Silver success for Peak businesses at tourism ‘Oscars’

AWARDS: David and Felicity Brown, of Hoe Grange Holidays, and Martin and Deborah Hofman, of Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, receive their awards from the Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of Visit England. Photo: HollisPhotography.com.

AWARDS: David and Felicity Brown, of Hoe Grange Holidays, and Martin and Deborah Hofman, of Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, receive their awards from the Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of Visit England. Photo: HollisPhotography.com.

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A HOLIDAY cottage business in Buxton has scooped a prestigious award at the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism industry.

Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, in Earl Sterndale, picked up Silver in the Sustainable Tourism category at the national Visit England Awards for Excellence, alongside Hoe Grange Holidays to make it a Derbyshire double.

Recognising the high quality, sustainable holiday accommodation on offer, judges were impressed with the emphasis on renewable energy, car-free days out, promoting local foods and products, and landscape conservation.

Both businesses already hold Peak District Environmental Quality Marks, Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Awards- and four-star Gold grading for their self-catering cottages.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said the success showcased the high quality of sustainable tourism in the Peak District.

“We are proud to have such pro-active businesses leading the field, showing that sustainability makes sound business sense,” he added.