Another LEADER Project Nominated for an Award

Another Tyne Esk LEADER funded project has been nominated for a national award…  Kay Gilchrist was shortlisted at the Business Women Scotland (BWS) Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards.  Her business, The Chalet – Holidays for All, was a finalist in Most Accessible Venue/Hotel for Disability Requirements.

The chalet is a four-star self-catering holiday home based on West Meikle Pinkerton Farm in East Lothian.  It has coastal views over Dunbar and the Firth of Forth and provides guests with the opportunity to explore the farm and meet the animals during their stay. 

Holiday homes with full accessibility are very limited in the Dunbar and East Lothian area.  The chalet has features such as a specialised accessible ensuite wetroom, a ceiling track hoist and an accessible kitchen.   It is able to cater for those with physical disabilities, visual impairments, brain injuries and senior travellers.   This provides the opportunity for those who require accessible accommodation to enjoy a holiday with their families in a non-clinical environment.

Having opened her business, with a LEADER grant of £60,650, only a year ago, Kay Gilchrist is already reporting taking repeat bookings from customers.   Tyne Esk LEADER’s outcomes ‘to improve the tourist experience’ and ‘to improve people’s access to rural green spaces…’ are clearly being met in this project!

The Business Women Scotland awards are now in their second year.   This year’s winners were announced on 24 May 2018 with the award being won by one of the other few accessible accommodation providers in Scotland winning – The Rings in Fife.

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