Cumbrian holiday cottage letting agency, Sally’s Cottages, has won gold in the Best UK Holiday Cottage Booking Company category in the British Travel Awards 2019.
The announcement was made on 27 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry people.
Sally Fielding, owner and founder of the family-run business, collected the accolade in London. “It’s absolutely amazing to have won the top award in our category at such a prestigious event. It’s the second time in a row that we’ve received gold and really goes to show the amazing work done by everyone at Sally’s Cottages to make sure visitors have the best experience while visiting the region. I’d like to say a massive thank you, too, to everyone who took the time to vote for us.”
The business woman also celebrated by jumping into Derwentwater whilst live streaming to the company's popular Facebook page. At the time of publishing, the video has been viewed 55,000 times.
The company was set up by Sally in 2003 with just one holiday cottage sub-let from a neighbour. Today it is the largest independent self-catering cottage company in Cumbria with around 500 holiday cottages and providing work for hundreds of local people. “Local businesses in Cumbria show time and time again that the county is a big player on the national stage,” continues Sally, “and we’re so happy to be a small part of that.”
Sally’s Cottages has more to celebrate this week, with Cumbria’s U15 Cricket Team, who the company sponsors, winning Young Team of the Year at the Active Cumbria Sports Awards.
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Sally’s Cottages is to be congratulated on winning Best UK Holiday Cottage Booking Company. Competition was particularly strong this year 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.”
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