Clough Bottom Farm Cottages have won the ‘Self Catering Award’ at the prestigious Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s Tourism Awards 2009/10.
Online PR News – 27-July-2009 – – Clough Bottom Farm Cottages have won the ‘Self Catering Award’ at the prestigious Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s Tourism Awards 2009/10.
The three luxury holiday cottages, which were up for two awards at the ceremony, were presented with their trophy by Radio 2 DJ and fellow Northerner Stuart Maconie.
A celebration of innovation and creativity in the North West Tourism Industry - over 300 people attended the awards ceremony, held at Ribby Hall Village. This, the sixth annual ceremony saw a remarkably high level of entries which were narrowed down to four shortlist entries per category.
Commenting on the ceremony and finalists Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, said on the day of the event,
“Today was a day for celebrating great achievement in what we can’t deny have been challenging times. Those working in tourism have retained their nerve and called upon all their creativity and resources to sustain and, in some cases, even increase business and visitor numbers.
“In this year of the ‘staycation’ all our finalists and winners have shown tremendous strength of character and proved that with ingenuity, well-trained staff and great customer service that we can still achieve our shared goal, of making Lancashire and Blackpool a premier destination for domestic as well as overseas visitors.”Upon arrival at luxury self catering cottages, guests are welcomed with a complimentary hamper filled with a selection of homemade and locally sourced produce, and can purchase a range of Food from the Farm seasonal ready meals, made with the farm’s own organic beef, fruit and vegetables.
The team at Clough Bottom is dedicated to enhancing their guests’ holiday experience and for 2009 have introduced a poly tunnel allowing guests to pick their own complimentary organic vegetables all year round. Herbs, salads and fruits are also available in the organic vegetable patch and orchard.
Narrowly missing out on the highly coveted Sustainable Tourism Award, Clough Bottom prides themselves on giving their guests a truly memorable holiday experience, and are totally committed to the environment and sustainable tourism.
While staying at the farm cottages, Clitheroe guests are encouraged to support local businesses and reduce car usage as part of the ‘Stay Local, Eat Local, Buy Local, See Local’ scheme. To support this, each of the cottages - Woodcutter’s Cottage, Saddle Barn and The Coach House feature welcome folders and ‘What’s On’ guides providing a wealth of local information including walks, places of interest and things to do in the area. Wildlife diaries are also included in each cottage for guests to record their sightings of birds and wildlife.
Clough Bottom will now go forward to represent the region along with accommodation providers from Liverpool, Manchester, Cumbria and Chester & Cheshire at England’s North West Tourism Awards due to take place later this year.
Peter Mearns, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at the NWDA, said, “These awards recognise and reward the best of Lancashire’s tourism industry and I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners.
“Lancashire consistently produces top quality entrants for the regional awards and I look forward to welcoming them to the England’s Northwest Awards later this year.”
Notes to Editors
Situated in The Forest of Bowland – an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in rural Lancashire, Clough Bottom Farm is a 360 acre organic working farm that has successfully blended traditional diversification with a conservation-minded, more sustainable approach to life and business.
Owners Harry and Jane Backhouse ensure each of their varying ventures is underpinned by a strong environmental conscience.
From the rearing of their organic beef herd, thriving tree nursery business and award-winning holiday cottages, to the production of 10kg organic beef boxes and the provision of high-tech management training courses, everything they do is driven by a desire to safeguard the environment for future generations.
To book one of the four star holiday cottages at Clough Bottom, or to find out more about their trees and shrubs or organic beef, visit http://www.cloughbottom.co.uk or call 01254 826285.