Best of British Getaways 2023

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The Best of British Getaways Awards have returned for 2023! After a successful launch year, this prestigious awards programme will once again highlight the top getaways, activities, and vacation destinations across the British Isles. The UK offers a plethora of vacation spots that cater to diverse tastes and interests. Whether it be tranquil countryside retreats, vibrant city getaways, or picturesque beach vacations, the UK is the perfect choice for a recreational break. In recent times, more people have chosen to explore the beauty of their own country rather than travelling abroad, making staycations increasingly popular. It is expected that this trend will continue to rise. For families and travellers seeking an enjoyable holiday experience, a British Getaway is a fantastic choice. Compared to international travel, many people find it to be more affordable and accessible, as staycations eliminate the need to worry about flight schedules or travel restrictions. British Getaways have revolutionised the holiday market, with long weekend breaks becoming a popular choice. Many individuals now prefer more frequent, shorter breaks rather than weeklong excursions, highlighting the growing popularity of British Getaways, making them now an increasingly desirable choice for holidaymakers. Best of British Getaways 2023 Phone: +44 (0) 203 970 0018 Website: Sofi Parry Senior Editor

Contents 4. Taymouth Marina Ltd: Spa Resort of the Year - Perthshire 5. Wavysail: Best Adventure Sailing Experience Company – UK & Best of British Getaways': Adventure Tourism Social Inclusion Champions of the Year 6. Lakeside Boathouse: Best Boat & Canoe Hire Attraction - Wales 7. Go Highlands Ltd: Most Client-Focused Guided Tour Company - Scotland 8. Cycle Retreats SL: Best Activity Holiday Agency - Europe 9. Devon Truck Show: Most Unique Family-Friendly Annual Event - UK 10. Leisure Medics UK Ltd: Best Motorhome Repair Centre - North West England 11. Mantra Holidays: Best Emerging Tour Operator - Southern England 12. Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary: Best Rural Farm Cottage Accommodation - Peak District 13. Lyme Regis Stays: Best Boutique Holiday Property Portfolio - Dorset

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 4 Spa Resort of the Year - Perthshire Situated on the banks of Loch Tay and nestled within the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, Taymouth Marina is an award-winning independent wellness spa resort with plenty of comfortable, stylish accommodation options. It is the ideal destination for anyone seeking the opportunity to escape their busy daily lives and experience a mix of relaxation and exhilaration through wellbeing and adventure. Located in the central highlands of Scotland, Loch Tay is the sixth largest and one of the deepest freshwater lochs in the country, widely renowned for its breath-taking appearance and idyllic setting. Only a short drive away from all major Scottish cities and airports, Taymouth Marina is situated on the loch’s picturesque banks, which serve as a gorgeous backdrop for the spa and wellness resort. With a strong focus on embracing nature, Taymouth Marina strives to provide its guests with a number of unique ways to experience Loch Tay and its surrounding mountains. For example, they can indulge in the HotBox Hydrotherapy Spa’s invigorating offerings, which include a hot tub, sauna, steam room, and a slide that plunges into the loch. Guests can also embark on an adventure at the water-sports activity centre and enjoy a seasonal menu at the Ferryman’s Inn restaurant, all whilst staying within a water-based Houseboat or one of the other bespoke accommodation options with panoramic views of the highlands. Since its establishment, Taymouth Marina has been working towards its goal of becoming a leading independent resort business within the UK. To achieve this, it has focused on providing a high standard of service by building a team of individuals who are positive, driven, and customer oriented. Alongside this, Taymouth Marina has worked to stand out from its competitors by creating genuinely memorable experiences that rival those delivered by the most popular global destinations. With a clear market and demographic, Taymouth Marina continues to expand based on this vision, leveraging its various unique selling points to reach travellers who appreciate nature and love to embrace new experiences. From being one of the best places in the UK to see the Northern Lights to having a plethora of history and culture on its doorstep, the resort attracts visitors from far and wide for many reasons. Furthermore, due to the nature of its physical location and the variety of its offerings, Taymouth Marina targets day guests and residents alike, broadening its demographics. In recent years, Taymouth Marina has seen an increase in the number of advance bookings and accommodation reservations, with most people’s travel planning habits returning to normal in the post-pandemic world. The resort has also seen a larger number of international clients walk through its doors, with a focus on short stays and escapism. With more bookings than ever, Taymouth Marina has greeted a multitude of guests in the past month, many of whom have decided to review their experience on platforms like TripAdvisor. For example, one satisfied visitor shares, “Fantastic accommodation with stunning views of the loch. HotBox spa experience was amazing, and Ferryman’s restaurant food was delicious. With very cute and cosy surroundings, the place really has a lot to offer. We stayed in January and the cold plunge into the loch was refreshing to say the least!” For its continued excellence in all areas, Taymouth Marina has been named Spa Resort of the Year, Perthshire, in the Best of British Getaways Awards 2023. Recently, the resort has been working tirelessly on a few projects that are due to launch soon, including plans for spa expansion, a large building development, and additions to its activities centre. With an exciting year ahead, Taymouth Marina looks towards a bright future, and we look forward to seeing how its plans will unfold. Those interested are encouraged to follow the resort on social media or sign up to its mailing list to be notified when details are released. Contact: Stacey Ives Company: Taymouth Marina Ltd Web Address:

