We have never spent Christmas away before and were apprehensive as to what to expect of Christmas in a hotel. Christmas Day at the Telford Hotel, Shropshire could not have been bettered. On each door a goodies bag hung, a lovely thought on behalf of the hotel. Bridgnorth to Kidderminster train was a lovely leisurely day out with a good meal at the train station.
Driver, S, was very capable and Courier, T, is an asset to Woods, caring for passengers all the time. The hotel staff were excellent and the manager led from the top and was visible throughout our stay.
Another splendid Woods holiday, thank you. BG & BG of Gosport, Hants.
I just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' for a lovely Christmas holiday at Norton Park. I could not fault anything from beginning to end. A wonderful hotel with amazing facilities, ie. swimming pool, gym, such good food, and nothing was too much trouble.
Our courier, M, looked after us really well. I never saw her sit down! P was a lovely driver, taking care of all the walkers/buggies. They both worked hard to make our holiday "special."
Thank you. SW of Eastbourne, East Sussex
My mother and I have just returned from a most enjoyable mini break at Littlecote House Warner's Hotel. There were a few problems but P, our very pleasant driver, took it all in his stride and everything went well. His personal appearance and standard of driving was excellent throughout and he really had to 'think on his feet'.
An excellent choice of excursions and the right amount of time spent at each place. One of the high spots being the visit to Chavenage House and the guided tour especially for our group. LS of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
My husband and I would like to praise the efficiency and professionalism of your driver, P, during our Blackpool Illuminations Tour. He overcame some difficulties with the coach and on arriving at the hotel had a difficult space to reverse into in the dark and pouring rain.
Throughout our stay, P chatted to everyone and stayed with us into the evening when he must have wanted to sleep. He couldn't have been more considerate and drove as if he knew the roads well, obviously having researched the area well in advance.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Blackpool, thanks enormously to your driver. AM of Worthing, West Sussex
I would like to let you know how wonderful a member of your staff was during my recent holiday in October - Cornish Explorer. I have been on a number of your holidays and have always enjoyed them but I feel our driver, J, went over and above. She had a very happy demeanour, researched the destinations for the following day and shared her knowledge, and her driving was impeccable.
She is a real asset to your Company and should be congratulated and acknowledged for the difference she makes to the trips and given the recognition she deserves.
I look forward to my next trip with you. SA of Portslade, East Sussex
Just returned from a wonderful trip to Norwich & the Norfolk Broads. The whole programme was superb, and the Dunston Hall Hotel was great. We were very impressed with our driver, C, and could not fault how helpful he was to us and others less mobile. He worked so hard to ensure our enjoyment and safety, and handled the organisation of the journey superbly.
Terrific trip - many thanks. Mr & Mrs M of Littlehampton, West Sussex
Last week I went on my first 'Woods' holiday on the Norfolk Paddle and Steam trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was well planned and organised and the brochure described it well.
The hotel was good with friendly staff, but it was our driver, C, who made the holiday. He was so friendly and relaxed and always made sure everyone was looked after and made to feel special. Even when one of the ladies was late for the coach one day, he made an awkward situation into a laugh which encouraged a friendly atmosphere to develop. He also drove with skill and apparent ease.
It was only my third coach holiday, but it will not be my last. Thank you. DB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Once again I am writing to thank you and your staff for an excellent holiday to the Enchanted Forest in Scotland. I can't thank our driver, B, enough for his care and his driving.
The accommodation was very good and I couldn't have asked for more. Here's to the next time. ME of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I have had several holidays with you this year, and in previous years, and am writing to thank you all so much for the wonderful magical times I have had on them. Since my husband passed away it is the only way I can now get to my beloved Scilly, Cornwall and Wales. I hope to go on many more holidays with you.
I also want to congratulate you all on the many awards you have won this year. You deserve them.
WELL DONE. GS of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
I would like to pay tribute to our driver, T, who took us on our trip to Ludlow, Shropshire & Ironbridge. He had quite a few problems to sort out but always remained calm and smiling.
He is very knowledgeable about that area, so made our holiday very interesting. We wish him well and hope his future journeys will be less stressful. ES of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Just returned from the marvellous break Beatles, Boats & Beasts holiday. Felt it nice to mention what a wonderful driver we had. She was so good kind and caring to us all as well as an excellent driver.
Hope we can go on another tour with her as our driver. JE of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
We have just returned from the Beatles, Boats & Beasts holiday and would like to express our thanks for the caring and thoughtful way in which your representative and driver, J, looked after us all. We had absolute confidence in her driving ability and she dealt with road conditions with patience and good humour.
Thanks for a lovely holiday, JH & FH of Worthing, West Sussex
My husband and I have recently returned from the Gentle Tyrolean Walks holiday to Austria arranged via Galloways, and from all aspects we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.
We would like to say that our enjoyment was in a large part due to the wonderful care, support, friendliness and knowledge of our Woods driver/tour conductor. He was absolutely superb, so please pass on our thanks to him for making our first coach tour such a success. GA of Essex
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Looe in July. The coach, the driver, the hotel, the meals, and the staff were all extremely good. We really did enjoy it all, including the weather which was a little cooler than it had been in this area! MG of Waterlooville, Hampshire
I wanted to write and thank you for all the planning for the Emmerdale & Bronte Country holiday. We had a lovely time, as we normally do. We thought the driver, M, needs a 'pat on the back' for being so good and patient with his passengers!
We now look forward to South Wales Tinsel & Turkey in November, which is also my friend's birthday, and next year we and our friends would like somewhere in the West Country. We met them on your Ludlow tour in 2013 and have been on your tours each year ever since. Thank you once again for all your hard works, it is appreciated. JL of Worthing, West Sussex
I have just returned from a most enjoyable trip to Edinburgh, which I was nervous about going as I have not travelled for many years.
I was travelling alone for the first time, however your organisation was superb and your driver, B, could not have done any more to make the trip so enjoyable. You could not have a better ambassador for your organisation, he was always cheerful and would do anything to help any person on the tour. GH of Littlehampton, West Sussex
I have just returned from my first holiday with Woods, Edinburgh Tattoo & The Borders, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was picked up from my home by taxi and taken to meet the coach. Our driver, B, was top class and looked after us all very well. The hotels were very good, expecially the New Lanark Mill Hotel in a unique position in a deep valley.
I understand a tour of Ireland is planned for June 2019 which several of the group are interested in, and I would like to be with people I have met already. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon. STJ of Dorking, Surrey
We have just returned from your trip to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Borders and wanted to let you know what an excellent ambassador for Woods your driver B is. This was our first coach trip and we were so impressed with how he looked after all his passengers, some of who had mobility issues, he clearly went above and beyond what would be expected. His knowledge was exemplary, and his attention to detail was brilliant and he made sure that everyone knew what was happening with timings and the itinerary.
We really can’t praise B enough for the way in which he represented Woods, he was always cheerful and made sure the single passengers had company. We have already booked up for the Four River Cruise in August 2019! MC & KM of Midhurst, West Sussex
Just back from another excellent all-round holiday with Woods. The ‘Rhine’ was seriously spectacular and along with the other trips we thoroughly enjoyed our 65th anniversary.
We were very much indebted to T, our driver, and T, our courier for their excellent service throughout, creating a happy atmosphere in the coach party.
I wonder who covered our bed with rose petals ???
Happy memories. LH of Godalming, Surrey
My mother & myself have recently returned from your Castles & Gardens of Kent tour. We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed it. Everything was brilliant including the hotel & the places we visited.
Our coach driver, L, was very professional & his driving skills put to the test on some of the narrow roads we had to travel on. He was also very helpful & patient with those, like my elderly mum, who were less mobile. I very much hope that we will be booking another holiday with you soon & look forward to travelling with Woods again. JH of Brighton
We have just returned from the Cruise on the Rhine which was first class. We had the good fortune to have both an excellent courier in T, and Driver, in B. Both just wanted to please and make sure it all went smoothly.
Also a big thank you to the guides we had for Heidelberg and Luxembourg who imparted a lot of most useful information, and we highly recommend the Museum of Mechanical Music. PB & DB of Seaford, East Sussex
I just wanted to write and say a big 'thank you' for a wonderful trip to Sandringham & East Anglia. Your good driver, C, and his lovely wife could not do enough for us, and were both kind, caring and funny!
The Marriott Hotel was excellent, the AC worked well and breakfast was wonderful - setting us all up for our daily trips. Sandringham House was so interesting, full of the Queen's personal memorabilia and its amazing gardens.
I shall now look forward to my trip with you at Christmas to Norton Park. Thank you once again. SW of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Thank you for a very memorable Ypres, Passchendaele & Memories of WW1 coach tour on 13th July, made even more enjoyable by the driver’s extensive knowledge of this period in history. He really did go the extra mile to make sure all went well, and in my view had the timings for each visit just right (considering the intense heat each day). Also the very comfortable and ideally placed Ariane Hotel was a bonus, with staff who were very kind and professional at all times. I only wish I’d been able to stay there for longer!
I will look forward to other Woods trips in the future. JB of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I have just returned from one of your holiday tours to Lincoln and, as usual, the organisation was impeccable and went without a hitch from pick-up to drop-off. The Ramada Hotel in Marston was great and the food was absolutely first class.
The driver/tour guide, C, was brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble and he was a real pleasure to be with, just like the rest of your drivers I have had the pleasure to holiday with. Keep up the good work. KB of Lancing, West Sussex
I am writing to say how very much my wife and I enjoyed our trip to the Delightful Dales and Settle to Carlisle Railway last week. The whole outing was superb, and the skill of our driver in negotiating those country lanes was mesmerising. He looked after his travellers with great patience and good humour throughout the visit. The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton was very comfortable and the staff could not have been more helpful. The excursions were well planned and, despite the heat, we enjoyed adequate free time in all locations.
This was our eighth trip with Woods, including two overseas, and we have always found the coaches very comfortable. We very much look forward to joining you again before too long. Please keep up the good work. BJM of Chichester, West Sussex
Thank you to the kind member of staff who dealt with my call about the booking form lost in the post. Not only did she send a replacement but filled it in for me!
This typifies the service we receive from all at Woods, from making the first call to the lovely holidays and excellent drivers.
Thank you. JW
I felt I had to write and say what an excellent holiday the Sidmouth & South Devon Railway proved to be.
Pick up was on time. Hotel excellent. Room spotless. Food and choice superb. Very attentive staff. Good outings, and we were home slightly early. Our driver was really good and we are now saving for our next trip. AB of Angmering, West Sussex
On behalf of my wife and I could we please take this opportunity of thanking you for a wonderful trip to see Andre Rieu in Vienna.
The professionalism of your drivers could not be faulted, the care they took of their passengers was excellent, and L in particular should be praised for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the countries travelled through. We would also like to commend your company for its attention to detail and the comfort of your coach. LF & MF of Essex
I want to thank you for a lovely holiday in Vienna. I appreciate how much hard work and organisation went into providing the holiday and I must say how wonderful our drivers, L & S were, doing a brilliant job of driving, supplying us with drinks and keeping us entertained.
I am not a complainer, and I'm not complaining now, however we were given very little free time and would have liked some more time to ourselves to take in the sights. However, thanks to your excellent organising we had loads to see and saw and visited some wonderful places. MV of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Once again my wife and I would like to thank you all for providing us with another great short holiday. We arrived at the hotel in Weymouth to find the Assistant Manager and Porters waiting for the coach, and our room was overlooking the promenade and beach with gorgeous views.
We really enjoyed the trip round Portland and the weather was so hot we couldn't eat our ice creams before they melted! The Sculptures by the Lake were brilliant and well worth the long walk. Monday came too soon and we were on our way back to Bognor Regis, with a lunch stop at Bournemouth.
We could not finish this letter without a mention of our driver, J, who was a real pleasure to be with. She treated everyone with courtesy and involved herself where she could, and is a very good driver. Once again, thank you for a great holiday and we are looking forward to the Somerset Steam and Cruise in October. JH & BH of Bognor Regis, W Sussex
Just a note to let you know what a good week we had in Torquay last week. J is an excellent driver/courier and got on so well with everyone, as well as being a very careful driver. The hotel was also very good and the mini-problem we had on the first night in the restaurant was easily resolved by the Restaurant Manager, and J. All the staff at the hotel were very friendly, helpful and could not do enough for us.
All in all a very good week with absolutely superb weather. MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
We have just returned from Cardiff & The Royal Mint. What a lovely five day break - everything was good. Driver, B, was a treat, and hotel food and service was very good.
Excursions were all new to us and were all very interesting. Looking forward to Andre Rieu in Maastricht in July. TW of Worthing, West Sussex
Cardiff and The Royal Mint was such a good holiday and South Wales excelled itself with very sunny weather and very little rain. We needed summer clothes and not waterproofs! The Angel Hotel team gave wonderful service and from the farewell the team there gave us on our departure, they were more than pleased with our stay.
Well, the main object of this letter is to sing the praises of B, our driver. In the 15 years of holidays with you, I rate him as the best driver yet. What an asset to your company! He had all the qualities needed to keep everyone happy and made the holiday a great success for us all. My husband and I look forward to meeting up with him again for the Isle of Wight trip at the end of May. JO & MO of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
Just to say what a wonderful trip the Dutch Bulbfields was (20-23 April). Fabulous hotel, wonderful weather and a delightful driver. I don't know how he stayed so cheerful with the horrendous traffic and tight corners around the hotel.
My friend, who had never been on a coach holiday before, was very impressed with the organisation too and enjoyed the whole holiday very much.
From a very happy Woods customer. SB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
I feel I must write and tell you how much my daughter and I enjoyed our 5 night break on the "Cruise to Nowhere" last week as part of your Cruising to Liverpool Tour. From the moment we stepped on to the coach your courier and driver made us so welcome. They were both caring, friendly and considerate to all our needs. They really made this a first class holiday.
We also appreciated having our coach seats changed from the back row to the centre, so again thanks to J in the office. We shall look forward to travelling with your company again. MO of Brighton, East Sussex
I have just returned from your 'Spring Gardens of Cornwall' trip. The weather was unusually cold for this time of year but this was mitigated for us somewhat by the intelligent use of the timetable by your driver. Your drivers are always courteous but on this occasion the driver made a huge difference to our enjoyment by consulting the passengers about timings when the weather was adverse. He took into consideration the feelings of the whole coach, ensuring we were never left shivering in the rain simply because the itinerary said so.
The Rosemundy Hotel, as on previous visits, was delightful with unusually interesting food. I felt it was largely due to the driver that we had a thoroughly harmonious, co-operative, helpful group with made for a most enjoyable trip. CB of Midhurst, West Sussex
We have just returned from the Cruise to Liverpool. What a fabulous holiday, made from start to finish by your amazing driver J. What a sweet girl she was, so professional, patient and caring.
We were also lucky enough to have the lovely T as our tour escort, what a fabulous team.
The start of the holiday was a taster Cruise to Liverpool on the Fred Olson Black Watch. Everywhere on the ship was spotless, the staff in all parts of the ship were so beautifully turned out crisp and clean. Dining menu was varied and service was efficient, and there was a wide variety of day and evening activities.
The hotel was in beautiful surroundings, clean areas and pleasant staff. Liverpool was amazing with a tour guide who gave a fabulous commentary and played guitar and sang. Thank you to The Woods Team you have so got it right. We are looking for something for Christmas or maybe the New Year, please stay our friends and keep us posted. KP & SP of Brighton, East Sussex
Having only recently “discovered” that Surrey came in the area for door to door Woods travel, our first trip was to St Agnes for Tinsel and Turkey and we have now returned from a really enjoyable Easter Holiday, Easter Lakes & Dales, to the Shap Wells Hotel.
Our driver was first class, very friendly, helpful and informative on excursions. The hotel location was spectacular and the content of day trips very well planned. We are right now perusing the 2018 brochure in the hope that there may still be availability on Summer month holidays as we very much hope to enjoy many more travels with Woods.
Finally, a big thank you for the Easter Chocolate, a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. RD & GD of Guildford, Surrey
Another splendid Woods holiday on 'Paris Afloat', thank you. The accommodation on Seine Princess was very good, and cabins were a good size for two people. Food excellent.
The coach was comfortable and suitable for long journeys. The coach driver showed a high standard of driving, and his road knowledge was most acceptable. The trip was made very comfortable by the patience of S, the courier. She does a sterling job of providing service to all passengers. BG of Gosport, Hampshire
I have just returned from what was my 7th holiday with your company, 'North Wales, Coast and Country, and feel that I must let you know a few thoughts following this holiday.
Problems that occurred the first night at the hotel were dealt with straight away by the driver and improvements made. I cannot praise L, the driver, highly enough, he went above and beyond to ensure we all enjoyed our holiday from start to finish. I must also add this applies to your other drivers/couriers I have travelled with.
Your selection of hotels and sightseeing trips is excellent, and I already have another holiday booked for July and certainly would not consider going on holiday now with any other company. KB of Lancing, West Sussex
I just had to put pen to paper to say how good it was to be back at The Feathers Hotel for your Ludlow Winter Warmer tour. It really has a magical feeling. The food was excellent and the staff are really great, nothing is too much trouble for any one of them. It really is definitely value for money all round.
I can't praise our driver, L, enough. He really did us all proud! Considering the weather conditions as well! We had a lovely warm coach to get into every day. GC of Eastbourne, East Sussex
My husband and I would like to thank you very much for the wonderful holiday we've just had on your 'Ludlow Winter Warmer'. Despite the weather, all outings went ahead as planned and we could not have wished for a more competent considerate driver than L - he really was first class. Staying at The Feathers Hotel was a really good experience with enjoyable food and excellent service from all staff.
This was our first holiday with Woods, but we hope for many more in future. Our thanks and good wishes. GC & KC of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I have just returned from 'Treasures in Trust' in Cheshire and would like to thank you for the excellent way that it was organised and ran.
I would particularly like to thank the driver, P, who was our 'rock'. He was always cheerful, kept us up to date with everything and never became flustered about anything (even the weather)! I must also say that his driving was impeccable, even in the most adverse conditions.
Thank you. TH of Chichester, West Sussex
I have just returned from the five-day Ludlow Winter Warmer tour and wanted to say how excellent your coach driver was at all times. His driving was impeccable in the most extreme weather conditions that we have experienced in a very long time.
L was careful, good-humoured and patient, always having the welfare of his group paramount in his mind. He was caring and helpful with advice, even when we left the coach on a visit. I'm sure that we all felt totally safe in his hands at all times and he needs to be congratulated.
Thank you for another enjoyable holiday. TS of Chichester, West Sussex
Following my trip to Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire, I felt I must stress how good P was with his driving and coping with the weather on the tour. As you know the roads to the hotel are narrow and full of hills - not gritted. Even the local staff stayed one night rather than drive on them. He got us back safely, even with part of the A34 closed.
Roll on Saturday and I hope the wind eases, the channel is calm and Paris is not snowed in for the Paris Afloat tour. PM of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I have just returned from your Treasures in Trust - Cheshire and the Peaks. Thank you for my enjoyable break. The weather and experience I VERY much enjoyed.
Our driver may well have felt apprehensive re: the snow and road conditions, but he gave great confidence with his driving skills - a big 'Thank You' to him. JG of Emsworth, Hampshire
My friends and I have just returned from our break at Alvaston Hall. This was the only Warner’s hotel we had not visited. Following its multi-million pound make-over a few years ago, it was something to see.
The whole holiday was good, with K, our driver, an excellent ambassador for Woods. Our trip to Port Sunlight was particularly enjoyable. The tour guide round the village was very knowledgeable and was able to get across a lot of interesting facts without us feeling we were being “lectured”.
Again, another good Woods holiday, and we are now looking forward to Torquay in May! MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Just to say thank you all at Woods Travel for the last few years of Christmas holidays. The last one at Ironbridge was excellent and my last! I shall be moving back to Devon mid February and will be sorry to miss these lovely breaks.
