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Triple success at The Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards

March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020 - Triple success at The Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards
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We are absolutely thrilled with our triple success at The Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards last week at a ceremony held at Buxton’s iconic Devonshire Dome.

Two Gold Awards and a Silver!

We're celebrating winning the Gold Award for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism and a second Gold Award for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. We also won the Silver Award for Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year. A brilliant result which makes all our hard work seem worthwhile!

Awards


Why enter awards?

It’s not just an excuse to bring out the DJ or a new party frock, although that's the fun bit!

It’s an amazing feeling to win, but that’s by no means the only reason why we enter. Taking part in regional and nationally recognised awards give us the incentive and extra push to maintain our high standards and improve the guest experience.

Tourism is an increasingly competitive market. With the likes of Airbnb and the big Online Travel Agents (OTA’s) such as Booking.com, it is essential that we develop a competitive edge to be successful. Winning awards makes our business stand out and gives guests confidence to book.

It's the personal touch that makes the difference

We can’t compete with the big boys on price, but we can add value. Smaller independent businesses like ourselves offer a more bespoke, personal service. We love sharing our local knowledge and offering you a real taste of the Peak District so that you go home with treasured memories of your stay.

From grocery deliveries of delicious Peak District produce, and sourcing local artisan produce for our little onsite shop, to collaborating with other local businesses who provide you with guided tours and unique experiences.

David has lived here at Hoe Grange Farm all his life so is a mine of information on hill farming, and the best local walks with the most stunning views. We know the local quirky events taking place, and the best visitor attractions. We make it our mission to review all the best pubs, cafes and restaurants - tough I know! We just #LoveLocal

Taking care of our countryside

Peak District & Derbyshire Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Gold AwardHoliday makers have so much choice, so we need to stand out from the crowd and give you a reason to stay with us in the stunning Peak District countryside. Our log cabins and glamping pods are on a 250-acre working farm so we have always been conscious of our impact on the environment and wildlife.

You may not be looking for a sustainable get away, but the fact that we produce 85% of our own electricity needs from our wind turbine and solar panels and that you can charge your electric car for free, maybe a deciding factor when you book your holiday.

#peakdistrictproud

We support local charities such as Friends of the Peak District, Peak District National Park Foundation and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help care and preserve our stunning Peak District landscape for future generations. Sustainability has been at the heart of our business from the beginning and we love sharing our special environment with everyone, and are definitely #peakdistrictproud. We have recently worked with Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group to restore the dew pond in the farmyard. Now the pond has refilled following the heavy rainfalls the Great Crested Newts have a safe place to breed.

dewpond

Awards for our accessible log cabins

Peak District & Derbyshire Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Gold AwardWe want everyone to enjoy their holiday and access for all has been a huge part of our journey. Hipley one of our first log cabins was designed with access in mind and fitted with a spacious wet room. From the start in 2006 Hipley was always booked up so there was no surprise when we expanded in 2010 that the two new cabins were wheelchair accessible.

Our range of additional equipment has also expanded over the years in response to feedback from guests, and is second to none. The two off-road wheelchairs which enable guests with limited mobility to explore the fields and trails are a huge hit. Being able to access the countryside really brings a smile to people’s faces!

No time to stand and stare

log-fired hot tub Whilst it’s amazing and a thrill to win there is a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes at Hoe Grange. We certainly don't have time to stand and stare beneath the boughs as long as our sheep and cows! We are always looking to improve our facilities.

This week David has been busy replacing the log-fired log tub in the garden area. The wood panels of the old one were slowly rotting away and the tub was leaking. We now have a beautiful new tub just for two, so you can enjoy a romantic evening under the stars.

Overriding comments from our guests include, the high standard of cleanliness, the extra little touches and emphasis on #LoveLocal, the peaceful, relaxing surroundings and the countryside views.

There are just so many reasons why guests return time after time.

A spotlight on excellence

Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire commented “It is our privilege to celebrate some of the talented businesses who offer that extra special service and experience for some of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s 42 million visitors each year. Quality and innovation are essential to the tourism industry and all of our finalists are shining examples of success"

Check out all the other talented businesses that won Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards.

Tourism in the region is vital to the local economy as it generates £2.3 billion, supports 30,000 jobs and attracts 42 million visitors annually. As Gold winners we are proud to go forward to represent The Peak District & Derbyshire in the National VisitEngland Awards for Excellence later in the year in June.

Exciting times ahead - wish us luck!

Felicity

#peakdistrictproud

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   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

    krimpenijssel
    10/25/2019

      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

    ElizabethA717
    9/21/2019

      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

    karenmD4738KD
    6/25/2019
  •   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

    KBarry
    9/15/2019

      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

    EJYork2013
    6/25/2019

      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

    sophiee249
    1/02/2020
  •   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

    dghiggs61
    10/25/2019

      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

    Jan Horsman J
    9/17/2019

      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

    Adventurer_12121
    1/30/2020
  •   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

    Paula C
    7/04/2019

      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

    548julie
    9/14/2019

      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

    Thesamps
    10/04/2019
  •   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

    Angie B
    8/03/2019

      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

    Big_Al_0000
    7/16/2019

      What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    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

    Wheelieuser
    6/13/2019
  •   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

    vincent s
    7/28/2019

      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

    rachelthomas2015
    6/18/2019

      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

    Charlotte M
    8/07/2019
  •   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

    Catboy86
    8/17/2019

      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

    plopster1
    6/07/2019

      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

    HelenLCarter
    2/06/2020
  •   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

    David H
    10/25/2019

      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

    mickvfr
    7/28/2019

      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

    Ajtravels14
    2/03/2020
  •   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

    joanne B
    6/04/2019

      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

    Peachey167
    7/16/2019

      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

    Tiggywinkle15
    11/05/2019
  •   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

    L9943KBlesleym
    4/03/2020

      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

    Jdrichie12
    7/11/2019

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