The best rewards from owning a business running holiday cottage barges in Suffolk, is getting wonderful feedback from guests. It is also great to be given the same from credible sources and let’s face it; its those sources that you look for!
How do we let prospective guests know that we offer great holiday cottage barges?
Arguably the most accepted reviews source for the holiday cottage industry is TripAdvisor. We all use it all the time! Why? I personally find it a horrible site to use but I still use it for reviews when I’m going somewhere, so it is vital that we are on it. Our barges, whilst they’ve operated as holiday cottages, have not been on there but we will set this up. However, please do take a look at the hundreds of reviews we have for our other holiday cottages and you’ll soon realise that we know a thing or two about making guests happy. And that’s what we now do with our barges.
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
We were awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence the first year we joined the platform, for consistently high reviews. We then made it to ONE HUNDRED FIVE STAR reviews, without getting anything less! This was a great milestone for us, as TripAdvisor is such a trusted review source for potential guests. We’ve progressed nicely since that and have hundreds of Five Star reviews now.
Quality in Tourism Gold
Quality in Tourism Awards are the other measure for guests looking for a guide or benchmark to steer clear of a bad experience. We work tirelessly to maintain our very high standards and we were awarded Gold Standard for all our Holiday Cottages at Woodfarm Barns
So when we purchased these beautiful Dutch Sailing Barges, we worked with Quality in Tourism to ensure that we had the Gold Award for these too!
Part of the Quality in Tourism VisitEngland evaluation process is also the assessment for suitability for the various ‘Welcome Awards’ on offer.
They have four of them:
We were assessed on all four categories through a very stringent process but we are delighted that we were awarded all four!. The Families Welcome one can only be for cottages large enough for families though of course so we don’t have that for all of our places as it’d be impossible.
Woodfarm on ITV
In 2018, I was approached by the team at ITV to film from our Onderneming barge. They were filming a feature on Dog Walking around the East of England and come across us. We had great fun filming and the piece went out in early 2018. We had some amazing feedback about this superb exposure, with bookings off the back of it, both for Barges and Barns. What was really pleasing was that one of the ITV reporters booked a stay for her family, and another reporter stayed following that!
Both of our barges featured in The Times during 2018!
Twee Gebroeders was listed in their top romantic places to stay, and Onderneming was included in the list ‘Unique Holiday Homes in Great Britain’.
Pets Pyjamas is a national resource for all things Dog Friendly, from pubs and restaurants to places to stay.
We are absolutely delighted to be nominated and WIN their 2018 Award for Unique places to stay. We’re proud to say that we beat competition from all around the country in order to win this award.