Bovey Castle, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, was named Hotel of the Year 2016 at the Best Loved Hotel Awards last night at Luton Hoo Hotel.
The luxury property, which first opened as a hotel and golf resort in 1930 by Great Western Railways, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Tylney Hall Hotel in Hampshire and Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa in Yorkshire to be crowned the winner of the top award of the night.
Bovey Castle’s win was the final award to be announced, and rounded off a fantastic evening of prize giving, which saw a total of 22 hotels recognised for their excellence.
Other big winners included Cliff House Hotel in Bournemouth, which scooped the title of Best Boutique, while Hotel Gotham was named Best Interior Hotel.
Best Loved Hotel Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase excellence across Best Loved properties throughout Britain and Ireland.
Bovey Castle, alongside its 60 bedrooms, is also home to 22 self-catering lodges, two refurbished restaurants, the Elan Spa and an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course.
“We appreciate that hotels work very hard 24-7, 365 days a year. For hotels to achieve these exceptional standards and to constantly innovate and improve must be both recognized and celebrated. We would like to extend our congratulations to all nominees and winners of The 2016 Best Loved Awards,” Julian Ebbutt, managing director, best loved hotels.
The full list of winners is below:
Hotel of the Year Bovey Castle, Devon
The Boutique Award Cliff House Hotel, Bournemouth
(Best Small Hotel)
Best Hotel Wine List The Club Hotel and Spa, St Helier, Jersey
The Extra Mile Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey
(Best Customer Service)
Online Excellence Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa, Powys
(Best Hotel Website)
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel Pentillie Castle and Estate, Saltash, Cornwall
Reservations Please Cotswold Inns and Hotels
(Best Hotel Group)
Bring the Kids Carlyon Bay, Cornwall
(Best Family Hotel)
The Pampered Guest St Brides Spa Hotel, Pembrokeshire
(Best Spa Hotel)
Tie the Knot Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa, Bedfordshire
(Best Wedding Hotel)
A Room with a View Laura Ashley, The Belsfield
Style Award Hotel Gotham, Manchester
(Best Hotel Interior)
Fido’s Favourite Kilcamb Lodge, Strontian, Highlands
(Best Pet Friendly Hotel)
Best Hotel in The North Black Swan Hotel, Helmlsey
Best Hotel in The South Montagu Arms Hotel, Hampshire
Best Hotel in The West Country Budock Vean, Cornwall
Best Hotel in The Heart of England Fishmore Hall, Shropshire
Best Hotel in The East of England Petwood Hotel, Lincolnshire
Best Hotel in London The Milestone Hotel
Best Hotel in Scotland Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Angus
Best Hotel in Wales Quay Hotel and Spa, Conwy
Best Hotel in Ireland Carrig Country House and Restaurant, Co Kerry