Our ‘Stay’ business members range from small B & Bs and guesthouses to luxury hotels and inns, and from self-catering, farm stays and holiday cottage companies to camping sites, glamping and hostels.
If you’re an accommodation business located on or near the Path, becoming a business member gives you a fantastic opportunity to reach walkers and visitors who are looking to enjoy England's 'best and most well-loved' trail' all year round. Over 1.4 million visitors a year are using our website to plan their own walks and itineraries. (Find out how to make your business more 'walker' friendly)
Your on-line entry provides a direct link to your own website, enabling you to take direct bookings without the need to pay commission to a third party. It’s also linked to all the walks within a five mile radius of you, giving you added profile on walk searches and additional marketing materials to download.
Don't forget, as a business member you’ll also be helping us to protect and maintain this amazing natural asset which is a key tourism attraction for the region.
Membership prices are based on business turnover, starting at just £68.50 for small businesses. Additional/multi listings are available at a reduced cost.
BED AND BREAKFAST/FARM STAYS
Our membership is ideally suited for B & B owners, guest houses and farm stays looking to give walkers a taste of home comforts, friendly hosting and local knowledge PLUS a great breakfast to start their day. Offering single night stays is recommended but not essential.
“Catering for walkers has helped us to extend our season from February through to December and we’re now welcoming visitors from all over the world. “ Channel Vista Guest House, North Devon
“ The membership is amazing value, we get so much business through the Association that it’s the only advertising we do. Walkers are fabulous, I haven't had a walker I don’t like! More and more people are putting their own itineraries together, so the fact that walkers can find us on your website is great for us.” Silver Cottage B & B. Sophie Holker
From single self-catering properties to cottage complexes, this accommodation option often appeals to couples or groups of friends or families that want more freedom and flexibility to enjoy the Path and surrounding areas.
Some of our current members include St Aubyn’s Estate, Little Barton and Bolberry Down Cottages.
“The South West Coast Path is a massive all year round draw for our customers, especially as we specialize in dog friendly accommodation. Tapping into this market through our business membership with SWCPA is important to us.” Bolberry Down Cottages
From small family run hotels to larger luxury venues, our visitors to the Path enjoy combining comfort with exploring the coast all year round. For hotels offering separate dining options, there’s discounts available for being listed in both our ‘Stay’ and’ Eat and Drink’ listings.
“With almost all of our eleven hotels close to the South West Coast Path, we are thrilled to be working with the South West Coast Path Association on celebrating and preserving this great asset to the region” Brend Hotels
HOLIDAY COTTAGE COMPANIES
Help your clients to extend their holiday cottage season by profiling their properties to the all year round walking market. Membership includes featuring one selected property ( which can be changed up to twice a year for medium and large members) and includes a direct link to your own website. Additional properties listed at reduced rate.
Some of our current members include Beach Retreats, Original Cottages and Stay in Devon.
"We know the Coast Path and the beautiful Cornish beaches are cherished by our guests and residents. Not only do we want to celebrate the amazing beaches and stunning walks on the doorsteps of our properites - we also want to ensure we’re raising awareness and supporting the maintenance of these areas, so they can continue to be enjoyed for many, many more years to come" Beach Retreats Managing Director, Andrew Easton.
PUBS AND INNS
Stopping off for a great pub lunch, snack and drink in a beautiful location along the Path is all part of the walking experience, so make sure visitors can find you by linking as a member to our walks near you. For those also offering accommodation, we offer a combined package which lists you in both the ‘Sleep’ and ‘Food and Drink’ categories, helping you to convert hungry walkers to staying guests.
“We’ve noticed this summer, a large number of locals and non-locals stopping off with us for lunch as part of their day walk on the Path and then booking to come back to stay with us at a later date."
Sally Downie, The Cricket Inn, Gold SW Tourism Award winner 2018
With a range of different accommodation options catering for different budgets, Holiday Parks provide the ideal base for all year round visitors of all ages to the Path. Options to add ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘Do’ listings to your accommodation membership at reduced rates are also available. Current business members include John Fowler Holiday Parks, Cofton Holidays and Manleigh Holiday Park.
“Devon is famous for its beautiful coastline and the team at South West Coast Path go to every effort to conserve and protect every mile. We are particularly proud of the coastline we have here at Dawlish and this is why we are delighted to support this vital charity.” Mellony Kirby, Cofton Holidays Gold South West Tourism Winner 2018
From traditional campsites to glamping options offering unique accommodation, our walkers are always on the look-out for a great outdoor experience. Options to add ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘Do’ listings to your accommodation membership are also available.
Some of our current members include Lee Meadow, Sparkhayes Farm Campsite, Treago Farm Caravan and
Walkers tackling the whole 630 mile route (or sections) are often on the look-out for comfortable, budget, single night stay accommodation. Our hostels also provide walker friendly services like boot stores, washing and drying facilities, maps and guides (which can be purchased at a reduced price as part of your business membership).
Some of our current members include Ocean Backpackers, Cohort Hostel and Cornwall Backpackers
“As a local business which benefits from our location close to the Path, we feel it's our duty as part of the local community to give back to this fantastic natural asset and to make sure it stays in good repair. Supporting the South West Coast Path Association charity is a great way to do this." Lee Strickland, Cohort Hostel, St Ives
SINGLE BASE WALKING HOLIDAY PROVIDERS
Use your B & B or guesthouse accommodation as a base to offer longer stays by putting together daily walking options in your area and providing transport to and from start and finish points *. Talk to us about an option to upgrade membership to appear on our Single Walking Holiday Providers Page in addition to your B & B listing. (https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walk-coast-path/walking-breaks/walking-holiday-companies/single-base-holiday-providers//link). * Check your insurance allows for this.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP 'STAY' OPTIONS, REDUCED COSTS FOR MULTI-LISTINGS AND DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN WORK WITH US AS A BUSINESS, CALL SARAH ON 01752 896 237 or email [email protected]