Good luck to you all - a treat to deal with a more personal company and may you continue for many years. You certainly deserve success. AK of Guildford, Surrey
Many thanks for a wonderful Christmas holiday at Norton Park. I had a great time. Thanks to P, our driver, and T, our courier, who was wonderful. Especially with her Christmas hat which jingled, not to forget the purple wig for Christmas Day. Last but not least, thanks for the brilliant Christmas present.
I'll be with you again in April, when I go to Norfolk. GFC of Lewes, East Sussex
I was on your Christmas in Shropshire coach holiday and wish to let you know how much I enjoyed myself. I have travelled on my own for many years but this was this first Christmas coach trip alone and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The travel arrangements, journey and hotel were excellent. The hotel was welcoming with helpful and pleasant staff. Our trips out were a lovely way to see the area. Most of all my praise is for our driver, L, he did everything to ensure our enjoyment from the moment we set off. My grateful thanks to him.
I look forward to travelling with you again in the future and would certainly recommend your company. CP of Rustington, West Sussex
We really enjoyed our recent New Year break to Ironbridge. The coach driver, P, and the courier, S, were attentive throughout and he proved his driving skills at least a couple of times manoeuvring the large coach around narrow, bendy Shropshire roads.
It was a lovely weekend and I would definitely think of booking another Woods holiday. This was the first time for us both. PD & LM of Shoreham, West Sussex
Thank you for the enjoyable Christmas spent at the Telford Hotel, which was a very warm and comfortable hotel. There was a good menu selection and the food was well cooked and presented, and staff were very pleasant and helpful. The outings were well planned, with the highlight being the trip on the Severn Valley Railway.
We avoided the snow until our return journey which necessitated a change in the route home. Thanks are due to our driver, L, who got us to Telford and back safely and kept us informed on what was happening. PJ of Godalming, Surrey
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our Christmas at Stratford Manor Hotel. We thought it was a brilliant place to spend Christmas and the present you gave us was a great surprise and appreciated.
The driver, P, was superb in his attention to detail for us, and we look forward to him driving us on another Woods tour. Once again, many thanks and a Happy 2018 to everyone who arranged things in the office. DK & DJ of Peacehaven, East Sussex
I have recently returned from your tour "A Wight Christmas" and should like to say how enjoyable it was. The hotel was welcoming and the entertainment provided was lively and fun, especially the carols and quizzes. The meals really were excellent and the staff were attentive and cheerful.
Our driver, R, was as ever careful and helpful, and our hostess, M, cheerfully made sure we were all OK. Of the three Christmas holidays I have spent with you, I think this was the best. Finally, a thank you to all the staff at Woods and I wish you a very Happy New Year. SH of Hailsham, East Sussex
We had a wonderful holiday in the Italian Lakes (apart from the rain) and we even experienced a very heavy snowstorm on the return journey. Iseo Lago hotel was very clean and comfortable and we were amazed to receive free wine with our meals. The staff were delightful and the food was very good. The Christmas Day buffet lunch was wonderful and it was so nice to be included in the celebrations with their other guests.
The overnight stays in Victor's Residenz, Saarlouis were, without doubt, the best we have ever had. Again the staff were welcoming, the rooms were very good, the food was delicious and plentiful and the dining room was lovely.
Now on to Christmas 2018! Happy New Year to all at Woods. RW of Portsmouth, Hants
Just to say a big thank you for our Christmas presents and a brilliant holiday. All the people enjoyed it. Also thank you to L, he was fantastic. A very good driver and very helpful with everything you want to know.
Happy New year to you all and I look forward to my holiday in April. SF of Yapton, West Sussex
A little feedback on your Shropshire Christmas Tour. Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, excellent, they went out of their way to ensure everything was to our satisfaction. Content of holiday, very enjoyable and the Severn Valley Railway a treat, the lunch in the Railway station was particularly enjoyed.
Needless to say L, our driver, was outstanding. Thoughtful, caring, attentive and an extremely good driver, he went out of his way to make the holiday the success it was. His driving during the journey home with snow on the roads was very, very good.
Many thanks for the Xmas gifts from Woods. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2018. CB & DB of Selsey, West Sussex
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our short sojourn over the Christmas holiday at Norton Park hotel. P, the driver, and T, the courier, were first class. Any problems were dealt with simply, quietly and most efficiently by T, and always with a smile or word of concern. We hope Woods appreciate what a brilliant team they make and how much we as passengers appreciate their care and concern.
We were particularly thrilled to find that seating at meals was a case of choose where ever you would like to sit for each meal. We met lots of others and chatted ourselves stupid in the process. This made such a huge difference to our holiday.
Kind regards and best wishes to all at Woods and we look forward to our trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo with you in August. ED & JD of Lancing, West Sussex
My friend and I have just returned from Orton Hall where we had a most enjoyable time. T was, as usual, an excellent, safe driver – he gets on so well with everyone and ensures we all have a good time and on this occasion he was particularly helpful. T and P, the courier, make a first-class team. I should also like to thank you for our Christmas presents. We always know Woods give very acceptable gifts and this year’s was no exception!
May I take this opportunity to wish all at Woods a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
We had a great holiday at Telford on your Shropshire Christmas break, and I don’t think I have laughed so much in years. The driver, L, welded us into a group from the moment he acquired us – he is such a good people person – so that from day one we became a single entity rather than a bunch of individuals.
Before the bad weather kicked in we were due to be home about six’ish. The driver changed the route to the safest one he could find, even en route. He kept us fully informed and in high spirits and I walked into my house at 5.45 pm. Brilliant!
This was our first trip with Woods but it certainly won’t be the last. So thank you Woods and thank you L. Great job all round. Happy New Year to all. RM & JM of Selsey, West Sussex
A very big thank you for the lovely Christmas gifts given to us on our 'Christmas in the Cotswolds' break. We had a wonderful time, especially the panto at Swindon Theatre. Has been many a year that I have been to a panto - great fun and all had a super time.
Looking forward to booking with you during 2018. LC & EC of Littlehampton, West Sussex
Many thanks for the Stratford Manor Christmas Tour which was most enjoyable. The hotel was great and the food was too much to eat. The taxis and coach were on time, despite the short delay due to snow on 27th December.
All that remains is for me to thank you once again, and hope to see you again in the future. ES of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
My wife and myself have just returned from Stratford Manor for our Christmas Holiday. This was the first time we have ever travelled with Woods.
We are writing to let you know how impressed we were with our holiday, the hotel, the excellent food, their staff and our accommodation. Your driver, P, was first class and a credit to your company.
As it happens, we have already booked with you to go on a further holiday next year, so will now be looking forward to it. EH of Worthing, West Sussex
Please thank the driver of the coach on the Thursford Spectacular tour. He was very good for the whole trip, but he really was a star for the last part when the roads were blocked due to an accident. He kept us all informed on what was going on as far as he knew.
The office staff did a marvellous job in sorting out the best way to go and in organising the taxis to pick us all up in different locations. Many thanks to you all. AB of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
I left myself no room on the tour questionnaire to 'sing the praises' of your driver and courier. They brought a lot of care and good cheer to our Cornish Mistletoe & Wine holiday. They really do make it a very happy experience travelling with Woods.
The food was excellent, as was the service at the hotel. We enjoyed the programme of places to visit which was great value and we thank the Woods company very much. The previous month we were in the Cliff Hotel in Gwbert, West Wales. Another wonderful holiday and a hotel we could easily return to. 2018 is well and truly planned by us with 6 holidays booked.
I do feel Woods helps us to lead a good life! MO & JO of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
Thank you once again for some very enjoyable trips this year. The highlight for me was the Southern Ireland Ring of Kerry - will be doing that one again. I have already booked the 4 days in Bruges for next year and I'm sure there will be more!
I would like to wish all at Woods, including the drivers (they are a great bunch), a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you again in 2018. JF of West Sussex
I enjoyed our holiday 'Treasures in Trust - Staffordshire' last month. We thought the itinerary was excellent and, as usual, my husband enjoyed a double portion of cream on the train journey as I don't like it. The National Museum of Childhood was brilliant, and gave us some ideas for our new museum in Rustington. Two National Trust volunteers at Lyme Park also persuaded me to 'dress up.'
Thank you so much, and especially thank K, the driver. MC & HC of Rustington, West Sussex
I have just returned home from your wonderful 4-day break to Weymouth. Well organised, good weather and Hotel Rex was great, on the seafront with a room facing the bay. The programme was good, although a bit disappointed with Dorchester. Shaftesbury well made up for that with Gold Hill and the interesting museum at the top with very enthusiastic staff.
The young guide at Athelhampton House was also excellent and knowledgeable, and the stop at Bournemouth on our way home was a great idea.
Our driver, P, was very helpful and made sure our taxi was waiting for us when we got to Brighton. Looking forward to travelling with you again next July.
Thank you. DC of Hassocks, West Sussex
I enjoyed my holiday to Ayrshire & Arran enormously. I was aware of some discontent about the hotel, but I found the staff at the Irvine were kindness itself.
The excursions were delightful, although Culzean Castle is a bit inaccessible for poor walkers and on that day the buggies were reserved for a wedding party. Arran was its wonderful self and a joy to behold. The icing on the cake was the pipe band playing on the terrace in front of Brodick Castle in the mist and slight drizzle – so atmospheric. The highlights of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies were everything I’d hoped for and so well organised by the driver, who got us everywhere in plenty of time.
Mr friends and I love to receive your brochure. It’s an excuse for a lunch and to decide which tour to choose.
With thanks. JB of Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Once again thank you for a memorable holiday to Durham & The North Pennines. The Bowes and Beamish Museums were two places I had wanted to visit for some time. Would you please thank P, our driver, who as usual was professional at all times but courteous, friendly and helpful. Again his driving was of a high standard and he was courteous to other road users.
The new brochure has arrived so am looking forward to next year, all being well. PB of East Preston, West Sussex
My wife and I returned a week ago from a four-night coach trip to Sudbury and a very interesting tour of that part of Suffolk. The whole experience was excellent, especially the Mill Hotel and the friendliness and expertise of our driver. DC of Worthing, West Sussex
We have just returned from the Shropshire and the Dee Valley tour and it was quite delightful. The scenery was absolutely wonderful, the hotel and our bedroom were first class, the visit to Shrewsbury and the boat trip were great. We enjoyed the train, and the cruise along the Llangollen Canal was superb.
When we got out of the taxi at Brighton, it is always a bonus to see our driver is P. He is really people friendly and so conscientious about looking after everyone, and enjoying doing it which makes the holiday so special. The coach was very comfortable and the driving was smooth and safe.
Many thanks for a lovely holiday and we look forward to receiving the brochure for next year and making our choices. KW & BW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
We have just returned from Belfast & The Antrim Coast. We enjoyed the tour very much as it was one of our suggestions about 18 months ago. Belfast was great and all the tours were good. The open-top bus tour was made all the more enjoyable as the guide knew all there is to know about Belfast. The hotel room was clean and the food was good, but the service was slow.
Our driver, K, was lovely and her driving was excellent as some of the roads were narrow in N. Ireland. Her relationship with the passengers was good and she kept us informed all day.
We know you like to hear the good and bad comments, well this one was very good. TW & MW of Worthing, West Sussex
My husband and I returned from the North Yorks Moors tour last Friday. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the hotel was beautiful, good food and accommodation.
What made the holiday special however was having a local guide. He was so informative, funny and knowledgeable about the areas we visited and really seemed to care about making our excursions an enjoyable experience. He had a good rapport with our driver, P, who was also excellent company.
Well done Woods! AS & CS of Lancing, West Sussex
Another excellent holiday with Woods. The Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth, as usual, was first-class, P, our driver, was first-class, weather was also very good, so what more could we ask for! I never have any hesitation in recommending Woods to friends as I’m confident they would enjoy the holidays as much as I do. MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I would just like to put on record and advise you that my wife and I went on our first holiday with Woods to the Lake District on 10th-15th September 2017 and we had a terrific holiday, from start to finish. We would like to add that the driver and his courier wife were first class. I doubt Woods have a better driver than P, he really was first class.
Thank you all so much once again. BB & PB of East Sussex
My wife and I have just returned from our holiday to Ludlow, Shropshire & Ironbridge from 28 August to 2 September. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all our friends.
We sat immediately behind the driver with an excellent view of the road and the surrounding countryside as well as being able to see the 'wing' mirrors. P is an excellent, considerate and careful driver. We both would be very happy to be driven by him again. In addition to his driving he is very pleasant and helpful. JS of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
I would like to say how much we enjoyed the Four River Cruise holiday. We do appreciate the taxi service so much.
We also appreciated having T with us, she was always so pleasant, caring and helpful. VK of Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Cotswolds Animal Magic - The holiday was magic, the hotel beautiful the service from your whole team excellent and our driver K, just could not do enough for us. I walk with a stick due to a back injury and recent surgery, K, was so caring and ensured I was always in a safe position when entering and leaving the coach.
He is such a credit to your company. We love to travel with Woods, you ensure great hotels, lovely travel with a good break in lovely places. You so look after your passengers, making sure insurance is in place prior to travel.
J and I wish to say a very big Thank You – you are the very best. Thank you and a big thank you to your team and a’ special’ thank you to K, a joy to travel with. J & MC of Porchester, Hampshire
Hello T, C and I would like to say a special thank you for organising and running our trip to Switzerland and Italy. L was an excellent driver, the three hotels were all comfortable and of a very good standard and we felt you were extremely efficient in sorting out the various problems that arose.
When a member of the group fell ill you ensured that she was well cared for before we moved on – and we know from your subsequent comments that you continued to show a concern for her well-being.
We realised you were dismayed by the cable car fiasco, but you acted quickly to compensate and we were delighted to find the promised cheque for £28 waiting for us when we arrived home. Thank you very much!
When you heard that there were delays to the ferries on Saturday you acted quickly to make alternative arrangements, and we certainly appreciated arriving home without any delay via the tunnel.
Thank you for another very enjoyable trip. We shall certainly travel with Woods again. P & CJ, of Cranleigh, Surrey
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our Welsh tour with your company. It was our first time and we were most impressed. The hotels you picked were first class, the excursions were good and very interesting. The coach was very comfortable and K the driver was very attentive, courteous and knowledgeable. And of course the staff in your office who are always courteous and very attentive whether face to face or on the phone. WN & PN of Midhurst, W. Sussex
Somerset Steam & Cruise - we would like to take this opportunity to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our break, it was the tonic we needed. Also to say that D our driver was the absolute perfect driver and very polite. He was a complete joy to travel with. NS & BS of Crowborough, East Sussex
Just wanted to say THANK YOU once again for another great holiday.
Have just returned from Kilarney & The Ring of Kerry trip it was amazing and I really did enjoy it, all made even more special by our driver P who really did look after us and added to the fun of the trip. I would have liked to send you a picture of him on Inch beach in his mankini but my camera was never the same after I took THAT picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you again Woods, keep up the good work. JF of Midhurst, West Sussex
I have just returned from last week's trip to Falmouth and express my thanks to all the staff who have been involved with the arrangements.
The hotel was very special. The staff were attentive and helpful.
I would particularly like to thank Phil for his driving skills and for the care which he gave us all.
I am looking forward to my trip to Durham in October.
Thank you to everyone. ME of Barnham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
As I only moved down to this area about 3 years ago, it is only recently that I luckily discovered Woods, since when I have enjoyed 3 holidays and several excursions with your company. May I congratulate you all on running such a high quality, helpful and friendly business. It thoroughly deserves the very high reputation it has in this area and well beyond.
May I bring to your attention what a wonderful ambassador you have in P. the driver who took us to Falmouth. I understand he has not been with Woods for that long but what a great credit he was to you. He was there for us at all times, was enthusiastic, appeared to love his job and couldn't do enough to make sure we enjoyed every minute of our holiday. He was outstanding and I would happily nominate him of any award system available.
Thank you once again for all the pleasure you have given me and I look forward to future holidays and excursions with you. DT of Chichester, West Sussex
I am writing to say I have just had a wonderful holiday in Falmouth, but in particular I want to say what a super driver we had in P. His driving skills are excellent, he is happy and cheerful and had an excellent rapport with all on the coach and the hotel staff. He was very helpful and patient with the very busy roads and narrow lanes. GS of Burgess Hill, W. Sussex
Lake District Tour - In spite of the weather I would like to say thank you for another enjoyable holiday. Loved the hotel and setting.
P. our driver was very professional but at the same time courteous, friendly and helpful. At all times his driving was of a high standard and he was courteous to other road users.
Looking forward to the Durham trip in October. PB of East Preston, West Sussex
I must write and thank you all for my Constable Country tour, so well organised, it was my first holiday with Woods, actually my first holiday for many years.
L. went beyond his duties, it so happened my 90th birthday fell during the holiday, he organised a jam & cream filled sponge plus candle and then sliced it up for all my new made friends to have a piece.
Thank you all once again. PJS, Hurstpierpoint, W Sussex
We would like to express our gratitude to K our driver on our recent holiday Dorset and Hardy's Wessex on 5 June 2017.
Without doubt K made our holiday much better than it would have been and she was also enjoyable company at dinner. LB of Shoreham by Sea
I have to say a huge thank you to Woods Travel Ltd, we had the most amazing day. The coach and driver were excellent, we enjoyed the journey through London, having a chance to enjoy the sights! So easy to be dropped off a short distance from the theatre with plenty of time for a leisurely lunch, and a short look around. 'Annie' is a fabulous, would recommend the show to anybody, great production! And to finish the day, a short walk back to the pickup point to sit back and relax whilst being driven home. Am def liking coach travel!! Thanks! JB of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
We would like to express our gratitude to K, our driver on our recent holiday 'Dorset and Hardy's Wessex'
Without a doubt, K has made our holiday much better than it would have been and she was also enjoyable company at dinner. LB of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
I have just returned from a holiday to The Isle of Wight, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
I am very impressed with your organisation of the whole holiday, from the pick-up by taxi and number of tours to such interesting places.
Our thanks in particular to T, our driver, who was so knowledgeable about the island, places to visit, to eat and points of interest en route.
Thank you on behalf of us both. JH of Worthing, West Sussex
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Durham and the North Pennines.
I am sure you are already aware, but we must let you know what a great driver/host you have in L. We have used many companies over they ears and we found that our first trip Woods was the best ever. P.B of Sompting, West Sussex
We have been on many of your tours now, but our holiday to Tenby was absolutely wonderful. The hotel was first class, the staff all very friendly and welcoming and the food was superb. Our driver, T, made the trip exceptional.
The tour was a delight. The visit to the Coracle Centre was an experience in itself as the owner was a very entertaining speaker and brought the whole centre to life. The concert in Tenby on our first evening was also unexpected and enjoyable.
The food was really special and everything was prepared and cooked well. The Welsh beef and Welsh lamb were a delight as were all the menus and the staff.
We have enjoyed all the holidays we have taken with you, but this one was really very special in every way. K.W of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
I just wanted to write to thank you very much for giving me a wonderful holiday.
I went on the river cruise to Holland and the Bulbfields - it was more than I had expected.I couldn't fault it in any way. It will be a holiday that I will look back on as a once in a lifetime experience.
The crew on the boat couldn't do enough for us and were always polite. Our coach driver R was a very good driver, I felt that I was safe in his hands, he was friendly and would help when needed.
Thank you again. EP of Chichester, West Sussex
Having recently returned from a very pleasant visit to the Dutch Bulbfields, we would like to congratulate our excellent driver, P, and his wife, S, made us all countless drinks throughout, and always with a smile, a very caring lady!
P's many anecdotes made the journey an enjoyable experience. Both of them gave so much to make the trip a happy and memorable one.
We would like to think that any future trips we might take with you, we would be lucky enough to have P as our driver.
We certainly can't thank him enough. E and JH of Chichester, West Sussex
I wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for such a wonderful holiday organised through your coach company to visit the Dutch Bulbfields. It was all so lovely and special praise and thanks must go to our driver, who looked after us so well.
