A top family-run holiday attraction near Market Harborough has been saluted as one of the best businesses in rural Britain.
Owners Jasper and Mary Hart, and their daughter Claire Hart, said they are ecstatic after Brook Meadow carried off a coveted Amazon-backed Rural Business Award.
The family are celebrating after Brook Meadow was handed the Triumph Over Adversity Award at the first-ever virtual national final of the Rural Business Awards.
The latest accolade comes after the popular holiday site has won a string of prestigious awards since being set up on a traditional working farm deep in picturesque rolling countryside near Sibbertoft 28 years ago.
Beautiful Brook Meadow is surrounded by 400 acres of peaceful pasture and arable land, with 20 acres designated for holidaying and a breath-taking five-acre lake.
And the glamping, camping and caravanning centre sits just a cannonball’s shot away from the iconic and decisive Battle of Naseby in the English Civil War in June 1645.
Today Claire Hart, the Managing Partner at Brook Meadow, said: “I am truly thrilled, as are my dear parents Jasper and Mary, to receive the Triumph Over Adversity Award alongside the other worthy winners with their incredibly inspiring stories this unique category has shone a light on.
“The current situation is very difficult.
“So to receive a Rural Business Award means the absolute world to my family and our team, who I thank wholeheartedly for their support.”
She added: “Our drive has been to look after our family and our heritage, my brother’s legacy and my son’s future.
“Gaining national recognition for all we have overcome and achieved together is very special.
“I would love the success of Brook Meadow’s story to provide a glimmer of hope for anyone who is struggling – believe in yourself, better days are on the horizon.
“Thank you, Rural Business Awards and Amazon.”
John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon, said: “It’s an honour to support the Rural Business Awards’ efforts to showcase the incredible talent of British rural business.
“On behalf of Amazon, I would like to congratulate Brook Meadow on this achievement - and I wish them further success in the future.”
The Rural Business Awards are the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford.
They are keen to highlight the sheer wealth of entrepreneurial talent hard at work day in day out in the British countryside.
Anna Price said: “On behalf of the Rural Business Awards, I would like to congratulate Brook Meadow on this well-deserved win.
“I would also like to extend my congratulations to all the businesses who made it to the final and wish them well in their future endeavours.”
The 2021/22 Rural Business Awards, to be run with Amazon, is now open for entries.
So if you would like to enter or find out more about these awards, visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk