Find out which North Devon businesses went for gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards last night (Thursday).

Hele Valley Holiday Park won best holiday park and village at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick WilliamsHele Valley Holiday Park won best holiday park and village at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick Williams

North Devon businesses led the way in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards last night (Thursday).

The awards saw 135 trophies handed out, from a record 605 entries.

Highbullen won best self catering holiday providerl at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick WilliamsHighbullen won best self catering holiday providerl at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick Williams

It was a double win for Kentisbury Grange, which won gold in the small hotel/ boutique accommodation of the year, and gold for best restaurant/bistro of the year with The Coach House.

Longlands, near Combe Martin, also took gold for the glamping business of the year.

Longlands won best glamping at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick WilliamsLonglands won best glamping at the South West Tourism Awards. Picture: Nick Williams

Hele Valley Holiday Park won silver for the holiday park and village of the year, and The Milky Way won silver for best large attraction of the year.

Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club won bronze for the best self catering holiday provider of the year.

The Milky Way won best large attraction at the South West Tourism Awards. Pictured (left to right):  Paul Rhodes, Cara Hill, Marten Stanbury, Jacqui Stanbury, Christine Stanbury, Tara Stanbury, Trevor Stanbury. Picture: Nick WilliamsThe Milky Way won best large attraction at the South West Tourism Awards. Pictured (left to right): Paul Rhodes, Cara Hill, Marten Stanbury, Jacqui Stanbury, Christine Stanbury, Tara Stanbury, Trevor Stanbury. Picture: Nick Williams

Robin Barker, of Services for Tourism, said: “Excellence is elusive. It takes creativity, commitment, investment, and persistence to achieve.

“Standards have to be maintained for every guest, in all situations, at all hours of every day.

“Achieving excellence is one thing, maintaining it in a world of ever-rising expectations is an even greater challenge.

“So well done to all of this year’s winners – you are at the cutting edge of this region’s top industry and are genuine business icons.”

Richard Stanbrook, director of title sponsors, South West Water Business, added:

“We understand how crucial the leisure and tourism industry is to the region and how important water is for such businesses, so we’re thrilled to be supporting the tourism awards again and celebrate the hard work, innovation and determination that goes into making the thriving tourism industry in the South West such a success.”

The full list of finalists and highly commended entrants is shown below and can also be found at www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk