Enjoy England Awards For Excellence – Winners

24 April 2009
The Enjoy England Awards for Excellence were held in The National Railway Museum in York, on 23 April as a celebration of St George’s Day .
Winners 2009 :

Bed and breakfast of the year Augill Castle, South Stainmore near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (www.stayinacastle.com; 01768 341937)

 Sustainable tourism award of the year The Venus Company, Halwell, Totnes, Devon (www.venuscompany.co.uk; 01803 712648)

Hotel of the year Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon (www.gidleigh.com; 01647 432367)

Caravan holiday park of the year Hidden Valley Park, West Down, near Ilfracombe, North Devon (www.hiddenvalleypark.com; 01271 813 837)

Taste of England award The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, Beverley in East Yorkshire (www.pipeandglass.co.uk;01430 810246)

Small visitor attraction of the year 78 Derngate: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House and Galleries in Northampton (www.78derngate.org.uk; 01604 603407)

Large visitor attraction of the year Harewood House in Harewood, Leeds (www.harewood.org;0113 218 1010)

Self-catering holiday of the year – was jointly awarded to Noelle’s Cottages in Middleton, Pickering, North Yorkshire (www.noellescottages.co.uk; 01751 472 283) and the Woodhouse Farm Cottages in Staplow, Ledbury, Herefordshire (www.thewoodhousefarm.co.uk; 01531 640030).

Best tourism experience of the year is The London Walks (www.londonwalks.com; 020 7624 3978)

Best business tourism of the year The Rheged Centre in Penrith, Cumbria (www.rheged.com; 01768 868000)

Outstanding customer service of the year Robert Evansof the SS Great Britain Trust in Bristol (www.ssgreatbritain.org; 0117 926 0680)

Tourist Information Centre of the Year (TIC) winner is The Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre in Rykneld Square, Chesterfield (www.visitchesterfield.info; 01246 345777)

The Tourism Website of the Year winner is www.northumberlandbedandbreakfast.co.uk; the website for The Old School five-star bed and breakfast in Newton on the Moor, Northumberland (01665 575 767)

The Access for All Tourism winner is The Hytte, a Norwegian inspired, traditional timber mountain lodge near Hexham in Bingfield near Hexham, Northumberland (www.thehytte.com; 0143 4672 321)

The Journalist of the Year is Chris Haslam for his family holiday campervan series in The Sunday Times

Travelmail award for The Best Day Out, is The Minack Theatre in Cornwall (www.minack.com; 01736 810181)


For images of the ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ winners, please visit http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/grahamjepson

For A-roll footage of all the Gold winners, please visit www.itnconsulting.co.uk/enjoyengland

The Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2009 celebrate the best of English tourism and are in their twentieth year. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England’s place as a world-class destination.

There are seventeen different categories, from visitor attractions and hotels to self-catering accommodation and caravan parks. Entries are submitted to the regional tourism partners and then short-listed to the national finals, culminating in the Awards ceremony in April.

For further information please contact Helen Batte, Tourism Press Officer on 01925 400235 or 07764 239856 or [email protected]

For urgent out of hours press enquiries please call 01925 400259.

For further information and to view previous press releases visit us at www.nwda.co.uk  


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  • Matching skills provision to employer needs
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