As many of you know, we are proud to be members of Premier Cottages, a genuinely unique organisation. It is not an agency, it is a cooperative of top end 4 and 5 Star mutually supportive holiday cottage owners, all determined to provide the very best service for people seeking a quality self-catering holiday in the UK.
It costs quite a bit to be a member, and it is very hard to become a member. We were told at our AGM today that over 100 had applied in the past year, of which a mere 19 had been approved and invited to join Premier Cottages (so you can see one of the reasons one is proud to boast being a member of Premier Cottages!).
Once every year, in early October, we all congregate from all four corners of the United Kingdom, at a big hotel just outside Stafford for the AGM and annual get-together. Not surprisingly, Peak District and Derbyshire members are well represented always, having so short a distance to travel.
Two solid days ensue, of meetings, presentations, delicious meals and workshops. As well as all the AGM agenda wee have talks from various people, including today Pam Foden who manages the Visit England Quality in Tourism scheme who cajoled, coaxed, advised and praised the Premier Cottages members. She quoted statistics – which I did not note and cannot therefore quote – about the high proportion of Premier Cottages who have been awarded the 4 and 5 Star Gold award, and the high proportion of 100% cleanliness ratings were Premier Cottage Members.
The new 2014 Premier Cottages brochure was produced, with everyone anxious to see how their entry looked, and whether their photos looked okay. We all wondered at the cover, a provocative antidote to the conventional ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage in an English country garden. THis year we have a view – from a veranda, complete with hookah on side table – of a somewhat oriental looking building apparently based in Norfolk! The idea is that, intrigued, one can’t resist looking inside to see what other surprises might be in store…
In the ‘old’ days, the brochure was the big excitement. Now of course, the brochure is of secondary importance to the website. And, guess what? Premier launched a new website today too! Do have a look! Our entry needs updating – another job for tomorrow…
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.