Red strikes gold at tourism awards

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Tourism businesses across Cornwall were celebrating last night (November 8) at the 11th annual Cornwall Tourism Awards 2012.

Winner of Winners, Red Hotels

The congratulatory evening held at Newquay’s Headland Hotel saw Red Hotels, which comprises of The Scarlet and Bedruthan Steps Hotel, being crowned overall Winner of Winners having also been recognised in the Large Hotel, Small Hotel and Café of the Year categories. The luxury hotel group was singled out for quality and leadership in sustainable tourism and rewarded for providing unwavering excellence.

Joining Red Hotels on the winners roll was Bodmin Visitor Information Centre, which retained the Tourist Information Service of the Year award for the fourth year running. Bosinver Farm Cottages also impressively held onto its Large Self Catering Establishment title from last year.

Alongside previous winners stood many new and first time Gold trophy holders including Talland Bay Hotel for Small Hotel, The Old Rectory for Sustainable Tourism and Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem for Small Attraction.

Other notable winners included the two star Michelin Outlaw’s Seafood and Grill Restaurant in Rock which added Restaurant of the Year to its prestigious list of titles.

Malcolm Bell, head of VisitCornwall, said: “As a destination Cornwall has had tremendous award success picking up a string of top titles and we owe much of this to tourism businesses who make Cornwall’s quality status what it is. The Cornwall Tourism Awards are a chance for these businesses to shine and to celebrate the continuous hard-work, investment and passion that they put into the local tourism industry. Congratulations to all of the worthy winners.”

All of the Cornwall Tourism Awards winners will now go on to represent Cornwall in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and ultimately the National Excellence Awards which take place next year.

Full list of winners

Tourist Information Service of the Year

GOLD

  • Bodmin Visitor Information Centre

SILVER

  • Fal River Visitor Information Centre

BRONZE

  • Bude Tourist Information Centre

Caravan, Camping & Holiday Park & Village of the Year

GOLD

  • Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland

SILVER

  • Gwel an Mor, Portreath

BRONZE

  • The Park, Mawgan Porth

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD

  • Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

SILVER

  • Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen

BRONZE

  • Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance

COMMENDED

  • Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD

  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

SILVER

  • Cotehele, Saltash

BRONZE

  • Tate St Ives, St Ives

Bed & Breakfast and Guest Accommodation of the Year

GOLD

  • Pendragon Country House, Davidstow

SILVER

  • Atlantic House B&B, The Lizard

BRONZE

  • The Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

Small Hotel of the Year

GOLD

  • Talland Bay Hotel, Looe

SILVER

  • The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

BRONZE

  • Mullion Cove Hotel, Mullion

Large Hotel of the Year

GOLD

  • Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth

SILVER

  • Headland Hotel, Newquay

BRONZE

  • St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth

Small Self Catering Establishment of the Year

GOLD

  • Boscrowan Farm, Heamoor

SILVER

  • Old Lanwarnick, Duloe

BRONZE

  • Boskenna Home Farm, St Buryan

Large Self Catering Establishment of the Year

GOLD

  • Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Mewan

SILVER

  • Treworgey Cottages, Liskeard

BRONZE

  • Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages – Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel

Sustainable Tourism Award

GOLD

  • The Old Rectory Bed & Breakfast, Boscastle

SILVER

  • Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay

BRONZE

  • Pendragon Country House, Davidstow

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

GOLD

  • Gwel an Mor, Portreath

SILVER

  • Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par

BRONZE

  • Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, Looe

COMMENDED

  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek Hidden Valley Gardens,
  • Par Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

Restaurant of the Year

GOLD

  • Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill Restaurant, Rock

SILVER

  • Asquiths Restaurant, Lostwithiel

BRONZE

  • Barclay House, Looe

Café / Tearoom of the Year

GOLD

  • Miss Peapod’s Kitchen Café, Penryn