Thank you for a memorable holiday. SH of Romsey, Kent
We have just returned from the most amazing cruise 'Paris Afloat.'
Where to begin?! Woods renowned for their efficient taxi pick-up service door to door we are sold on it, having spent many years with the aggro of getting to and from airports, offering a lovely relaxed start to your holiday.
From your wonderful, caring and efficient drivers, this trip we were lucky enough to have P. P kept us informed every stage of our journey, S served us with drinks and a smile throughout the journey, this all before we arrive at the boat 'The Renoir' boy, did it have WOW factor!
Parked in the heart of Paris on the river Seine, P took us into Paris via all the fabulous sights of Paris and this all before we even got on the boat.
Thank you to all those behind the scenes that work to make their clients have the best possible holiday experience. SK & SP of Brighton, East Sussex
Thank you so much for helping to make this, my first holiday with Woods Travel, so special. Your friendly, jolly personality made the trip so special and nothing was too much trouble for you. I will certainly be recommending Woods Travel to my family and friends. JK from Belfast
A note to say I enjoyed the little trip to Shropshire - I caught up with friends from Wales, they won't drive to Sussex now. Thank you, S for his careful driving and sense of humour - needed sometimes! Thank you for the nice hotel too! CS from Heathfield, East Sussex
Our first Christmas solely with Woods - excellent - you could not have chosen a better place than Boppard. The hotel and staff were so attentive and went out of their way to make a good Christmas for us.
Also, it was the first time with K and P, they were very good and worked well together and were very informative to their passengers.
Also, I must not forget the present from Woods, the best we have been given, for which I thank you very much. JP of Chichester, West Sussex
I just wanted to thank you, we enjoyed our Christmas at 'The Feathers Ludlow' so very much.
Beautiful hotel, very interesting fellow passengers, good service, and an excellent driver.
Thank you. SW of Rustington, West Sussex
Your drivers P and K were excellent. Not only were they careful drivers but they were really helpful. We would particularly like to mention how P dealt with a lady when she misplaced her valuables. This was dealt with most effectively and with good humour. JP of Suffolk
Thanks for a great holiday. The tour was excellent, the hotel fabulous, t he coach and especially the drivers P and K were an absolute pleasure. L & AM of Suffolk
I would just like to take this opportunity to say what a wonderful time we had on your Rhineland Christmas tour.
This was made even more pleasurable by P & K who made every effort to make sure everyone enjoyed the holiday and were indeed a credit to Woods Travel.
Also, I would like to add that we have toured with many other companies and that Woods have been the best by far, from booking, information and to the final product. JH & BC of East Sussex
We recently travelled with you on your South Coast Christmas holiday. We appeared to be first-timers as everyone else on the coach seemed to be regulars.
We would like to say that we enjoyed the Door-to-Door experience very much. The Solent Hotel was all one could wish for if you wanted a relaxed luxury Christmas.
Thank you for introducing us to a very convenient service. We look forward to travelling with Woods in the future. TA & EPS of Worthing, West Sussex
My friend and I have just returned from Christmas at Orton Hall, our first visit. As you will understand, we had a very good time and can see why people go back year after year.
T and P were perfect hosts. He is a first-class driver, gets on very well indeed with his passengers and is very knowledgeable about the area he is driving through.
P made everyone feel welcome and helped make the Christmas so enjoyable.
Last, but by no means least, many thanks for the fragrant candle for Christmas, a most acceptable gift for this time of year.
Best wishes for 2017! MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Thanks yet again for a great break away, Norton Park Hotel for Christmas. My Dad and I had a super time. Many thanks to our driver P and M and L as well as the hotel staff, who all made sure we had a great time.
Wishing you a Happy New Year. SS of Worthing, West Sussex
Dear all at Woods,
Many thanks for the very enjoyable Christmas at Norton Park.
Nice hotel, good food, and all the staff were lovely, also your driver P was so helpful and efficient.
Many thanks for the gift, very thoughtful and useful.
Happy New Year! GB of Worthing, West Sussex
I would like to express my thanks to Woods for the excellent 'Ludlow at Christmas' holiday - which was thoroughly enjoyable in every way.
The beautiful old hotel was certainly interesting – so many stairs and passages – a really intriguing place! The food throughout was excellent the service first class and, without exception, we were served quietly, courteously and without fuss. The whole staff, without exception, were friendly, courteous and helpful at all times.
R, our driver, was first class – having to cope with diversions and long, tedious lines of traffic about which he could nothing. He was cheerful throughout and most helpful to the disabled people in the party.
Thanks to all concerned and a Happy New Year! BF of Worthing, West Sussex
What a fabulous Christmas holiday we all had! This was the first 'Woods' Christmas we have had and it was certainly was a memorable one. It made a huge difference getting there on the same day, and not being so tired after two days traveling!
The hotel was delightful - our room, the food, and staff were exceptional.
It was lovely having P and K with us, who worked very well as a team. Their driving was excellent, especially in the very bad fog both in Europe and the UK. They were always making sure everyone was having a good time, and the whole trip ran like clockwork. They dealt with a problem on the way back very efficiently and effectively. I am sure they are a great addition to the Woods team.
And thank you for our present - the nicest we have ever had from you. We will burn the candle on New Year's Eve.
I wish you a very happy new year and a successful 2017. BP of Chichester, West Sussex
Once again thank you for an enjoyable holiday. As usual, it was of a high standard for travel and hotels.
P our driver was professional at all times, a very courteous driver to other road users. He was cheerful and helpful at all times and made the holiday enjoyable. PB of Littlehampton, West Sussex
As you know, as manager of Worthing Indoor Bowls Club, we use Woods for our away matches.
Now, for the first time, I am thoroughly enjoying a Woods coach trip with T and D, to the Dordogne.
I couldn't wait until I got back, to tell you what a great time I, and I know others are having here.
After the success of this first trip, you have to know it won't be my last. Plus we have three more days left.
Thanks so much to your team and looking forward to the next one. DN of Worthing, West Sussex
We would like to say how very enjoyable the trip to the Channel Islands was with good transport transfers, excellent hotels, and interesting full, included day trips.
This was made even better by having such a pleasant and efficient courier, T, with us.
Her knowledge was very good and she was always available should we need help.
I understand this was the first time for this trip, and it worked well! B & J I of Newick, East Sussex
We felt we really must write to you about our outstanding holiday, which represented fabulous value for money.
We would like to compliment our driver T. He was endlessly polite, kind and considerate, and he did an absolutely marvellous job.
We had a great time, and we are looking forward to our future holidays with Woods. Our kindest regards to all at your great company. CSD of Horsham, West Sussex
I was fortunate enough to go on your coach holiday “Swiss Trains and Italian Lakes on June 4th . Not only was it a unique trip covering three wonderful trips up to the mountains of Switzerland also Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. This trip went to parts of Switzerland that you don’t see on any other companies by plane or coach.
I have been all over the world including Switzerland and seen many beautiful places but I can honestly say the trip from the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz to the mountain of Brienzer Rothorn by train, stopping off for lunch about three-quarters of the way up there the view simply took your breath away it was so beautiful.
Thank you so much for devising this trip but also the care and attention you gave us. A special thanks to our driver L who was brilliant. I would even do the trip again another year which is rare for me to say.
Thank you to all your staff at Woods for your kindness and care. DP of Portsmouth
I feel I just had to write to commend the driver, L, on my tour to Alveston and The Wirral last week.
My friend and I have been on several tours with you, all of which we have thoroughly enjoyed, but this was positively enhanced by L's attitude.
He was considerate, attentive and entertaining to all his passengers.
Thank you for another enjoyable holiday. PE & JB of Bognor Regis
A couple of weeks ago I travelled on 'Coachy McCoachface' to see Fred Dibnah Concorde and Beyond. I had another fantastic time - never a dull moment for me.
First trip to Manchester Airport and Concorde - took my breath away, another one off the bucket list, and Fred Dibnah - another memorable time.
Liverpool was fabulous, you could spend a week there!
Please thank P, our driver, for a wonderful trip. Your drivers are so respectful and do so much for people! JDLC of Peacehaven, East Sussex
I do feel the lovely holidays and standard of drivers you have is how you maintain your awards each year. I would never travel with anyone else. JH of Selsey, West Sussex
This letter is to let you know how very much my wife and I enjoyed the Three Choirs Mozart tour last week. The programme was well thought out and over all we have the most enjoyable time. Your coaches are always comofrtable and your drivers exceptional in the care they take of their passengers and guests.
T, our driver last week, was superb. He was good humoured and patient thorughout our journeys.
The Woods Travel Company certainly comes out with at least five stars for service and attention to detail. We are looking forward to our next trip, and will continue to commend you to as many friends as we possibly can.
Many thank, and long may you continue your excellent work and service. BJM of Boxgrove, Chichester
We have just returned from the 'Fred Dibnah, Concorde and Beyond' tour. I can't stop talking about it, it was the best holiday I have had in years. There was nothing about the tour to complain about, our coach driver P was excellent, the hotel was very good and the food was excellent.
We were all given Boarding Pass certificates, when we returned to the coach after visiting the fabulous Concorde, it was the finishing highlight of the visit. The visit to Fred Dibnah's house was fascinating.
Liverpool lived up to all expectations, there again we had a very good guide who kept us amused by playing his ukelale and singing local songs. Thank you once again. CT of Worthing, West Sussex
I would like to say how much we enjoyed our coach trip: 'Fred Dibnah, Concorde and Beyond'
P, The driver, the accommodation and all the towns were absolutely brilliant. It was our first coach trip and hoping to book more in the future. PW of Portsmouth, Hampshire
Just a note to say thank you so much for organising this fantastic trip to Austria. The programme was extremely well put together and in fact I think we could all have done with an extra day or two. Mayrhofen is such an interesting and pretty place with the various cable cars and all the lovely cafes and shops.
T was an amazing and very caring courier and I would be delighted if she was on my next trip. Our driver, was lovely and friendly and very, very competent and she and T made an excellent team. There was a very sociable atmosphere amongst us all and by the end of the holiday we seemed like old friends!
All in all, it was a wonderful holiday and I will have very happy memories for years to come. JT of Worthing, West Sussex
Thank you for another excellent Woods holiday with weather to match! Kee up the good work, thank you. A & BW of Chichester, West Sussex
'Just to say how much we enjoyed our holiday last week. S, our driver was so helpful and kind with a wonderful sense of humour. The hotel was very nice, very clean, the food well served and presented and a really good choice. All very enjoyable. Thank you very much. We hope to travel with you again in the future.' J & MD, Midhurst, West Sussex
'Once again I am writing to say thank you for another enjoyable holiday with Woods. On the first Saturday my cousin and I knew we were in for a good week when we saw the driver was R.
Again, R's driving was to a very high standard, also he was very professional in his dealing with the passengers but at the same time friendly, cheerful and helpful.
Thank you PB of Littlehampton, West Sussex
'We have just come back from a five day break to Llandrindod Wells. Our driver S, was excellent, very courteous and helpful in every way. On our outward journey he found a first class pub and restaurant for our lunch and also arranged to call their on our way home. He certainly made our holiday very enjoyable and we would be grateful if you would pass these thanks on. We hope we shall meet him again on another holiday!' M, B, H, J, L & J, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
'I had to write to say how much the holiday to Norway meant to be having never been before. The itinerary was every bit as good as you said it would be.
There scenery was spectacular; the snow-capped mountains, fantastic waterfalls, fjords and rivers.
K was a great courier knowing Norway as she did, a foundatin of knowledge excellent. The extras you were able to do for us all were incredible.
Keeping us informed at all times, looking after everyone so well and making sure if any problems, they were soon sorted out if we could not do it ourselves.
E, our driver, what can I say! Fantastic. The many small roads and hairpin bends you took us on and the top of the snow-capped mountain, only a good driver could do this so well done. You are one credit to Woods.' VW, Newhaven, East Sussex
'We would just like to say thank you for such a wonderful holiday, we are still overwhelmed by how fantastic it was.
With all K's knowledge and wonderful stories, tales and extra add ons, also E's very professional and superb driving skills added to an excellent holiday. L & SS of Ipswich, Suffolk
Thank you so much for a lovely holiday. Your organisation kills were wonderful, and nothing was too much trouble for you, to make sure our needs were provided for.
The extra bits that you and E added made the holiday so much more special, thank you so much.
This was our first time with Woods, and will not be our last, thanks to you and E. You are a great team.
The coach was also so lovely and roomy, compared to the other coach holidays we have been on. J & JS of Brighton, East Sussex
'I would like to let you know how much I enjoyed the Swiss Trains and Italian Lakes tour which ended last Sunday. My admiration for L as a driver and organiser is boundless!
Just to add to his fund of knowledge, would you please let him know that I have checked up on Wikipedia and found that Sainte Marie aux Mines in the Vosges Mountains sits in a valley famous for silver mines, and the French for 'mines' is 'mines'!
Thank you all for the care you take
Best wishes.' JC of Hampshire, West Sussex
'My wife and I have just returned from your Lake District tour and would like to place on record our appreciation of this. Our coach driver P, was excellent and the hotel - The Inn on the Lake - was the best we have stayed in the UK to date. The whole tour and itinerary was excellent.
Once more, many thanks for an excellent holiday, we are already booked on another tour with you this year and I'm sure we will be travelling with you more in the future. We would certainly recommend your services to anyone else.' KM of Hove, East Sussex
'My wife and I have just returned from a holiday to The Lake District.
I would like to say what a wonderful holiday this was. The hotel was superb, the food and the room were amazing.
The day trips were very good and well planned, credit to P our driver who was very helpful and gave us information about the places we went to.
Looking forward to our next trip with you.' BS of Horsham, West Sussex
'Dear K & E
We would just like to thank you for such a wonderful holiday, we are still overwhelmed with how fantastic it was. With all K's knowledge and wonderful stories, tales and extra add ons, also E's very professional and superb driving skills added to and excellent holiday.' L & SS, Ipswich, Suffolk
'This is a thank you to everyone who was involved in the recent visit to the Isle of Man. I could not have wished for more. Everything seemed to work out so well from T, the driver, the pick up arrangement and the help of the hotel staff.
I should also mention the staff in the office.
Thank you again to everyone.' ME of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'My second trip and the same high standards as before. I am very glad to have discovered Woods - already have two more holidays booked for 2016.' PS, Heathfield
We are writing to say what a lovely holiday we had recently to Vianden in Luxenbourg. The pick up and drop off taxies were good and our driver R was excellent and it was also nice to have awelcome drink on arrival after our long journey.
The Grand Hotel in Vianden was excellent for food although we did struggle withthe four courses at that time in the evening! All the staff were very friendly.
We enjoyed all the trips, found them interesting and loved the scenery and particularly enjoyed our visit to the castle overlooking Vianden, well worth a visit, good value for the money, plenty of see as you can go all over it.
Overall we thought the whole holiday was good value for money and look forward to travelling with Woods again in the future. AL of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Just came back from a 5 day break with Woods in Germany to see Andre Rieu it was the best break ever all the coach got on with each other and on the last night all had drinks in the bar and shared stories. Also our driver Tim was the most funniest person and made everything look easy and straightforward and have very simple times to meet back up with the coach once we stopped. I also want to Thank our guide who stayed with our for a few days Melanie she did a fantastic job and was great company always laughing and joking. I highly recommend trying a woods holiday. CC, of Bognor Regis
Austrian Salzburgerland - Our best Christmas yet, it was perfect including the weather, sun every day, ideal for walking especially with our guide. The hotel was in the centre of the village so we felt part of the celebrations. The food, rooms and staff were a very good standard. JP of Chichester, W. Sussex
Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol - The holiday was wonderful and everything was organised so well. My friend and I have both lost our husbands during the year so we decided to go away and we were not disappointed.
I was very impressed with the whole holiday which I enjoyed very much. Also the driver T. was always cheerful and helpful.
Thank you so much for a lovely holiday! RB of Bognor Regis, W. Sussex
'I would like to thank you and your staff on the excellent arrangements that you provided over the Christmas holiday.' (Hampshire Christmas) PA of East Preston, West Sussex
'I would like to thank you and your company so much for a most enjoyable holiday to Letchworth Hall this Christmas - Everything was as I would wish, the service being very good.' JW of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Myself and my companion must thank you for our Christmas break at Letchworth Hall. We had a very nice room, the food was very good and the service of the staff was first class. Not forgetting to thank you also for our gifts from Santa – very useful. Our driver was cheerful and pointed out places of interest as we went along and made sure that the people who needed their wheels when we stopped the wheels were ready. The visit to the American cemetery I found very moving.' ACJ of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I returned on the 16th October from a trip to Cardigan Bay, which was one of the best holidays I have ever had. I especially want to thank P, our driver, who was helpful and informative at all times. The coach was a joy and extremely comfortable.' BM of Arundel, West Sussex
'My trip to Warwick with driver T was, for me, very enjoyable. My main interest was the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, so everything else was a bonus. Again, please thank T for all his help and kindness. Best wishes. ' JDLC of Peacehaven, East Sussex
'I wanted to say as far as I was concerned our trip to Royal Edinburgh and The Trossachs, "ticked all the boxes," history, scenery and good weather. All this was helped by K, who with L got on so well with everyone and made sure we were enjoying the holiday. He made the entire trip enjoyable by his efficient and friendly manner.' CH of Ealing, London
'I have just returned from the trip to Edinburgh and the Trossachs and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Our driver, K was excellent, a very steady hand at the wheel. He was very helpful and professional, particularly with the less able members of the group, as was his wife L.'
'This was a very enjoyable trip and yet again, Woods have come up with the goods. Well done!'
RE of Worthing, West Sussex
'Once again my wife and I would like to thank you for giving us a memorable holiday. P our driver was his usual affable and informative self, he makes the holiday with his personality and helpfulness.
The hotel was good and comfortable. The food in the hotel we found was good, even with my wife's gluten allergy. The staff did everything they could to help.
P was also a fountain of information and was willing to help everyone. What he did not know he found out about.
Once again thank you and your staff for an enjoyable holiday.' J & BH of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Re: Harrogate Flower Show & Yorkshire Moors
This is just a quick note to thank you for a lovely holiday at Warner's Nidd Hall. On behalf of my wife and myself a big thank you. I wish also to commend your excellent driver P. His pleasant manner and attention to detail helped to make it a very enjoyable experience.' PA of Haywards Heath, West Sussex
'I just had to put pen to paper once again to thank you for a great holiday in Ludlow.
It started with a great driver, P, who is once again a real "people person" and for me it is one of the most important features of a good holiday.
The hotel was wonderful. The minute you stepped onto the threshold it felt "welcome history". The staff are a credit to the Feathers Hotel and themselves. I shall look forward to booking this one again.
If I get the same feelings for the Christmas in Hampshire break, I'll consider myself extremely lucky.
Once again many thanks for Ludlow.' GC of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'I have just returned from your trip to Falmouth and would like to add to my comments on your questionnaire.
Travelling alone is more of a challenge, but I do find that invariably the Woods clientelle are most friendly.
The Royal Duchy Hotel has proved to be the best yet with Woods. The staff were very friendly, but professional and the cleanliness and maintenance of the rooms and the hotel in general were faultless.
I have been travelling with Woods since the early nineties and I do admire the slick operation in your pick-up system.
P is a good driver and he is presented with various challenges, especially with our age group, but he remains good-humoured and helpful.
Thank you for another enjoyable holiday.'
GD of West Chiltington, West Sussex
'We have not yet settled down from our holiday to Skye and Oban. It was really a wonderful tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was a lot of travelling but it was worth it to see the places we have not seen for a couple of years and the weather was much better than they had enjoyed up there during the summer.
We felt so sorry for our driver since the journey up to Carlisle was so busy with lorries and so many road works. The next day was a little better for him since it was pouring with rain for most of the journey to Mallaig. He was so good natured, patient and so safe on the road and made our holiday.
