North Devon comes top in South West Tourism Awards

08:45 04 February 2014

The BIG Sheep and Westward Living celebrating their South West Tourism Awards win.

The BIG Sheep and Westward Living celebrating their South West Tourism Awards win.

Archant

Region bags several golds and silvers in the ‘Tourism Oscars’ with the Calvert Trust picking up ‘winner of winners’.

TOURISM businesses across North Devon and Torridge celebrated last week after going for gold in the South West Tourism Awards.

The Calvert Trust picked up the most awards, winning gold in the tourism activity, sport and experience of the year category and in the access for all award.

The trust, based in Kentisbury, also won the coveted overall winner of winners award.

Torridge also put itself firmly on the map, with Westward Living’s Seahorse Apartments picking up silver in self catering establishment of the year.

Matt Druce from Westward Living also won joint gold for tourism superstar award for customer service.

Owner Kathy Murdoch said: “We are thrilled to have been recognized as a Silver winner for the second year running. We were so proud when Sally Shalom of the Guardian recognized our achievements for putting the Ho! Back in Westward Ho! for our iconic tourism development.”

The BIG Sheep also won silver for large visitor attraction of the year, in which RHS Garden Rosemoor was also highly commended.

Rick Turner, director of the flock at the BIG Sheep, said: “We were only just getting used to winning the top attraction in Devon earlier this year and are delighted we are once again winners.

“This prestigious award is testament to the enthusiasm and hard work of all our staff who are committed to giving every one of our visitors a top day out.”

The Old Rectory Hotel in Martinhoe, Exmoor, won small hotel of the year, and Northcote Manor Country House Hotel in Umberleigh was highly commended in the taste of the south west award.

Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre was highly commended for tourist information service of the year.

The winners will now go on the represent the region at the national Visit England Awards in Cheltenham in May.

0 comments

Other News Stories

14:28
Walker Alex Ellis-Roswell on board the Ilfracombe all-weather lifeboat.

Clovelly, Appledore and Ilfracombe lifeboat stations welcome fundraiser Alex Ellis-Roswell during his 6,500 mile journey...

Read more
12:36
Yazzy Chamberalin (centre) with fellow winners and Open Mic UK contest judges. Picture: Andrew Benge.

Yazzy Chamberlain is crowned a winner at Open Mic UK.

Read more
14:22

Town council increases its precept by 7.45 per cent but says that is only 8.8p extra a week...

Read more
14:12

BARNSTAPLE: The Annual General Meeting of Barnstaple Fair Carnival is on Wednesday of next week (February 4) at Barnstaple Hotel on Braunton Road.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition

North Devon's trusted business finder