An early 19th century barn, which has been renovated to luxurious self-catering accommodation, is celebrating after achieving a prestigious Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland.
Newton Steading, situated near Lintrathen in Angus, has secured a five-star rating from the national tourism organisation. The grading highlights businesses who offer exceptional customer service, providing the best possible visitor experience.
With the accommodation having undergone a recent renovation project, husband and wife Anthony and Caroline Hoddle have worked to create a perfect getaway, providing guests with a luxurious and relaxing experience surrounded by the rural beauty and wildlife of the region.
The accommodation also offers guests the option of an in-house catering service, where fresh produce is sourced from local businesses to enhance the flavoursome and bespoke high quality dishes available.
The natural landscape and year round scenic views have helped to attract visitors from across the world. The area is well known for its impressive range of outdoor activities including the Glen Isla to Glen Prosen mountain bike route, mountaineering, rock climbing and birdwatching.
Anthony Hoddle at Newton Steading said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive a 5-star rating from VisitScotland and are extremely proud of this achievement. The official accreditation is the result of our commitment that all guests of Newton Steading, whether visiting for the first time, or returning for another stay, can have great faith and trust in knowing that it is our continuing over-riding principal to provide and deliver them with the very highest quality of service.”
Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Partnership Director added: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Anthony and Caroline at Newton Steading for attaining this award. It is fantastic to see the tourism offering in Angus enhanced by such quality self-catering accommodation.
“Reaching such a high standard is vital to the tourism industry as a whole and it inspires others to strive for such results. It is important that everyone involved in tourism works together to offer visitors a fantastic experience when visiting and staying in Angus.”
“Our Quality Assurance Scheme helps businesses to reach their full potential and truly shine. The scheme is about more than just the ‘stars’ on the door – it’s about the entire visitor experience, about investing in your business and making it economically sustainable as it possibly can be.”
Newton Steading is also part of VisitScotland’s Information Partner Programme which has been designed to allow those working within the tourism industry to become local ambassadors for their town or region
As part of the official accreditation the accommodation provides information and inspiration to visitors by actively promoting their local area and the services offered by local businesses.
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