I must mention that the staff in every hotel where we stayed were so pleasant, friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even the staff in Carlisle where we were overdue due to the travelling conditions. The hotels were all so different but very comfortable and the dining rooms were excellent.' KAW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'We have just got back from The Lake District holiday and would like to thank you for arranging such a glorious trip.
The Inn on the Lake is in such a wonderful position and the staff are so professional and charming. Our bedroom was perfect with a coffee table and two armchairs looking out to a beautiful view of the lake.
T and L make a very good team and they looked after us so well.
We look forward to receiving your 2016 brochure.
Best wishes.' J & DB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Just to say a big thank you for the Puddings & Polar Bears trip. I wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed it.
M was a star & nothing was too much trouble for him, he obviously has done a lot of research on the area. He sorted out a few problems with the hotel with a maturity beyond his years & is an asset to your company. He cleaned his coach inside & out everyday & supplied us with bags for our rubbish.
I found the hotel pleasant, clean & friendly. Towels were changed everyday & bed linen every other day, I found the food very good it's all sourced locally & cooked from scratch. Chef does a mean liver & bacon which was by our request.
Once again thank you for a good trip, and a big well done for M.'
LS of Felpham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Holland and Rhine cruise - I felt I should write to say how much we enjoyed the cruise. The organisations by Woods was excellent and at all times the holiday was a real success.
We were very impressed by T, our driver. He found very pleasant places to stop and get something to eat - not too large but with all that we needed. He arranged the coach near the lift on the ferry which was so helpful for my husband and the coach journey was a comfortable part of the holiday. He explained the problem with the time of the boat's departure and we all felt part of the excitement !!!
Our courier, T, was superb. From the start of the holiday she made sure that everybody had a good holiday. She ensured that anybody on their own was not left out and she checked on the group regularly to see that we all had what we wanted. I think the holiday was such a success because of the way T looked after the group. We have been on other river cruises but have never had a courier who spent much of their time with the group - not just giving information but joining in with us but at the same time with no intrusion. She is excellent.
We have no adverse comments at all - but wanted Woods to know how much we appreciate both the organisation of the holiday and also the staff who were outstanding - Thank you' A & JH of Haywards Heath, West Sussex
'My wife and I recently returned from the Rhine River Cruise. We would like to record our appreciation of the service you provided: the quality of the whole holiday was very impressive.
One of the principal factors in making it so was the excellence of the guide T (‘St T’). Your company is fortunate indeed to have her services at your disposal.'
PP of Worthing, West Sussex
'Malvern Hills & Welsh Borders
We have recently returned from the above tour and as usual Woods came up trumps – a well organised tour. T our driver was wonderful, kind, thoughtful, cheerful and very efficient.
The main reason for writing is to say thank you for making it possible for my son (who just happened to be in Worcester for a business meeting) to join us on the river Severn cruise, on the Tuesday. It was an added bonus for us, so thank you again for your efficiency and kindness for making it possible.
We look forward to our next tour!
Many thanks.' P & JA of Seaford, East Sussex
'Dear Sirs, I would like to record that S, the driver on the Gems of Old England tour, was a first class representative of your company. He was kind, considerate and a very careful driver.' BM of Pulborough, West Sussex
'A rather belated "thank you" for our holiday to the Western Isles in June this year. Your Plan B was excellent when the Calmac Ferries went on strike and I'm so pleased the Arduaine Gardens was included.'
'Part of the whole idea to go to the Western isles was staying in Barra at the super Beach Hotel and doing the round trip. However, time was short and the weather was not good this year, so we have booked to go again next year - keep your fingers crossed!
All the hotels were excellent; refreshments and packed lunches were too. R our driver was very placid and kept us amused. There is a lot that goes on behind that we do not know about, but thank you and the driver for making it an excellent holiday.' AM of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for the recent 'Three Choirs' holiday which I enjoyed immensely. The musical theme was different and it was a bonus to see Elgar's birthplace too. I should be interested if you arrange any more themed holidays of this kind.'
'R our driver was excellent and that also helps to make a good holiday. Many thanks to him and all of you who organised the tour.' SH of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I Have just returned from the Woburn, Butterflies & Bletchley Park tour with P. Despite the weather it was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. P was a fantastic driver and had a wonderful sense of humour so we had a lot of laughs. He took such good care of all his passengers - a very nice person indeed.
The hotel was fabulous - I have been there with you once before and it was lovely of two of the staff to remember me. The room was lovely. Food was lovely.
Please thank P and everyone else for my wonderful trip and I look forward to Chatsworth in September with you.' JDLC of Peacehaven, East Sussex
'Having just returned from our Cruising the Seine holiday with Woods, I am writing to say how much we enjoyed every minute of our river cruise on the Seine Princess with the added bonus of being in France on Bastille Day and all the unexpected celebrations and a visit to Son et Lumiere at Rouen Cathedral.
The organisation was excelled and D, the Woods representative, was always on hand to help and answer questions and provide paper copies of interesting information. Many thanks too to our driver T for a smooth and relaxing journey throughout. The service and staff at CroisiEurope were amazing.
We also had the same enjoyment when we took the Holland River Cruise on Beethoven for the Dutch Tulip Cruise in April with drive T and will be looking for for similar holidays in 2016.
Many thanks.' DH of Angmering, West Sussex
'The programme that D had prepared for us was outstanding. There was so much to do that we were amazed that she had found so many varied wine tasting and themed museums/attractions.
I must make a special mention of our "Chef of the Coach" T. I would run out of adjectives to describe the service he gave us. His driving is so skilled and his own preparation with hand-written notes made sure we arrived in the right place, at the right time, comfortably and always safely.
This was a truly fantastic wine tour holiday arranged for our group and there was no disagreement on the views I have expressed. We have noted the value for money your holiday gave when compared with other commercial wine trips offering much less.
I also believe the care and praise expressed from our members will encourage them to look in your brochure for other holidays... as we do. Two members have already asked about a future holiday for the members of our Federation!' Hon Secretary of a Sussex Federation
'I enclose 2 copies of 2 photographs I took during my holiday with you last year. I hope they are of interest. I would be very grateful if you could forward one copy of each photo to T, Prince of coach drivers!
I enjoyed my holiday last year very much and look forward to travelling with you in September.
Many thanks.' LP of Chichester, West Sussex
'North York Moors - July 2015
I am writing to let you know what a lovely holiday we had recently and in particular staying at Gisborough Hall Hotel. This hotel was truly amazing especially the hospitality shown to us by the staff and we really enjoyed the selection of food. My sister and myself were so pleased to have a ground floor room with both bath and shower facilities as requested.
Our driver E was superb. His helpfulness in assisting us on to the coach was brilliant and we are both extremely thankful.
I would also like to mention the services of our courier for the four days of our holiday. His knowledge of the surrounding area was first class and also very interesting.
All in all a lovely holiday!'
RT of Brighton, East Sussex
'We have had a wonderful time on the North York Moors Tour. Again, it was so well thought out. There were so many places to visit and yet we were never rushed nor dashing around. The countryside was absolutely lovely and we enjoyed the very interesting museums that were included on the itinerary and the boat trip and the ride on the vintage railway.'
'E was very kind and helpful and looked after us well and was a careful and considerate driver.'
'Our hotel was first class. We had a lovely room and it was looked after so well.'
'Thank you for such an enjoyable holiday.' B & KW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'I recently went with 3 friends on the Wales Grand Tour. We really loved it and Wales is so beautiful and Anglesey.
We also enjoyed the Three Choirs Tour last year. Your company makes it so enjoyable with no worries about luggage and transport.
Our coach driver, T made the trip a happy one.' AH of Exeter, Devon
'My wife and I have returned from a coach holiday to Wales.
I would like to say what a wonderful holiday this was, the hotels were very good and the service excellent.
I think it is a shame that some people have to find something to moan about, I heard one person say that the seagulls were very noisy at night. The hotel was on the seafront, what did they expect WOODPECKERS!
I would like to say that the person that made the holiday for us was your driver T nothing was too much trouble for him, and we always felt safe even on some of the very narrow lanes that we used. If you wanted to know anything T could find an answer. He worked hard to ensure we had a good holiday.
This was our 4th holiday with your company and we have been very happy with all of the holidays.
BS of Tangmere, West Sussex
'Thank you so much for your very kind letter on our Society's return from our wonderful trip to Derbyshire. It was a great success thanks to you as a very caring company and to P our excellent driver, whose ability knew no bounds. I think it was "inches" in some cases when turning into narrow lanes! The coach was more than we could have hoped for with plenty of leg room for senior citizens.
The feedback I have had from everyone on the tour is "wonderful, when can we go again?"
2017 seems to be possible. We enjoyed the hotel so much, magnificent views and location, the caring staff that perhaps, we can organise another trip in the same area with other houses and gardens and staying at Shrigley Hall Hotel as our base.'
'Thank you again to all your staff.' ST, Group Organiser for a local Horticultural Society, West Sussex
'Lakes & Dales Tour June 2015
I am writing to all your staff involved with the above tour.
We had a great time and thought it was very well organised. P the drive was excellent throughout and we enjoyed both hotels.
Thank you all very much.' B & JH, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
You and your team put together a wonderful holiday - Gardens of Suffolk and Essex - with good weather, a marvellous hotel and a superb driver in R. He really put himself out to make sure everything ran smoothly. He was very caring and dependable. We were in safe hands.
The hotel ranks as one of the best we have stayed in with all your tours over the years. We had a large room with "classy" soft furnishings and an impressive view. I could have stayed as the staff were kind and helpful as well!
Many thanks for this new holiday in your brochure. As a very keen gardener I was in my element and I am left with happy memories.' MO of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
'Another lovely holiday with Woods.
Hotel very good and the staff were very helpful. The excursions were excellent.'
'T was an excellent driver, passengers always came first and he has the patience of a saint. Also too I enjoyed before he drove away each morning, he gave us a history of the places we were to visit, a lot of work by him.'
'Again, thank you for a good holiday - well done Woods!' JP of Chichester, West Sussex
It was certainly beautiful….another lovely holiday…..hotel very clean, lovely food, along with complimentary wine, very helpful reception staff and good WIFI…what more could we want….?!'
'And what can I say about T….?! He is a very safe driver, knowledgeable about the area, and always goes the extra mile for his passengers to ensure they have a grand time…he is SO patient.'
'So looking forward to our holiday in Spain…never been there before.'
BP of Chichester, West Sussex
'Sidmouth & Dartmoor - June
Having had such a wonderful holiday I felt I had to write and add to the questionnaire we completed.
The York & Faulkner Hotel is one of the best of the many that we have stayed in on your holidays. The food was sublime and the staff were the most helpful and courteous. The choice of outings was superb and you provided the weather to go with it!
We must say that E our driver for the week was a fund of information which was delivered in a calm and helpful way. Instructions were precise and concise, a very accomplished driver indeed. A holiday package highly commended to all our friends.
Once again many thanks – yet more to come!'
JN of Waterlooville, Hampshire
'Warner's Holme Lacy - We had such a lovely suite that we were convinced a mistake had been made and we went back to reception to confirm we had the right room number before we unpacked!
It must have been the best suite in the hotel and the view was wonderful. Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable break.
We had a very cheerful, competent driver and a very good 5 days. We are looking forward very much to our trip to the Lake District in September.' J & DB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Caledonian Canal & The Highlands - Having recently returned from the above tour, I would like to say thank you for another memorable holiday.
Our coach driver R was very professional with a high standard of driving but at the same time courteous, friendly and helpful.
I will certainly travel again with Woods in the future, and would highly recommend the company to others looking for a coach holiday.' PB of East Preston, Littlehampton, West Sussex
'Dear Friends at Woods - I recently enjoyed a wonderful trip with T on your Bluebells & Big Cats break. Thank you all so much, it really was fabulous, especially the visit to see the Big Cats. It will always be a very special day in my life - it will never be forgotten.
Your driver T was fantastic and looked after everyone so well. It really does make a difference to have confidence and friendship in your leader.
I have enjoyed 3 trips with you now and every one has been fantastic.'
'Please thank T for me, also all your staff who work so hard for our benefit. Many thanks and I am looking forward to travelling with you again.' JDLC of Peacehave, East Sussex
'Life is full of surprises and again we had a wonderful holiday - Great Little Trains of Wales.
The first full day in North Wales when we went on the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, this was absolutely splendid in every way, perfectly organised, really enjoyable in the wonderful weather we experienced the whole week.
Our coach driver R is a very safe and professional driver on the roads. He was kind to us all, sorting out problems. On Day 4 the times changed and it worked very well. Portmeirion is such a fantastic place, we needed time to see all of it. Bala Lake Railway was next, but we got the train at Llanuwchllyn, I think, and returned to Bala. The men working on the restoration of steam engines let our group go into the workshop and signal box. A big boy's dream!' MT & BT, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Dear All at Woods Travel, Just to say that Mrs R and myself would like to say thank you all for a wonderful holiday to on the Dutch Tulip River Cruise.
Everyone was wonderful, our coach driver T was very helpful and looked after all of us and I am sure everyone had a wonderful time. We will be having more holidays with you.
Thank you again.' PC & AR of Horsham, West Sussex
'I have just returned from the Keukenhof coach holiday. I have never been on a coach trip before so did not quite know what to expect! I had a fantastic time the trip exceeded all my expectations and was made even better by your Driver T and L (his wife)!
It was the first time I have travelled alone but their expertise and professionalism made me feel at ease! They were very kind patient and were always there to cater for everyone's needs!'
'I personally cannot rate them both highly enough and will definitely go on more trips!'
MY of Worthing, West Sussex
'I would like to thank you and your team on behalf of all those who went to Cricket St Thomas. We all had a brilliant time and, as the group leader, I never received a single word of complaint.
Your organisation was second to none and the manner you dealt with any problems that arose was not only professional but compassionate.
E the driver, was a fine example of the professionalism of the Woods company. On time, friendly, and full of information. His driving was exemplary and the whole group asked if he would drive us again.
I have been asked to organise another trip about this time next year. The group would like to go to Bodelwyddan Castle so I will be in touch to get some costings.
Once again a big thank you for making the break such a pleasure.'
SR, Group Organiser, West Sussex (Private Group Tour)
'Please may I express my gratitude for the pleasure I found on the Spring Gardens of Wales holiday; you have a treasure in your driver, T!'
DD of Littlehampton, West Sussex
'I would like to express my thanks to all the staff who were involved in two recent holidays which I have had with your company. The first was the Snowdrop Special in February and what a good driver we had.
The second was the Arctic Explorer and the Lofoten Islands. What a wonderful trip! T's help was very much appreciated and the smooth running of the service both with Woods and Hurtigruten made it very memorable. Thank you to everyone.' ME of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Snowdrop Special Tour - I am a little late in thanking you once again for such a wonderfully arranged tour. Considering the possible unpredictable nature of the weather and the arrival of the snowdrop season, it could not have been better.'
'We thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many snowdrops in the three different locations.
The hotel was first class and all the staff very efficient and friendly and the food was very good and enjoyable. Our room also was first class and it was a lovely trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
T our driver, was very attentive and conscientious and made the trip even more enjoyable.' KW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'What a lovely surprise - we have just received your Christmas presents and were thrilled with them and your kindness in sending them to us!
We were so very disappointed that we had to cancel our holiday to the Austrian Tyrol.
However, I am now beginning to feel better and we hope to be able to travel with you this year and look forward to receiving the priority booking details for Christmas in a couple of months.
Thank you again - Woods Travel has once more proven that it deserves to be called a caring company and Top Small Fleet Operator 2014! Let's hope you are UK Coach Operator of the Year 2015!
A Happy and prosperous (and healthy) 2015 to you all.' R & BW of Cosham, Hampshire
'Christmas Holiday in the Austrian Tyrol.
Both my wife and I had a really lovely time on what was the first Christmas away in 45 years. The travel was well planned, although delays due to weather can never be predicted.
We were well looked after throughout and the hotel Plankenhof was quite outstanding. Out of all the hotels over the years that we have stayed at, we have never had such good care and service such as this.
We would also like to thank you for the Christmas presents, what a lovely kind thought of Wood's. Both much appreciated, and a lovely surprise.
Woods certainly excelled with the quality of this product. WELL DONE !
Once again many thanks and may I wish you all at Woods a very happy and successful New Year.' DN of Selsey, West Sussex
'I would like take this opportunity to thank Woods Travel for a most enjoyable Christmas trip. Not having been away over the Christmas period, my wife and I decided to try your Christmas in Switzerland and the Golden Pass trip, we were not disappointed.
From the cab who picked us up to take us to Patcham to the time we got to Maidstone on the ferry coach, the morning was so well planned.
Our coach journey through France and into Villars was made special by the driver, I and the Courier C, nothing was too much trouble for them throughout the trip, always in good spirits and fun.
The food at all three hotels was very good with our Christmas Eve Lunch and Dinner being exceptional.
I must say, on our journey from Villars to Riems was a very long period sitting in a coach, but the way I got us to the hotel was very professional driving under very bad weather conditions.
Our Christmas morning gifts from Woods was a nice touch as was the present from the hotel.
All in all a very enjoyable trip made all the better by having I and C as our hosts.' R & SM of Seaford, East Sussex
'On behalf of myself, and my disabled friend, I would like to thank you all for a lovely holiday to Cornwall. From the moment that we booked, everyone was so pleasant and helpful, it all added to the success of the tour.
Our driver, P was especially helpful and considerate and nothing was too much trouble for him.
We shall certainly book again soon for holidays in the New Year. Happy New Year to you all!' TS & EB of Chichester, West Sussex
'My husband and I are approaching 90, not in the best of health, so we do not need any more Woods brochures.
We have had some lovely holidays with you, and would recommend them to anyone and wish all the staff and excellent drivers the very best for the future.
With many thanks.'
H & PL of Chichester, West Sussex
'Just a line to thank you for arranging my Christmas break at the Stratford Manor. Your driver, J, was very good, he resolved all our problems and kept everyone in our hotel happy.'
'It was my first time with Woods, but I will be booking again with the hope of getting J as my driver next time.
Thanks again.' JW of Sompting, West Sussex
I have just returned from the Christmas break at the Stratford Manor and felt I must write to congratulate you on an excellent holiday. I really enjoyed my stay at this lovely hotel and would not hesitate to repeat the "experience".
The Christmas time was made even better by the efficiency, friendliness and fun given by your driver, J. He helped to make the holiday even more enjoyable with his ability to help and sort out any problems or queries that we may have had. He is a credit to your company and a perfect representative of Woods Travel. I cannot praise and congratulate and thank him enough.
This is the third holiday I have travelled with your company and have two more booked for 2015. I trust they will be first class as this one was.
Thank you very much!' BJ of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Thought we would let you know how much we enjoyed our Christmas 5 day break at the Stratford Manor.
J our driver was funny, polite and a really good driver. He came to each table to make sure if anyone had a problem he could deal with it straight away. We all felt we were lucky to have him as our driver.
Thank you for the very good itinerary, it gave us time to relax and we enjoyed Stratford and Shakespeare's Birthplace.
We have a couple more trips booked with you, so we look forward to travelling with you again.
Best wishes for 2015.' B & MB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'My partner and I have just returned from your very enjoyable Welsh Christmas trip to Llandrindod Wells. Our driver, A, drove well, safely and competently throughout the trip.'
'The management and staff at The Metropole could not have looked after us better - and the food was excellent throughout.'
'A happy trip, friends made whom we shall meet up with again - thank you for making it possible.'
'Best wishes for 2015.' JC of Worthing, West Sussex
'Mr M and I recently travelled with Woods to the Trouville Hotel in Sandown. This was our first Christmas away and we really didn't know quite what to expect so went along with very open minds.
We were in no way disappointed. From the taxi pick up at 7.45 am prompt to the drop off on Sunday 28th we really couldn't fault anything (not that we were looking to).
