Reward Finance Group works its magic

Finance helps develop visitor attraction

Carol Cavendish, who owns North Shire Ltd in Saltburn-by-Sea, has turned her Golden Hill farm into an award-winning holiday site. She not only provides traditional camping facilities but also gives people the chance to stay in original gypsy bow top caravans, as well as a story book cottage, complete with a walk-through wardrobe into a hidden bedroom.

She has also built a Hobbit House, attracting fans from across the world wanting to stay in the faithful tribute to the Lord of the Rings novels.

Carol was keen to build on the success by adding the groundkeeper’s cottage, inspired by Hagrid’s Hut in the Harry Potter books, as well as an enchanted barn for weddings, conferences and special events.

The total cost of the new development was £500,000.

Carol approached John Carling at Solutions Northern for funding advice, who had no hesitation in recommending Reward.

Having spent a weekend at the attraction with his family, Reward’s Alan Sanderson was certainly captivated by Carol’s vision for the farm and her enthusiasm for North Shire to succeed. He could see the introduction of the two new attractions would build on and widen the popularity of the site and provide an even greater draw.

Having agreed the Business Finance, which also gained support from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), Reward completed the deal from offer to drawdown of funds in less than two weeks, enabling the project to start immediately and achieve the tight deadlines they had set themselves for opening the additional attractions.