Coast & Country Cottages has been announced as the winner of Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company (Small) in the prestigious 2014 British Travel Awards. The announcement was made on 26 November at a glamorous Gala Awards Dinner, held at Battersea Evolution in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry people.
Based in picturesque Salcombe and historic Dartmouth, Coast & Country Cottages manages over 430 self-catering holiday cottages exclusively in Salcombe, Dartmouth and throughout the surrounding South Hams coast and countryside. Since acquiring the company in 2001, Andrew and Karen Jones have successfully grown the business from 180 properties to over 400 and their locally based team from just 3 people to nearly 30 permanent staff.
Karen Jones, Director, says ‘’Coast & Country Cottages is a small, family owned and run agency based in South Devon, so we are absolutely thrilled to have received this award alongside some of the biggest names in the British Travel industry. It was very exciting to go onto the stage to collect the award from the Sponsor, Matt Murphy of Levy Associates, and comedian, Russell Kane, on behalf of our fabulous team, though a little nerve wracking! We were one of the smallest companies there, with brands including Thomson, Kuoni, First Choice and Virgin Holidays all receiving awards.’’
Continues Andrew Jones, Director, ‘’Our success is due to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our locally based team, 4 of whom we were delighted to invite to accompany us to the event in London. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of them and also to our loyal customers who voted for us!’’
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “This year was a record breaking year for consumer voting with more than 1.1 million votes cast to determine the winners of the coveted British Travel Awards – it the largest awards programme in the UK; to win is truly an accolade. The travelling public regard the British Travel Awards winners logo as the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really are the best travel companies and Coast & Country Cottages is to be congratulated on the achievement.”
The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, audited by leading global accountancy practitioners Deloitte. The BTAs are the only travel industry accolades voted for exclusively by the travelling public, and the Awards serve to recognise all that is great about UK travel companies.