T (courier) and R (driver) proved to be extremely good company and were very professional when it came to the serious stuff. The Trouville was a very comfortable hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful to the point of joining in with our sense of humour.
The quality of the food (and quantity) was excellent, had we not been more disciplined we could have easily exceeded the ferry's max weight restriction on the way home.'
'We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break, thank you very much for organising it.' LT of Worthing, West Sussex
'I wish to inform you of the great time we had on our recent Torquay for Christmas holiday. We were most impressed with the service we received from the booking through to the coach travel and hotel. Coach timings were spot on for both our outward and return journeys. The hotel and its staff were excellent with their meet and greet, accommodation and dining room (meals and service).'
'Thank you also for the Christmas gifts - it was an added bonus. If you run the tour again in 2015 we will be back.' L & LM of Arundel, West Sussex
'Once again another enjoyable Christmas break with Woods at the Norton Park. Thanks to p driver) and couriers B and M. Thank you also for my Christmas gift.
I look forward to travelling again with Woods and hopefully to the Norton Park.'
'A very happy, peaceful and healthy New Year to all Woods staff.' TH of Buxted, East Sussex
'Dear Staff at Wonderful Woods,
I telephoned this morning to tell you how much my friend and I enjoyed our Thursford trip. It was perfection personified. It was perfect in every way and T our driver was so kind and patient.
Thank you all.' MC of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
'I am so happy I have found Woods. I can't see me travelling with any other firm now as I have been so very pleased with your service. It suits me 100%. I am eagerly looking forward to trips with you next year.'
'Please thank J and E for giving me such a wonderful time and indeed all at Woods - it must be a team effort with all the arrangements.
Thank you again and look forward to my next trip with you.' JDLC of Peacehaven, East Sussex
'I have just returned from my first trip with your company - Tiverton, Steam and Cruise. From the start everything went smoothly, taxi on time, friendly, helpful driver (R), superb hotel, very friendly staff, nothing too much trouble for them.
This may have been my first trip with your company, but I certainly hope not the last.' MC of Havant, Hampshire
'Am so pleased T suggested we went to the Dordogne……I have never been to that part of France before and it was delightful. The weather was perfect and the countryside with all the leaves changing colour was so picturesque.'
'It was lovely seeing T and A again. They make a good team, and both are very safe drivers, and go that extra mile to make sure we all have a very enjoyable holiday. Also T gave us lots of information en route about the places we were visiting which was very interesting. Plus we had lots of drinks which helps with the long journey.'
BP of Chichester, West Sussex
'Harrogate, Ripon & York Tour - we have just returned from another enjoyable holiday. The hotel was superb, the coach comfortable and P our driver was very considerate and helpful.
Many thanks for all the arrangements made. It showed a lot of research had been made into making the holiday more interesting.
We look forward to 2015.' BGW & KAW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'I have just returned from my first holiday experience with Woods - Blackpool Illuminations & Windermere and thought you like to hear my comments. My collection taxi was punctual and the driver first class. Meeting the main coach at Patcham which was also punctual - it worked perfectly.
The journey to Blackpool was good until we reached the traffic jams up north - not the fault of anyone really but I felt sorry for our wonderful driver R who even contacted our hotel to warn of our late arrival.
The food was very good and the waiting staff all excellent, friendly and helpful.
Along with many others I really enjoyed the Tower Circus - amazing!
The trip home all went well and we made up time - taxi pick up was on time and right to the door and he even saw I got in safe. I have never been treated so well - thank you very much indeed. It is obvious a lot of thought and planning has gone into your trips and I would like to thank everyone very much.' JDLC of Peacehave, East Sussex
'This is going to be a letter full of "thank yous". Firstly, thank you for sending me 2015 details of Devon and area.
My main reason for writing is to say a BIG thank you for Malvern Hills/Welsh Borders trip. I almost cancelled as travelling alone can be quite daunting. Your door to door service and T and L soon made me realise the trip would be successful! T and L were kind, very helpful and also full of fun. I praise L and T for all they did for us on this marvellous holiday. We all became friends very quickly.
A big thank you for making it possible for single folk, like me, to enjoy a holiday.
Best wishes always.' PW of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Dordogne - Another successful holiday, again everything was good, surroundings, hotels and the weather but especially T and A. T is such a good and careful driver and he is so good with the passengers; he puts them at ease throughout the holiday. Also he must work hard beforehand with his knowledge of the area and its history, which I found very interesting. A is a good driver and "trolley dolly".
Our first overnight hotel was excellent and our return night was good. The main hotel was situated in a beautiful area - very peaceful. It was clean, plenty of hot water and any problem was soon sorted. The staff were very helpful and tried very hard to please us.' JP of Chichester, West Sussex
'I am writing on behalf of S and myself who went on the 6 day trip to Sidmouth and Dartmoor from the 13 to 18 September with your firm.
We both had a very enjoyable holiday but the main reason for writing is to express our thanks to R who was our driver. I have travelled previously with you firm and R has been the driver, who is always so helpful, polite, cheerful and informative, pointing out landmarks, interesting information etc.
R helps make the holiday a success, as well as being a very good driver. We would be most grateful if you would be kind enough to pass onto him our appreciation.' VJ of Hove, East Sussex
'Highgrove - Congratulations on putting together such a good holiday! A full coach was a confirmation of the interest shown. We loved the hotel and although there were "blips" this was recognised by the management with peace offerings.
It was good to be with E again. We are in safe hands with him. He took such good care of us all.
We are looking forward to the next brochure to add more holidays to the 3 already booked.' J & MO of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
'Back from your Hebridean Odyssey last night. We write to thank you for such a wonderful and well organised trip. The hotels were all very comfortable and with attentive staff and large beds!
Finally a special thank you to our driver R he kept us all together and managed to keep to the times he announced which was essential for catching the ferries, of which there were several.' JC of Lewes, East Sussex
'My husband and I have just returned from another of your outstanding value for money holidays in the North York Moors. It was packed with lovely scenery and places of interest. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Your driver P was very, very helpful and a wonderful driver. The hotel and staff were outstanding so was the food.
We have at present, two more holidays booked with you, Christmas and Scotland in April 2015 which we are looking forward to.
Thank you once again, keep up the good work and best wishes for the future. We look forward to many more years travelling with you.' B & MB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'North York Moors - The organisation behind your holidays has again been impeccable with clear directions, timely advance notice and superb hotels. The latter at the Guisborough Hall was outstanding for comfort and service with every member of staff determined to help in every way.
Map information of day tours has progressed to an impressive personal envelope for the above tour which was a delight to use. Coaches as ever always comfortable and especially the high standard of drivers and with P demonstrating that he was indeed worthy of the Driver of the Year accolade.
Places visited in Yorkshire were varied and interesting. Another great year travelling with Woods. Booking already done for the first next year and strongly recommended to all our friends. My very grateful thanks to so many of you who make it all happen.' JN of Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hampshire
'Many thanks for a super holiday in the Hebrides at the beginning of the month. The hotels were all very good but I think the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel would be singled out as exceptional. The food in the hotels was all very delicious and now I am trying to lose weight!!
R kept us entertained and was an excellent driver. I think that made us into a very happy coach and I am looking forward to my next visit with you to the Hebrides in June (already booked) when it will be nice to see it in different weather and with longer days. However, lovely to see the heather in bloom and it smelled beautiful.
Again, many thanks.' AM of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday in the North York Moors. Everything was so well organised from the moment your staff took our enquiry. So much effort to ensure my wife was suitably accommodated, being partially sighted and with limited mobility. The room was just perfect and the staff at the hotel so very helpful.
We will most certainly book with you again and recommend Woods to anyone else.
Enclosing photographs for P (our driver) who was excellent as was the guide C.
All good wishes.' RH of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for yet another excellent holiday: Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth. The guided tour of Leicester was most enjoyable, though needed a break in the 2½ hours. However, he was an exceptionally good speaker so that carried us along!
The re-enactment of the Battle the next day was also interesting. I enjoyed the exhibition, stalls and lectures most, chiefly because the arena had no seating.
The visit to Barnsdale Gardens and the Rutland Water boat trip were restful between the previous day's travelling and the following more tiring days.
P our driver was cheerful, helpful and considerate of his passengers and a good driver too. The hotel was most comfortable.
Many thanks to all of you.' SH of Hailsham, East Sussex
'Thoresby Hall & The Peak District - Just a quick note to thank you for a lovely holiday. It was our first taste of Warner and we were most impressed by everything at the hotel.
Thanks also to our driver R, who looked after us very well.
We are looking forward to travelling with you again next year.
Once again thank you!' P & HA of Haywards Heath, West Sussex
'Hi to you at Woods Travel Group.
Thought you'd like to see a few of the photo's from D's and my trip to Cheshire and surrounding area.
R was a brilliant driver, and we all had a good time. Crewe Hall Hotel is like nowhere we've stayed before, and we, like other passengers had plans to kidnap the chef who prepared the delicious soups each evening!
Thanks to all of you for organising such a good holiday.'
D & DH of Seaford, East Sussex
'My wife and I have just returned from holiday to Cornwall ( Doc Martin and the Cornish coast).
I would like to say what a wonderful trip this was. The hotel was very good and the food very enjoyable. I feel the most thanks should go to your driver T. We always felt very safe, and the ride was very smooth and comfortable.
On one of the day trips to Lands End, T came back along the coast road. The views to the left and right were amazing. This road was not built for large vehicles, but T's driving skill saw us safely to the end of the road.
We also had chats to T in the hotel at dinner, about how the day had been,and had we got any problems.
We were making very good progress on the way home until the closure of the A27 this caused us a delay but could not be helped T had to ring the taxis drivers to sort out times of arrival but all worked out in the end.
Looking forward to more holidays with Woods.'
BS of Tangmere, West Sussex
'We are just writing to thank you for a wonderful trip to The Edinburgh Tattoo and The Borders. It was our second trip with Woods. All the hotels we stayed in were first class too.
Our driver T, was great. He has amazing patience, all the passengers warmed to him. A real treasure. Our grateful thanks.' D & TK of Pevensey Bay, East Sussex
'Thank you for organising a very successful trip to the Festival of Quilts. Everything went so smoothly and leisurely and enjoyed by the majority. The garden centre stop was brilliant for the welcome break.The evening meal was good and ended the day happily.
Our driver, T was so pleasant and helpful. A big thank you goes to him. Will certainly recommend your services and will use your expertise again.'
MH, Group Organiser of a Local Patchworkers Society, (Tour and Accommodation Organised by Woods)
'What a great few days away! It was superb, the concert, and should you do it again, and provided it doesn't clash with anything else, you can put my name down. It was lovely going back to Stourport Manor Hotel , the staff are the best with their lovely greeting smiles and they keep that going until you say farewell. Nothing is too much for them and the food is good also.
You've done it again with a great driver, young T. Again, a man who wants his customers to be content and happy, he looked after us very well.
Once again, many thanks for the three choirs and concert plus the tours of the cathedrals.
Best regards' GC of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'We have recently returned from your Severn Valley and the Black Country Tour. The hotel was very comfortable and spotlessly clean and the grounds were beautiful. The staff were friendly and attentive.
P was an excellent and safe driver and very courteous to other drivers. He looked after all the daily arrangements and ensured we were everywhere we should be at the right time and was friendly and helpful.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and look forward to the next in October.' KW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'Many thanks for a super holiday with T and R on the Rhine. Everything went so well and the CroisiEurope cruisers are excellent with no engine noise or juddering. The chef on board the Gerard Schmitter was "the tops" and we enjoyed their meals very much indeed. We also enjoyed the trips especially Heidelberg - I'm not very keen on "ruined" castles but this was delightful.
We enjoyed staying at the Grand Hotel Vianden. Luxembourg seems an excellent country and although we prefer older properties rather than modern architecture, we were very impressed with all the buildings in this country. We'd like to go on your Little Switzerland & Springtime in Vianden another year but there are so many holidays we'll have to start saving up!!
Many thanks again.' AM & JC of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I cannot thank you enough for our wonderful 4 days at Basingstoke Country Hotel. My sister and I were also amazed that everywhere we went, all was paid for from start to finish. All so well organised.
Not forgetting G our driver. Such a good driver, always so cheerful and helpful, even after long hours driving. I think he was loved by all.' PG of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Dear N, Thank you for all your kindness last Friday. It is good to put a lovely face to the telephone voice. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so lucky to have Woods in this area; your 'door-to-door' makes it possible for many of us to enjoy a holiday.
Best wishes to you all and thank you once again.' PW of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'We have just returned from a most wonderful holiday in Ireland. Every day was lovely and sunny, you gave us the marvellous itinerary and the icing on the cake was the guide.
Thank you for making our holiday so special.
Best wishes and we look forward to many more holidays with you.' B & MB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Weymouth & The Jurassic Coast - I have just returned from this tour and write to thank you for a very happy few days. R. our driver was excellent and all the arrangements worked out beautifully as we have come to expect from Woods Holidays.
Thank you especially for organising a room for me with a walk-in shower - it also had a most marvellous view over the beach and the bay.
I look forward to travelling with you again in the future.' JH of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Bournemouth - A Touch of Class Tour
'Excellent holiday and hotel - food/staff excellent. G was excellent - safe driver, rapport with passengers was first class. This really was a touch of class.' A & MR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Historic Bristol & Bath -
'First coach tour with Woods - Really enjoyable. Most passengers were 'regulars' and all spoke highly of Company/Drivers/Organisation. We will book another tour soon.' S & CR of East Grinstead, West Sussex
Sidmouth, Seaton & Dartmoor -
'Our first coach holiday and it was excellent. We hope to travel with you again. Our driver P was first rate and made the holiday.'
G & ES of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'South Wales Easter was a wonderful holiday. It is our third visit there with your company and it never disappoints. Even the Welsh weather behaved itself (only a little rain!).
T (our driver) put a 100% into his job and more beyond the call of duty. He handled tricky situations with a lot of care and kindness and showed everyone great consideration.
The next time this holiday appears in the future in your brochure, we'll be there!' J & EO of Goring-on-Sea, West Sussex
I am writing to say thank you for my recent Cornish Explorer holiday with you. It was a good mix of venues: towns, gardens, sea and country, even if the views were mostly lost in the rain!
R our driver was excellent; always helpful even when getting soaked by the rain and a careful driver.
Many thanks to all of you. SH of Hailsham, E. Sussex
'Dear D & J
Thank you very much for making our Warner Cricket St Thomas trip so enjoyable and fun. The tank museum was absolutely fascinating and informative.
Thanks again and give yourselves a gold star (each).' D & VH of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I am very sorry to make this request but age and poor health make it impossible for me to cope with holidays. Please therefore I reluctantly ask for my name to be removed from your mailing list.
Since 2004 I have taken two or three trips a year with Woods Travel and enjoyed every one. The hotels were very good, destinations and excursions interesting, drivers very experienced, always caring for passengers safety, comfort and enjoyment. I shall miss my holidays but will always have my memories.
My very grateful thanks to all at Woods concerned in making my holidays so pleasant and my memories very happy. My best wishes for the future of Woods successful business and members of staff.
Thank you all once again.' PL of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
'May I take this opportunity to convey a big 'thank you' to everyone who made Christmas at the Orton Hall Hotel so enjoyable. Thank you also for the attractive present received and the ongoing help and company of T the driver and P the courier.
Very best wishes to the company for 2014.' LJ of Hayling Island, Hampshire
'I went on your Christmas holiday to Billesley Manor. It was a wonderful holiday. Your coach driver was brilliant, the way he coped with such atrocious weather on the outward journey and how he looked after his passengers during the week.
The Manor was such an ideal venue for Christmas. The old world feeling as soon as you stepped into the hall with the smell of burning logs in the fire place. The food was first class, a very varied menu and ample portions served by very professional young waiters.'
JR of Worthing, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for an excellent Christmas break at the Hampshire Court Hotel. We were spoilt to death with food and all the staff were most helpful.
Our courier P was excellent as was our driver G. I am most grateful for all the arrangements made on our behalf and it was a lovely idea to give us all Christmas presents.'
Thank you! JH of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'I felt I had to put pen to paper to say a big thank you, firstly to congratulate the ladies that answer the telephone when you ring in. They have a smile in their voices which is a rare thing and makes a good first impression of what is to follow with the company.
My first trip with yourselves was to the Ludlow Medieval Fayre which was great.'
'Your driver R was great, not only at driving the coach, but making sure the whole time that everyone was alright. The hotel was lovely and ALL the staff had a smile on their faces the whole time! It was a joy to see from the time we arrived to leaving.
My next trip was the Cotswolds at Christmas staying at the Cheltenham Park Hotel. Full credit goes here to our driver P. He had the most awful weather to drive in going up and yet he kept a cool, happy, efficient manner. Well done your man P. Both P and R are definitely "people persons".
I look forward to having further trips with your company. In the meantime I wish you and all your staff a very happy and healthy New Year.' GC of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'This was our first Christmas trip with Woods. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily go again. Your driver made sure that everyone was looked after and happy in a very professional but friendly way.' WR of Chichester, West Sussex
'Just returned from our holiday to the Austrian Lake District.
Just to say the holiday was first class, the Hotel Seerose was excellent, there was not one negative comment. The staff, cleanliness of the hotel, restaurant staff, food etc.
T, the coach driver, was superb, and an excellent driver, as was J the courier, very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for either of them.
We would very much like to go back to the Seerose, next Christmas but it would be nice if the trips were somewhere different as we would not like to do the same trips twice, Innsbruck may be a good trip to do on this tour.
Thanks for a great holiday!'
M & DJ of Pevensey, East Sussex
'Thanks Woods for a great choice of holiday to the Austrian lakes at Christmas. The hotel Seerose you chose was superb, lovely hosts, excellent staff in traditional dress, clean and cozy, also a great choice of menu.
The service you provide for transfers were excellent too, would love to return again in the future. Also I would like to say that the driver T was an excellent driver too.
Congratulations Woods best wishes for 2014.'
GF of Pevensey, East Sussex
'Thank you so much for Christmas in Bruges. J (the driver) was an excellent mix of professionalism and fun.
I especially liked the door to door service particularly so close to Christmas. The coach was comfortable and clean.
We set off for Ypres on Christmas Eve in dreadful weather. J took a vote on whether to continue and apart from one person we all agreed to abandon the journey in favour of linking it with Ghent on Boxing Day. That trip in lovely sunshine was a very good day.
My previous trip with Woods was to Waterloo in June 2010 which was also very good.
I would definately recommend you to anyone and I will be travelling with you again in the future.'
MH of Chichester, West Sussex
'Just a note to thank you for a great Christmas in Bruges. Although we booked with Galloways we were travelling from Maidstone with Woods. J (the driver) went the extra mile and beyond the call of duty I'm sure, to make it a great Christmas.' M & MP of Felixtowe, Suffolk
'It was the first holiday I have had with you but it will not be the last. I have to say that P (the courier) did everything to help everyone on the tour. They were a mixed group of abilities but she did all they needed. The driver was also very helpful and full of suggestions. I suggest they both need to be thanked.' BG of Littlehampton, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for the wonderful holiday we have just had with Woods. We have just returned from Paris - City of Light. Brilliant holiday, venue was fantastic, could not fault it at all.
Our driver for the duration of the trip was P he was exceptional, nothing was too much bother for him, his rapour with the passengers on the coach was great, he was always informing us on things, and S his wife was a fantastic coffee/tea maker. Throughout the trip, both their concerns were the passengers, they both had time for all of us, in the evenings at dinner time, P would come round and see us all, to find out if everything was OK and if we enjoyed the day. That is what I call Service (thank you P).
The coach we travelled in was lovely, very comfortable with luxury leather seats. All in all a Wonderful Holiday with Woods.
We are now looking forward to 2014 when we will be travelling with Woods again.
