Praise for Devon's Ladram Bay Holiday Park was sung out at Exeter Cathedral this February when the business was named as one of the West Country's top park destinations. The family-run business beat hundreds of other eligible parks to clinch the silver honour in the South West Tourism Excellence awards. The glittering ceremony at the cathedral was attended by tourism chiefs and VIP guests from across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall as well as Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the Isles of Scilly.

Stepping up to receive one of the top trophies in the Holiday Park of the Year category was Ladram Bay director Zoe House whose family has owned the park since 1943. She was accompanied by other team members from the popular Budleigh Salterton park who last November saw Ladram Bay crowned as overall park winner in the Devon Tourism Awards. Their victory here meant that the park was fast-tracked to this month's South West Tourism Excellence awards – but now up against a much larger field of competitors. In total, more than 770 tourism businesses had crossed their fingers for a place at the finals.

"We all feel so very proud to be bringing such a prestigious trophy home to Devon, and to have the national spotlight shining on this beautiful holiday county!" said Zoe. "What makes us especially happy is that the judges, who also assessed us on a personal visit, looked not just at the quality of our facilities, but also at the hospitality we provide. We have always tried to create happy memories by offering a warm and friendly atmosphere, so our team also need to take a bow for their crucial role in providing this," added Zoe.

Advance holiday bookings for 2020, said Zoe, are extremely strong – and with the majority being either repeat visitors, or those coming as a result of a personal recommendation. Ladram Bay provides a wide range of luxury holiday caravans and holiday lodges to rent or own, glamping pods, and pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. As well as outstanding sea views and private beach, guests have use of many attractions such as an indoor climbing, swimming pool and splash zone, and adventure golf course. There's also a restaurant and take-away, a beach-side shack where watersports equipment can be hired, and first-class day and evening family entertainment.

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