Hospitality business scoops top tourism award

A countryside retreat in the area has scooped a prestigious tourism award.

Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, in Bishop Wilton, was named Remarkable Self Catering Provider at this year’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards.

(l-r) Ruth Rowland, Julie Roberts, Nicola Taitley and Steven Newton from Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges.

(l-r) Ruth Rowland, Julie Roberts, Nicola Taitley and Steven Newton from Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges.

It beat off stiff competition from five other finalists, including Estate Escapes, in Hotham,

Ruth Rowland, owner of Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges with her father Peter Marriage, said: “It was hugely surprising. It’s absolutely brilliant because we work so hard to achieve excellence. I felt a bit shaky [at the awards ceremony].

She added: “We weren’t expecting to win. The competition was really tough. Other people in the final were also good and others had won before.”

Wolds Edge started about 10 years ago with one holiday lodge but now offers four lodges and two shepherd huts.

Other finalists in the area for the 2015 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards included Drewton’s Farm Shop, near South Cave, which was nominated for Remarkable Cuppa, Remarkable Food Provider and Remarkable Restaurant of the Year.

The Goodmanham Arms pub made the shortlist in the Remarkable pub category. The Star at Sancton was nominated in the Remarkable Restaurant of the Year section, and Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens was shortlisted for a Remarkable Visitor Attraction/ Experience award. The ceremony for the 2015 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards was held at the KC Stadium in Hull. The awards, organised by tourism body Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, recognise the best and brightest in the area’s tourism industry.