The already multi-award-winning holiday accommodation provider, Hoe Grange Holidays in the Peak District have added another three awards to their trophy shelf at the Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards that were held recently.
The luxury rural retreat, which is based at Hoe Grange Farm between Ashbourne and Bakewell, offers self-catering and glamping holidays, specialising in accessible and equestrian staycations.
Owners David and Felicity Brown were absolutely thrilled to win the Gold Award for both Accessible and Inclusive Tourism, and Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism and the Silver Award for Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year.
“We’ve only recently introduced the glamping pods and our gypsy caravan opened in 2018, and is proving very popular with guests and adding another string to the Hoe Grange bow. To be successful in not just one category but three at these awards is the icing on the cake!”
The Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award celebrates the locations, attractions and accommodation providers that keep sustainability at the core of what they do. With sustainability at heart Hoe Grange has implemented many eco practices since it opened in 2006, earning a Green Tourism Gold Award, Peak District Environmental Quality Mark and TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders Platinum Award.
David added: “Hoe Grange is based on a 250-acre working farm so we have always been conscious of our impact on the environment and wildlife, sourcing water from a bore hole and using a combination of wind, solar and biomass energy supplies to reduce our use of fossil fuels by more than 80 per cent.
“We also encourage carbon-free days out for our guests, providing them with information to see the beautiful area surrounding the farm on foot, bike or even horseback.”
Hoe Grange has four log cabins which are all assessed under the National Accessible Scheme and has recently collaborated with Julia Bradbury’s The Outdoor Guide, highlighting the accessibility of The Peak District to a national audience.
David and Felicity have also worked with the local Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Trust to restore ponds and wildlife areas on the farm.
Felicity explained: “We are so lucky to have a National Park on our doorstep and are passionate about ensuring the Peak District is a sustainable and accessible tourist destination for generations to come.”
Jo Dilley, managing director of marketing Peak District & Derbyshire commented: “Our work in promoting the area on a national and international scale is essential to the success of raising the profile of the area. Quality and innovation are essential to the tourism industry and all of our finalists are shining examples of success. A special thanks to the University of Derby and C W Sellors Fine Jewellery for sponsoring this important event”
Gold winners of The Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards are automatically put forward for the National VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in June. Hoe Grange Holidays could once again be recognised as one of the top visitor accommodations in the country, having won the Tourism Business of the Year and Champion of Champions awards at the Rural Business Awards in 2017.
For more information visit hoegrangeholidays.co.uk.
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