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Lochaber holiday home owners Sue, Nick and Amy Hunt are celebrating after picking up an award for their property in Roy Bridge.
The family, originally from Bristol, scooped gold in the Best in Scotland category for their chocolate box holiday cottage, called Spinnyfield, in the heart of the Highlands.
They took home the trophy at the Sykes Gem Awards – a national travel awards programme run by leading UK holiday rental firm Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Seeking a change of scenery in retirement, Sue, who was previously a dental nurse, and Nick, a former policeman, decided to relocate from the south-west of England to the Highlands in 2015, along with their two children, Amy and Lucy, and Sue’s mother, Freda.
After spotting an opportunity to purchase a plot of land in picturesque Roy Bridge in 2016, the family spent a year-and-a-half building and furnishing Spinnyfield, a picture-perfect, two-bedroomed holiday cottage, nestled in tranquil surroundings.
Since Spinnyfield became available to holidaymakers back in October 2017, the Hunts have reaped the rewards of a surge in staycations to the Highlands, and the property is nearly fully-booked throughout the whole of 2019.
Sue said: ‘We’ve put so much into making Spinnyfield a success, and constantly get great feedback from our visitors, but an award like this really does mean a lot. The trophy will definitely be given pride of place in the cottage.’
The everyday running of the cottage is very much a family affair – with Sue looking after the interior design and furnishing, Amy taking care of the cleaning and changeovers and Nick managing the book-keeping, as well as general maintenance of the garden.