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Mid Wales parks win Hoseasons Best in Britain diamond awards

Two Mid Wales holiday parks received Diamond Awards at the Hoseasons Best in Britain celebration at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport last week.

Penrhos Park at Llanrhystud, near Aberystwyth and the new Maesmawr Farm Resort, Caersws were among 38 locations selected as Diamond Award winners for 2018. The award is given to parks that offer “exceptional quality and outstanding customer service”.

Both parks are members of MWT Cymru, a social enterprise company that represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales.

Owner Mark Whitehouse and manager Pam Rowden from Maesmawr Farm Resort receive their award from Hoseasons’ head of product, Scott Drew (right).

Penrhos Park, which has 20 staff and was established 52 years ago, is situated around one and a half miles from the nearest beach. Great for serious golfers and beginners alike, there is a challenging 18-hole golf course with reduced green fees, a nine-hole course and a driving range.

The park also has a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite, steam room, sauna and solarium, together with a comfortable lounge, sports bar, games room and Penhros Grill, which offers an excellent selection of fresh local produce.

Rowland Rees-Evans, from Penrhos Park, said: “It was a lovely surprise to win the award, which is down to all the hard work put in by staff across the board.

“We last won the award, which is based on customer service and customer feedback, in 2007 and it caps a very good year for Penrhos Park.”

Maesmawr Farm Resort, part of the exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, is a new development situated near to the River Severn and extends to more than 27 acres.

Surrounded by wild meadows, farmland and rolling hills, the resort is within walking distance of the village of Caersws, which was once the Roman capital of Wales

Striking a mix of tranquil location with superb accommodation, each holiday home offers all the home comforts of modern living, complemented by bespoke design and unique touches. Hot tubs offer the ultimate way to soak up the wonderful ambience whilst marvelling at the starry sky.

Guests can choose from mountain biking, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, walking and rambling or just sit back and enjoy the tranquillity of the peaceful resort whilst watching the red kites soar overhead and the 360-degree views.

The resort currently has seven studio lodges, 12 premium lodges and two safari glamping units. When a five-year phased development is complete, the resort will represent a £30 million investment with 124 lodges, a restaurant and spa, tennis courts, a fishing and boating lake, two ornamental ponds and a nature reserve, creating around 80 permanent, year round jobs.

Offering options to own, rent and invest in holiday homes, the resort is already proving popular with a wide cross section of people who are attracted to Mid Wales for escapism and adventure.

Mark Whitehouse, managing director of Boutique Resorts, that also includes two further resorts in Pembrokeshire, said: “This award is really humbling because it’s genuinely customer-related and is testament to the fantastic job the entire team are doing there. It shows that we are on the right track.

“We are supporting the local economy by attracting people from across the UK who say they feel rejuvenated after staying there. We can offer a range of accommodation options and the area appeals to all age groups.”