Stockport resident Charis Oldfield has won what is claimed to be the biggest prize ever given by a UK hotel.
The Cranleigh Boutique, based in Bowness-on-Windermere, launched ‘the Ultimate Prize’ on its facebook page in June 2013, at which time, the Hotel had amassed an impressive 66,000 followers.
The drive of the campaign was that upon reaching 100,000 ‘likes’, one lucky winner would win the ‘Ultimate Prize’ – the opportunity for free use of the Cranleigh Boutique in its entirety, for the duration of a weekend and worth an estimated £8,500.
With 18 rooms available, Oldfield will receive the full use of the five star facilities to invite whomever she wishes, with a champagne reception for all, on arrival.
With the Cranleigh Boutique’s facebook page reaching 100,000 ‘likes’ in November, the search for the ‘Ultimate Prize’ winner began!
Facebook followers were invited to explain why they should win the ‘Ultimate Prize’, with the 10 responses deemed the best by the Cranleigh Boutique published on facebook and put out to a public vote.
A staggering 23,500 entries were received, with Oldfield being crowned the winner on Saturday.
“I’m still in complete shock to have won this incredible prize and it’s come at the most amazing time,” says Oldfield, who has three children aged 8, 4 and 9 months.
“My fiancé, Stuart, has just returned from a 6 month tour of duty in the Falklands. He left when our son was only 8 weeks old.
“He proposed to me just days before I discovered I had won the Ultimate Prize, so it’s been the best week!
“We can’t wait to treat our family and friends to a weekend away at the luxurious Cranleigh Boutique and would like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
“We are beyond delighted that Oldfield has won the ‘Ultimate Prize’ and believe our facebook followers chose a very worthy winner,” says owner Stephen Hargreaves.
“It’s been a real journey with this particular competition, the sheer magnitude of which is completely unique. It’s our way of saying ‘thank-you’ to everybody for their support on Facebook.
"Enabling one winner to experience a luxurious stay in the beautiful Lake District, with family and friends, is really special and we look forward to welcoming Charis, Stuart and their party to the Cranleigh Boutique.”