Wishing you and your company a Very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2014.' P & TF of Aldwick, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I would just like to thank you and your staff including our driver R. for our trip to Thursford on the 17th November. My wife and I were very impressed with the taxis service regarding pick up and return. An excellent trip, the accommodation was very good also the food etc. The Thursford Spectacular show was, as always, the best you will every see anywhere. This is our third or fourth visit now and every show has been excellent.
We hope we will be able to have another trip with you at sometime in the future. Many thanks again.' B & NH of Gosport, Hampshire
'North Wales & the Isle of Anglesey Tour - 29 September 2013
I just wanted to thank you for our wonderful experience on the above tour. This has been our first coaching holiday and we didn't know what to expect!
We enjoyed it so much and really felt you had done absolutely everything to give us a special holiday. Our driver, P was exceptional. He was so cheerful and helpful and always thinking ahead for our comfort and enjoyment of the scenery etc. We would like you to thank him as he made us feel we would definitely like to come again and we look forward to receiving your brochure for next year.' GS & PS of Chichester, West Sussex
Just to let you know that we had the most fantastic time, Hotel was superb, Floral Guernsey amazing, Itinerary worked out well and weather unbelievable. Thank-you for all your hard work, it came together beautifully, some of them said the best holiday they had ever had, so on to the next time!'
DB, A Local U3A Group Organiser (Entire Tour Organised by Woods)
'FOR ATTENTION OF TRAVEL TOUR MANAGER
We returned from the Blackpool Illuminations and Lake Windermere tour last Friday. We want to say how marvelous our driver, J was on the trip. He had some really difficult problems during the four days and he dealt with them all with extreme professionalism and courtesy.
We hope when we go on any future trips he will be our driver.'
T & RP of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Having just returned from the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, I wanted you to know how much my husband and I enjoyed the holiday. The Feathers lived up to its reputation.
P our driver was always very helpful and very cheerful. It is a pleasure to be in his company - on and off the coach. And he also arranged to have Monty Don at the Victorian Farm when we were there! That was a wonderful spot of luck and set many a female heart aflutter!
We look forward to our next 2 journeys with you in November and April.' JO from Worthing, West Sussex
'My husband passed away 2½ years ago so I was feeling rather apprehensive about the Irish holiday on my own. I needn't have worried, the whole package was so well organised. T the driver was brilliant, so helpful and attentive to his passengers, including L the tour guide who had a great sense of humour.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with everyone and made a friend with the person I sat next to; we are keeping in contact and have met up since.
Thank you Woods, I know who I will travel with in the future.' PB of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Felt I had to comment on my recent holiday and express my thanks to Woods for a terrific time.
Recently widowed I was a bit apprehensive about going away alone, then I remembered having a short coach holiday with your company some years ago, so I "bit the bullet" and booked the holiday to Ireland as I have always wanted to go.
I am so glad I did this!!
From pick up to put down it was an excellent holiday. T was so efficient, calm and organised (and had the patience of a saint!), the itinerary was just right, the local tour guide very knowledgeable and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!
Saving hard for the next one.
FH of Seaford, East Sussex
'To Roger and the team - A big thank you for a wonderful holiday to the Heart of Scotland. Thank drivers P and G for me please. Looking forward to Orton Hall at Christmas.
P.S. Well done for winning Coach Operator of the Year 2013!' PD of Uckfield, East Sussex
'Austrian Tyrol - Once again we had a lovely holiday. It was really good to see the same area after Christmas. So many excursions laid on, it was really super.
R (the driver) was again at his best. Some of the hairpin bends were amazing and how courteous he was to car drivers.
All in all, a great holiday thanks to the good organisation arranged by Woods.
Finally, many congratulations on being awarded 'Coach Operator of the Year', thoroughly deserved. I'm sure if there was a 'Driver of the Year', R would win hands down!' JP of Chichester, West Sussex
'Austria in the Summer!
See in the Summer was just as lovely as it was in the winter, plus it was good we were able to visit places we couldn’t at Christmas because of the snow.
The room and the food were again excellent, and all the staff very friendly, helpful and hard working. Although I said on my form that the service was good, rather than excellent, it was because the hotel was full so it was very slow. Sometimes we were still waiting for our main meal, whilst some of our passengers had eaten their pudding and left, so it was a bit of a rush when we went to the Tyrol evening in the village. However it certainly didn’t affect our enjoyment of our time there.
The itinerary was good, and the 2 tour guides we had made it so interesting, and we could hear everything they said.
R again was an excellent and safe driver. His knowledge of the countries en route, as well as local knowledge was such a help, as well as interesting. He is attentive and caring to his passengers especially those less able. He negotiated all the hair pin bends up in the mountains, with ease, as well as reversing down a long way into a passing place - it was so skillful - nothing seems to stress him! I do hope he will be our driver when we go to the Black Forest.
Thank you so much, it was another memorable holiday with good company.'
BP of Bosham, West Sussex
'Having just returned from a break with your company to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, I would like to say how we enjoyed our break, the hotel was good, and the food was excellent.
I would also like to say how attentive our driver P was, especially towards myself and my wife as I have a problem walking and breathing. A most helpful and thoughtful driver that you could ever hope to meet.
We are booked to go to Norwich in October and I only hope that holiday will be as good as the one we have just had.
Thank you so much.'
W & JS of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in Torquay I would like to make a few comments;
The whole trip was a pleasure, the hotel was superb, and the service was great.
Your driver T was very good and we always felt in safe hands. The entrance to the hotel was very tight and to get a coach of this size in and out was a work of art, but T managed it.
The day trips were very good and well organised, the hotel was very good and we could not find any faults. The food was superb and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Many thanks for a very enjoyable holiday.'
B & DS of Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
My Wife & I recently enjoyed the “Landscapes of Wales” coach holiday from 19th – 25th July as our first venture with your Company and we were both very impressed with all aspects of your service. When filling in the comment slip we didn’t have time to enter any remarks so we wish express our appreciation to your company and particularly our driver, P, to whom nothing seemed to be a problem and to newcomers like ourselves we can appreciate that your high reputation is well earned.
You may rest assured that we will most certainly be holidaying with Woods in the future!
T & A C of Hassocks, West Sussex
'Sandringham & The Lavender Fields - We have been with other coach companies, this has been far superior. P was an excellent driver with the personality to go with it as well. We have really enjoyed the trip. You will see us again. Thank you.' H of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'I am a first timer with Woods. Driver especially very good. I will definitely travel with Woods again.' SS of Portsmouth, Hampshire
'Yorkshire Dales, Trains & Hadrian's Wall Tour - I was very impressed with the organisation, taxi service, tours and coach driver T who was extremely helpful and obliging as well as being an excellent driver. The en route stops and places of interest were much appreciated and a change from all service station breaks.'
'This was my first holiday on my own and the company was good and I will certainly use Woods again and have already recommended them to friends.' VS of Copthorne, West Sussex
'May I take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed the Oban and the Isle of Skye holiday at the beginning of June. The Highlands and Island were just wonderful and exceeded all my expectations and will be long remembered.'
'So, a huge thank you to R for looking after us so well and to Woods for arranging such a superb tour.' JR of North lancing, West Sussex
'I wanted to say a personal thank you for arranging the tour to Ypres and the surrounding places of historical interest.
Everything about the tour was excellent. M's information brought so much of the background to light and if he had not got the answer to a question you can guarantee he had it the next day. T and his care and organising was also to be admired. The comfort of the coach and attention to our needs were also efficiently seen too. Hotel Ariane was most comfortable and I found dining in each evening a pleasure. Thank you for all your background work.' SP of Ferring, Worthing, West Sussex
'We have just returned from the four day holiday to Ypres. The drivers M and T were both amusing and professional which made the holiday very enjoyable. The hotel was superb, we even took photos of our meals because they were so beautifully presented.' S & CM from Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts
'Northumberland & Lindisfarne – June 2013
I wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed the holiday. I did request for a trip to Northumberland on my form last year so I could see places I had not had time to explore on previous trips there. I will be eternally grateful to you for enabling us to see the Lindisfarne Gospels on the same holiday as going to Holy Island. I had no idea they were going to leave London and go on exhibition in Durham for a short time – a chance of a lifetime!'
MB of Lewes, East Sussex
'May I take this opportunity of thanking you all for the Dambusters holiday that I recently returned from. I found it most interesting and the two guided tours and the evening talk were at just the right level. The hotel was comfortable and the staff pleasant and helpful. Lastly, our driver P was someone whose driving you had complete confidence in and that is probably more important than anything!' SH of Hailsham, East Sussex
'My two friends and I have just been on our first ever coach holiday. We were delighted to have chosen your company. The whole experience was excellent. The Trouville Hotel in Sandown and its staff were excellent and very welcoming.
We really must commend our driver E he was most excellent, good natured with the 'oldies' and spent so much time making sure that we saw the island at its best. Your company is truly lucky to have such a gentleman working for you.
Thank you again. It was our first, but definitely not the last holiday with your company.' BF of Rustington, West Sussex
'Bergen & The Western Fjords Tour.
As ever, a wonderful holiday - Woods definitely win over competitors in class and excellence. A worthy winner of all your trade awards.' BS of Chichester, West Sussex
'Norway is an amazing country and R was an incredible driver. K, our courier was friendly, caring and a very knowledgeable lady. We adored her. Well done to both of you! We enjoyed every moment of our holiday.' G & MB of Swindon, Wiltshire
'Well done Woods for another great holiday! We just got back on Thursday from the Waterways of North Wales and Cheshire. Also thank you to our driver R, he was great, we have been very pleased with all our holidays and are looking forward to going to the Dales, Trains and Hadrians Wall on the 26th of June. So once again thank you.' F of Yapton, West Sussex
'Dear R and all the Woods Team
It is with a good deal of regret that we have decided that through mobility - or perhaps I should say lack of mobility - we are not able to go on any more coach holidays. We have always enjoyed our holidays with you, the interesting places visited and the choice of hotels.
We have found the office team, the drivers and everyone so helpful and friendly and we wish you all many more years of happy trips and good health.
Thank you all for the pleasure you have given us over the years on our holidays with you.' A & MC of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'My friend and I have just completed the short cruise with you on the Black Watch and we would like to thank you for the excellent arrangements made both on the ship and at the hotel. The whole holiday was very well organised and we had a lovely time. The journey home was also made very interesting and enjoyable. Thank you.
We hope to travel with you again and would like to see more cruises included in your brochure.' OC of Worthing, West Sussex
'Dear T and Staff
Having come back from the Cruising & Constable Country tour I had to write to say how enjoyable it was.
The organisation of Woods and Fred. Olsen Cruise Line was perfect in everyway. As this was my first cruise I was a little apprehensive but no need to worry as the crossings were calm, staff ever helpful, food and entertainment very good. The pleasure of yourself and RE on our trip was good; nice to put names to faces.
Many congratulations on the awards you received - most deserving.
A big thank you T for arranging the next holiday for me - Longleat and Downton Abbey in September.' VW of Newhaven, East Sussex
'We would just like to say how much we enjoyed the Mystery Tour to Wales at the weekend.
We would also like to express our thanks to J our coach driver who was so helpful and cheerful all of the time.
We are doing the Cruise on the Seine tour with you in August and we are hoping our driver will be J again.'
JB & MB of Horley, Surrey
'Well done Woods for another great holiday. We have just got back on Thursday from the Waterways in North Wales and Cheshire. Also thank you to our driver R, he was great.
We have been very pleased on all our holidays and looking forward to going to the Dales Trains and Hadrian's Wall on the 26th of June. so once again thank you.' F of Yapton, West Sussex
'I am so pleased you suggested that we went to Vianden when our Austria holiday was cancelled - it was delightful.
The hotel staff were very attentive - the rooms were very clean and spacious with plenty of hot water and we had a good choice of food in the evenings, plus the wine was very reasonable.
The highlights (apart from the hot and sunny weather) was the tour around Luxembourg, both in the coach and on foot - the guide was very knowledgeable - you could hear every word he said and answered all our questions. And what a find J was with the wine tasting - we expected to be indoors for the tasting, but we went by coach to look at the wine growing region and had some wine and then sat in her garden for more...! She was a delightful host.
And of course, not forgetting R who drove expertly and went the extra mile for us all - it was fine sitting near the back as he always opened the side door without being asked. We are so pleased he will be driving us to Austria in July.'
BP of Bosham, West Sussex
'Vianden - Another lovely holiday with Woods and also blessed with good weather.
The hotel was very good and we had a choice of menu at dinner, it wasn't a set menu.
R our driver was excellent and indeed he went out of his way on each excursion to make it interesting. He also tried to take a different route on our return to our hotel. You arranged some lovely excursions and the wine tasting was very good. R drove us up to the top of the vineyard and the view was very impressive. I am pleased to hear he will be our driver when we go to Austria in July.
The tour around the city was very good both on the coach and walking and the guide was very knowledgeable and interesting.
So all in all a most enjoyable holiday.
JP of Chichester, West Sussex
'Dublin Trains & Gardens (new holiday)
The journey to Wales was very enjoyable and picturesque. The overnight hotel, Kinmel Manor, was excellent, good accommodation, nice televisions and very good food.
The sea crossing to Dublin was smooth and comfortable; you might make it know that it is well worth treating yourself to an upgrade to the executive lounge where you can enjoy free coffee, tea, wine, fruit, cheese, biscuits, newspapers and magazines. My wife and I can strongly recommend it.
The train ride to Malahide with guide was brilliant as was the tea and scones. Powerscourt House and Gardens are also well worth seeing.
The Wicklow Mountains drive was memorable and made more enjoyable by J our lovely driver.
My wife and I are regular experienced coach travellers and we always recommend your company to our friends.' RK of Waterlooville, Hampshire
'I feel that I must let you know about the Dublin Trains & Gardens trip I have just returned from with your company.
The trip was most enjoyable and made so much more of a pleasant experience by your driver J who could simply not do enough for each and everyone of us. He was always there, willing and ready to help and in the six days we were with him, became a real good friend. I feel that you have one in a million in him and if your other drivers are anywhere near as good, your company can only prosper.
Please pass on my thanks and good wishes to him and I hope we will all meet again soon.' CS of Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex
'So many thanks for the holiday we have had on your North Devon tour. The hotel you had chosen, The Saunton Sands, was outstanding, we were treated like royalty in the dining room, welcomed by name and escorted to our table and had top class food and service. I did wonder if we got that superb service because we were one of the few people who complied with the house rule of jacket and tie for the men and smart dress for the ladies.
The tours that were organised were excellent and made all the better by T our driver and his constant attention to the smallest detail. We even bought an antique for £4 at the market and have been told that it would fetch £30 to £40 at an auction.' DD of Tilgate, Crawley, West Sussex
'Heart of England Tour - I am writing to say thank you for the generous gift of chocolates over the Easter period. This was a big surprise and it was exceedingly kind of you.
The five day holiday was well organised, the food and the hotel were absolutely fine and the driver, P, was a competent driver and also in looking after the people with his kind and easy humour. The only thing wrong was the weather and that was freezing but this was not your fault.
I am booked with you for the Royal Albert Hall concert in November but if I feel I need another holiday in the meantime I will be in touch. Thanks again.' MF of Boxgrove, West Sussex
'Thank you for the letter regarding our eventful journey home from Paris on 11th March. I would like to add a huge thank you to the many already sent to T and P. They were magnificent, and behaved with the utmost professionalism under such stressful circumstances that they would have been forgiven for the odd rude word, however they showed no sign of how tired and frustrated they must have felt.
My husband and I cannot convey enough how well looked after we were and how both drivers took every opportunity to keep us informed of the situation.
T also stepped up to the mark when he was requested by the police to stop people from passing our coach on the hard shoulder, which would have impeded the rescue services activities, a responsibility which required him to keep going out in the cold snow and confront strangers at his own personal risk. His charming way with these strangers ensured the rescue effort ahead of us the success it was.
Finally, we also appreciate the tremendous effort of the Woods team back home, as they kept in regular touch of our progress and the effort involved in finding, or driving taxis to get us home.
Lets hope you never experience that kind of event again, however, if you should I am sure your passengers will be the warmest and most comfortable in the whole gridlock.
To steal a phrase from T, they should sit back and relax ...... after all they are still on holiday!'
T & RM of Chichester, West Sussex
'Just to say how much I enjoyed the recent mystery tour. The itinerary was interesting and the scenery was lovely.
Particular mention must be made of our excellent driver R. He looked after us so well, particularly in the absolutely appalling snowy conditions on Monday evening. He was a hero.'
GB of Worthing, West Sussex
'In response to your email ref "the best loved business in area", I would endorse Woods Travel as the best in area. We have always received a high class service and high standards always with helpful friendly staff & drivers.
We always feel safe when in the drivers hands be it here in UK or overseas, of which we have done both. We have used Woods on several occassions and never been disappointed.
We have traveled to Egypt, Brugges, Germany and to the theatre in London to name but a few. We have a trip booked for the end of April to see "The Jersey Boys", and we are taking along friends who have heard us sing the praises of "Woods Travel".
It is a delight to sit back and relax en-route, before stopping off somewhere for a coffee/wine break and it makes the whole experience of travelling with "Woods" most enjoyable.
I highly recommend them for any forthcoming award.' J & JB of Selsey West Sussex
'We would just like to say a big 'thank you' for the excellent service that you give on your holidays - friendly, helpful and we love being picked up at the front door it saves so much hassle! We think you rightly deserve a place in 'thebestof/Worthing' and that you also deserve to be the winner.'
D & JS of Rustington, West Sussex
'Having been on 3 summer coach holidays and various day/evening outings since moving to this part of the country, I can thoroughly recommend this local and independant travel company. For their expertise in the actual travel arrangements, and of the excellent service provided during our holidays etc.
For instance, our last summer holiday, I would mention the following:
a) The details of the holiday in their brochure gave quite a detailed account of what the holiday included.
b) The company's arrangements for a taxi to pick us up and take us home from the coach was spot on.
c)The company's appointed courier was a consumate professional who could not have been bettered.
d) Our appointed guide abroad was excellent.
e) The coach driver was courteous and thoughtful of our needs.
In summing up, I think it comes down to feeling completely safe and being looked after by this company.
In this day of age, arrangements can go wrong, however I would have every confidence that we would be in expert hands. We couldn't ask for more.'
TE of Middleton-on-Sea, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Rhineland Christmas - just to say a big thank you for a most enjoyable Christmas. I have never been away for Christmas before and this was excellent. The hotel was very good, I had a big room and good easy to manage shower and though the room was next to the lift there was no noise. The food was very good and unusual, I was sorry to hear some people grumbling, after all one goes away to do and eat different things. The service was good and the girls looked charming in their costumes.
I was overwhelmed to receive such a beautiful cut glass wine glass from you as a Christmas present. It is in daily use. The excursions were enjoyable too.'
'I am booked to criuise with you to the Caribbean next Christmas and can hardly wait!
Thank you again.' FJ of Chichester, West Sussex
'We have just returned from a Christmas holiday at the Hampshire Court Hotel and thought it would be good to let you know how great our time was at this hotel. The comfort and service were excellent. We would also like to thank you for our Christmas presents from Woods.
We wish everyone at Woods a Happy and Healthy New Year. With very best wishes.' M & LG, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'The Christmas we spent with Woods Travel - the hotel, the driving and the outings were most enjoyable.
The hotel - an excellent choice - was warm and welcoming with lovely decor. We had wonderful food and the staff were helpful and gave us very good service and lots of smiles. We hope to return at a future date and will recommend it to our friends. Well done Billesley Manor - a Christmas to remember!
Many thanks for our Christmas present from Woods, a very good choice and a lovely surprise on Christmas Day.' M & RJ, Worthing, West Sussex
'To Roger & the Team - Thank you in a really big way! for the Tiverton Christmas - Good Driver (T) - Good Food - Good Hotel - Happy New Year to All' PD of Uckfield, East Sussex
'I write to thank you for the five day Christmas holiday in Stratford upon Avon at Stratford Manor 2012. The journey was A1 and the other passengers were all friendly. The hotel food was excellent, but too much! The taxis were punctual and polite despite the flooding at Shripney. The excursions were informative and enjoyable, despite the rainy weather.' ES of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'B and I have just returned from a lovely Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol. The hotel was excellent, a small family hotel, which we both enjoy. Woods have chosen very well again and we look forward to our further visit in July 2013.