Finding the perfect way to explore the ocean and its beauty can be a difficult task. Every part of the ocean can be a challenge, but some more than others. No matter where you’re wishing to go, Wavysail has the expertise necessary to turn your dreams into a reality. Andrew Cowen and Dave (Wavy) Immelman’s own passion for ocean adventure sparked an idea to create Wavysail, and they haven’t looked back. Here we take a closer look as Wavysail wins two esteemed titles in the Best of British Getaways 2023 from SME News. Best Adventure Sailing Experience Company – UK & Best of British Getaways': Adventure Tourism Social Inclusion Champions of the Year “Wavysail. Live it.” If you’ve ever longed for the cool breeze and sea foam enveloping you as you travel the world by its glittering waters, Wavysail is the place to go to satiate every element of your ocean exploration desires. . Andrew Cowen started out with a senior corporate job in business and marketing, while Dave Immelman is a highly experienced, professional skipper. When Andrew and Dave met on a long distance ocean race, in 2019, they got talking about the future of Ocean adventure sailing and how lots of people would want to experience life at sea. Wavysail was born. The co-founders’ shared vision is to take small groups of adventurous people on hands-on ocean adventures, led by the world’s most experienced sailors. Wavysail is open to everyone with a passion for exploration, no matter their needs or skillset – indeed, a special factor for Wavysail is their Open Oceans Fund, which provides fully funded places for those without the means or confidence to otherwise join a trip. This fund means that 20% of Wavysail place, one place on each trip is an Open Oceans place. It was Andrew’s commercial experience in blue chip FMCG business operations, teamed with Dave’s extensive experience as a sailor, which gave Wavysail life. Wavysail bears the fruits of their dedicated labour, and, together, the two experts are reshaping what it means to experience the wonderous waters across the globe. Wavysail ensures that no more than six guests take part in a trip at any time, so that everyone can have the best experience possible. Presenting golden, tailored opportunities for guests to enjoy hands-on sailing for the duration of their expedition, Wavysail’s skippers cultivate an environment where everyone feels safe and involved. With their experience and commitment to sharing the beauty of the ocean, every Wavysail skipper brings a rich background which makes their trips a truly unique and remarkable adventure. You might find yourself sailing with the world sailing speed record holder, the first female to win an around the world yacht race or an entrant to the Golden Globe Sailing Race. Wavysail’s years of diverse combined experience guarantees collaborative brilliance. Wavysail works in close partnership with the places they visit. The company travels to a variety of locations – always with a passion for sharing those exceptional adventures with whoever wishes to take part. Fully supporting all abilities, confidence levels, and financial statuses, Wavysail’s adventures are “open to anyone with a passion for exploration.” Whether you’re looking for “Relaxing, Stretching, or Epic” trips, Wavysail delivers life-changing adventures. Not only is the company a proud supporter of individual needs, but Wavysail strives to preserve the planet. As the first commercial sailing operator to measure and openly publish a CO2 footprint for all of its trips, and a responsible operator of ocean adventures, Wavysail stays open, honest, and devoted to minimising its impact on the environment. Doing all it can to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and supporting local communities when buying and serving food throughout its trips, Wavysail’s reputation for its steadfast approach to environmental and social responsibility demonstrates just how much the company cares. Leveraging years of experience, Wavysail’s adventure sailing helps others to learn to sail with an expert guide, discover their true passion for the lifestyle, and flourish – no matter how little they already know about sailing. From sailing holidays in the UK to expeditions around Africa, Europe, and beautiful trips to St Helena Island – the first expedition of Wavysail, just after the pandemic – there’s something of interest for everyone. Wavysail has been growing organically since its inception five years ago. Now, the company is planning one of the most exciting trips out there – the Northwest Passage – truly the Everest of sailing, which will be run on a purpose built, ultra-low environmental impact expedition yacht. Bestowed with two titles in this year’s Best of British Getaways, Wavysail has once again proven itself as the ocean exploration business to contact for those unforgettable trips. Not only because of its sailing holidays, but because of its earnest care for its customers and the world around us. We can’t wait to see what comes next for Wavysail. Contact: Andrew Cowen Company: Wavysail Web Address: Wavysail

