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Above: Directors of Coast & Country Cottages, Andrew and Karen Jones, at the 2016 British Travel Awards, joined by Martin Bayfield, award presenters Peter Darrant, Mel Crawford, and other award winners. 

Coast & Country Cottages has been announced as the winner of Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company (small) in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards, winning the award for the third consecutive year.  The announcement was made on 23 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry people.

The locally based, family owned and managed agency who also won Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company (small) in both 2014 and 2015 is delighted to win this award for a third consecutive year. Since acquiring the company in 2001, Andrew and Karen Jones have successfully grown the business, which now markets and manages around 400 self-catering holiday cottages exclusively in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the surrounding coast and countryside.

Andrew Jones, Director, says

“We are celebrating 15 years at Coast & Country Cottages and the company has gone from strength to strength. We would like to say a huge thank you to our team, which has grown from three to over 40 people since 2001 – our success is due to their hard work, dedication and commitment. We would also like to thank our loyal property owners and also the many customers who return to stay with us in this beautiful area, year after year’”

The Carnival themed awards ceremony was held at Battersea Evolution and included a drinks reception, drumming and dancing displays, as well as a Silent Auction in aid of one of this year’s chosen charities Tommy’s – a charity which funds research in to saving premature babies’ lives. Andrew made a successful bid in the auction for a signed Manchester United shirt, worn by Eric Cantona, making a significant donation to the charity which he and Karen have supported since the premature birth of their youngest daughter Elinor (now 18).

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said:

Coast & Country Cottages is to be congratulated on winning Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company (small).  Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before – but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business.  The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.”

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners, Deloitte.