Dumfries park toasts triple triumph of tourism awards
Staff and the family owners of Mouswald Lodge Park near Dumfries are celebrating as they start the new holiday season with a hat-trick of top tourism awards.
The tranquil ten-acre park’s first honour was received as a result of votes cast by customers of major UK holiday bookings agency Hoseasons.
Guests’ consistently high scoring of Mouswald Lodge Park led to it receiving the overall diamond accolade in the “best small rural retreat” category.
The announcement by judges of the park’s success was made at Hoseasons’ glittering annual awards ceremony, regarded as the Oscars of the holiday parks industry.
But this was only Mouswald’s first appearance under the spotlight that day, for it also took first place as Scotland’s best performer in the category of “boutique parks”.
Based just a few miles from Dumfries near the village of Mouswald, the park provides countryside escapes which include luxury timber lodges with private hot tubs.
Delighted comments from Hoseasons’ guests were also reflected in Mouswald’s third award: a Certificate of Excellence from the review website TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor’s “excellence” accolades are handed out only to firms which attract an exceptional number of glowing reviews and maximum satisfaction scores.
Brian Wetherley, whose long-established family business owns Mouswald Lodge Park, said the three accolades provided a fantastic boost at the lift-off of the 2018 holiday season:
“These awards are especially important to us because they are based on the verdicts of people who have experienced the park first-hand,” said Brian.
“Obviously our quality standards play a big part in creating the impressions which people take away, but in our experience it’s often a lot more than that.
“Many of the reviews left by guests mention the hospitality and friendly atmosphere at Mouswald, and credit for this must go to our hardworking and dedicated staff team.
“We’re all delighted with these awards, and I hope they will also benefit other tourism businesses in the area by highlighting what a great place Dumfriesshire is to take a holiday,” added Brian.
Over the past 12 months, he said, the company had invested over £1.5 million at Mouswald in new accommodation facilities, landscaping and environmental projects.
In addition to holiday stays, the park also provides holiday home ownership opportunities and attracts buyers from both sides of the Scottish border.
There is more information about the park on its website at www.mouswaldpark.co.uk