Cumbria, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, so it’s no wonder that people from all around the world come to spend time here. In such a popular area, where tourism plays such a large part, it’s an exceptional honour to be recognised amongst the best accommodation providers in the area.
The Cumbria Tourism Awards are now in their 14th year, and are designed to recognise and celebrate the best businesses in the local tourism industry and the individuals behind the brands. Many businesses recognised at this ceremony go on to achieve national recognition at the Visit England awards!
This year’s awards were held at the Cartmel Racecourse on the 22nd June, at a glitzy black tie affair complete with a sparkling drinks reception and a fantastic three course dinner – made, naturally, with the best Cumbrian produce.
The Managing Director at Cumbria Tourism, Ian Stephens, said that 2016 had been “a fantastic year for entries with exceptional quality shown across all the categories”, making it a difficult choice for the panel of judges.
We were therefore very pleased that Mill House Cottages were shortlisted in the Self-Catering Holiday of the Year category.
This category, sponsored by Out of Eden, is quite a varied one – it can include entries from accommodation varying from luxurious cottages like ours to yurts, wigwams and teepees!
The judges were looking for accommodation of the highest quality, with excellent attention to detail and an ongoing investment in maintaining standards, alongside outstanding customer care with a commitment to welcoming guests with disabilities. In addition, we had to show that we had considered the impact of our business on the environment and our links with the local community.
Competition was fierce, and although we didn’t take home the overall winner’s award we are exceptionally proud to have impressed the judges enough to earn a Highly Commended award in the category. These commendations were only awarded in a handful of categories, showing just how close we came to the top spot!
We’re not planning to rest on our laurels, however – we’re proud of our commitment to quality and always looking for ways to improve our service so that you can enjoy the best self-catering holiday possible.
And if you’d like to find out what makes us special, we’d be delighted to welcome you! For more information on our holiday cottages, or to make a booking, contact us on 01524 276500 today.