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THE HOLLAND GROUP NEW EXECUTIVE TEAM

The Holland Group, which includes The Angel – Taste of Devon Restaurant, Platform 1 Champagne Bar & Restaurant, Holland Leisure Retail and Dartside Holiday apartments, have a new senior management team. Based in Dartmouth, the group has recently appointed James Pike as Group General Manager, Csaba Adamy as Operations Manager, and Head Chef of the Angel-Taste of Devon, Elly Wentworth, is promoted to Executive Chef for the group.

This new management structure will ensure the longevity as well as further growth of an already successful group of businesses located in one of the most famous and picturesque parts of Devon.

In 2023, the newly formed senior team will be working collectively on creating a new brand for the Platform 1 site, a historical gem and previously a Great Western Railway ticket office. The site will be transformed into an all-day dining bistro that will be a destination venue, with a fantastic bar and quality takeaway offering in a particularly busy location on Dartmouth Harbour. They plan to strengthen the legacy started by pioneering chef Joyce Molyneaux by further developing The Angel – Taste of Devon working collectively towards gaining a Michelin star. There are also exciting plans to elevate the current 16 waterside apartments and further enhance the Holland Leisure retail site which arguably has the most prominent retail space in Dartmouth. ‘We are incredibly grateful that we have the keys to a group of wonderfully located businesses that owners John and Bessie Holland had worked incredibly hard to build over a number of years. With a sensitive approach to their legacy, we are committed to developing this group of businesses which are both literally and metaphorically at the heart of this super community’ says James Pike.

James who will now head the group is a senior hospitality operator specialising in multi-faceted businesses. Previously an Ace Robyn winner as well as being shortlisted for a ‘Catey’, he has worked for many high-profile businesses including hospitality & events specialist Green and Fortune where he played a key role in significant business growth across multiple high profile London venues, as part of their senior team.

To maximise the quality of the premium sites, a new role of Operations Manager has been created for the talented Csaba Adamy. Csaba, a trained sommelier has an illustrious hospitality background including 2 Michelin starred L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon as well as working with celebrated chefs Mitch Tonks at his Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth and Michelin starred chef John Burton Race at The New Angel Notting Hill. Csaba has a clear work ethic to provide memorable experiences and a determination to create industry leading hospitality for guests and employees alike.

Head Chef of the Angel, Elly has honed her craft in this historic restaurant since 2018. She is arguably one of the most skilled female chefs in the UK right now, her huge personality brimming with humour and charm. Previously she has been a finalist in the acclaimed TV series Masterchef the Professionals, and twice a competitor on Great British Menu. Elly was also a winner of a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence. She continues to serve up exquisitely presented dishes using sustainable and locally sourced produce. Elly now takes on Executive Chef for the group to transfer her incredible food skills and ideas for the best cuisines across the exciting portfolio of businesses.

Come and spend Christmas in Dartmouth this year!

If you are thinking about getting away this Christmas, why not choose Dartmouth! Located in the beautiful South Hams in Devon, we have fabulous shops, pubs and restaurants, a fantastic coastline to discover, and much more.

Dartside Holidays have just 2 apartments available…choose from

Angel 1

Beautifully appointed | Sleeps 4 | 2 bathrooms | Outstanding views Luxury accommodation situated directly above our award-winning restaurant, The Angel -Taste of Devon. The apartment is right on the riverfront, with open plan, festive friendly living.

Click here now to book!

or

Riverside 1

Recently refurbished | Sleeps 6 |Pet friendly You can enjoy a first-floor apartment with magnificent views of the River Dart with a private balcony.

Click here to book!

Winter Warmers

If you would like a little break during October, in one of the most picturesque towns in the UK, look no further than Dartmouth, Devon – and stay with us!

Think cosy pubs, gorgeous independent shops, amazing coastline, fantastic restaurants.

All of our apartments are bright, comfortable and clean with outstanding views of the River Dart.  And if you fancy a touch of luxury, look no further than our Angel apartments for the ultimate stay.  Don’t forget if you have an electric car, we have charging points!

We are also pet friendly*, so bring your four legged friend! (*The Angel apartments are not suitable for dogs, sorry.)

Your October break starts with our special offers here: 20% off any 2 night stay or stay 4 nights and just pay for 3!

Subject to availability until the 31 October.  Book here.

 

September offers!

Enjoy a staycation with us this September!

Dartmouth is splendid in September!

It’s a bit quieter, but still usually great weather and the sea is still warm!

So avoid any hassle at airports, and pop down to see us for a break.