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 6 Best Boat & Canoe Hire Attraction - Wales In the picturesque spa town of Llandrindod Wells, Lakeside Boathouse is a gem of the Welsh countryside. Surrounded by woodland walks and luscious green, the boating lake offers visitors the opportunity to discover the town’s beauty from the water with its fleet of canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Owners Lee and Jenni Percy founded the enterprise in 2020 to restore the lake to its former glory and create a vibrant hub for the community. Lakeside Boathouse has overcome all the odds during the pandemic and thrived with the support of valued locals and tourists. Here we talk to Lee and Jenni about their success as they celebrate receiving the award for Best Boat & Canoe Hire Attraction – Wales. If you visit Mid Wales, the green heart of Wales, Llandrindod Wells is renowned as a location of natural beauty as well as Victorian history. With its charming shop fronts, heritage trail, and impressive museums, the town is teeming with stores, cafes, and things to do. Lakeside Boathouse is one of the town’s star attractions, offering a variety of family activities with Dragon and Pelican boats, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and even SUPs (stand up paddling boards) for hire. When Lee and Jenni first opened Lakeside Boathouse, its only offerings were a small gift shop, three Dragon pedalos, and a fishing club on the 13-acre lake. In its first year, the business could only partially open due to Covid-19 restrictions. Despite this, Lakeside Boathouse expanded its activities with the addition of three extra Dragon pedalos, three Canadian canoes, ten open-top kayaks, and ten SUPs. The owners went on to convert the gift shop into an award-winning ice cream parlour, named No. 1 Ice-Cream Parlour in Powys 2021. The boathouse also boasts a selection of oldfashioned confectionary, hot and cold drinks, and local Welsh gifts. Dedicated to their community, Lee and Jenni were part of a small group of people who set up LCE (Llandrindod Community Events), a project that provides low-cost events throughout the year. Its first mission was to restore the town’s raft race which was met with widespread success and support from the Mayor and local businesses. Lee Percy shares, “Year Two was a great year for the business. We trained 60% of our staff to British Canoeing Instructor Level and expanded our fleet by adding a further nine canoes, nine kayaks, and ten SUPs. We were proud to become a British Canoeing Delivery Partner, offering Instructor Courses, SUP, Kayaking, and Canoeing lessons, as well as private hire options. We also trained our staff to MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme) standards and now have a mountain bike centre with a selection of scooters, electric and normal bikes to hire. LCE provided many events throughout the year including an Easter fun day, a Pirates Festival, and a Spooky Halloween evening.” Since then, Lakeside Boathouse has continued as a British Canoeing Partner, now offering Foundation Safety Rescue Courses and British Canoeing Instructor Courses. The business has also added two new rowing boats as well as two multi-person SUPs. The Paddle Club has attracted numerous new members, young and old, who wish to improve their skills and confidence. LCE has also grown with over 800 people attending its events. Through collaboration with Sports Powys, Lakeside Boathouse provides a ten-week wellness program that provides the opportunity for local people to try all its activities for free. Approaching its fourth year of business, the boathouse has further expanded its offerings with Team Building, Groups, Stag and Hen Parties, Cycle Hire, Bushcraft, Outdoor Cooking, and Fishing Lessons. Lakeside Boathouse nurtures a supportive relationship with its community and is passionate about bringing local people together with low-cost activities and free events. With its stunning location, the business continues to attract visitors from across the UK who are delighted to discover the diverse entertainment and events available. The hardworking team at Lakeside Boathouse is dedicated to providing customers with memorable experiences and great value for money. With boating escapades, cycle hire, and engaging community events, Lakeside Boathouse has something of interest for everyone. In the near future, Lee and Jenni aim to introduce Archery and Axe Throwing as additional activities for wet and windy days when the water is inaccessible. Established during the pandemic, Lee and Jenni’s steely determination has led the business to great success. Powys County Council initially granted the owners a 5-year contract, which has since been extended to a further ten years. Moving forward, Lakeside Boathouse will continue to provide exciting activities for the entire family and grow the business for years to come. Honoured with a title in this year’s Best of British Getaways, the boathouse has proven itself to be one of Mid Wales’s most exciting attractions. We are excited to see what the future holds for Lakeside Boathouse. Contact: Lee and Jenni Percy Company: Lakeside Boathouse Web Address:

