Business scoops top national tourism award

Wolds Edge co-owner Ruth Rowland.
Wolds Edge co-owner Ruth Rowland.

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

Self-catering accommodation Wolds Edge in Bishop Wilton, beat competition from around the country to win silver in Visit England’s annual Awards for Excellence.

The national tourism gong follows recent recognition in the self-catering category of the regional Visit Hull and East Yorkshire Remarkable Tourism Awards, a category it won in 2015.

Wolds Edge co-owner, Ruth Rowland, attributes the recent string of accolades to the latest surge in popularity of wildlife-related holidays.

At the Yorkshire Wolds retreat, families can wake to fresh hens eggs, collected by their children, and spend the day either looking for rare red kites on the Wolds, whale watching on the coast or simply counting bird species from the balcony.

Ruth said: “Many of our visitors don’t have access to the countryside at home.

“Some visitors are really keen to see particular species. We had one couple from Australia who had never seen a fox before.”

Ruth has installed bird boxes, feeders, beehives and a wildflower meadow on site. There are even infrared cameras on the grounds to record badgers and foxes at night.

One of the lodges sits on the edge of an old millpond, where an otter can occasionally be glimpsed rippling through the depths.

Ruth added: “A pair of kingfishers comes here every year, once a visitor told us one of them perched briefly on the end of his fishing rod.”

Intimate encounters like these are the secret to Wolds Edge’s success, says Ruth.