Burton Mail

19 September 2011 - Burton Mail

SPA resort near Burton has been voted the best in England for the second year running at the world travel and tourism industry ‘Oscars’.

Hoar Cross Hall spa resort’s victory was the seventh consecutive year it has scooped a prize at the annual World Travel Awards.

The attraction, near Yoxall, Staffordshire, grabbed the prize after an online vote involving travel agents and consumers.

They judged Hoar Cross even better than top class rivals such as Stobo Castle and The Dorchester, leaving the victor’s owner ecstatic.

“We are absolutely delighted to be voted the best spa resort in England again,” said Stephen Joynes, director and president.

“This is the seventh year in a row we have been a winner at the awards, which is a tremendous accolade for all the staff.

“The simple reason for our success is that we keep our guests happy.

“We work hard to maintain the highest standards and we are always looking for ways to deliver an even better service.”

Mr Joynes’s first venture was a mobile fish and chip van which he bought at the age of 22 for £120.

After running several successful businesses, the self-made multi-millionaire bought Hoar Cross Hall in 1989, restoring it to its former glory and expanding and converting it into a hotel and spa resort.

The spa resort is set in a country house stately in 100 acres of English countryside, Hoar Cross’s grounds include lakes, formal gardens, an Italian roof terrace, tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course.

Mr Joynes, who was presented with his resort’s latest award at a glittering ceremony in Turkey, said: “As I’ve worked my way up the ladder, my motto has always been that if you look after your customers they will keep coming back.

“At Hoar Cross Hall spa resort our regular customers don’t just keep coming back, they bring their family and friends with them too.”

Hoar Cross Hall, a Grade II-listed redbrick mansion, was built by Sir Hugo Meynell for his wife Emily, daughter of Viscount Halifax, in the 1860s.

Source: Burton Mail

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