The Swan hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk, Gidleigh Park in Devon and The Feathered Nest in Oxfordshire were among those hotels, pubs and attractions recognised at the annual VisitEngland Awards last night.
Meanwhile, Brian Jackman, a regular contributer to Telegraph Travel, won the travel article of the year award for his feature about Exmoor, Europe’s first dark sky reserve, “Into the wild, with stags and stars”.
The Swan was named best large hotel, beating Bedruthan Hotel and Spa in Cornwall and The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
In the best small hotel category, Gidleigh Park was favoured over Holbeck Ghyll in The Lake District and Northcote in Lancashire.
“The new-look Gidleigh offers undoubted luxury (a mix of contemporary and traditional), superb food and a wonderful location,” according to Fiona Duncan, who added that “Michael Caines’ cuisine is approachable, sensational and worth every penny.”
The Feathered Nest (below), an inn with lodgings, was named pub of the year, ahead of The Drunken Duck in the Cumbria and The Yew Tree Inn in Cheshire. Fiona Duncan described it as “destined to become something of a beacon among this burgeoning breed of mid-price accommodation… in terms of comfort, style and amenities, it could not be bettered by many of the nearby luxury hotels.”
Other winners included Alkham Court Farmhouse in Kent (Best Bed and Breakfast), Kelling Heath Holiday Park in Norfolk (Best Caravan Holiday Park), Beaulieu in Hampshire (below, Best Large Visitor Attraction), Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby (Best Small Visitors Attraction), Overwater Hall (Taste of England Award), and Kielder Water and Forest Park in Newcastle (Best Tourism Experience).
Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool won the Access for All Tourism Award.