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VisitEngland Finalists with sustainability at heart

July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020 - VisitEngland Finalists with sustainability at heart
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Exciting news here at Hoe Grange Holidays!

We have just received a red letter in the post announcing that we are finalists in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism category.

VisitEngland Bronze Award for Sustainable Tourism

Following on from our success at the regional Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards in March where we won Gold for Sustainable Tourism as well as Gold for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism, we were put forward to the nationals. Having been selected from businesses across the UK it's an honour to be representing the Peak District.

We have previously won the Silver Award for sustainability in 2012, 2013 and 2016, and are thrilled to be finalists for the fourth time. We believe this shows our consistent approach to a sustainable ethos right across the business.

The Sustainable Tourism Award celebrates the locations, attractions and accommodation providers that keep sustainability at the core of what they do. We are particularly delighted as the category covers all types of businesses large and small, not just accommodation providers.

Here at Hoe Grange we have implemented many eco practices since we opened in 2006, earning a Green Tourism Gold Award, Peak District Environmental Quality Mark and TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders Platinum Award.

As farmers who have diversified into tourism 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 support other #LoveLocal businesses and have a small onsite shop selling local produce, art and crafts, although this is currently closed due to Covid and social distancing.

We have also installed an electric car charging point for guests to plug in for free during their stay.

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, as we have facilities for guests to bring their own horses on holiday.

Find out how else we look after our beautiful Peak District surroundings on our environment page.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

“These awards celebrate businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have exceeded expectations and delivered excellence during the last 18 months and it is fantastic to see such an outstanding list of finalists. 

We have made the VisitEngland national finals 6 times in 9 years, winning 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 Highly Commended - not bad for Peak District farmers!!

Wish us luck for the finals which are being held online on Monday 17th August at 7pm. The ceremony is being streamed on You Tube so you can join us live to find out if we have won Bronze, Silver or maybe even Gold!

Felicity 

UPDATE! 

VisitEngland Bronze Award for Excellence We are delighted to report that we won the VisitEngland Bronze Award for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism - amazing that our little business is just one of three chosen from hundreds across the UK. Our congratulations go to The Hive Cafe and Bakery Birmingham who won the Gold Award and The Quiet Site in Ullswater who won the Silver in our category.

The Peak District was also successful in the Glamping and holiday Park category with Landal Darwin Forest bringing home the Gold Award!

Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence represent the highest accolades in English tourism and so we should all be extremely proud that the Peak District and Derbyshire has received national recognition with not one but two prestigious awards.

“Thousands of local jobs depend on tourism and these awards are a timely reminder of the value and quality of our tourism offer, and of the commitment and dedication of businesses such as Landal Darwin Forest and Hoe Grange Holidays who work so hard to provide visitors with experiences to remember.

“Congratulations to our worthy winners who have proved the Peak District and Derbyshire’s tourism businesses are amongst the very best in England!”

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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 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

      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'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

      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

      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
  •   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 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

      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
  •   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 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

      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
  •   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

      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 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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

      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 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 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 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

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