But before that we have our Tyrolean holiday again in March 2013 and then our Black Forest holiday in October 2013. What a year we will be having with Woods!
Our many thanks for your help in the past and we wish you a Very Happy New Year.' JP of Chichester, West Sussex
'My husband and I have just returned from a Christmas market trip to Trier with your company. I felt I must write to tell you how wonderful the Woods experience was, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Our driver, T, was first class in everyway possible, he was so professional and such a caring man. Thanks to him, every aspect of our trip was so enjoyable, please pass on our thanks to him.
We are looking forward to our next holiday with you, Christmas market to Valkenberg, which we will book when it goes on sale in March.
Once again, many thanks.'
J and AL of Chichester, West Sussex
'I have been meaning to write to you to tell you how much I enjoyed my trip to the Lake District in September.
The Inn on the Lake is a lovely hotel and contributed to the beauty and tranquility of the area.
I was somewhat apprehensive about the long journey both ways but our driver/courier E was an excellent, competent driver as well as being very pleasant and helpful.
So, once again, you have arranged a very enjoyable holiday in a beautiful part of England. Thank you.' PW of Seaford, East Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for a wonderful short break and for giving us an excellent driver in G who looked after everyone perfectly.
Having come from a professional driver family myself I understand the importance and standards expected in this field. Our experience was pleasant and I am sure everyone on our coach felt the same way and would not hesitate to book again if all your drivers are as professional.
My gold chain bracelet broke as I was getting into my seat and 2 charms fell off and I was unable to find them. I told G and he reassured me he would look for them while I was on a visit to Alum Bay. Returning to the coach to my great delight he produced both charms and told me that he had found them under my seat on the coach. To me this is over and above the call of duty and I felt very thrilled that he had bothered to do this as they are of great sentimental value to me.
I do feel that if this is the standard of your drivers you should be very proud that you have found such loyal drivers.
Once again thank you and to G your driver for an excellent holiday.' JH of Selsey, West Sussex
'I have never been on a Woods tour before as I live in Surrey, but I have a friend in Newhaven so went to stay with her prior to embarking on the Welsh Adventure tour.
May I say that it was a pleasure to do the tour with your company. The door to door service to the coach and vice versa made my holiday more relaxing (nothing to worry about). The taxi drivers waited to see us on the coach and the coach driver waited to see us in the taxis before taking off to his next destination.'
'Thanks once again for putting on an enjoyable holiday.' PH of Chessington, Surrey
'I have recently enjoyed the Welsh Adventure holiday which you organised and should like to say how much I appreciated it. The range of interest which it covered was wide and most interesting and, even when it rained, the scenery was lovely. The hotels, the Metropolitan in Llandrindod Wells was excellent, the Kinmel Manor Hotel in Abergele almost as good especially as it wa probably the end of season for them.
I should also like to commend T our driver who had one or two emergencies to deal with and coped with them quietly and efficiently, and I was always confident of his driving even on the most narrow and hazardous of roads. He was helpful and cheerful.
One last thing, I did appreciate the town maps which were supplied. They are very useful especially if you have limited time in a town you don't know well.
Thank you to everyone at Woods!' SH of Hailsham, East Sussex
'Re: Scottish House Party Tour - many thanks for a super holiday, we both enjoyed every moment of it. Also thanks to P for a smooth ride and every care taken to ensure we all had a good time.'
MH & SK of Chichester, West Sussex
'We have recently returned from the County Durham tour and wanted to write to express our complete satisfaction. We have never joined a coach tour before and have heard some very poor reports but we have nothing but praise for the arrangements and travel that we enjoyed on your tour. Our taxi arrived on time, the coach was comfortable, M, our driver could not have been more courteous, polite or helpful, the journey never seemed long even though on the map Durham looks quite a distance from Sussex! The hotel was very comfortable, set in lovely grounds and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We could not fault the meals, not that we tried. The menu offered a good choice and we particularly enjoyed the breakfasts and the vast choices available.
The guide who joined us at Durham on our frist day was very friendly and did not rush the group and spoke very well and showed us things that we might not have recognised or been able to visit. The short cruise was well enjoyed and we were surprised at the meal that was offered to us and how well it was presented.
M was a very good, quiet driver and we enjoyed the route he took across the Dales and we were blessed with wonderful weather which obviously made it so pleasant.
We had always wanted to visit Beamish, but were never near enough on our holidays for that to be possible and we enjoyed that so much.
It was a very well thought out tour showing us so many things and beautiful countryside. We would like to thank you for your arrangements which gave us such a lovely holiday and we look forward to another of your holidays in the future. Please forward a new brochure when available and I think we have interested one of our friends! K & BW of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank you for a wonderful holiday to Andorra in September. We had an exceptional driver in R, who was not only a good driver but was very friendly and helpful to the passengers, not always the case with some companies. He joined in everything and took the trouble to make sure everyone was ok. We had a good tour manager in T who went out of her way to help everyone and was very attentive to us all, excellent. Then there was D who arranged all the trips and made everything special with his wonderful knowledge of the area. All in all an excellent holiday, I would love to do it again sometime. Thank you again for a wonderful holiday.' C of Guildford, Surrey
'This was my first holiday with your company and I hope to travel with Woods again. I was very well looked after. T the driver went out of his way to ensure the holiday went well.'
'Thank you very much.'
VRW of Newhaven, East Sussex
'On behalf of the W.I. I would like to say a big thank you for your hard work in arranging the coach holiday to Ironbridge for our members.
The hotel was excellent and in a perfect location. The excursions were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Shrewsbury (many took the boat trip on the River Severn), Powis Castle in its commanding position, Carding Mill Valley & Long Mynd - plenty of beautiful walks, the historical Acton Scott Working Farm plus of course a day at the Ironbridge Museum. All this together with stops at Painswick Rococo Gardens and the City of Worcester and the last decent week of summer weather! What more could we have had?
Our thanks also go to T our driver. New to us this year, he looked after us extremely well and quickly joined in with us, taking us through some beautiful scenic routes. I would have no hesitation in taking him with us in the future. Here's to 2013!
Best wishes.' DG, W.I. Holiday Organiser
'I have recently returned from the Highland Adventure holiday and would like to let you know how much I enjoyed it.'
'The itinerary for this holiday was excellent and although a lot of ground was covered each day, never once did it seem rushed. There were plenty of interesting stops along the way and it all seemed quite leisurely. This was certainly due in part to our excellent driver E who was always friendly, efficient, very professional and a mine of information which greatly added to our enjoyment.'
'This really was a beautiful holiday and we were even lucky with the weather. What more can anyone ask!
Thank you again and I shall hope to travel with Woods again in the not too distant future.' IB of Worthing, West Sussex
'We enjoyed this holiday so much. The itinerary was very interesting and extremely well planned. T was the best driver and guide. Even to the extent of arriving at the Settle viaduct just as a very long goods train was travelling over it. That was spectacular and as he said, "Shearings couldn't come up with something like that."
'We are looking forward to the next brochure, and as T has told us how wonderful the Bridgewater Festival is, we are keen to book it for next year if it is repeated on your schedule.
One more trip with you next month to Chatsworth and the Palace Hotel. This trip is a great favourite of ours as it will be the third visit out of the four you have featured over the last few years.
Do let T know how much we appreciated his kindly care and friendliess on this trip.' J & EO of Goring by Sea, West Sussex
'Having very recently returned from your coach holiday to Andorra, I felt that I should write to you to express our sincere gratitude for such a brilliant holiday.
I have to say that R our driver was very competent covering many miles, our courier, T, was brilliant, and nothing too much trouble, a consummate professional, and finally D, the guide whilst abroad brought interest and humour to his delivery.
All in all, a very good holiday, also made good by our coach party. We look forward to receiving next summer's holiday brochure.' TE of Middleton-on Sea, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'We would both like to express our thanks to Woods for our recent holiday in Andorra, our first with Woods and hopefully not our last. Being met by T's lovely smile early in the morning when we were picked up at Lancing immediately set the tone for the holiday. R did a wonderful job on the winding mountain roads and our guide Danny added to the experience with his depth of knowledge of the area.
The other passengers, many of them seasoned Wood's travellers, made good and in many cases amusing travelling companions and we will keep contact with some of them.
We look forward to receiving next year's brochure so we can plan our next holiday.
With many thanks.'
R & JT of Steyning, West Sussex
'We are writing to express our thanks for the Killarney, Kerry & The Garden Isle tour we went on recently.
The hotels, especially the Killarney Plaza, the best hotel we have ever stayed at, the food, daily tours and the driver P were all excellent and we had a lovely, interesting, and above all a safe journey thanks to P's driving skills.
Many thanks.' M & AG of Horsham, West Sussex
'Well done Woods, you have done it again! Our third lovely holiday, the Highland Adventure, was everything you could imagine. The weather was good, also what could you say about our driver E? He was fantastic! He new everything we needed to know, also if we had a problem he sorted it out. Well once again, I need to find a holiday with you for next year (like another nine days). Hope you can come up with something for us.
S & BF of Yapton, Nr. Arundel, West Sussex
'We have just returned from a super holiday on the MS Seine Princess, everything was perfect. The Purser M. went out of his way to all and the crew and restaurant staff made every effort to please everyone. You were absolutely right the Princess is the best ship we have been on.
I must also congratulate T our driver he was just right for our party. His driving was superb, especially around Paris with our courier. He certainly went the extra mile for us and I spent a quiet time in the evening on deck just to chat.
My thanks to you for the trouble you have taken our behalf and wish you every success for the future.' JP of Chichester, West Sussex
'You were right - the Seine Princess is a marvellous vessel! We had a splendid time cruising along the Seine and the Purser M, and his crew were lovely and friendly. They went out of their way to make sure everyone had a good time, which must have been a challenge as there were so many different languages! The food was excellent and the waiting staff very attentive, and the cabins very spacious and clean. All the crew were welcoming and smiling - full marks to Croisi Europe!
T, our driver is a real credit to Woods. He was always making sure we were all ok even when he wasn't driving and we were chilling out on deck, and most importantly he is a very safe driver. Full credit to him driving us around the Arc de Triomphe! He loves his job and that certainly comes over. Also it was good have T (our courier) with us making sure everything was running smoothly and sorting out everyone's dietary requests, of which there were many.
The itinerary was excellent and at just the right pace with busy days and relaxing days and the highlight was cruising along the Seine at night and the surprise when we went past the Eiffel Tower!'
'My thanks to you all and I'm really looking forward to our Christmas tour to Austria.'
BP of Bosham, West Sussex
'I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday in Scarborough.' 'I have had T as a driver before and I find him most helpful and caring and a good driver too.
I do my best to recommend Woods whenever possible. It is so good to have the taxi service at each end of the holiday - so thank you for that.' BT of Lewes, East Sussex
'I would like to express my appreciation to you all at Woods for the holiday we have just had in Falmouth.
Your driver was excellent and always on time and the hotel was first class. This holiday was to celebrate our Diamond Wedding and it has given us another lovely memory.
The only snag - not your fault, was the poor weather - but better luck next time!!
Thanks again to you all.' M & TH of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'This was an excellent tour (Woburn, Wrest Park & Bletchley) and P (our driver) managed it all so very well. Of course, we have thanked him but please extend to him our gratitude for such a pleasant holiday.'
'The visits planned were more than up to your usual very high standards.
We look forward to the other 2 holidays we have booked with you this year.' J & EO of Goring by Sea, Worthing, West Sussex
'May I thank you all for the wonderful holiday that I enjoyed in North Wales. The hotel was in a superb location by the canal, the staff were most helpful and the food was of the highest quality.'
'The tour provided a lovely range of activities, something for everyone and I personally was able to enjoy it all.'
'T, our driver, was very knowledgeable, knowing his route, set down and pick up places perfectly. The information was relayed to us clearly and concisely, leaving us in no doubt about timings etc. Also it has to be said, he was a very considerate driver both for his passengers and other road users.
Now looking forward to our next holiday on The Isle of Man!
Long may you continue to provide such wonderful service.' JN of Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hampshire
'My wife and I have just completed your tour of North Devon and had a very good time, even though the weather was a bit against us.'
'We are writing to you to say that Tour driver was so brilliant, always approachable, never had a miserable moment.'
We were so very impressed with the staff attitude and food standard at the hotel, the like of which we have not experienced for many a year.
We are already booked on a couple of further tours with you.' DD of Crawley, West Sussex
'Well done Woods, you have done it again! We have just come back from a great holiday in County Durham, it was perfect.
Also a great thank you to E our driver, he was fantastic. Will look forward to going to Scotland at the end of August for our next holiday with him.
Thank you so much!'
S & BF of Yapton, Nr.Arundel, West Sussex
'Re: Lakes & Dales Newcomers Tour
We are writing to express our thanks for the above tour we went on last week.
The hotel, food, daily tours and the driver T were all excellent and we had a lovely, interesting and above all had safe journeys thanks to T's skills.
Many thanks.' M & AG of Horsham, West Sussex
'I write to you this January to say how good this year's Christmas holiday was (Singles to Cardiff).
The hotel and food were excellent, the afternoon tea was more like a meal, the pantomine was good, also the tour of Cardiff was interesting.
T's driving was as good as ever.'
Happy New Year.' W of Worthing, West Sussex
'I want you to know what a wonderful time we had at Christmas at the Olde Barn Hotel in Lincolnshire. The food and staff were great. But I would like to say about our driver of the coach and his wife A, what a wonderful couple they were. They went out of their way to help everyone.' FD & AM of Brighton, East Sussex
'Many thanks for an enjoyable few days over Christmas at Thistle Cheltenham. We were looked after very well and the staff worked hard and were pleasant and courteous. Our driver and his wife were also very kind and helpful and we were pleased that the weather was better this year for all the drivers.
Thank you too for the compact travel bag which I am sure will come in useful on future holidays - a very kind thought.
My best wishes to all at Woods for a happy and prosperous New Year.' DG of Guildford, Surrey
'I have recently returned from a Christmas holiday with Woods (Avisford Park) and would like to say how much my friend and I enjoyed it.
This is the third holiday we have had with Woods and each time we have been impressed with the standard of hotel and the programme of events and excursions. This year we had the added bonus of good weather, so were able to get out and about and our trip included a morning tour of the local area with our cheerful and informative coach driver.
Finally, I would like to praise the door-to-door service - prompt and with helpful and pleasant taxi drivers.
So, thank you Woods, keep going, and Happy New Year!'
MR of Brighton, East Sussex
'I had the pleasure of spending Christmas at Avisford Park.'
'The accommodation was very comfortable, the food was delicious and the staff were terrific ensuring that we were all taken care of - I certainly didn't starve!
I always know that when I travel with you there will be a super hotel - you have certainly maintained your reputation with Avisford Park.
Oh yes - Thank you very much for the Christmas gift. It was very kind of you and it will be extremely useful.
Happy New Year to everyone at Woods Travel!
PW of Seaford, East Sussex
'Although I have been on many day excursions with you, this was the first time I have been away on holiday.' 'We went away on the ‘Sound of Christmas and Austrian Lakes holiday’. It was excellent – it was lovely not having to worry about the logistics of getting there, sorting out our luggage etc. And the hotel was of a very high standard, and very warm and cosy.'
'The present of a travel bag from Woods was very welcome, which we will be able to use when we go on the Dutch tulip river cruise in April and the Cruising the Seine in July!'
We had snow and a very special sleigh ride on Christmas morning. And for us the holiday was made very special by T our driver who was an excellent and safe driver, especially though the snowy weather.'
'We will definitely go abroad with you next Christmas – please let me have your brochure as soon as it comes out.
Thank you so much for giving us such a special Christmas.'
BP of Chichester, West Sussex
'I am writing to thank Woods for the pleasant Christmas spent at Chineham. My friend and I had not been away at that time of year and weren’t certain how it would work out. The hotel was comfortable, the food excellent and the company good. The excursions and entertainment arranged for us kept us happily occupied.' PJ of Godalming, Surrey
'We wanted to take the time to say thank you to all the staff at Woods Travel for arranging our Christmas holiday. We had a very caring driver L and her husband D who both made our holiday. Full marks to L for her driving skills and nothing was too much for either of them.
The Trouville Hotel was a great hotel with wonderful sea views and the food was superb.' CF & LB of Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'I think your service is second to none and we heard (via the taxi driver) that none of the other companies service is as good as yours i.e. people are dropped off whether the taxis are there or not. Woods always wait until the taxis arrive before letting people off the coach.
I always feel safe and well looked after when I go on holiday with Woods, and look forward to travelling again soon.' AW of Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex
'Having just returned from the Thursford Spectacular break. I would like to say how enjoyable the four days were. The hotel was lovely - food too & T is a very nice helpful chap to have around & a good driver as well. So thank you for all that.' RT of Lewes, East Sussex
'Dear everyone at Woods,
My husband and I would like to thank you very much for our lovely holiday in Sidmouth at the weekend. We had some lovely trips out and the hotel was very good. It is our fourth time there and it is still as good.
A big thank you to P for his help and kindness. Hope to book a holiday next year with you.
Thank you.' M & KB of Lewes, East Sussex
'I would like to thank you all at Woods for providing me with a lovely first every coach tour (at age 63). I went on the October Mystery Tour, 3 days, alone, but with a spirit of adventure.
Our driver T was not only a very good driver but he made the holiday very enjoyable. He was friendly, polite, considerate, and helpful, especially as I had a small mobility scooter with me. What a nice bloke.'
'The Barcello Hotel was absolutely smashing. Everything was of a very high standard and my room was amazing! An executive double all to myself, clean, quiet, spacious and comfortable. The staff were great and I really enjoyed the food.'
'All in all it was a wonderful holiday and I loved every minute of it. As soon as I returned home I booked 3 more holidays for 2012.
Well done 'Team Woods' and thank you all so much.' SH of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'To everyone at Woods and especially T our driver, thank you so much!
Thanks for your patience and cheerfulness when we joined you on the trip to Tenby. My first ever coach trip and I don't think it will be my last. To travel without having to drive was such a treat.
JM & GC of Slinfold, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
'I have just returned from The Italian Dolomites tour and feel I must put pen to paper to say what a most enjoyable tour it was.
The main hotel "Paganella" was most hospitable. Fausto and his family could not do enough for us, we felt very special.
Everything about the tour was just perfect and I would not hesitate to recommend it. I have travelled with Woods before and always been very satisfied but I felt this tour was special. DM of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'Well I thought I just had to write and say what a wonderful holiday I have had with your company. I have been on several trips but this one without a double was the best. I was overawed with the beautiful scenery.
So thank you very much for a wonderful trip and lovely people on the coach. Thank you to P our driver and to L who kept us well supplied with drinks.
I am now looking forward to Christmas in Lincoln.' BH of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'I have recently returned from the Lake District tour and would like to thank you, the Woods travel team, for keeping my name on your books and especially to A for contacting me when my selected holiday became available.
The holiday was very enjoyable.
Thank you.' GS of Portchester, Hampshire
'Many thanks for all your hard work arranging Horsham Club's trip to Torquay.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Coppice Hotel was very comfortable and friendly even the weather was good to us!
I don't think we were too much trouble for our driver P!
Again many thanks.' M a private group organiser from Horsham, West Sussex
'I have just returned from the Eastbourne Trains and Gardens holiday and would like to express my thanks to all those responsible for the planning and execution of this tour.
The Lansdowne Hotel location was excellent, close to theatres and had a good outlook. The staff were friendly and always ready to help. The room was very clean, good decoration, comfortable and an excellent bathroom ideally suited for my disabled wife. I was impressed with the restaurant staff who were attentive and always to hand. The food was well cooked and the presentation faultless. Should I return to Eastbourne this hotel would be my first choice.
