Tuesday 19 November 2019

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 winners announced

The 2013 Cotswold Tourism Awards winners have been announced, with The Montpellier Chapter, Calcot Manor, Batsford Arboretum, Corinium Museum and the Cotswold Olympicks all scooping gold.

Cotswold Tourism, a partnership of local tourism businesses and destinations, has announced the winners of its coveted 2013 Tourism Awards, with a host of Gloucestershire businesses scooping accolades.

Judging is reported to have been based on visits, secret shopper reports and the views of experts and tourism enthusiasts who considered each category before awarding gold, silver and bronze awards.

Plus, this year’s awards have also been aligned with VisitEngland’s national awards, so Cotswold Tourism gold winners will go forward for ‘best in England’ consideration.

Categories included Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation, Large Hotel, Small hotel, Self Catering Holiday Provider, Caravan Holiday Park/ Holiday Village, Large Visitor Attraction, Small Visitor Attraction, Tourism Experience, Tourism Pub, Business Tourism Award, Visitor Information provider, Taste of England, Access for All Tourism Award and Sustainable Tourism Award.

Some of SoGlos’s highlights include:

Large hotel of the year gold award went to The Montpellier Chapter, silver went to the Three Ways House Hotel and bronze to Cotswold Four Pillars Hotel.

‘Very good hotels have a way of becoming part of the local community as well as being a great place for visitors. Montpellier Chapter has achieved this in Cheltenham’, organisers said.

Bed and breakfast / guest accommodation of the year gold went to East House in Broadway, silver to Whittington Lodge Farm and bronze to The Seagrave Arms.

‘East House B&B covers the essentials of friendliness and cleanliness perfectly but has additional touches that raise it to most excellent. An optional pianola performance is available for guests and is just one addition to the unique character of East House.’

Small hotel of the year gold went to Calcot Manor, silver to The Lamb Inn in Burford and Bronze to The Manor House Hotel.

‘Calcot Manor is recognised across the Cotswolds tourism industry as a terrifically well-run business. In a tough year, the hotel has remained busy through investment, careful marketing and an offer that embraces one of the country’s best spas, an OFSTED registered crèche and fine or pub dining.’

Large visitor attraction of the year gold went to Batsford Arboretum, silver to Cotswold Farm Park and bronze to Sudeley Castle.

‘Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton in Marsh has invested in a new garden shop, plant centre and café, designed with real style to reflect the collection’s trees and shrubs from Asia.’

Small visitor attraction of the year gold went to Corinium Museum, silver to Bourton House Garden and bronze to Stanway House.

‘Scratch Gloucestershire and find Rome’ goes the saying and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum is an absolute treasure house of Roman history in Britain. We think that our museums are one of England’s greatest assets and the Corinium Museum should be praised for the quality of its collection and presentation.’

Tourism experience of the year gold went to Cotswold Olympick Games, silver to Gifford Circus and bronze to Lechlade Festival.

‘The Cotswold Olympick, cited in London’s bid for the 2012 games, is a great example of a ‘genuine’ event run with pride and passion by local people. The event celebrated 400 years in 2012 and the organising committee dealt with worldwide press interest with humour and patience, whilst being delighted to see the success of the newer event (i.e. the Modern Olympiad) in London.’

© SoGlos
Friday 21 December 2012

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