A couple from Hucknall have made such a success of their holiday-homes business that it has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Mum-of-two Kirsty Stevenson, 28, and her partner, 31-year-old Scott McIntyre, fell in love with Tattershall Lakes Country Park in Lincolnshire while on holiday at the lakeland, countryside resort two years ago.
Within days, they had put down a deposit to buy a holiday home there, and soon started taking bookings.
The project escalated into three homes, and a full-scale business called K&S Lake View Holiday Homes.
Now, Kirsty and Scott’s venture has been shortlisted for the Midlands family business of the year accolade in awards run by the online resource centre and magazine, Family Business United.
“It’s crazy!” beamed Kirsty, who originates from Blackwell, near Alfreton and whose previous jobs included working for McDonald’s. “I am just a normal, down-to-earth girl and I would never have thought, two years ago, that I’d be up for something like this.
“Like everyone else, I have had to go through the stresses and strains of life. But this does show that hard work and perseverance really does pay off.
“It also shows what can be achieved no matter what background you’re from. We have had a lot of messages from people, saying how inspiring our story is.”
Business is booming for Kirsty and Scott. Bookings are flowing in for their luxury family homes, all of which have stunning views, a hot tub and all the usual home comforts, and turnover has reached £135,000 per year.
Rave reviews from customers are commonplace and their Facebook page has attracted 10,000 followers. What’s more, they have already landed one award for self-catering venue of the year in Lincolnshire.
Somehow, at the same time, Kirsty is also managing to study for an Open University degree in law and criminology while looking after her children, Max, who is seven, and Jack, who is 16 months. And self-employed Scott, who grew up in Top Valley and Rise Park, is still running his business as an electrical contractor.
“It is amazing,” said Kirsty. “Life can be hard sometimes, but life is also what you make it and you have to embrace it.”