From the outset, the main objective of Go Highlands has been to operate as the premier tour guide for its area of operation, no easy feat due to the North Highland region being the largest geographic area in the UK. George and Alastair are more than up to the task however, with Alastair utilising his experience working in a five-star hotel and the pair being well-versed in running tours, meeting while operating out of Invergordon’s Cromarty Port Cruise Centre. Bolstered by these experiences, the business has gone from strength to strength over its previous three seasons, with 2023 seeing it cater to almost 2000 clients, 80% of which travelled over from North America. Aiding the company in its mission is a strong set of core values, and Alastair talks us through some of the most important, such as, “integrity in both the services that we offer and in how we deal with our clients, flexibility, in offering scheduled tours as well as customised tours and an outstanding level of communication with both our clients and our partners.” As a small business, the two directors also happen to be the two leading tour guides, and as such, when clients or hotels call the company, they talk directly to either George or Alastair. This positions Go Highlands in an incredibly enviable position, one closer to a high-end concierge than a standard tour company that often simply schedule tours to main attractions. The tours run by Go Highlands are able to be fully tailored, and other experiences are on offer throughout, with these ranging from hiking to biking, golf, boat trips, fishing, and even hunting, all carried out within this breathtaking region of Scotland. In recent years, the North Highland region has played host to several significant tourist developments, culminating in its status today as one of Europe’s premier tourist hotspots. One such reason is the North Coast 500, which emerged in 2015 and has been marketed as one of the world’s greatest road trips, something fully corroborated by George and Alastair. Almost concurrently, the popular historical drama series Outlander premiered on television screens across the world, with this show taking place in the 18th century and being based upon true events that occurred in the Highlands. George explains, “our Outlander tours continue to be our best-selling day tours out of Inverness and from the cruise centre at Invergordon.” This location itself is also paramount to the area’s success, with its status as a former Royal Navy base and it is the deepest natural inlet of water in the UK, meaning that there are almost no restrictions on the size of cruise ships from around the world able to dock there. There is approximately 250,000 people expected to grace the region in 2024 alone. Specializing particularly in golf tours, this sector is likewise experiencing tremendous growth. Alastair elaborates, “recently, Cabot Highlands purchased Castle Stuart golf links (just 8 miles east of Inverness) and are currently constructing a second course, with an expansion of the clubhouse and lodge accommodation.” This is in addition to the area also boasting Royal Dornoch, a frequent pilgrimage for American golf fanatics, and the Tain, Brora, and Golspie golf courses, which too serve as sought after golfing destinations. With this fantastic corner of the world to boot, the future for Scotland’s Highlands appears to be very bright, and George and Alastair are currently exploring ways to maximise their tours, developing relationships with several of the best hotels within the region. This is set to be completed alongside the development of the company’s multi-day trips, which serve as an excellent choice for those looking to explore the region with their family and friends. Whatever comes next for Go Highlands Ltd, its beautiful location, commitment to providing clients with the best experiences possible, and leveraging of Scotland’s rich history, culture, and traditions, are sure to keep clients from around the world seeking out its tours time and again. Contact: Alastair Kennedy Company: Go Highlands Ltd Email Address: Web Address: Scotland is one of the most picturesque places in the world, and nowhere is this truer than in the Scottish Highlands, where Go Highlands Ltd happens to operate its exceptional tours. Founded in May 2021, when Covid-19 was still very much impacting the travel industry, Founders George Murray and Alastair Kennedy were thus amply prepared for the tourist influx that took place in 2022. Now into its fourth season, this company offers full-, half-, and multi-day tours across Scotland’s North Highlands region, predominantly catering to the golf tourism sector. George tells us more about these superb offerings and the company’s unwavering commitment to its clients. Most Client-Focused Guided Tour Company - Scotland

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 8 Best Activity Holiday Agency - Europe Cycling is easily one of the most refreshing excursions available to the everyday person. Whether you’re an avid cyclist, or someone who enjoys the occasional ride around your local area, it’s an activity that encourages a perfect blend of exercise and rejuvenation. As such, it comes as no surprise to learn that there’s a growing outcry for more engaging, active retreats. Enter Cycle Retreats, a luxury cycling company that brings a highend, chalet-like experience to some of Europe’s most breathtaking locations. Join us as we explore what Cycle Retreats has to offer to cyclists of every skill level. Cycle Retreats is a cycling company that has truly redefined the wider understanding of an active retreat. Offering a completely new type of experience – one that doesn’t discriminate against level of skill whatsoever – the business has found itself serving a myriad of individuals from all over Europe. Be it a male, female solo cyclists, groups or couples, Cycle Retreats promises to provide a comprehensive package that won’t just help them unwind but will encourage them on their cycling journeys. This package includes airport transfers, in-house catering, kit washing, guided rides tailored to different skill level’s plus much more, and an insight into some of Europe’s hidden gems and well-known epic cycling areas. Though Cycle Retreats provides holidays across Europe, its specialty lies in finding the areas that are often relatively untouched by the hustle and bustle found in busier destinations. Operating in the hopes of ushering in a sense of total rejuvenation, the company believes that, in exploring its hand-picked locations, it’ll be able to share the continent’s beauty with its guests. However, if the avid cyclists are seeking a challenge, Cycle Retreats also offers experiences that take place on some of Europe’s most iconic climbs, such as the French Alps, but done in their unique and supportive way. With every holiday fully supported with various vehicles, luggage transfers, qualified guides, and feeding stations, guests won’t need to lift a finger in order to enjoy themselves. Truly, Cycle Retreats embodies the very notion of taking care of each small detail. It caters to the unique needs of each individual and will even take the time to provide a unique likes and dislikes sheet in order to prepare the perfect meal after a long day of cycling. And yet, if a relaxing massage is more your style, Cycle Retreats is more than happy to provide. After all, it closely adheres to a resounding motto that has driven the company forward since its inception - #cyclingdoneyourway. Whether guests are wanting to spend a few days under Cycle Retreats’ care or are hoping to embark on a fortnight-long venture to meet likeminded people, its eager team of experts is always on-hand to bring your perfect cycling getaway to life. Situated in retreats that are often four stars or above, Cycle Retreats’ holidays, whilst predominantly centred around the bikes, really bring various other elements to the forefront of importance. This most notably extends to its incredible team of caterers, each ready to deliver the ideal meal to round off the day. Cycle Retreats prides itself on its ability to help people remove themselves from reality and truly connect with their inner cyclist again, and the result is a European getaway opportunity that promotes both physical and mental wellbeing at every angle. Focusing on every part of the holiday is Cycle Retreats’ specialty, and it’s abundantly clear to see through the ways it runs its hotels, tours, and internal processes. Cycle Retreats thrives in identifying the most effective means of relieving stress, and it has identified that cycling is the one active medium that can unite every type of person, no matter how adept they may be at the sport. Whether someone is a cycling fanatic who is determined to commit their holiday to besting some of the toughest climbs, or someone simply ready to enjoy the gorgeous European countryside, Cycle Retreats is well prepared to leave them with a memorable experience that’ll leave them desperate for more. It is easy to see why Cycle Retreats won the award for Best European getaway, after all 87% of their guests return year after year to experience this award winning holiday in an environment which feels more like a family with every returning visit. Contact Details Contact: Zoe Lancaster Company: Cycle Retreats SL Web Address:

For families seeking a thrilling day out, the Devon Truck Show offers much more than your average rally. Featuring live music, stunt shows, monster truck rides, food stalls, an on-site bar, and much more, this unmissable event has something special for everyone. The exciting festival offers some of the cheapest weekend camping tickets in Devon with spots still available. The Devon Truck Show was originally created to raise funds for local charities and projects and has raised more than £30,000 for its causes. The remarkable show continues to attract thousands of trucks and spectators from all over Europe and has received a Best of British Getaways Award for its unparalleled entertainment. Most Unique FamilyFriendly Annual Event - UK Established by Mike Quartley in 2018, the Devon Truck Show is a phenomenal event that combines a passion for trucks with nightly entertainment for the whole family. From year one, the festival attracted over 300 trucks and has since expanded to host over 1000 trucks each year. The action-packed show displays the best commercial vehicles in the UK and is dedicated to supporting British truckers. The Devon Truck Show features entertainment and activities including live music, stunt shows, trade stands, and the opportunity to view hundreds of exceptional trucks and buses. With over a thousand trucks already booked, 2024 is set to be another captivating year. Live action will include four monster trucks performing awesome stunts and the fantastic Wall of Death Motorcycle Stunt Show. A full funfair and kids’ area will provide entertainment for children of all ages with exciting rides, face painting, circus workshops, and mini trucks to ride. This year’s live music will include sensational performances from The Wurzels, N-Trance, Kevin & Perry, Ian Van Dahl, and Scott Mills (Radio 2 DJ). In the trade shopping area, fleet operators, owners, and tyre specialists come together to celebrate their passion at the UK’s biggest truck meet. Camping and glamping spots are also available with tents holding up to six people and a luxury accommodation option with a real bed and mattress. There are plentiful camping options including pitches, tents, motorhomes, and caravans. Families are encouraged to bring their furry friends to the festivities with dogs permitted to camp. The Devon Truck Show supports Europe’s haulage industry, offering them a weekend of fond memories in appreciation for truckers’ continuous hard work. For those looking for a family friendly weekend away, the event provides affordable accommodation and unique entertainment unrivalled everywhere else in the world. With unforgettable experiences and the chance to get up close with some of the world’s finest trucks, this year’s Devon Truck Show is certain to have something for everyone. For its charitable contributions and endless fun, the Devon Truck Show has been honoured with this year’s award for Most Unique Family-Friendly Annual Event – UK. Contact Details Contact: Mike Quartley Company: Devon Truck Show Web Address: https://www.

