Tourism Awards winners revealed

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Roundhouse Barn Holidays has been crowned Cornwall’s Tourism Business of the Year, after winning the coveted overall ‘Winner of Winners’ trophy at last night’s Cornwall Tourism Awards at St Mellion International Resort.

The overall title made it a hat-trick of awards for Roundhouse Barn Holidays, adding to the gold award for Small Self-Catering Establishment of the Year and silver award for B&B/Guest Accommodation that it picked up earlier in the evening.

Mark Sadler, owner of the St Just-in-Roseland-based business, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic with our triple award win. We were thrilled to reach the finals but to be crowned Winner of Winners and to take gold and silver titles is a tremendous achievement. This is a tribute to all those in the team who have helped to create five star accommodation that we are immensely proud of, and as this award shows, the industry is also proud of. It’s a huge accolade.”

Joining Roundhouse Barn Holidays on the coveted winners roll were the Eden Project and Penlee House Gallery and Museum, who for the second consecutive year, took the titles of Large and Small Visitor Attractions of the Year respectively.

The Bodmin Visitor Centre also celebrated retaining gold from last year and impressively now boasts holding the title of Tourist Information Centre of the Year for five of the nine years that the awards have been running.

VisitCornwall’s head of tourism Malcolm Bell commented: “The Cornwall Tourism Awards judging process is rigorous across all business operations and include mystery shopper visits as well as assessment by industry experts. To be recognised in the awards is an amazing achievement and each and every business should be very proud of themselves. It is a privilege to congratulate them and I look forward to working with them to enhance Cornwall’s position as a leading destination.”

Further contributing to the success stories for the night was the Mawgan Porth-based Bedruthan Steps Hotel and The Scarlet, who claimed Large and Small Hotel of the Year respectively. Under the banner of RED Hotels the two hotels also combined to take the gold Sustainable Tourism Award in recognition of their deep-rooted commitment to environmental policies and green tourism.

Global Boarders of Marazion also added to the list of multiple award winners, taking the title of Leisure Experience of the Year as well as bronze for sustainability which they shared with the Primrose Valley Hotel in St Ives.

The spotlight also shone on the team at Tintagel Castle who were singled out for their consistently high quality customer care and honoured with the Outstanding Customer Service Award.

An emotional tribute was paid to tourism stalwart, Lynn Goold, who has spearheaded over 30 years of tourism development in Fowey and was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award.

The Cornwall Tourism Awards gold, silver and bronze winners will now go on to represent the county in the South West Regional Awards and ultimately the National Excellence Awards.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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