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Award Winning Devon

Finding places to stay and visit in Devon just got even easier. Many of the chalets, caravan parks, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and luxury hotels Devonhas to offer are award-winners several times over, in recognition of their commitment to providing the best, with Devon's hotels recently being voted some of the best in the world by reviewers on Trip Advisor.

The Devon Tourism Awards 2014

These awards reflect excellence in Devon tourism. Judging is carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field. Winners of the Devon Tourism Awards are automatically ‘fast tracked’ to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and if they win, to the national Enjoy England Awards.
We've listed the gold winners below, but you can see the full list of winners including silver, bronze and commended here

WINNER OF WINNERS AWARD
Sponsored by First Great Western, www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton www.thelmahulbert.com

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM AWARD
Sponsored by e-Strategy  www.e-strategy.net
Rick Turner, The Big Sheep, Welcome to Excellence & Purple Cloud Consultancy 

CAMPING AND CARAVANNING HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Stephens Scown Solicitors www.stephens-scown.co.uk

Gold Award
Hele Valley Holiday Park, Ilfracombe www.helevalley.co.uk
A well-manicured tranquil park that has clearly been developed and maintained over many years to make it a great park
Judges’ Comments A lovely, tranquil, genuine park that has clearly seen real dedication from its owners and managers.”

B & B AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Nicholson’s, www.nicholsonssw.co.uk

Gold Award
The Elmdene, Torquay www.elmdenehotel.co.uk
Judges’ Comments “Absolutely top notch condition, the quality of furniture & fittings is outstanding.”

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Tourist Network, www.touristnetwork.co.uk

Gold Award
National Park Visitor Centres, Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor www.dartmoor.gov.uk
Judges’ Comments “The call ended with my feeling that I really want to go Dartmoor and experience its magic.  I talked to an excellent ambassador”

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Doggy Devon, www.doggydevon.co.uk

Gold Award
Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh www.highbullen.co.uk
Judges’ Comments “Staying at Highbullen was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The room was fantastic with superb extras for my two dogs, and the facilities mean that two legged visitors have a lot to keep them happy.” 

VENUE AND BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD
Sponsored by EaseBuild, www.ease-ds.com

Gold Award
Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton www.weddingvenueindevon.co.uk
A lovely driveway and cheeky signage, the property looks good when it comes into view. A professional greeting and a great vista over the lawns, it’s brimming with ideas and entertainment, so much is new it’s impossible to list.
Judges’ Comments“Everywhere is well manicured and clean, all staff had a professional appearance and demeanour”

SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Onshore, www.weareonshore.com

Gold Award
Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
Judges’ Comments
“Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and they all added extra value to the trip by the effort they put in to making it as enjoyable as possible, and their politeness to the customers”

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD
Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy, www.purplecloudconsultancy.co.uk

Joint Gold Award
Countryside Mobility South West, www.countrysidemobility.org
Judges’ Comments “Many of the users at this site are regulars; indicative that the services on offer are appreciated…”

Joint Gold Award
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton www.thelmahulbert.com
Thelma Hulbert Gallery is providing access across a wide range of needs, but deserves special mention for its focus on access for some groups that are often overlooked, for example those with dementia.
Judges’ Comments “A beautiful building in an accessible garden setting, with great access”

TASTE OF DEVON AWARD
Sponsored by Posh Nosh, www.posh-nosh.co.uk

Gold Award
Northcote Manor Country House Hotel, Umberleigh www.northcotemanor.co.uk
Judges’ Comments
“All dishes were well balanced and well described. There was a comprehensive list of the hotel’s suppliers in the menu, and it was noticeably very local. The presentation of the food was first class for all courses, as was the temperature of the dishes”

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT AND EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Brewer & Bunney, www.brewerandbunney.co.uk

Gold Award
Reach Outdoors, Paignton www.reach-outoors.com
Judges’ Comments “Excellent staff – very friendly and made the activity very enjoyable and fun.  We fully enjoyed the activity from start to finish”

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by Source for Business, www.sourceforbusiness.co.uk

Gold Award
Matthew Bottoms from Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh www.pennywellfarm.co.uk         

HOLIDAY VILLAGE AND RESORT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hoseasons, www.hoseasons.co.uk

Gold Award
Cofton Country Holidays, Dawlish www.coftonholidays.co.uk
A lovely rural setting surrounded by woods, fields and a lake and showing real commitment to its location, customers and year-on- year improvements.
Judges’ Comments “Everything we saw looked fresh, in tip top condition – superb.  The owners’ ambition for excellence shines through in all areas.”

LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by App for Devon with Westward Marketing  www.appfordevon.com

Gold Award
World of Country Life, Exmouth www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk
Judges’ Comments “A real “wow” factor in the form of the range and quality of its exhibits and installations – I would say an unexpected delight for the family visitor”

SELF CATERING HOLIDAY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Pavey Group, www.paveygroup.co.uk
Gold Award
Millbrook Cottages, High Bickington www.millbrookcottages.co.uk
Millbrook Cottages is a boutique award winning, luxury, romantic location with 4 luxury holiday properties.  It offers a fantastic array of wildlife, walks (through woods, wild flower fields and around the countryside), a private hot tub in the woods, BBQ hut, fishing, all with a luxury and eco friendly ethos.
Judges’ Comments “The reality of Millbrook far exceeds what it offers in advance.  Accommodation is immaculate with a lot of thought to the design and style of each property, without compromise”

TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Accounting & General, www.accountingandgeneral.co.uk

Gold Award
The Millbrook Inn, Kingsbridge
Judges’ Comments “It could be a drinkers’ pub with good quality local beers, but it is so much more, once you experience the unique menu that is the essence of creations from the local land.”

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
Sponsored by Westcountry Fruit Sales, www.thegreengrocery.co.uk

Gold Award
Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, Winkleigh www.wheatlandfarm.co.uk
Judges’ Comments “Very impressive, the knowledge of owners and their interaction with guests is a big factor. Guests left feeling they have helped to protect and enhance nature.”

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Clockwork Hospitality, www.clockworkhospitality.co.uk

Gold Award
The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy www.thehornofplenty.co.uk
A very different country house hotel set in a stunning location overlooking the Tamar Valley which has been tastefully developed and extended to a high standard. The food and service are exceptionally good.
Judges’ Comments “The customer service was in general very good, discrete, but attentive and the food was beautifully presented”

TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Exeter International Airport, www.exeter-airport.co.uk
Gold Award
The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracy www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk
Judges’ Comments “A wonderful event, which provides the perfect reason to visit and discover, not only the festival, but South Devon as a whole.”

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hotel Perfect, www.hotelperfect.co.uk
Gold Award
Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh www.highbullen.co.uk
Judges’ Comments The service was spot on, it is a real joy to encounter staff who are so well trained and engaged in what they do”

 

The VisitEngland Awards

These awards represent the highest accolade in English tourism, and celebrate the very best in quality and innovation - and in 2014 Devon businesses were well represented amongst the winners.

Places to stay

Small hotel of the year

Gold - The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe

Business tourism award

Highly commended - The Arundell Arms, Lifton


Food and drink

Taste of England award

Highly commended - River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Plymouth

 

Things to do

Access for all tourism award

Gold - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury

Highly commended - Countryside Mobility South West, Exeter

Tourism experience of the year

Gold - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury


Tourism heroes

Visitor information provider of the year

SilverEnglish Riviera Visitor Information Service, Torquay 

 

South West Tourism Awards 2013-14

These highly competitive awards reflect the best tourism businesses across the whole of the South West and at the 2013-14 awards yet again Devon businesses were well represented. This year's winners from Devon include:

BED AND BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
The Elmdene, Torquay

SELF CATERING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR
SILVER
Seahorse Apartments & Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Westward Ho! Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
West Pitt Farm Tiverton, Devon 

TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink Exeter, Devon 

HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR
BRONZE
Cofton Country Holidays Dawlish, Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Finlake Holiday Park Chudleigh, Devon 

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR
GOLD
English Riviera Visitor Information Service Devon 
SILVER
Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre Devon 

VENUE & BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD
GOLD
Arundell Arms Hotel Lifton, Devon 
SILVER
Deer Park Country House Hotel Weston, Devon 
BRONZE
Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon 

SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
BRONZE
Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Tiverton, Devon 

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
GOLD
Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury, Devon 
SILVER
Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Le Vignoble, Plymouth, Devon

TOURISM SUPERSTAR AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
JOINT GOLD
Matt Druce from Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Westward Ho! Devon 

TASTE OF SOUTH WEST AWARD
JOINT GOLD
River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Plymouth, Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Northcote Manor Country House Hotel, Umberleigh, Devon 

TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR
SILVER
Start Bay Inn, Torcross, Devon
HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, Devon 
The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Devon 

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
SILVER
Compton Pool Farm, Marldon, Devon 
BRONZE
Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hedgehog Corner, Uplyme, Devon 
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon

LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
SILVER
The Big Sheep, Bideford, Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon 
Pennywell Farm Buckfastleigh, Devon 

ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
GOLD
Calvert Trust Exmoor Kentisbury, Devon 
BRONZE
Countryside Mobility South West Exeter, Devon 

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
GOLD
The Old Rectory Hotel Martinhoe, Devon 
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Percy’s Country Hotel Virginstow, Devon 

WINNER OF WINNERS
Calvert Trust Exmoor Kentisbury, Devon  

SPECIAL AWARD FOR WATER MANAGEMENT
Pennywell Farm Buckfastleigh, Devon 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM
The South West Coast Path 

 

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