26 November 1999

HOLIDAY HOMES THEIR BEST MOVE

FOR Tim and Nicky Reed of Tredethick Farm, diversifying into holiday cottages on their 81ha (200-acre) sheep and arable farm near Lostwithiel in Cornwall, was the best decision they ever made.

They have just scooped the English Tourism Council award for the Best Self Catering Holiday of the Year. This is the couples second award – they won the Tourism in the Environment category in 1997.

For Tim, this latest accolade is particularly important. "It not only gives me the incentive to continue to think up new ideas for business, but also the message to other farmers is that they can diversify and become the best."

The award comes just six years after Tim and Nicky decided to open their first self-catering cottage. The decision has paid off and the couple now have nine cottages.

The cottages are especially popular with people who want a better understanding of farming today. "It gives people contact with a real farm," says Tim.

But the couple have no intention of letting success go their heads. "The award doesnt mean we can rest on our laurels," says Tim, "we intend to stay ahead by responding to consumer demands."

Tina Orr-Munro