All excursions were well planned and the train trips were very good value with light meals well organised and presented. The cream tea was an absolute delight.'
'Our driver, M, proved to be a very competent and helpful person. He had a good friendly manner and was always willing to give a helping hand.'
'He is a credit to the company.' GDH of Gosport, Hampshire
'I am writing to tell you that I enjoyed the holiday to the Isle of Man very much. Both the Foxfields Country Hotel and the Mount Murray Hotel were excellent.
Also I would like to say a special thank you to T and P for looking after us so well and for keeping us entertained.
This is only the second holiday I have had with you. The first holiday was to Guernsey in April this year. I am very impressed with your company and the way you look after your customers. I am looking forward to my next holiday with you at Easter next year and also hopefully to the Scilly Isles next summer. JW of Petersfield, Hampshire
'I have just returned from the Waterways of North Wales & Cheshire holidayand would like to tell you how satisfied I am with it. T the driver was very attentive to all of the party, the hotel accommodation, food and facilities excellent, all the tours except the stop at Wrexham were interesting and most enjoyable.
I was widowed five months ago after being married for 53 years, had never been on holiday on my own, and was recommended by friends to book with you. I am not ready for another trip this year but look forward to travelling with you next year and plan to book on my own again.
Many thanks to T and all involved with the booking.' JW of Hassocks, West Sussex
'May I thank you for a most enjoyable holiday last week to Blackpool. My wife and I were delighted with the excellent accommodation and catering at the Glendower Hotel and P, our driver, was not only completely competent in all matters concerning the coach but was also most considerate towards his passenger holiday makers. Please convey our thanks to him.
This was our first 'taste' of a Woods Holiday and we were most impressed particularly because of the last minute booking application.'
'Please let us have early notification of your 2012 activities which will be of great interest to us.' M & B B of Worthing, West Sussex
'I have returned from my first trip with yourselves (Avon & Bath), and felt that I must say how pleased I was with the entire holiday. The organisation was first class, mainly due not only to your office but the driver T, who was attentive at all times and the most careful of drivers.
This was my first trip since losing my husband last year and certainly I will be happy to repeat it.' JW of Lewes, East Sussex
'We have just returned from the Isle of Man holiday and felt we must write and say what a wonderful time we had. P, the coach driver and T, the courier were extremely helpful and knowledgeable'.'They are both a real asset to Woods'.
'The hotels were both very nice with lovely rooms. The hotel staff at the Mount Murray were very professional and the staff in the restaurants were extremely efficient and capable.'
'This was my second holiday with Woods, and my friend J's first, and we would certainly recommend you to anyone who is thinking of a coaching holiday and cannot wait until your new brochure for next year comes out to book our next holiday.'
GH & JD of Pevensey, East Sussex
'Having recently returned from your Scottish Borders and the Jacobite tour, and this being our first tour with your company, we felt that we had to write and express the super service we received all the time, hotels and excellent choice of places to visit. We could not fault any of the hotels, the food was up to first class standard and always enough to enjoy without feeling 'full up'.
We must also give praise to P our driver, from the time we were picked up to the point of being dropped at our home address nothing was too much, his cheerfulness, his faultless driving, his consideration to his passengers and also other road users, his driving was first class smooth and comfortable'. Of all the coach tours we have been on over the years, P out classed nearly all the other drivers completely.'
'As we mentioned, this was our first trip with your company but rest assured it will not be the last.'
T & RB of Brighton, East Sussex
'Just a brief note to say how much I enjoyed my six-day coach holiday, spent in Suffolk, staying at the Belstead Brook outside Ipwich town.
Please give my thanks to T, our driver, who was so kind and efficient.
Most enjoyable all round - even the weather was kind to us. With best wishes and thanks to all concerned.' AK of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
‘We were on the Great Malvern holiday (May 15th – 19th) and would like to thank you for a very enjoyable stay. It was a very good hotel, the coach and driver excellent and outings interesting. The weather was kind too. The icing on the cake is the taxi service. Well done all of you.
This was the first coach holiday we have been on and hope it won’t be the last.’ BC of Ditching, Nr.Hassocks
‘I have just returned from a holiday in the Peak District with your company, which I enjoyed very much.
During my stay there I unfortunately had a fall and cut my shins rather badly – no doubt you have seen the report from our driver T.
It is T whom I must thank for his efficiency and great help which brought visits from hotel staff and local medics to my aid. He was always there, ready to see what had to done and to do it cheerfully and correctly.
Please pass on to him my grateful thanks for all his help and kindness.’
BG of Horsham, West Sussex
‘Every time we go on a Woods tour, I find myself reaching for the writing pad when we get back. This is now our 3rd outing with your company, and…. You’ve done it again!
We have just had the most wonderful 4 days, in the company of P and S, on your “Bluebells at Easter” holiday. Enhanced by the best Easter weather we can remember, the quartet of days was as near perfect as can be imagined. We basked in warm sunshine as we visited the most interesting of places; Penshurst, Hever Castle, Leeds Castle, Hole Park Gardens and Rye: fantastic.
We enjoyed the company of some very nice people and the Ashford International Hotel was very good. It goes without saying, (but we’ll say it anyway), that P and S were unfailingly polite, friendly and efficient as we have come to expect from all your employees: full marks to them!'
C,S & DS of Horsham, West Sussex
'We have just returned from the Ironbridge & Shropshire holiday and although we filled in your questionaire, we would like to say how much we enjoyed this trip.
The driver was excellent, keeping us informed and setting us down near the places we were visiting and was genial throughout.
The hotel was one of the best , if not THE best we have ever stayed in. The staff were all friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The menus were imaginative and good.
We are looking forward to travelling with Woods to Malvern in May.' J & DB of Lewes, East Sussex
'Just a note to thank you for a very Happy Christmas spent in the Cotswolds - despite snow and ice which made everything look so beautiful.
Father Christmas left me a very nice umbrella for which I thank you. I think it's about to be put to good use!
Happy New Year to you all!' PW of Seaford, East Sussex
'I would like to say thank you very much for this splendid break. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. The food was super and the staff very pleasant and helpful. It's a 10 out of 10 for me and for you!
E the driver was very good and helpful as was T our courier - they make a good team.
Thank you also for the gift of a pair of binoculars. This came as a very nice surprise.
May I wish you all a 'Very Happy New Year!'
P.S. I already have two trips booked with you this year and I look forward to those as well.' RL of Lewes, East Sussex
'I spent Christmas at the Hampshire Court Hotel and enjoyed every minute of it - it was the first time I had been away at Christmas.
I just wanted to thank you very much for the very nice umbrella which we ladies were given as presents.' JH of Worthing, West Sussex
'Mrs H and I would like to say how much we enjoyed our Christmas holiday. The coach was comfy and P our driver was very helpful and courteous. The hotel was excellent.
We thank you for our gifts which was a kindly thought.
We hope it will not be too long before we book with you again.' DG of Goring-on-Sea, West Sussex
'We have just returned from Paris Afloat and am writing to thank you for arranging such a lovely holiday which far surpassed our expectations.
Our journey was stress-free with the taxi and coach arriving exactly to time and it was such a joy to know our cases would be waiting for us when we arrived.
We had a wonderful time in Paris and were in awe of C, the driver's expertise in negotiating the traffic which would have left me a trembling wreck! I could not fault the accommodation, food or super staff so I am now browsing through your brochure for next year.' DS & BB of Eastbourne, East Sussex
'I wish to tell you how delighted I was with all the arrangements regarding the Touch of Class in Scotland tour.
Now aged 90 with wide experience of many aspects of the travel industry in the UK and abroad, I am a shrewd judge of quality. I found the itinerary exceedingly well planned with a delightful range of scenery in both directions and first rate hotels. As I am slightly disabled being picked up from home and delivered back is a great asset and also having no problem with my luggage along the way. I also appreciated the way in which the order was reversed on the return journey so that those who were picked up first were also dropped off first. The coach was very comfortable.
Most of all I wish to highly commend the excellence of your driver/guide, E. He was an excellent driver and throughout the whole tour, especially on tricky, narrow roads, we had complete confidence in his exceptional skill and judgement. He was always courteous and attentive to all passengers and we loved his subtle sense of humour. And for me, most important of all, he imparted all information clearly and concisely. I have known drivers who rant on at length in a way which drives everybody to sleep but E got it just right. Whenever we stopped he had my disabled 'wheelbarrow' at the ready! He was delightful company on a wonderful holiday. Thanks E.
It was a great holiday with a fascinating group of fellow travellers. Thank you.' BH of Brighton, East Sussex
'I have recently returned from the Devon Delights tour with you and I hasten to say how much I enjoyed it. As I have only been on a Woods trip once before, a while ago, I was much impressed with the organisation, comfort and consideration shown on the entire trip and I will look forward to many more in the future. I thank you very much for this excellent service.' DC of Horsham, West Sussex
'We have just returned from your Bonn & Cologne Christmas Markets tour and wanted to say a very big thank you.
Four women travelling for a weekend, we are the female equivalent to "Grumpy Old Men"!! Having said that, we couldn't find anything to be grumpy about. Your customer service is faultless, our courier K went far above and beyond the call of duty, M the driver was safe and superb with a great sense of humour, and the hotel you chose for us was fantastic.
We had loads of laughs, ate like "Queens" and just had a thoroughly lovely time. I just wanted you to know that you gave four "dotty old birds" a weekend to remember.
Many thanks to everyone of your team.' EP of Crawley, West Sussex
'My wife and I have just returned from the Trier tour which was first class. The coach, hotel and food were all of a very high standand and the holiday was an excellent break with the run up to Christmas.
I wish in particular to mentioned the driver, T. He performed his driving duties over and beyond the call of duty. Driving down on the Sunday the snow came down and was unrelenting. I honestly did not think we were going to make it. T remained calm, professional and safe throughout in very difficult conditions. Everyone on board the coach sang his praises. He could not have done enough for our elder members who had difficulty with their cases and assisted everytime. Even as a bonus to us all, on our return journey, we went via Lille in France and had an hour at the market. He is a credit to your team in holding up the good name of Woods.
We have travelled with Woods three times now, Egypt, Bruges and Germany. We have booked to see War Horse in March. We have never been disappointed and your service has always been of a high standard. Thank you.' JB of Selsey, West Sussex
'Thank you very much for my recent trip to Thursford Spectacular. Despite difficult weather conditions it was a very enjoyable trip, the hotel was warm and comfortable and food was very good.
The show was spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
All this was made possible because of P, the driver's excellent driving in very difficult conditions on the roads. He was always concerned for the comfort and safety of his passengers. He must be a valued member of your staff.
I look forward to my next trip with Woods, my thirteenth, and I'm trying not to be superstitious.
Thank you again.' PL of Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
'The Spirit of Christmas at Chatsworth was such a good holiday. My husband and I went last year as well so we were in a position to compare and contrast.
The house was as lovely as ever and we enjoyed it all, yet again. The Christmas Fair was more than double in size this year and that added to a very interesting day. T, the driver with the help of L, did a marvellous job of running a smooth and efficient holiday. His humour and friendliness meant that there was a happy atmosphere throughout the holiday.
Please pass on to him our grateful thanks for a lovely time. Your company and T gave us a Woods holiday at its best. J & EO of Goring by Sea, West Sussex
'Having just returned from the Touch of Class in Scotland tour with E as the driver, (we write) to say how much we both enjoyed the holiday. The four hotels we stayed in were excellent, the itinerary varied, and the scenery fantastic and to top it all, we had a driver who was informative and very knowledgeable about Scotland as well as being friendly and helpful to everybody - a true professional!! Looking forward to seeing your new brochure.' A & BH of Bordon, Hampshire
'We wish to thank you for making our Cornish holiday such a wonderful and memorable time. We were both extremely pleased with the whole trip. Your organisation surely must take some beating - from the taxi out to the taxi home - first class. Our especial thanks go to E (our driver) who was truly pleasant, safe and very experienced - on all counts. We await your new brochure and hope to travel with you again.' J & B of Chichester, West Sussex
'I would like to express my thanks for a very enjoyable holiday to The Dordogne & Vezere. Apart from the scenery and good weather this was due to the professionalism of M the courier and J the driver.' PR of Bognor Regis, West Sussex
'Having recently returned from a holiday in Oberammergau and Austria with your company, we feel that we must write and say a huge "thank you" for giving us such a lovely time.
Of course, the highlight of the trip was the "Passion Play" at Oberammergau, superbly performed. We also enjoyed the many trips including Salzburg, St.Wolfgang, and the drive beside the Rhine, and all the other extras that were added to the itinerary.
We enjoyed all the coach travel, the beautiful scenery, the gorgeous weather, and the company of other passengers with whom we travelled.
Please say "thank you" to T for all her hard work, and to J our excellent coach driver, they certainly helped make the holiday a special time for us.' E & DB of Arundel, West Sussex
'I have just returned from the trip to Oberammergau and Austria and I just wanted to let you know that T and J really made the holiday special for us all.
As I solo traveller abroad for the first time in many years, I was somewhat concerned about how the trip would be, but I had no cause for regret as it was a really enjoyable holiday.
As I mentioned, T and J went the 'extra mile' to make sure that everyone was included and involved, truly superb customer service.
I enjoyed the holiday so much that I have already booked another trip for next year - what better testament could that be? RE of Worthing, West Sussex
'We returned last night from your Ring of Kerry holiday. We felt that we really must write to congratulate you on your excellent company.
To begin with, the Door to Door system is unique in our experience. Quite what it is like for the drivers to have to go through the places they live and on to Pease Pottage at the end of an exhausting day, and then go back to their homes, only they know, but they do not complain.
Indeed T last night was as cheerful and polite as he was throughout the holiday, which was excellent.
We went with your company last year to Highlands and Islands and enjoyed it very much, but the Irish holiday was even better! Just how good can your holidays get?
All the arrangements were spot-on and we know that all our fellow passengers agree.
Thank you so much for a very memorable 8 days. We have travelled all over the world and regard this holiday as one of the best we have had anywhere.
We look forward to our next holiday with you in the very near future.'
C,S & DS of Horsham, West Sussex
'Having just returned from the above trip (Swiss Glacier Express) we would like to express our complete satisfaction for the organisation of this holiday. We were most fortunate to have two excellent couriers/drivers who were cheerful and caring as well as giving us a lot of incidental information.
In fact, the whole holiday was magnificent, the journey, the Swiss Glacier Express, hotels with food to our taste which was backed up by wonderful weather.'
'Many thanks to E and L - they were superb and made the vacation extra special. We hope to 'Travel the Woods Way' in the future.' DH & GW of Goring by Sea, West Sussex
'Having recently returned from my first Woods holiday, I feel compelled to let you know how much I enjoyed the experience. The carefully planned itinerary ensured that everybody could enjoy the gardens at a leisurely pace, and we certainly did.
Rosemundy House is a delightful country hotel with very comfortable rooms, friendly and efficient staff and excellent food. An ideal choice for this holiday.'
'Our driver, J, was a first class ambassador for your company. From day one he was always courteous, friendly, efficient and very professional as well as being an excellent driver. The comfortable coach was always immaculate, and nothing was too much trouble for him.'
'Having spent most of my working life in the tourism industry, I am only too aware of how much work goes on behind the scenes to ensure a smooth operation. Even so, things can go wrong, but if there were any glitches on this holiday, they certainly did not show!
Thank you for a very enjoyable week and I hope it will not be too long before I travel with Woods again.' IB of Worthing, West Sussex
'Dear 'Mr Woods'. What an enjoyable holiday we had in Cornwall, staying at St.Agnes. Friends had told me, for a few years, how good Woods were to travel with, now we have discovered for ourselves. Thank you! M & FB of Chichester, West Sussex
'I should like to thank you for my recent holiday with your company in Norwich and the Norfolk Broads. I found the arranged programme very interesting and enjoyable, the Maids Head Hotel and the coach both very comfotable, the taxi pick-ups good and our driver, P, cheerful and helpful and, most importantly, a very safe driver.
Thank you.' SH of Hailsham, East Sussex
'Last Thursday we returned from a most excellent & enjoyable 5 day trip to Ironbridge & the Shropshire area. Everything went perfectly, except the weather of course, but that's always had a mind of its own.
We would like to express our appreciation for the brilliant driving talents of T & to commend T for her exceptional abilities as a courier. Nothing was too much or too difficult for either of them & it made our first experience of a coach holiday with you a most enjoyable one.
It was also greatly appreciated that we had door-to-door service. There is nothing more disheartening than leaving a coach (excusion or holiday) then having to find out whether there is a bus soon or where can we find a cab.
Thanks to T's excellent saleswomenship at the end of the holiday we are seriously considering taking one of your Christmas holidays. Just the difficult decision of which one to choose.
Thank you once again for making our first ever coach holiday a delightful experience.'
E & J D of Sompting, West Sussex
'We wish to thank you for acquiring such a brilliant team and so make it so easy to feel so comfortable with all you staff; drivers, couriers and office staff for the brilliant service you have given us. At all times they have been very professional making one feel as if we were the most important customers. All of which have made our holidays with your company to be such a memorable and enjoyable time. Without exception the drivers have all been so helpful and knowledgeable which all helps to make our time on holiday with you so unforgettable. We will most certainly carry on holidaying with you for many more years to come'. DD of Crawley, West Sussex
'Just a line to say how much we enjoyed our Xmas Markets holiday. It was excellent value for money. T - our driver was very helpful - dropping us as close as possible to the markets, and K - our courier was superb, very helpful & friendly. Thanks again.' MW of Shalford, Surrey
'Many thanks for another very enjoyable holiday. The excursions were interesting, delightful, and blessed with glorious weather. The hotel was well situated, of high standard in all departments, staff helpful and pleasant, the food was good too.
C made the journeys relaxed with his high standard of driving and his smooth handling of people kept everyone happy.' PL of Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
'We have just returned from our first coaching holiday with Woods.' 'From the start of picking us up by taxi, to the end of our holiday and bringing us home by taxi, we were very well looked after.
The days out were always full, with lots of things to do and see, and were very interesting.
We would like to say "Thank You" once again, to our coach driver E. He was on hand always to make sure we were all alright, and enjoying ourselves and he was polite, always had a smile, nothing was too much trouble.
To have a really nice driver makes a difference, and adds to making an enjoyable holiday. We look forward to using Woods Coaching Holidays in the future.' H of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
'Over many years we have travelled with several other coach companies on various holidays. However, our trip with Woods Travel Ltd has, in our opinion, been the most enjoyable of all the coach holidays we have experienced.
One of the reasons for this is the fact that you provide a taxi to transport customers to the pick up point to join the coach and on the return a taxi to take us back to our home.'
'We were both impressed with the performance of the driver/courier E, throughout the holiday his friendliness and attitude to all the group was exemplary,' 'also his performance at the wheel was first class.
We were interested to learn that the majority of the passengers had travelled with your company on a number of occasions and in fact many had already met each other on previous Woods tours. This speaks volumes for the satisfaction they had previously enjoyed with Woods Travel Ltd.' R & BT of Brighton, East Sussex
'This was my first holiday with you and my first visit to South Wales. I very much appreciated your policy of collecting clients by taxi from their home. Our coach driver, T, was a star! He looked after everyone very well, and contributed a great deal to the holiday with his knowledge as well as his expertise as a driver.' ' I shall certainly hope to travel with Woods again in the near future.' GY of Cranleigh, Surrey
‘I have been holidaying abroad for the last 15 years in search of sun, sea and good hotels and after the wonderful holiday you organised to Falmouth – I wonder why I bothered!
The journey was perfect, the driver T, exceptional and the Royal Duchy Hotel one of the best I have stayed in. For the first time I was offered a diabetic menu and the food and all amenities were fabulous.
Thank you and Well Done Woods Travel.’ JM of Hassocks, West Sussex