Hat Trick of Awards for Credit Crunch Friendly Welsh Holiday Cottages

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Three major industry awards for Welsh holiday company now offering credit crunch busting breaks for less than £10 per night at their five star luxury properties.

An award-winning Welsh holiday company is offering credit crunch busting breaks for less than £10 per night at their five star luxury properties.

Escape from economic doom and gloom, without smashing the piggy bank - to Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages' exclusive properties. The four cottages are nestled in picturesque farmland, a million miles away from the worries of the world. Owner, Richard Bowen, said: "At between £9 and £18 per night per person depending on what time of year you visit, a cottage holiday in Wales represents outstanding value for money. Where else can you enjoy five star comfort at such low rates?" With each self-catering unit sleeping a maximum of four, a holiday cottage offers ideal value for money for friends planning a countryside break, or a family seeking a bargain rural retreat.

The holiday cottage company boasts easy access to the city of Swansea and the sandy surf beaches of the Gower, as well as to the world-class Afan Argoed mountain bike trails. Mr Bowen said: "Many of Wales' world-class tourist attractions also offer free entry."

Once a dairy farm, Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages now leads the UK market in carbon neutral holidays. Its award-winning farm cottages specialise in eco-friendly sustainable tourism. On arrival, guests are encouraged to plant a Welsh oak tree to offset their carbon emissions, and receive a special certificate (on recycled paper!) to commemorate the event.

The innovative business has recently won a hat-trick of tourism awards recognising its achievements in creating a forward-thinking, successful green tourism business. The awards include a special sustainability award at the Wales Business and Sustainability Awards, Runner Up for the Environmental - Sustainability Education Award, and Finalist for Best Visitor Experience in the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards.

The Welsh Business award was presented at the Welsh Assembly, where Jane Davidson, AM, complimented their success. She said: "The award demonstrated your leadership and commitment to the environmental agenda, and sets the standard for your competitors to aspire to." Mr Bowen said: "We were extremely honoured to be recognised at these prestigious industry awards in three separate categories. Next year is likely to be challenging one for the tourism industry but we feel optimistic."

The judges were particularly impressed with the book the company published about the biodiversity and history of the grounds. "The Plas Farm Trail" describes a walk around the countryside surrounding the holiday cottages, and is filled with interesting facts and stories. The book is for sale and is also in the cottages for guests to read.

Wales Business Awards judges said: "Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages has proved year after year that small businesses can achieve a great deal in sustainability terms. The business is a true example of sustainability in action."

The Best Visitor Experience category in the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards is for businesses which go the extra mile to provide a unique and memorable visitor experience, extending a warm welcome, making an extraordinary effort to provide more than is expected to the visitors to the Swansea Bay area. Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages were finalists in this category. As these awards show, the company is providing a truly unique holiday experience for guests, one which is great value for money without compromising on comfort and convenience.

For more information see http://www.welshholidaycottages.com

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