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 10 Best Motorhome Repair Centre - North West England With more than 75 years of combined experience operating within the caravaning industry, Lancashire’s Leisure Medics UK Ltd is an independent, family-owned and operated caravan repair company that effectively utilises its resources to carry out the necessary service or repairs to get a client’s vehicle up and running to the best of its ability. Primarily, those served by the company are touring caravan or motorhome owners in the North that seek warranty-supported services and repairs to their dream vehicles to ensure that many happy times can continue to be enjoyed across the country or even the world. Cristinia Lowther tells us more about the company and its distinction within the sector. Approved by leading manufacturers in the sector, such as Swift, Erwyn Hunter Group, Coachman, and Auto-Trail, as well as being the only approved repair and service centre for Hunter Nature Karavans across the UK, Leisure Medics is a company that uses both its purpose-built workshop and a mobile repair workshop to carry out maintenance and repairs for its customers at a time and place that suits them. Across its plethora of services, first-class work is undertaken at competitive prices on all makes and models of touring caravans, campervans, motorhomes, and trailers, done so by an experienced and knowledgeable team who excel in tinkering with vintage offerings through to brand-new, top-of-the-line flagships. Repairs and maintenance services on offer include damp diagnostics and treatment, internal/external cladding, appliance repairs (including gas), fittings and furnishings, chassis inspection, window/roof assessment and repair, accessory and upgrade fitting, as well as servicing and any other general repairs and refurbishments. Bolstered by Leisure Medics’ status as a member of the National Caravan Council Approved Workshop Scheme, all of the above work can be carried out without impacting a customer’s warranty, a fantastic bonus on top of what is already a frankly unparalleled collection of quality offerings across the motorhome space. Five key values serve to underpin the sustained excellence established by Leisure Medics, and it is the strict adherence to these positive traits that have enabled the team to carve out a niche for themselves and foster such an enviable reputation. The first of these values champions knowledge, something carried out by continuous training and approval from manufacturers in order to deliver the highquality service that customers have come to expect. Second is a commitment to a servicehearted approach, with the team remaining steadfast in solving all challenges that may arise in addition to carrying out an in-depth annual service. Remaining “passionate with a great attitude” is the third such value, and as Cristina explains, “we maintain an optimistic outlook by turning challenges into opportunities. We are motivated, driven, and passionate for success.” Fourth is the strive for excellence, with this ongoing commitment empowering everyone at Leisure Medics to push themselves to be the best that they can be, from service and repair through to customer interactions. Finally, integrity is something that is at the very heart of the business, with Cristina emphasising the importance of, “being honest and having a strong moral principle, being reliable and trustworthy, and taking responsibility and accountability for actions [both] good and bad.” Across England’s Northwest at present, the Eden Project Morecambe is making headlines, with this project set to turn the area into a tourist destination with a keen focus on education, environment, and the local community. Since the area of this development is located just a stone’s throw from the company workshop, Cristina notes, “we are noticing there are a lot more tourists visiting the area in their motorhomes and caravans, parking on the promenade and [visiting] local sites.” This will be incredibly good for business in the long run and serves to reinforce the best thing about British getaways in general, which is local areas being afforded opportunities to grow and local economies provided the means to thrive. 2024 is set to be a big year for Leisure Medics, with the team celebrating their recent move to a bigger workshop that will allow for an increase in not only the number of projects that can be taken on, but also the size and complexity of said projects. Furthermore, the company will soon become a dealer for Ukraine’s LifeStyle Campers, a micro, off-road caravan that is sure to get those in the community talking. Ultimately, getting the community talking is something that Leisure Medics UK Ltd has done already, simply by providing an unrivalled calibre of service. Contact Details Contact: Cristina Lowther Company: Leisure Medics UK Ltd Web Address:

