to house our friends and family when they stayed.

"We decided to recoup the cost of the conversion by letting it to rail enthusiasts, and in July 1998 had our first guests.”

Railholiday has now expanded, with four carriages to let including an old travelling Post Office, a carriage built for Queen Victoria and Great Western Railway’s first ever dining carriage.

A leader in sustainable tourism

As well as being supplied by 100% renewable electricity, Lizzy has bolstered the environmental credentials of her business by installing solar panels, a biomass boiler and timers on lights in shared areas.

As a result, Railholiday recently won the Visit England Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism.

“As a business it should be our duty to go for the greenest option, so why choose anything else?” said Lizzy.

“It’s a selling point that could help you stand out from the crowd, and eventually you might find like us it seeps into the ethos of the business and you could be winning awards.”

Find out more about switching your home or business for good here.

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