Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages from Hambleton, Lancashire has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Tourism Business at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon. The local company will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final.
Brickhouse provide the most stunning accessible holiday accommodation in the rural village of Hambleton, just 10 miles from the dazzle of Blackpool. These purpose-built, self-catering retreats offer luxury for all abilities and provide additional aids to suit each individuals’ needs. Accessible hot-tubs each with track hoists ease access for visitors with mobility issues allow families and groups to relax under the stars.
Ian and Sue Rainford’s dream is to provide accessible, non-clinical holiday accommodation that is home-from-home. This was developed after listening and learning from families they met in hospital when their youngest daughter was involved in a life-changing RTA. After 6 months in hospital, their daughter was wheelchair dependant; they found their home non-accessible and found the lack of suitable holiday accommodation abruptly halted much needed family escapes. Similar stories from innumerable families they had met in hospital amplified the driving force behind the inclusive holiday accommodation – access for all is key.
Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Susan Rainford the Director of Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages said:
“Our Brickhouse Team are thrilled to bits to be a 2019/20 finalist in The Rural Business Award. Although it took adversity to inspire my husband and I to design and build what we are now told to be ‘the template of how holiday accommodation should be’ we are proud to provide a base where memories are made. Our newly added hydrotherapy pool and stunning accessible bistro is now embrace our local rural community further and this Award will provide recognition to all.”
Director and co-founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said: “The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”
The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.
The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 12 categories – ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business – decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.
The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October and November 2019, ahead of the National Final next February.