The winners of the 2010 national HRS Hotel Excellence Awards were revealed at a special ceremony in central London this week, and Loch Melfort Hotel was the proud winner of one of the most important awards of the year – the “Excellent Social Responsibility” award.

Hotel professionals and businesses from around the country gathered for a Gala Luncheon on the 27th floor of London’s Millbank Tower to hear the winners announced by tv presenter and travel editor Simon Calder.  The awards recognise excellence in business across all categories of hotel management, and each category winner received a specially designed cut-glass award.

HRS Award for Loch Melfort Hotel

HRS Award for Loch Melfort Hotel

The Excellent Social Responsibility Award (Small Hotel) is given to “a hotel business which can demonstrate best how they had a positive and sustainable impact on the wider community, for example through local ethical sourcing, environmental protection or energy conservation”.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Loch Melfort’s owner, Calum Ross said “Rachel and I are thrilled to win this award, as it recognises the efforts the whole team at Loch Melfort go to, not just to “go green” and protect the local countryside and wildlife, but also to be at the heart of our community”.  This year has seen the hotel play a central role in the support group for the National Trust for Scotland’s Arduaine Garden, and Calum and Rachel have entered into joint working arrangements with the Garden, providing admission services, planning a series of special events, and promoting NTS membership to visitors.