Combe House nominated for Independent Hotelier of the Year Award

PUBLISHED: 11:28 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 19 September 2013

Ken and Ruth Hunt in the Georgian kitchen at Combe House

Ken and Ruth Hunt in the Georgian kitchen at Combe House


Luxury Devon hotel Combe House has been nominated for a prestigious hospitality industry award.

Ruth and Ken HuntRuth and Ken Hunt

The Independent Hotel Show has announced the shortlist of nominees for its Independent Hotelier of the Year Award 2013 in association with Towergate Insurance and Combe House is up for the title.

Ken and Ruth Hunt, who run the Elizabethan country house in Gittisham, have been shortlisted alongside just seven other nominees who were selected by a committee of well-respected industry figures to choose someone who best reflects excellence in hospitality and the industry is now invited to vote for the person they believe is worthy of this esteemed title.

The award will be given to the individual who has consistently helped change the landscape of the independent, luxury and boutique hotel sector; a pioneer with a reputation for pushing boundaries. Above all, the winner will be someone committed to the development of their team, the success of their establishment and the industry at large.

Tim Etchells, managing director of The Independent Hotel Show organiser SME London Ltd and one of the nomination committee, says: “Following the success of last year’s event we are building on the prestige of the award to recognise real excellence in a fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace. The nominations committee has picked eight highly impressive candidates and we now put them forward to the vote, by others working in the independent hotels industry.”

Combe House, GittishamCombe House, Gittisham

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London immediately following the first day of the show on 30th October 2013.

Ken and Ruth are bashful about their nomination and proud to be representing the county.

“Golly gosh! We didn’t think we were known outside of the south west? We’re flying the flag for all the independently owned country house hotels that operate 24/7, 365 days a year,” says Ruth.

Ken adds: “Receiving the nomination is testimony to the professionalism, dedication and sheer hard work of all our staff.”

The award offers the perfect opportunity for independent hoteliers to come together and recognise those who have helped to shape, change and make a lasting contribution to the industry.

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