2016 is proving a successful year for David and Felicity Brown of Hoe Grange Holidays, with double celebrations. Not only are they celebrating 10 years in business offering outstanding self-catering holidays on their working farm, but they have won two prestigious national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
Hoe Grange Holidays were presented with both the Gold Award for Access for All and the Silver Award for Sustainable Tourism at a glittering Awards Ceremony held on 8 March 2016 at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool; coincidentally in the very ballroom where owners David and Felicity first met 32 years ago.
Commenting on the Awards, Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland said “We received hundreds of applications of an exceptionally high quality making the competition for these Awards extremely tough. It is therefore a tremendous achievement for Hoe Grange Holidays to win both a Gold and Silver Award, they have raised the bar for excellence for others to aspire to, and I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”
Mike Saul, Head of Hospitality & Leisure at Barclays Corporate, sponsors of the Access for All Tourism Award, congratulated David and Felicity for “embracing accessibility to ensure that people have the choice and freedom to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the countryside”.
Hoe Grange Holidays received their Gold Award from Joss Croft, Director of Marketing, VisitBritain and Elaine Draper, Director of Accessibility & Inclusion, Barclays.
The judges were impressed by the couple’s willingness to share their experience as pioneers in both accessibility and sustainability, which means that many other businesses have been helped on their way.
Felicity Brown remarked “We love sharing our special place with guests and are absolutely thrilled and delighted to win two awards. To be presented with the awards in the very place where we first met made the occasion that bit extra special”
Gillian Scotford, co-founder of the charity Accessible Derbyshire, added “David and Felicity are passionate about what they do and as our Accommodation Ambassadors they share good practice and readily help others. To win two VisitEngland Awards is outstanding and proves they are “Simply the Best”.