We are offering 20% off any 2 night stay booked from today during the whole of September.

Or you can book 4 nights and just pay for 3!

Remember, many of our properties are pet friendly and parking is included!

 Unbeatable offers from Dartside holidays! Book here now.

Charge up!

The Holland Group are first to install electric car chargers in Dartmouth

The Holland Group are delighted to have installed the first publicly available car chargers in Dartmouth at Dartside Court in Clarence Street TQ6 9NW. Check out the location in the brilliant navigation app What3Words: perch.whizzing.pure

These fast Chargers are situated in a covered area under our holiday apartments. There are two chargers in separate bays and fully signed from the road.

With the electric vehicle disruption (EV) well underway now, people have been wondering how long they will have to wait for public chargers to be installed in the town. You don’t have to wait any longer!

Not everyone in Dartmouth has off-street parking for charging an EV and so public chargers are essential. We hope our new installation will encourage residents without the capability of off-street charging at home to now consider getting an EV for the first time.

Although this is new technology to everyone it is rapidly becoming popular. The Holland Group are investing in this new technology to encourage more local people to drive electric and to attract EV-owning visitors to come and stay in the town.

Although the process for ‘refuelling’ EVs by charging their batteries is new for everyone and may seem a bit confusing, it is very similar to charging your smartphone. There are clear instructions at the charge bays and 24/7 support by phone or online. There is also a contact number for the local company EVC in case you have any questions!

 

One last thing we would like please is your feedback. Please let us know how you are getting on and any problems you may have encountered. Use the number or email below.

If you are interested in getting an EV or finding out how to use a public charger, EVC can help.

Just phone Alan on 07726 598 083 or email  alan@electricvehicleconsulting.uk

 

KEEP UP TO SPEED!

Electric Charging points – Coming to Dartmouth!

The Holland Group are delighted to announce that 2 brand new Electric Vehicle Fast Charge points will be installed by the beginning of May at Dartside Court in Dartmouth.  There will be more to follow throughout the summer, including super-fast rapid charging.  We will be providing the only publicly accessible charging in our town and surrounding areas, the closest are currently in Torbay.

Electric vehicle development is moving on at full speed; did you know a full car charge costs only around 10% of a tank of fuel?  With fuel prices rising, it is a good time to consider the switch to the clean side!

So, if you are coming to stay with us after May, or are intending to; have an electric car, or are thinking about getting one, do get in touch to see how you can keep moving during your stay and when you leave!  You could even charge your car while you enjoy a long leisurely lunch with us in one of our restaurants, Platform 1 or the Angel.

Email your interest to park@hollandgroup.co.uk or follow us on our Facebook page for announcements live as they happen here.

All pricing, availability and booking details will be on the app ZAPMAP as well as our websites www.hollandgroup.co.uk and www.dartsideholidays.co.uk

Destination Dartmouth…

At last, the weather seems to be changing, we are having a bit of sun here in Dartmouth and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors soon.

All of our holiday apartments have had an end of season freshen up during the winter, and some have undergone extensive renovations, with shiny new bathrooms installed.  We think they look great and hope you will too.

Dartside Holidays Riverside Property View of Dartmouth

Explore the UK

Travel may still be difficult for the foreseeable future with many countries insisting on vaccine passports, boosters and testing.  It presents all of us with a fabulous opportunity to discover what the UK can offer.  We may be slightly biased but we believe the West Country is one of the friendliest, most picturesque areas to visit, as well as having quite often the best weather.

For those of you who haven’t stayed with us before, most apartments have simply outstanding views of the River Dart.  You also get parking included with your holiday, which is a huge bonus here as parking is very limited!  Staying on the waterside is a perfect way to make the most of your holiday in our beautiful town.  The river is always busy with the views constantly changing throughout the year.  We are very proud to have received a Traveller Review Award from Booking.com.  At a time when travel is still challenging, they say we have gone above and beyond to give our guests incredible experiences; a real testament to our brilliant team.

Your next destination – Dartmouth?

Dartside holidays isn’t just about our holiday accommodation, we also have two restaurants: Platform 1 Champagne Bar & Restaurant serving fantastic seafood in a unique position and The Angel, our fine dining restaurant headed up by superb Chef Elly Wentworth. Plus, our leisure shop Hollands is packed with big brand names for all your outdoor activities.  Think inflatable kayaks, paddleboards and everything you need to go with them; men’s and ladies footwear and outerwear for all weathers.  As a guest at Dartside, you can enjoy a 10% discount with all three businesses!