In the fast-paced world of tour operating, Mantra Holidays in Harrow has distinguished itself by placing customers at the centre of everything that it does, operating with an unparalleled sense of integrity and transparency. The commitment the company has to its customers is present across every aspect of its services, whether this be itinerary planning or the experiences one undertakes while travelling. Trust has proven to be the decisive factor in the business’ establishing of a loyal, satisfied client base, and the team have succeeded in forging several long-lasting relationships with clients and other industry professionals alike. Embracing developments and innovation within its sector is key for any emerging business, and this is something continuously done by Mantra Holidays, as Rajesh explains. “Our team is dedicated to adopting new technologies and creative solutions, ensuring our offerings remain fresh and exciting.” This extends also to the elements of cultural and environmental responsibility, as sustainably is prioritised in order to respect and preserve the cultures and environments explored by its clients. For Rajesh, “sustainability is not just a goal; it’s an integral part of our business ethos.” Constantly evolving to remain up to speed with an ever-changing travel landscape, tours offered by Mantra Holidays remain inclusive and affordable. The comprehensive package that is available covers everything, from accommodation to transportation and guided tours. Omnipresent throughout an experience are knowledgeable, passionate tour managers, with these travel enthusiasts dedicated to providing each member of a group with an enjoyable, memorable experience. This group dynamic serves as another significant aspect of the company’s tours, as a unique sense of camaraderie is fostered, thus opening up avenues for new connections, experiences, and friendships. Within the British getaway landscape specifically, a range of experiences are available catering to an array of preferences, thus making it the ideal choice for travellers seeking everything from relaxation to adventure and rich history. Not only does Britain possess some of the richest cultural heritage in the world, but it is also situated in a highly accessible location, firmly in the centre of the world map. A series of charming accommodation is also available, taking the form of cottages, inns, fancy hotels, caravans, and everything in between. As Rajesh explains, “we […] involve packages that highlight the unique features of British getaways ranging from holiday packages from one day to several days.” Not only is Mantra Holidays impressive on the outside, bolstered by exceptional customer service and fantastic tours, the internal culture it has nurtured serves to further distinguish it. The collaboration and team spirit present ensures adaptability, diversity, and professional growth is all achieved, along with the work-life balance necessary to promote effective well-being and create happy employees. When recruiting new team members, a steadfast passion for travel is championed, as is effective communication and a good understanding of cultural sensitivity. For 2024, the firm’s overarching vision is to further strengthen its portfolio and enhance the travel experiences that it already offers, something set to be achieved through the expanding of the destinations that it operates in, the continuous leveraging of cutting-edge technological solutions, doubling down on sustainable efforts, and enhancing the skills of its employees. Rajesh summaries, “as we navigate the evolving landscape of the travel industry, we look forward to creating lasting memories for our customers and contributing positively to the world.” Bolstered by a seamless digital experience that allows customers to effectively plan and book their trips, Mantra Holidays has proven itself as one of the UK’s best emerging travel operators, a business with a truly unique identity and an unwavering commitment to offering exceptional travel experiences. Those looking for a tour with a difference should certainly seek the company out for their next break and join hundreds of beaming individuals whose fantastic experiences are accurately reflected in an array of positive online testimonials. Contact Details Contact: Rajesh Shetty Company: Mantra Holidays Web Address: Emerging travel and tour agency Mantra Holidays possesses an unbridled dedication to offering exceptional travel experiences for its clients in its native Britain and all over the world. Established in 2021, the business has quickly become synonymous with the high-quality and the memorable, inspiring and providing the means that enable its clients to bask in its unique, hassle-free travel experiences. Facilitating the exploring of new cultures and creating lasting memories for every traveller underpins this commitment, something reinforced by the company’s 4.7/5 Trustpilot rating. We have the pleasure of catching up with Mantra’s Rajesh Shetty, who provides further insight into the business, what sets it apart, and how it plans to expand in the near future. Best Emerging Tour Operator - Southern England

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 12 Best Rural Farm Cottage Accommodation - Peak District Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary is nestled in a community of local people who expertly work together in order to create something truly unique and special for those visiting the Peak District. This community expands to more than just people, it is the animals on the farm that truly contribute to the diverse way of living that has been fostered here. The premier stand out at this location is its series of award-winning holiday cottages and accommodation, but the team also host weddings, events, and workshops, complete with an unparalleled backdrop. Those who stay at Lower Damgate Farm are immediately made to feel welcome, with this small family business opening its doors to those guests who want to experience this fantastic pocket of the Peak District National Park. Comprised of more than 22 acres that guests are free to make the most of, this rural setting has an abundance of space, gardens, and breathtaking landscapes for patrons to enjoy, whether they want to walk and explore rivers such as the Dovedale or Manifold, or visit