North Devon has come away with four golds at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Otter Pool Barn at Stowford scooped gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for the access and inclusivity award. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyOtter Pool Barn at Stowford scooped gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for the access and inclusivity award. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

North Devon has come away with four golds at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The best of the South west in accommodation providers, attractions and tourist industry stars gathered at Aerospace Bristol on Thursday, February 7 beneath the wings of the last Concorde ever to take to the skies.

Gold went to Otter Pool Barn at Stowford near Ilfracombe for the access and inclusivity award and was highly commended for the innovation category, while Highcliffe House at Lynton was named B&B and guesthouse of the year.

Millbrook Estate at High Bickington scooped three awards, taking gold for self catering accommodation of the year, as well as silver for Millbrook Cottages for dog friendly accommodation of the year plus bronze in the tourism innovation category for its Tree Top Escape.

The team from Longlands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin pick up gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for glamping and alternative accommodation. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyThe team from Longlands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin pick up gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for glamping and alternative accommodation. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

The business is run by Kate and Bob Boothby. Bob told the Gazette: “I am so proud that the team at Millbrook have scooped not just three golds in the Devon awards but also three awards in the South West awards, and we became the winners of the best venue at the South West Wedding Awards a couple of weeks ago.

“It helps North Devon stand out for quality compared to the rest of the South West. I massive thank you to all that have supported us over the years especially in the local community.”

Longlands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin won gold for the glamping and alternative accommodation category.

Owner Bella Given said: “We feel extremely honoured to have been awarded a sixth gold award!

Millbrook Cottages at High Bickington won silver at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for dog-friendly business of the year. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyMillbrook Cottages at High Bickington won silver at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for dog-friendly business of the year. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

“Our three consecutive golds in the Devon Tourism Awards and three consecutive golds in the South West Tourism Awards would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of a great team of people and wonderful guests who have been happy to share their experiences, recommend us to their friends and come back time after time to enjoy Longlands and all that North Devon has to offer.”

Woolacombe and Mortehoe Tourist Information Centre won silver for visitor information service of the year.

The South West Tourism Excellence Awards saw all entrants undergo a rigorous short-listing process, with 472 being visited by a team of 51 mystery shoppers. Entry was free, and all entrants received feedback, valued by entrants as one of the top reasons for taking part.

Richard Stanbrook, director of headline sponsors South West Water Business, said: “As long-term supporters of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards we'd like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists. We're committed to supporting the tourism industry - helping businesses to save money and improve their green credentials – and it is inspirational to hear about the innovation and excellence that the sector in the South West has to offer visitors to the region.”

The Millbrook Estate team with their haul of gongs from the South West Tourism Excellence Awards. Picture: Millbrook EstateThe Millbrook Estate team with their haul of gongs from the South West Tourism Excellence Awards. Picture: Millbrook Estate

Highcliffe House at Lynton won gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for B&B and guesthouse of the year. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyHighcliffe House at Lynton won gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for B&B and guesthouse of the year. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Woolacombe and Mortehoe TIC won silver for best information service of the year at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards. Picture: Nick Williams PhotographyWoolacombe and Mortehoe TIC won silver for best information service of the year at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards. Picture: Nick Williams Photography

Longlands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin. Picture: Guy HarropLonglands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin. Picture: Guy Harrop

Longlands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin. Picture: Guy HarropLonglands Luxury Glamping at Combe Martin. Picture: Guy Harrop