Hello and thank you for taking the time to find out a little more about me and my business…
I have enjoyed a diverse career in public and private sector organisations in senior management roles primarily concentrating on change management, project management and customer service strategy. Since 2010 I have dedicated my career to founding, establishing and developing an award winning, rural tourism business on our dairy farm. The Dandelion Hideaway is renowned for delighting guests, offering a unique and exceptional experience. Endorsed in 2015 by VisitEngland with a ROSE award for exceptional service, one of only a handful of hospitality businesses nationally, presented with this iconic award. I remain committed in continuing to diversify the family farm partnership to ensure its long term viability and sustainability and continue to explore complementary projects.
Chair of the North Warwickshire, Hinckley Bosworth LAG, January 2015 – current.
The NWHB LAG successfully bid and secured a £1.4 million grant from the national LEADER programme managed by DEFRA. The LAG, through the chair, is supported by a team of staff who are employed by North Warwickshire Borough Council and Hinckley Bosworth Borough Council. It is a strong autonomous partnership, responsible for making its own decisions and overseeing the implementation of the grant award. My role of chair is rewarding and demanding, it offers the privilege of influencing rural development, acting as an ambassador, promoting opportunities, encouraging applications and developing projects.
About the business… The Dandelion Hideaway
In 2010 I established the independent, ‘The Dandelion Hideaway’, creating a back-to-nature style, hosted holiday set on a farm in beautiful countryside. The ambition has always been to offer exceptional holidays and experiences with a collection of luxurious tented accommodation. The completed project established us as a leading provider of independent glamping holidays, creating six self-contained, self-catering accommodations on a dairy farm with an engaging blend of hosted complimentary farm activities. This offers unspoiled quality time for families and couples far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life appealing to guests with an interest in the countryside, conservation and farming.
The Dandelion Hideaway regularly achieves status as a leading brand in the glamping sector with positive, national publicity and endorsement from major news titles alongside the patronage of prominent journalists. A highly acclaimed, multi award winning business.
We are thrilled to be the only glamping destination to have won the prestigious VisitEngland Excellence Award in the self-catering accommodation category in 2014, 2015 and 2016. And guests kindly noted that our hospitality is exemplary, in 2015 we were delighted to be given one of the first VisitEngland ROSE awards in Recognition Of Service Excellence.
More recently, 2017, achieved a significant milestone for us; winning the most prestigious award from VisitEngland. In April, we received the highest accolade possible, awarded the winner of Glamping Provider of the Year, officially the best glamping destination in England.
|Tourism Business – Tripadvisor isn’t the only tool in the marketing box…||4th October 2017|
|The birth of glamping||4th October 2017|
|Farm Business Innovation Show – Glamping Panel Discussion – Say Hello!||17th October 2017|
|The Dandelion Hideaway – Best Glamping Destination of the Year 2017 – VistEngland Awards 2017||16th October 2017|