A five-star hotel in Cornwall has been shortlisted for an award that recognises the top independent hotels in the country.

The Headland Hotel and Spa is one of the final eight hotels competing to be crowned Independent Hotel of The Year.

The awards take place at Olympia London in October with the voting now open to the public.

Hotel director, Veryan Palmer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been included in such a strong shortlist with some utterly brilliant hotels.

We would love to win this award, I think it would serve as the ultimate reward for our unique approach to the hospitality industry and the service that our wonderful team gives our guests.”

It is understood that over 100 hotels applied for the award, the applicants were then whittled down to a short list for a panel of industry expert judges to consider, before the final eight were for the final.

The Independent Hotel of the Year award acknowledges hotels that embody independent spirit, excellence, and innovation in creating exceptional guest experiences whilst pushing the boundaries expected of an independent hotel.

The award criteria also state that “the winner is an outstanding hotel that is committed to the development of their team, the success of their establishment, and the betterment of the industry as a whole”.