TOP CORNISH TOURISM BUSINESSES AWARDS RECOGNISED

PUBLISHED: 10:47 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:07 30 August 2017

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The winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 have been revealed in a much anticipated celebration of quality and excellence

The winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 have been revealed in a much anticipated celebration of quality and excellence.

Now in their 13th year, the annual awards, organised by Visit Cornwall and sponsored by Hoseasons, shine the spotlight on the stars of the local tourism industry and with twenty-one categories applaud brilliance in all aspects of the visitor experience.

Among those leading the celebrations was The Headland Hotel in Newquay which, as well as playing host to the highly-charged awards ceremony, scooped a number of the coveted trophies, including gold for Holiday Resort of the Year. John and Carolyn Armstrong, who have owned the iconic hotel since 1979, were also presented with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award for their role in developing Cornwall’s status as a quality destination over the last 35 years.

Another multi-award winner was The Lost Gardens of Heligan which was crowned Winner of Winners, while Bosinver Farm Cottages in St Austell emerged as a double gold champion for self-catering and sustainable tourism.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service, praised the winning businesses:  “To have so many amazing businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to drive Cornwall’s tourism product forward is one of Cornwall’s greatest assets. With so many new names on the winners roll, these Awards highlight that Cornwall’s immense passion for quality is industry wide rather than the reserve of a few. Let’s hope Cornwall continues this success and comes home triumphant from the British Travel Awards later this month where it is in the running for Best UK Holiday Destination.”

'Let’s hope Cornwall continues this success and comes home triumphant from the British Travel Awards later this month where it is in the running for Best UK Holiday Destination'

Councillor Julian German, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, continues:  “Behind the glamour of the Cornwall Tourism Awards is a rigorous judging process. The trophies are a symbol of hard-work, investment and passion, and considering the size of Cornwall’s visitor economy, winning one is a highly accomplished feat. I hope that the awards drive the winners forward to an even more successful future and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

Paul Hardingham, Strategic Development Director of title sponsors Hoseasons, adds: “Cornwall is the domestic jewel in the crown of the UK tourism industry, so it’s fantastic to be involved in the Awards this year. We help to bring nearly 250,000 people to the county every year, staying in our lodge developments, holiday parks and cottages, and we are only able to do that thanks to the passion and commitment shown by the people behind these businesses.”

Other notable winners included The Pandora Inn in Mylor which held onto the Pub of the Year title, and the revamped Telegraph Museum Porthcurno which, in its first year since reopening, stole the spotlight in the art, museum and industrial attraction category. The restaurant line-up meanwhile was dominated by Nathan Outlaw who won gold and bronze for Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen respectively.

Proud Cornishman and England rugby union legend, Phil Vickery, joined the celebrations and as the guest speaker for the Award evening, entertained with tales of his sporting triumphs alongside BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard who compered.

The winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards will now represent Cornwall in the South West Tourism Awards and, if successful, go through to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

And the winners are...

HOLIDAY PARK & VILLAGE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Stephens Scown Solicitors

GOLD  Trevornick Holiday Park, Cubert

SILVER  Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

BRONZE  Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

BRONZE  Trevella Park, Crantock


CAMPING & CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions

GOLD    Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland

SILVER   Padstow Touring Park, Padstow

BRONZE Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives


HOLIDAY RESORT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by e-Strategy     

GOLD   The Headland, Newquay

SILVER  Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth

BRONZE Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath

COMMENDED The Valley, Carnon Downs


WILDLIFE & MARINE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Jo Downs Glass Design

GOLD Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay

SILVER  Newquay Zoo, Newquay

BRONZE Paradise Park, Hayle

COMMENDED  Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par


TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by First Great Western 

GOLD  Launceston Tourism Information Centre

SILVER  Bodmin Visitor Information Centre


THEME PARK & ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seymac Distribution

GOLD Eden Project, Bodelva


BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nicholson’s

GOLD   Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe

SILVER  Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth

BRONZE The Gurnard’s Head, Treen,

COMMENDED Downs Barn Farm, St Buryan


CAFÉ & TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Niddocks

GOLD  Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle

SILVER Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow

SILVER  The Waymarker, Constantine

COMMENDED  The Park Café at Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth


ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD

Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy

GOLD  Kernock Cottages, Saltash


SELF CATERING HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Pavey Group

GOLD Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

SILVER Treworgey Cottages, Duloe

BRONZE  Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth

COMMENDED Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew

COMMENDED  Kernock Cottages, Saltash

COMMENDED Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping, St Mary’s

COMMENDED Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel


GARDEN & COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Sue Bradbury PR

GOLD  The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

SILVER  St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

BRONZE Eden Project, Bodelva


OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Source for Business 

GOLD Farmer James of Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew


ART, MUSEUM & INDUSTRIAL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nixon

GOLD  Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno

SILVER  St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell

BRONZE  Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen


SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Francis Clark

GOLD Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher

SILVER  Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe

BRONZE  The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes


WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Sponsored by Kelly’s of Cornwall

GOLD Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath

SILVER  The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

BRONZE Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

COMMENDED Encounter Cornwall, Golant

COMMENDED  Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

COMMENDED   Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par


PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial

GOLD The Pandora Inn, Mylor

SILVER The Ship Inn, Wadebridge

BRONZE Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

BRONZE The Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne


TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney

GOLD Miracle Theatre, Cornwall www.miracletheatre.co.uk

GOLD Mobius Adventure Cornwall, Cubert

BRONZE Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

BRONZE  Padstow Seafood School, Padstow

COMMENDED Koru Kayaking, St Agnes

COMMENDED Scilly Seal Snorkelling, St Martins

COMMENDED Ticket to Ride Surf School, Perranporth


LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hotel Perfect

GOLD The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

SILVER  The Headland Hotel, Newquay

BRONZE  St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth


DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION AWARD

Sponsored by James Wellbeloved

GOLD  Helsbury Park, Launceston

SILVER Kernock Cottages, Saltash

BRONZE  The Valley, Carnon Downs


SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Canara Organic Farm

GOLD Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

SILVER The Emerald, Carnon Downs

BRONZE Dolbeare Park, Landrake

COMMENDED The Headland Hotel, Newquay

COMMENDED  Kernock Cottages, Saltash


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by St Austell Brewery

GOLD Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock

SILVER Langmans Restaurant, Callington

BRONZE Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

COMMENDED Ruin Cafe, Tresco


WINNER OF WINNERS

Sponsored by Springboard

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM

John & Carolyn Armstrong, owners of The Headland Hotel, Newquay www.headlandhotel.co.uk

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