Stuart and Susie Bradshaw have taken control of the family business - Gladwins Farm Holiday Centre - from Susie’s parents, Robert & Pauline Dossor in a deal funded by NatWest.
Gladwins Farm is set in 22 acres of rolling Suffolk countryside and offers self catering holidays in nine tasteful conversions of period farm buildings and luxury cottages.
Its location in Nayland makes it an ideal base for holidaymakers looking to explore Constable Country and East Anglia’s heritage villages. They have been winners of numerous tourism awards over the years.
The acquisition by Stuart, 30 who is a partner at Evolve Accountancy and Susie, 29 who owns her own swimming instruction business, now ensures that the business remains in family hands as Robert and Pauline begin their retirement.
Stuart Bradshaw said: “Susie and I are delighted to take over the business and we are very keen to continue the family legacy. Robert and Pauline have built the centre up over the years through continued investment in its facilities.
“As ‘staycation’ has become a popular feature of the UK tourism market, our location in the heart of beautiful Suffolk countryside has led to increased demand.
“2010 will be another good year for us with healthy numbers and under our ownership we plan to continue to invest in the centre to make sure this continues to be a popular destination for holidaymakers.”
Matthew Swan, manager, business and commercial banking at NatWest who put together the funding for the purchase adds: “We are pleased to support Stuart and Susie purchase the business.
“It has benefited in recent years from the increase in the number of people choosing to holiday in the UK by utilising the surroundings they have, but also through ensuring they provide the highest standard of accommodation they can.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: (from left to right) Stuart Bradshaw, Susie Bradshaw, Matthew Swan (NatWest)