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VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016

March 9, 2016
March 9, 2016 - VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016
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Entering the Empress ballroom at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool for this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence was a wonderful trip down memory lane. Can you believe it was 32 years ago that an apprehensive young farmer nervously asked a clothing studies student to dance at The Young Farmers Christmas Ball in the very same room?

VisitEngland Gold Award for Access for AllLittle did we know then that all these years later we would return to the place we first met for such a successful evening. We thought the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence venue was a good omen for us and that certainly proved to be the case; a fabulous double celebration winning both the Gold Award for Access for All and the Silver Award for Sustainable Tourism! Here we are being presented with the Gold Award by VisitBritain Marketing Manager and Sponsors Barclays. Find out what the VisitEngland judges thought about Hoe Grange Holidays.

chinese dragon lanternThe whole evening was an amazing experience. On entering the Winter Gardens we were ushered into the world’s largest indoor illumination experience which blends traditional Chinese lantern crafts with the latest in lighting technology, and sparkling 3D effects. It was incredible and definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Blackpool. Of all the Illuminasia halls my favourite was the "Land of the Giants", which made you feel like Alice in Wonderland after she has drunk the potion, and there before our very eyes was an enormous Jack Russel dog just like our own Fudge, and even wearing a blue collar. Look at the pop up banner in the foreground and you can see just how big "Fudge" was.

Giant illuminations at BlackpoolAfter a delicious 4 course dinner the suspense and waiting were finally over and our VisitEngland Awards for Excellence were announced. We were absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive, not just one, but two of the top awards.

Returning home with both the Gold Award for Access for All and the Silver Award for Sustainable Tourism was incredible. To be recognised as one of the top businesses for two national awards makes all our hard work worthwhile and is also due to our dedicated staff and most importantly to you, our guests. Read more about all the VisitEngland Awards winners 2016.

Countryfile presenters Adam Henson & John CravenLook who we also bumped into in the bar - Countryfile presenters Adam Henson and John Craven. VisitEngland awarded the accolade "Outstanding Contribution to Tourism" to the Countryfile team for the programme’s contribution to raising awareness of England’s rural tourism offer.

To round off an excellent evening we sneaked up onto the balcony to take in the atmosphere and hold hands as if we were 21 again!

Although you'll laugh at this - we nearly didn't bring the Gold trophy home!! Felicity decided she wanted to take a photo of the trophy with the Blackpool Pleasure beach roller coaster in the background as our hotel window overlooked the “Big One”. She placed the award on the stool in front of the open doors  - great arty photo shot for our social media she thought. She picked up the camera and turned back horrified as the award went tumbling out through the window - which was bad enough, but we were on the third floor!

Gold Award TrophyDouble celebrations turned into double trouble! How to break the news to David that his prized Gold Award was lying on the gravel at the base of the “Big One” and how to get it back as it was not even in the hotel grounds!

Luckily the trophy wasn't made of glass and being a VisitEngland high quality product it survived the impact intact. A big sigh of relief and thanks to the hotel staff who kindly retrieved it for us. After all our hard work we honestly didn't mean to throw it away.

An amazing night to remember - 32 years on and 32 years still going strong!

David and Felicity

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   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

      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

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    7/04/2019
  •   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

      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

      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

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    7/16/2019
  •   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

      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

      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 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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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 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
  •   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

      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

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