A HOTEL and conference centre has a new venue that’s promising to turn rivals green with envy.

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Tewin Bury Farm has unveiled its new Meadow Barn facility – a converted maintenance shed that replaces the hotel’s old Meadow Marquee, which was dismantled in January.

The new venue can accommodate up to 300 diners, and is ideal for business conferences, corporate events, birthdays, weddings and exhibitions.

But what makes the Meadow Barn stand out from the rest is the fact it is powered entirely by solar energy.

Atop the barn sits £100,000 worth of 50 watt solar panels, which will provide the venue with all of its heating and electricity throughout the year.

And it means the old problems of the marquee, which was always subject to the weather, have been solved.

Sales and marketing manager Corinne Tatham said: “In the summer the marquee was very hot, in the winter it was quite cold and in the rain it could be quite noisy.

“We wanted something more in keeping with the farm, and being a green hotel we wanted something that could help towards our green credentials.

“So that’s why it’s run entirely on solar panels.

“It’s one of the most energy efficient venues in the area.”

Vaughan Williams, who owns and runs Tewin Bury Farm alongside wife Debbie and brother Ivor, said the new barn continued the hotel’s commitment to the environment.

“East Herts Council told us to take the marquee down anyway, but that coincided fairly well with our own plans,” he said.

“It [the marquee] wasn’t the most comfortable at winter time.

“We’re very high up with our green policy and our energy use.

“This [barn] should be self-funding. Overall with normal daylight all the heating and lighting is produced by the roof. You can’t get any more carbon neutral.”

For more information call Tewin Bury Farm on 01438 717793 or click on the link above.

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