Cofton Holidays, the multi award-winning holiday park near Dawlish, South Devon, has been shortlisted in no-less than five categories in Devon’s most prestigious hospitality and tourism awards.
The family-run business is through to the final rounds of the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2019, having been shortlisted for: Holiday Park of the Year; Self Catering Accommodation of the Year; Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism business of the year; Dog Friendly Business of the Year, and Café and Tea Room of the Year.
Now in its 10th year, the Visit Devon Awards saw a record 240 entries from businesses across Devon, including over 70 from the English Riviera. Cofton Holidays, which won Gold for Holiday Park of the Year in 2018, and went on to win Gold at the South West Tourism Awards in the same category, will now proceed to the final, with the winners being announced at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 28th November 2019 in Torquay.
This is the second bout of good news that Cofton Holidays has received in the space of one month. Recently, the holiday park was shortlisted in the 2019 UK Pool and Spa Awards. Cofton has made it down to the last three in the Holiday Park Pool of the Year category, fighting off competition from other businesses across the country. Now, the Dawlish holiday park is up against Butlins in Bognor Regis and Plas Coch Coastal and Country Retreat in Wales. Cofton has also been shortlisted in the Family Business of the Year category at the Western Morning New Business Awards, which will be announced on 21 November.
Robin Barker, organiser of the Visit Devon Awards, commented: “Change is one of the constants in business success and so it is with awards. Ten years ago, we launched the Devon Tourism Awards with 80 entries and concluded with an awards event for 120. This year, we have seen a record 240 entries and expect over 300 for the event.”
Having previously won Gold at the Visit Devon Awards 2018, Helen Scott, Director of Cofton Holidays, is hoping to continue their winning streak:
“We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for five categories in this year’s Visit Devon Awards. After winning Gold and Silver awards last year, it’s an honour for us to be recognised in even more categories this year. The Cofton team work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver an unforgettable experience to all of our guests and being recognised by award bodies such as this one is a great testament to all that we do.”
Helen continued: “We’re particularly delighted that we’ve been shortlisted in ‘Dog Friendly Business of the Year’ as we only launched our brand-new dog-friendly holiday cottages earlier this year. They’ve been incredibly popular with our guests, with more and more holidaymakers wanting to bring their dogs along to enjoy our glorious corner of Devon. Through the passion of our team, investment in our facilities and services, and the desire to go the extra mile, we aim to fly the flag for Devon and our region. We look forward to the awards ceremony and have our fingers crossed for another great set of results.”
Cofton’s facilities include a heated indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, a gym, restaurant, pub, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, soft play area, playground, sports wall, outdoor pools and much more. Guests also have access to five coarse fishing lakes, miles of cycle paths and nature trails that take visitors through woodland to the golden sands of Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve.
Free kids’ clubs take place each day throughout the school holidays, from Easter through to the October half term. Other free activities on site include the new £50,000 Woodland Adventure Area which features a 25m zip line, a climbing cage, rope ladders, balance beam, balance lines and scramble nets.
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