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Aston Road Villa owners Dean and Louise Compton. Photo / David Haxton

Aston Road Villa owners Dean and Louise Compton. (David Haxton pic)

A boutique Waikanae-based bed and breakfast has struck gold.Dean and Louise Compton have received a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award with a 4 Star Plus rating for their Aston Road Villa.The award means it’s a best-in-class sustainable tourism business delivering exceptional customer experiences.“We were very happy because quite a lot of work was involved,” Louise said.

A Qualmark assessor spent three hours at the property looking at four key areas including economic, social and people, environment and culture, and health and safety.

“There’s a lot of paperwork involved but it’s quite useful as it makes you look at your business from all those aspects.” Louise said it was worth doing especially as “marketeers overseas want to see what standard you are and things like that”.

“The assessor goes through each section, acknowledges what you are doing, and tells you opportunities to improve on.”

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