Squirrel Barn in Milwich, has been named as the best holiday let for families for the second consecutive year, in a national travel awards programme run by leading UK holiday rental firm, Sykes Holiday Cottages.

The brick and timber barn conversion has proved a huge hit with families, thanks to a whole host of child-friendly facilities and garden games such as a Wendy house, paddling pool, swing, slide, trampoline, badminton court even a zipwire.

Squirrel Barn, in the grounds of the 400-year-old Milwich Hall, underwent extensive renovations to bring its period features to life, including treatments to expose its original beams and vaulted ceilings.

The Sykes Gem Awards celebrate the best in holiday cottage accommodation across the UK and are judged by a panel of industry experts. Now in its second year, the awards received thousands of entries from all corners of the country.

Judges were impressed by the style and facilities on offer at Squirrel Barn, along with its occupancy rate and guest feedback on cleanliness, comfort, location and value for money.


David Harris, event manager at Squirrel Barn, said:

“Winning this award for the second year in a row is a testament to all of the staff who work to make the property so popular with families – and especially children.

“We’re so pleased with our unbeaten record as we were definitely up against some tough competition this time around. It’s a huge boost when you read the wonderful messages guests write in the visitors’ book, but this accolade is even better!”

Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages, added:

“I’ve been impressed by this year’s entries, with more of our owners across the county, and country, getting involved. The winners really do represent the best holiday let accommodation there is out there, so it’s great to recognise and reward everyone’s efforts.

“In the last year we’ve seen bookings to Central England increase by 18 per cent as more and more Brits choose staycations over holidays abroad. This is a brilliant opportunity for those in the area with a second home or money to invest, and I’d encourage anyone thinking about holiday letting to get in touch.”

Squirrel Barn was among three Staffordshire holiday homes to make the Sykes Gems shortlist.

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