Investment contributes to development
of accessible farm accommodation
A new tourism business on the Roseland Peninsula near Portscatho
has addressed the need for wheelchair friendly quality holiday
cottages. Pollaughan Farm Holidays received Objective One
investment through South West Tourism's Rural Tourism Improvement
Fund last November. The investment allowed Valerie and Tim
Penny to convert two barns into two detached holiday cottages,
one sleeping two and the other sleeping six guests, both with
Now fully open, the cottages offer a peaceful and relaxing
place to stay, with a special emphasis on gearing the holiday
to individual visitors' requirements. Wheelchair users and
able-bodied guests alike have already praised the imaginatively
and thoughtfully equipped accommodation. Valerie and Tim hope
to achieve a Four Star quality standard and an M2 level accessibility
The Rural Access Fund, also administered by South West Tourism,
has allowed the Pennys to develop a wildlife lake with access
paths beside the cottages. This encourages guests to enjoy
access to the farm and the area's wildlife.
Valerie, who runs the business with husband Tim and their
four children, said: "Having worked with disabled children,
it was always my vision to create holiday cottages that were
imaginative, cheerful and yet a haven to relax and unwind.
I really feel we have achieved that here, and we have had
a tremendous response from our first visitors, many of whom
have rebooked. We could not have funded this project without
the grant and I would like to thank Annette Cole and her team
for all the encouragement at each stage of the process."
South West Tourism's Project Manager Annette Cole commented: "Quality has been one of the main components for this
project and Valerie has worked extremely hard, undertaking
a lot of market research to make sure she has the right product
for the market she is targeting. Her attention to detail has
Objective One Programme Director Carleen Kelemen said: "This
project will help to secure the future viability of the Penny's
farm far into the future, whilst providing tourist accommodation
suitable for visitors with disabilities.
Objective One is committed to investing towards building better
businesses in Cornwall and Scilly through a diverse range
of projects. Helping farm businesses to utilise the commercial
opportunities offered by our region's thriving tourism industry
is just one way that the programme is working to help Cornish
businesses grow and flourish."
For more information please contact Hannah Collingbourne
in the South West Tourism Press Office on 01392 353218 or
Valerie Penny can be contacted directly on 01872 580150 or
visit the website at www.pollaughan.co.uk
Pollaughan Farm Holidays received combined
investment from Defra and Objective One totalling £55,000.
South West Tourism is a partnership of private
enterprise and both local and central government. We work
to encourage the promotion and development of tourism in Bath,
Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset,
Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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