                 

So, what are you waiting for? Always book directly with us for the very best prices, and it is always worth ringing us 01803 832093 for last-minute or late availability, we quite often have pockets of 1, 2 or even 3 nights available.

Black Friday is coming!

Black Friday at Dartside…3 nights for the price of 2* during January & February 2022

Book 3 nights and only pay for 2 from midnight on Thursday!

      Dartside Holidays Riverside Property Bedroom in Dartmouth      South Milton, Thurlstone Beach

Our amazing value Black Friday deal runs until midnight on Monday 29th November.

We are offering 3 nights accommodation for the price of 2 in January & February* 2022.

You could be on an extended stay in the beautiful town of Dartmouth with a free night when you take advantage of our offer!

Choose from our Riverside, Harbourside or Dartside properties, all of which have parking and stunning views of the river.

Dartmouth is really very beautiful in the winter, so don’t delay and book now!

This deal is only available when booked direct with us.  Call 01803 832093   Visit our website www.dartsideholidays.co.uk

Quote BFSTAY22

*Offer not available during half term week 19-26 February inclusive, or on the Angel apartments.

*Usual booking conditions apply see here

Meet our General Manager Mark Readman

Mark Readman is Group General Manager of the Holland Group
which includes The Angel, Platform 1, Dartside Holidays, Holland Leisure and
Holland Footwear. Behind the scenes Mark has seen the Group through some
turbulent times including near bankruptcy and the aftermath of Brexit not to
mention a pandemic! His well-judged and level headed approach to all of these
challenges, as well as the calm authority he radiates, has enabled the Group to
emerge relatively unscathed, ready to face the next chapter with confidence.

We caught up with Mark to find out more about his
background, what he used to do for 50p and which sporting star once drove into
the back of him!

Where were you born?
I was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk although I only lived there for 6 months. I spent my childhood up to the age of 15 in Andover. I was always a really sporty child and played Junior County level tennis and squash. In my more formative years, we moved to Brighton and I switched to football and cricket.

 

 

 

Earliest memory?
I can remember, aged 4, being taken out for the day and when I arrived home my middle sister had been born. I am an elder brother to 3 sisters.

Education?
Unsurprisingly, I went on to study Sports Management at the most sporting University, Loughborough, where one of my claims to fame is that Seb Coe, also a student there at the time, drove into the back of me in his new Saab Turbo. Whilst living in the States I also completed a Masters degree in Leisure Management at Purdue Uni, Chicago.

What was your first job?
I had a paper round and had to cycle miles delivering to farms out near Lancing College. For an extra 50p I was also responsible for delivering bread which would get very squashed on the back of the bike rack.

 

How long have you been in your current role as Group General Manager of the Holland Group?
I have been here since August 2019 and have overseen the turnaround of the Group. Prior to this I worked in many roles in the US and UK, including running a Squash and Fitness Club, Golf Operating Manager of a Country Club, as well as the Executive Manager of several large golf resorts plus holiday parks. I feel I have zig zagged into my current role and didn’t really have a career master plan as a lot of my contemporaries did. I think this has really made my life more interesting.

Favourite country you have visited?
I lived and worked in the US for 10 years and love the beaches on the east coast such as Wilmington, North Carolina. I really like travelling to different parts of the world and just doing what the locals do. The most beautiful country I have visited is Sri Lanka.

Biggest passion?
I am a sports fanatic, all kinds, playing, spectating and find I can watch anything and get involved. In fact, it’s fair to say that I love any type of competition. I get really immersed in things like The Great British Bake Off and then very emotional when contestants get knocked out.

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
I’m not totally sure where this was but I went on a trip with my Dad to the Hebrides and we had the most amazing herring dish in a pub. I like eating good, local food and especially seafood.

Favourite drink?
It would have to be a nice glass of chilled dry white wine. I also drink a lot of tea and am quite particular about the colour, not too strong, not too weak and just the right amount of milk.

Perfect day?
Spending time relaxing with old friends followed by a special meal in the evening. Good food and good wine, plus if we could fit in a round of golf as well, all the better.

Loves?
I love walking on the coast path and just being with my family.

Dislikes?
I detest all types of injustice and will always support the small person against the big corporation.

Interesting fact about you?
While living in the US I worked in the film industry with George Lucas on Radioland Murders and also as a production assistant on several big films including Last of the Mohicans and The Road to Welville.

Worst trait?
I am a fast driver, in fact I drive way too fast and have had lots of speeding tickets.

Most treasured possessions?
My golf clubs and the dog.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
I am very lucky to have a good quality of life, but it would be great to be able to see into the future and a secure future for my children.