local attractions, which include an array of local towns and villages, and even such famous locations as Alton Towers and Chatsworth House. Over the centuries, this landscape has played host to key groups throughout British history, with the area initially serving a family during the Roman Empire, who built the culvert that runs down the drive to this day. A few hundred years later, a Viking Longhouse graced the locale, before the Tudors built the house on the land that still stands to this day and that host Carolyn Wilderspin lives in with her family. The environment is stunning, and thanks to its former Viking residents, the space is perfectly situated, having its own eco-climate so that it remains hot when the sun shines and the wind blows over the top of the buildings. As for the stellar accommodation offerings that have won Lower Damgate this award, these span a host of different settings, such as the luxury selfcatering holiday cottages that make up the farm’s courtyard properties. These cottages each possess their own distinct features and personalities, and are named Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn, and Hope’s Hideaway, respectively, as well as Purdy’s Place, the main 16th-century farmhouse. Each of the abodes gracing this landscape have been adapted to suit the modern guest and can even accommodate large groups, with the entire property as one having 11 bedrooms and sleeping a minimum of 24. Facilities can also be hired on a private basis. Individually, Rueben’s Roost has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 7+, Bremen’s Barn has 4 bedrooms and can sleep 8+, Hope’s Hideaway too has 4 bedrooms, sleeps 9+, and also comes with a large games room. Purdy’s Place found at the end of the farmhouse houses an additional 2 rooms and a small living area, sleeping a total of 5. A final key offering that can sleep 2 adults in the summer months is Rose’s Retreat, an authentically styled gypsy caravan, located just a stone’s throw from the lush outside areas. Other amenities gracing Lower Damgate Farm include a unique “Alpaca Hut”, with this luxury little space also having a hot tub for guest use, a secure play area, BBQ and decking space, and a range of comfortable outdoor furnishings are available that really serve to complete the scene. On a guest’s travels, they may even meet some of the resident animals, and are more than welcome to stop and say hello. Beyond its bespoke accommodation, those staying for either a wedding or an event may find themselves utilising the spaces of the Dovedale barn and Garden Room, with this location boasting the claim of being much more than just a traditional barn, rather, it has been expertly converted to serve as the perfect space for all wedding, event, and workshopping needs. Just one of the many magnificent facilities sported by the farm, the sights on offer there really need to be seen to be believed. Ultimately, folks that visit Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary will bear witness to an ethos that is relaxed and informal, with hosts that want to ensure their guests that no request, however big or small this may be, is a problem. From romantic weekends to large-scale family holidays, Lower Damgate Farm serves as the premier choice for those seeking to tour one of the UK’s finest vistas. Contact: Carolyn Wilderspin Company: Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary Web Address:

Founded by Anna and Mike, Lyme Regis Stays boasts a boutique collection of holiday cottages and getaways just waiting to be explored. Predominantly situated across Lyme Regis, these spaces present a characterful environment – ones that harmonise contemporary interiors with historical exteriors to give guests a taste of the area’s local heritage. Join us as we highlight the defining qualities of Lyme Regis Stays’ properties. Best Boutique Holiday Property Portfolio - Dorset Expertly created and styled for individuals, families, and friends alike with a wide array of gorgeous getaway properties, Lyme Regis Stays has managed to strike the ideal balance between serenity and modernity. Committed to offering independent boutique properties to customers, be it cottages or otherwise, the business brings together style and creativity to concoct a homely atmosphere in which guests can truly relax. Lyme Regis Stays is proud of its ability to offer individuals a ‘home away from home’, allowing them to retire to the beautiful Lyme Regis without having to sacrifice comfort. The business has come leaps and bounds in impressing travellers across the country. With over 1,000 reviews to its name, 97.5 percent of which are of a five star quality, Lyme Regis Stays celebrates an incredibly successful tenure that is still continuing to wow guests from all over. However, Lyme Regis Stays is committed to staying relatively small so that its personal and meaningful connection with its guests. From a strong focus on authentic communication between guest and host, to frequent renovations to enrich each of its spaces even further, Lyme Regis Stays guarantees a desirable Dorset getaway unlike any other. Mike and Anna continue to add a little magic to ‘surprise and delight’ customers with their showstopping properties at favourable prices. Lyme Regis Stays’ work is a shining example of how much of a difference a brimming portfolio of boutique holiday stays can make to the overall travelling experience. We’re certain that it will only continue to add to its impressive catalogue of properties throughout 2024. Contact Details Contact: Anna Garrod Company: Lyme Regis Stays Web Address: