The winners of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been announced, with a boutique hotel in Worcestershire named Small Hotel of the Year 2015.
Brockencote Hall Hotel, in Chaddesley Corbett, consists of 21 modern bedrooms, a newly refurbished restaurant and a traditional lounge and bar, and beat off stiff competition to be crowned one of the 15 winners announced at the ceremony.
The newly-refurbished hotel, part of the Eden Hotel Collection has won a number of awards in its history, including four AA red stars and three AA Rosettes for its cuisine.
The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 were revealed at the annual ceremony held at Sage Gateshead this week.
Celebrating excellence across the tourism industry, 17 winners including Tourism Pub of the Year, Best Visitor Attraction and Tourism Event of the Year were announced.
There were also two special awards handed out, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Tourism Superstar, which were awarded to ‘The Chefs of England’ and Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham respectively.
Winners were chosen by a panel of tourism industry experts and chaired by VisitEngland Board Member and Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.
VisitEngland chairman, Lady Cobham CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence celebrate the very best in English tourism. It is the highest accolade and recognises the true champions of our industry, as well as the top quality visitor experiences we are fortunate to have on offer in England. The competition is of an increasingly high standard and so I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners on this tremendous achievement, particularly the Gold Award winners for their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.”
Full list of winners over the page..
2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – Gold Winners
Tourism Event of the Year
Bournemouth Air Festival 2014
Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell, Cornwall
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
City of London Information Centre, London
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire
Small Hotel of the Year
Brockencote Hall Hotel, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire
Business Tourism Award
Woodland Grange Conference & Meeting Venue, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Taste of England Award
Hotel Maiyango, Leicester, Leicestershire
Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year
Poston Mill Park, Hereford, Herefordshire
Tourism Pub of the Year
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
Tourism Experience of the Year
Treetop Trek Ltd, Windermere, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
Colton House, Colton, Staffordshire
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
The World of James Herriot Ltd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Large Hotel of the Year
Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sustainable Tourism Award
Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, Winkleigh, Devon
Access for All Tourism Award
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Tourism Superstar special award
Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism 2015
The Chefs of England