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SHARON LIPTROTT A family's two Dumfriesshire holiday parks have scooped top tourism accolades.

Westlands Country Park, Annan, and Mouswald Lodge Park, Dumfries, won two prestigious national honours in the annual awards of UK holiday giant, Hoseasons.

Both are owned by the long-established family business of Border Caravans whose founder, Brian Wetherley, said the accolades had come as "absolutely fantastic news".

Mr Wetherley hopes that the awards will help other tourism businesses in the area by publicising Dumfries and Galloway as "a perfect holiday destination".

He said: "Many jobs and smaller family businesses in this beautiful region depend on visitor spending and it's time it was revealed as Scotland's best-kept holiday secret.

"Virtually all staff at our parks are recruited locally and we provide training and opportunities which will enable them to make a career in the tourism and leisure industries.

"Our team played a big part in securing our Hoseasons' awards which are based entirely on visitor satisfaction and they deserve the lion's share of the credit for our success."

Based on votes cast by customers booking through Hoseasons, Westlands Country Park was crowned Scotland's top destination for people taking lodge holidays.

Judges said that feedback from couples and families at Westlands had been "simply outstanding".

Also honoured at the glittering ceremony was Mouswald Lodge Park which took the award for the Best Small Relax and Explore destination in Scotland for the third successive year.

Three additional hot-tub lodges have recently been developed at Mouswald in response to demand.

Mr Wetherley told the Standard the awards coincide with the start of the next phase of a PS4.5 million investment programme at Westlands which will create additional facilities and extra jobs.

The site has an Olympic-standard clay pigeon shooting facilitiy with a 140-foot clay launching tower - the highest in Scotland - plus fishing lakes.

Last year saw the completion of a new development of luxury lodges in its 100-acre grounds.

The next phase of development work will create of a new guest complex which will include a restaurant and bar, reception, offices and corporate facilities along with a major retail centre stocking leading brands of outdoor clothing as

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 12, 2019
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