South West England was the bigger winner at this year’s national VisitEngland awards ceremony in Blackpool on Tuesday night, with 26 Awards overall including 5 Gold awards, 7 Silvers and 4 Bronzes.
80 awards were announced on the night, and with 26 of these from the South West the region reinforced its position as the top English region for quality tourism.
The Visit England awards link with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which held its regional awards ceremony in Exeter Cathedral on 4th February this year. This followed a rigorous selection process, including judging of 490 entries from across the South West with many of them winning also in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, Dorset Tourism Awards and Devon Tourism Awards. Over the winter the regional entries have been pitted against further entries from across the country, with 26 South West nominees selected as Finalists at the VisitEngland awards night in at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Tuesday 8th March.
Devon Gold winners were Woodovis Park for Holiday Park / Village and Higher Wiscombe for Dog Friendly, whilst Cornwall picked up Golds for Treworgey Cottages for Self Catering, Trevose Harbour House for Bed & Breakfast and Railholiday for Sustainable Tourism.
Silver awards went to Cornwall’s The Dining Room, Devon’s River Cottage HQ and Calvert Trust Exmoor, Somerset’s Cross Lane House Hotel & Restaurant, Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol, Bath’s Roman Baths and Pump Room and Gloucester Tourist Information Centre.
Recipients of valued Bronze awards were Hell Bay Hotel from the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall’s Whalesborough Cottages and Pebble House Boutique Guest House, and Dartington Hall in Devon.
Also winners on the night were 10 businesses picking up Highly Commended accolades. From Wiltshire there was Salisbury Cathedral and from Gloucestershire Tudor Farmhouse. Devon Highly Commended winners were Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Kentisbury Grange, The Guardhouse Café, The Swan at Bampton and Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa. From Cornwall there was Padstow Touring Park, Wheal Martyn Museum and The Rising Sun pub.
South West Awards organiser Robin Barker, who joined the winners in Blackpool, commented: “This year’s awards have broken all records with 1/3 of the national awards going to South West businesses. It is a fitting testament to their vision, investment and hard work – making sure that this region stays at the cutting edge in one of the biggest and fastest changing industries in the world. As one cycle ends another begins, and we are already planning the 2016/16 Awards, to be launched in April, along with a few changes.”
ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
SILVER Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury, Devon www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor
SILVER The Roman Baths, Bath www.romanbaths.co.uk
TOURISM EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
SILVER River Cottage HQ, Musbury, Devon www.rivercottage.net
B&B / GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
GOLD Trevose Harbour House, St Ives, Cornwall www.trevosehouse.co.uk
BRONZE Pebble House, Mevagissey, Cornwall www.pebblehousecornwall.co.uk
BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD
BRONZE Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon www.dartingtonhall.com
HIGHLY COMMENDED Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh, Devon www.highbullen.co.uk
DOG FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
GOLD Higher Wiscombe, Colyton, Devon www.higherwiscombe.com
HOLIDAY PARK / VILLAGE OF THE YEAR
GOLD Woodovis Park, Gulworthy, Devon www.woodovis.com
HIGHLY COMMENDED Padstow Touring Park, Padstow, Cornwall www.padstowtouringpark.co.uk
LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
HIGHLY COMMENDED Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa, Salcombe, Devon www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk
LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
SILVER Brunel's ss Great Britain, Bristol www.ssgreatritain.org
HIGHLY COMMENDED Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire www.salisburycathedral.org.uk
SELF CATERING HOLIDAY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
GOLD Treworgey Cottages, Liskeard, Cornwall www.cornishdreamcottages.co.uk
BRONZE Whalesborough Cottages, Bude, Cornwall www.whalesborough.co.uk
SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
SILVER Cross Lane House Hotel, Minehead, Somerset www.crosslanehouse.com
BRONZE Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly www.hellbay.co.uk
HIGHLY COMMENDED Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple, Devon www.kentisburygrange.com
HIGHLY COMMENDED Tudor Farmhouse, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire www.tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk
SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
HIGHLY COMMENDED Wheal Martyn, St Austell, Cornwall www.wheal-martyn.com
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
GOLD Railholiday Ltd, Saltash, Cornwall www.railholiday.co.uk
TASTE OF ENGLAND AWARD
SILVER The Dining Room restaurant, Rock, Cornwall www.thediningroomrock.co.uk
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Guardhouse Café, Brixham, Devon www.guardhousecafe.com
TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Swan, Bampton, Devon www.theswan.co
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Rising Sun, Truro, Cornwall www.risingsuntruro.co.uk
VISITOR INFORMATION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
SILVER Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, Glos www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk
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