Region’s tourism providers celebrate a haul of gold awards in the prestigious end of season Devon Tourism Awards

Longlands in Combe Martin won gold in the won silver in the Glamping & Alternative Accommodation of the Year category at the Devon Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick WilliamsLonglands in Combe Martin won gold in the won silver in the Glamping & Alternative Accommodation of the Year category at the Devon Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick Williams

North Devon’s businesses and attractions have been celebrating golden success in the Devon Tourism Awards.

Local accommodation providers, attractions and individual took six golds, a fistful of silvers and highly commendeds at the Visit Devon awards ceremony held in Plymouth Guildhall last night (Thursday).

The prestigious awards were hosted by travel journalist Simon Calder and arctic explorer Ann Daniels and sponsored by Hoseasons.

Westward Living at Westward Ho! was the only winner to scoop two golds on the night, for the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year and International Visitor Experience of the Year awards.

Exmoor Zoo education officer Steve Eddy was given gold and the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick WilliamsExmoor Zoo education officer Steve Eddy was given gold and the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick Williams

Owner Kathy Murdock said they were delighted with the double haul, adding: “We have invested heavily into the group in Westward Ho! this year and what we want to do is really put it on the map.”

She said they had also had to adapt to the current market with Brexit and work hard to market the destination to international tourists.

Steve Eddy, the education officer at Exmoor Zoo, won an individual gold after earning the Outstanding Customer Service Award.

Gold also went to Longlands at Combe Martin for the Glamping & Alternative Accommodation of the Year award.

Skern Lodge at Appledore won gold in the Active & Sporting Experience Award category at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick WilliamsSkern Lodge at Appledore won gold in the Active & Sporting Experience Award category at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick Williams

Owner Bella Given said “We are thrilled and honoured to have won such a prestigious award, particularly in light of the high standards and quality of all the other finalists.

“We are particularly proud to be a double Gold Winner of the Glamping Category.

“It is tremendously gratifying that Glamping is now recognised in its own right and is testament to the hard work of everyone in this new sector.”

Millbrook Estate at Umberleigh won gold and the Sustainable Tourism Award.

Millbrook Estate at Umberleigh won gold in the Sustainable Tourism Award category at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick WilliamsMillbrook Estate at Umberleigh won gold in the Sustainable Tourism Award category at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick Williams

Skern Lodge at Bideford won gold too for the Active and Sporting Experience Award.

Quince Honey Farm at South Molton won three silvers in the Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Guided Tour of the Year and the Small Attraction of the Year categories.

RHS Garden Rosemoor at Torrington took two silvers for the Large Attraction of the Year and the Venue and Business Tourism awards.

Quince Honey Farm at South Molton won three silvers in the Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Guided Tour of the Year and the Small Attraction of the Year categories at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick WilliamsQuince Honey Farm at South Molton won three silvers in the Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience, Guided Tour of the Year and the Small Attraction of the Year categories at the Devon Tourism Awards 2017. Picture: Nick Williams

Highly commended went to Nelly May’s Parlour, Ilfracombe (Café/Tearoom of the Year); Country Cousins, Ilfracombe (International Visitor Experience) and Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Gardens (Restaurant/Bistro of the Year).

RHS Garden Rosemoor took two silvers for the Large Attraction of the Year and the Venue and Business Tourism categories at the Devon Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick WilliamsRHS Garden Rosemoor took two silvers for the Large Attraction of the Year and the Venue and Business Tourism categories at the Devon Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick Williams