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Devon tourism award winners 2015/ 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:06 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20 10 November 2016

The 6th annual Devon Tourism Awards, sponsored by Hoseasons, took place last night, on Thursday 26th November, at Plymouth’s Holiday Inn on the Hoe. The glittering award ceremony was hosted by Judi Spiers with guest speaker Peter Gorton.

The sell-out awards, now featuring 24 award categories - an increase of 6 more categories from last year’s awards - celebrated the breadth of Devon’s tourism offer as a county, and showed the strength of the award’s finalists and winners, with the awards receiving 174 entries. Awards organiser Robin Barker addressed the winners, saying:

“You are all very special - in an era of ever dwindling public sector funding you are the industry leaders who can take Devon forward. More and more it will be businesspeople like you that must take the lead in putting Devon at the fore, ensuring it is at the forefront of what is one of the fast growing and most competitive industries in the world.”

Paul Hardingham, Commercial Director at Headline sponsors Hoseasons, said: “We have nothing but admiration for the energy, commitment and dedication shown by this year’s award winners to making sure Devon remains a place people want to go on holiday. Each and every one of them fully deserves the recognition they have received and we wish them all the best for another successful year in 2016.”

The Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Visit Devon was awarded to The Network Rail and Amco Rail team that brought the Dawlish rail line back to the region ahead of schedule and the Winner of Winners Award, sponsored by Great Western Railway, was awarded to Higher Wiscombe.

Victoria Hatfield, Chair of Visit Devon, commented, “The quality of the visitor offering, that Devon delivers, increases year on year and this is testament to the dedication, commitment and investment from the businesses nominated in the Devon Tourism Awards this, and in previous, years. The visitor economy in Devon is worth £2.3 billion to the local economy which, in turn, supports 62,451 jobs in the county. This is 12% of all employment in Devon and this is why we do what we do.”

Full List of Winners

In association with Hoseasons

WINNERS & HIGHLY COMMENDED

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DEVON TOURISM

Sponsored by Visit Devon

The Network Rail and Amco Rail team that gave us back the main line at Dawlish

WINNER OF WINNERS

Sponsored by Great Western Railway

Higher Wiscombe, Colyton

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY

Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy

Gold- Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury

Silver- Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh

Bronze- Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Tiverton

ACTIVE & SPORTING EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by EmAl Brewery

Gold- Mayflower Marina, Plymouth

Silver- Reach Outdoors, Goodrington Sands

Bronze- Ultimate Adventure Centre, Bideford

ARTISTIC, CULTURAL & LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by Brittany Ferries

Gold- River Cottage HQ, Musbury

Silver- Le Vignoble, Plymouth

Bronze- Virtual Jet Centre Ltd, Chudleigh

B&B, GUEST ACCOMMODATION & INN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nicholsons

Gold- Rydon Farm Bed & Breakfast, Woodbury

Silver- Kaywana Hall, Kingswear

Bronze- Mitchelcroft B & B, Buckfastleigh

CAFÉ & TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Source Trade Show

Gold- The Guardhouse Café, Brixham

Silver- Home Farm Café, Bovey Tracey

Bronze- Vintage Tea, Totnes

Highly Commended- The Sea Shanty Beach Café, Branscombe & Two Coast County, Exeter

CAMPING & CARAVANNING PARK

Sponsored by A Head for PR

Gold- Woodovis Park, Gulworthy

Silver- Oakdown Country Holiday Park, Sidmouth

Bronze- Whitehill Country Park, Paignton

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

Sponsored by Doggy Devon

Gold- Higher Wiscombe, Colyton

Silver- Whitehill Country Park, Paignton

HOLIDAY PARK & HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Sponsored by Stephens Scown solicitors

Gold- Beverley Holidays, Paignton

Silver- Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Budleigh Salterton

Bronze- Hele Valley Holiday Park, Ilfracombe

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by Exeter International Airport

Gold- Unique Devon Tours, Newton Abbot

Silver- Torquay International School, Torquay

Bronze- Mazzard Farm, Ottery St Mary

LARGE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by DISCVR

Gold- RHS Garden Rosemoor, Gt Torrington

Silver- Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh

Bronze- The Milky Way, Bideford

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hotel Perfect

Gold- Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa, Salcombe

Silver- Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh

Bronze- The Grosvenor Plymouth, Plymouth

PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Accounting & General

Gold- The Swan, Bampton www.theswan.co

Silver- The Victoria Inn, Salcombe

Bronze- Dukes, Sidmouth

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Charles Darrow

Gold- The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple

Silver- The Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie, Torquay

Bronze- Northcote Manor Hotel, Umberleigh & Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Kingsbridge

SELF CATERING

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism

Gold- Higher Wiscombe, Colyton

Silver- Mazzard Farm, Ottery St Mary

Bronze- Aish Cross Holiday Cottages, Stoke Gabriel

Highly Commended- Eastacott Barton, Umberleigh

SMALL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by App for Devon with Westward Marketing

Gold- Plymouth Gin, Plymouth

Silver- Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth

Bronze- Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton & Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Tiverton

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Clockwork Marketing

Gold- Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple

Silver- Northcote Manor Hotel, Umberleigh

Bronze- Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Kingsbridge & Royal Castle Hotel, Dartmouth & South Sands Hotel, Salcombe

SPA & WELLBEING EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney

Gold- The Spa at Ilsington, Ilsington

Highly Commended- Hartland House Spa, Bideford

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Plymouth Gin

Gold- National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Silver- Higher Wiscombe, Colyton & Mazzard Farm, Ottery St Mary

Bronze- Woodovis Park, Gulworthy

TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Booking.com

Gold- The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey

Silver- Armed Forces Day, Plymouth

Bronze- Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, Exeter

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by MiHi Digital

Gold- Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Dartmouth

Silver- Axminster Tourist Information Centre, Axminster

UNSUNG HERO AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sponsored by South West Water Business Services

Gold- Rachel Grose of Finlake Holiday Park, Chudleigh

VENUE & BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Triodos Bank

Gold- Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh

Silver- Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton

Bronze- Dartington Hall, Dartington

WINNER OF WINNERS

Sponsored by Great Western Railway

Gold- Higher Wiscombe, Colyton

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