Tourism legend Trevor Stanbury MBE led the charge as North Devon businesses scooped a series of gongs at the Devon Tourism Awards.

Millbrook Estate also won gold in the dog friendly category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyMillbrook Estate also won gold in the dog friendly category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Last night (Thursday) at Highbullen Hotel, Mr Stanbury was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award for his long term support of tourism in the region.

The founder and partner of The Milky Way attraction was the driving force behind the formation of the North Devon Marketing Bureau, served as director of Visit Devon and was one of the founding members of The Devon Association of Tourism Attractions. In 2014 he campaigned hard and was successful in reviving the North Devon Marketing Bureau.

The ninth annual awards night saw Millbrook Estate at High Bickington take gold for best self-catering and dog-friendly business, while the Tree Top Escape at Millbrook also won the inaugural tourism innovation and new business award.

Highcliffe House at Lynton took gold for bed and breakfast and guesthouse of the year, while Otter Pool Barn at West Stowford Barton near Ilfracombe won gold for the access and inclusivity award, as well as silver in tourism innovation.

Stowford Farm Meadows near Combe Martin won silver in the dog friendly category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyStowford Farm Meadows near Combe Martin won silver in the dog friendly category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Longlands at Combe Martin won gold for glamping and alternative accommodation of the year.

There were silvers for Highbullen Hotel in the large hotel of the year and business tourism and venue categories, while Quince Honey Farm took silver in the learning experience and small attraction categories.

Stowford Farm Meadows won silver in the dog friendly category in its first year of entering. Jo Smith at the business said: “This is the first year we have entered these awards and everyone involved has been so helpful and encouraging.

“We were so excited to be named as finalists and thrilled with our award. Next year we’ll be trying for gold!”

Otter Pool Barn at West Stowford Barton near Ilfracombe won gold in the access and inclusivity category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyOtter Pool Barn at West Stowford Barton near Ilfracombe won gold in the access and inclusivity category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

There were bronze awards for Clovelly and Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

Speaking of Mr Stanbury’s award, Nick White, chairman of North Devon Marketing Bureau said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud that Trevor has been recognised in this way.

“Trevor is a force to be reckoned in the British tourism industry for his commitment and dedication to promoting and supporting the area. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a champion for the North Devon, promoting the concept that the tourism industry can have a more powerful voice if we work together.

“He has worked tirelessly to promote the area and we would like to formally extend our congratulations to Trevor: Devon should be very proud to have him.”

Longlands in Combe Martin won gold in the glamping and alternative accomodation category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyLonglands in Combe Martin won gold in the glamping and alternative accomodation category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Highcliffe House at Lynton won gold in the B&B and guesthouse category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyHighcliffe House at Lynton won gold in the B&B and guesthouse category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Millbrook Estate win gold in the self catering category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyMillbrook Estate win gold in the self catering category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Quince Honey Farm at South Molton took silver in the small attraction and the learning experience categories of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyQuince Honey Farm at South Molton took silver in the small attraction and the learning experience categories of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Highbullen Hotel also took silver in the business tourism and venue category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyHighbullen Hotel also took silver in the business tourism and venue category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Woolacombe TIC won silver in the visitor information service of the year category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyWoolacombe TIC won silver in the visitor information service of the year category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Highbullen Hotel win silver in the large hotel category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyHighbullen Hotel win silver in the large hotel category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Clovelly won bronze in the international visitor experience category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyClovelly won bronze in the international visitor experience category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway win bronze in the large attraction category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyLynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway win bronze in the large attraction category of the Devon Tourism Awards 2018. Picture: Nick Williams Photography