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Exciting news! Hoe Grange Holidays has been selected as finalists in the national iNews Staycation Awards in the Sustainable Tourism category. This took us by complete surprise! We didn't know about the awards until one of our holiday guests nominated us. We then received an e-mail requesting us to submit more information for the judging panel.
The UK’s first i Staycation Awards have been launched to recognise the growing demand for top-class staycation holidays in the UK and the country’s best loved holiday spots. The i asked people to nominate their favourite staycations, maybe a city weekend getaway, a family-friendly week at the seaside or an action-packed holiday in the countryside.
Alongside the must-visit locations, the i News were keen to uncover hidden accommodation gems, the top tourist attractions and tours, and the businesses that are taking a proactive approach to ensure accessibility for all and long-term sustainability.
The judges commented on the extremely high-quality of nominations. Following 2 weeks deliberation and review the judging panel of 9 tourism experts announced the finalists in the 17 categories. We were delighted and thrilled to be selected from thousands of nominations. The Sustainable Tourism Award recognises the locations, attractions and accommodation providers that keep sustainability practices at the core of everything they do, thus ensuring that the UK's favourite staycations are preserved for generations to come.
It is amazing to think that what we do here at Hoe Grange in the Peak District is so widely recognised as a shining example of sustainable good practice. From generating over 85% of our electricity needs from our wind turbine and solar panels, to electric car charging, our new ebikes, off-road wheelchairs, grocery deliveries of Peak District produce, sourcing local artisan produce for our little onsite shop, and reducing use of plastics.
We also work with other local businesses to offer guests memorable experiences. By supporting local charities such as Friends of the Peak District, Peak District National Park Foundation and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust we help care and preserve our stunning Peak District landscape. Sustainability has been at the heart of our business from the beginning and we love sharing our special environment with everyone. There are just so many reasons why guests return time after time.
To find out if we have won, we will have to leave our Peak District countryside behind and venture to the big city to attend the The i Staycation Awards on Thursday 21st November. There will be a lavish ceremony at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, where The One Show and Countryfile presenter, Matt Baker will announce the winners. How exciting is that, we can't wait?!
Also keep an eye out for us in the i as all the finalists will be featured in the i News over the next few weeks.
We are not alone. Luckily The Peak District has also been selected as a finalist in the Rural Staycation of the Year category, and our friends at Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool are finalists in the Accessible for All category. Whether we win or not it will be an amazing evening.
Wish us luck and follow #StaycationAwards!
Whilst we didn’t win we were delighted to be nominated by guests who stayed with us, and even more thrilled to be one of just 65 finalists from over 1,000 entries - a real achievement!
I also got the opportunity to meet the lovely Matt Baker of BBC Countryfile and One Show fame, who presented the awards. He was charming and as he is from a farming background he was very interested to hear our story.
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.
Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more
We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more
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We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more