British Couple Win German National Eco-Tourism Award

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Award Winners
Award Winners

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British couple Margaret Leach and Martin Holborow, owners of 9 upmarket holiday apartments in the Bavarian Forest village of Bayerisch Eisenstein (Bayerisch Eisenstein vacation rentals | Bayerisch Eisenstein travel guide), have seen off competition from all over Germany and won the Deutsche Bahn's Fahrtziel Natur (Destination Nature) Special Award 2010. The award recognises the accommodation provider that most encourages guests to use public transport to travel to and within a nature area in Germany.

'We are thrilled to have won this award,' says Margaret, 'especially in a country with such exceptionally high environmental standards.'

Trading as Bavarian Forest Holidays (, the 9 one- two- and three-bedroom holiday apartments also have a small guest shop (stocking organic products wherever possible), a free book and DVD library, a coffee lounge and a meeting room. The couple, whose UK home is in Knighton in the Welsh borders, bought their 1st house, 1 kilometre from the border with Czech Republic, in 2004 and added 3 more houses in 2006 and 2008.

"Guests have the free use of more than 1,000 kilometres of routes in the Bavarian Forest on buses and trains,' says Margaret. 'The village can be reached from most major European cities within one day - travel time from London is just 11 hours - which means our guests can "breakfast in London and dine in Bayerisch Eisenstein".

The Bavarian Forest Holidays' apartments have been awarded 5 stars by the German Tourism Association and are all eco-friendly. Most have solar panels and wood pellet heating and guests are kindly asked to separate their rubbish for recycling. Bavarian Forest Holidays has also met the criteria for becoming a Bavarian Forest National Park Partner.

Open all year round, attractions include, sightseeing in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, walking and cycling in the National Parks on both sides of the border and boat trips on the Danube, winter sports, Christmas and New Year festivities and, of course, Christmas markets. Since autumn 2009, Bavarian Forest Holidays has been a Partner of the Bavarian Forest National Park.

'This prestigious award,' says Margaret, 'will help to attract even more 'green footprint' visitors to this very special part of Germany'.

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Location: Hans-Watzlik-Strasse 8 94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany

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