Gold for Laverock Law Cottages at tourism awards

Laverock Law Cottages, near Lowick, has scooped gold at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for 2018.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 11:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 11:59 am
Harvest and Dave Harris-Jones of Laverock Law Cottages with their Visit England sustainable tourism gold award.

Harvest and Dave Harris-Jones were presented the sustainable tourism prize at the ceremony in Bath on Monday.

Harvest said: “Dave and I are absolutely delighted to win the sustainable tourism award which recognises all the hard work of our whole family, to create a very special sustainable holiday destination. We were so proud to represent Northumberland on the national stage.”

Visit England judge Neil Warren had this to say about Laverock Law Cottages: “It was a pleasure to visit you and see all that you are doing particularly your passion and commitment shown in the meticulous attention for detail that you are showing in every aspect of making your business have the best possible impact.”

Seafield Caravan Park in Seahouses won silver in the holiday park of the year.

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The prestigious awards, now in their 29th year, recognise, congratulate and celebrate businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer.

VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe said: “These awards shine a spotlight on our fantastic tourism industry with the winners showcasing the quality, innovation and excellence on offer throughout the country. These winners provide outstanding and truly memorable visitor experiences.”

In addition to the winners across 18 categories, there were three special awards: Outstanding Contribution to Tourism awarded to Historic Royal Palaces, Tourism Superstar winner Jim O’Reilly following a public vote and Travel Article of the Year awarded to journalist Richard Mellor.

Historic Royal Palaces received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in recognition of the powerful draw the royal palaces have on domestic and international visitors. VisitEngland’s Annual Attraction Survey found that in 2016 there was a seven percent increase in the number of visitors to historic houses and castles compared to the previous year.

The Tourism Superstar competition, run with the Daily Mirror, was this year won by Jim O’Reilly, a customer service adviser with Red Funnel Ferries. Nigel Thompson, the Daily Mirror’s Travel Editor, presented the accolade.

Richard Mellor is the winner of the Travel Article of the Year 2018 award for his piece in The Guardian titled Party in the Sea – Between the Isles of Scilly. This citation recognises the important contribution of the media in shaping domestic tourism.

Latest VisitEngland statistics show that in 2017 Brits took more than 47 million holidays in England, up six percent on the previous year. Brits spent more than £11 billion on domestic staycations in 2017, also up six percent on 2016.

Tourism in England contributes £106 billion to the economy.

Below are the winners in each category for this year’s awards:

Bed & Breakfast of the Year

GOLD - Alkham Court Farmhouse, Kent

SILVER - The 25 Boutique B&B, Devon

BRONZE - South Lodge Boutique B&B, Buckinghamshire

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

GOLD - Yorebridge House, Yorkshire

SILVER - Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent

BRONZE - Cary Arms & Spa “Inn on the Beach”, Devon

Business Tourism Award

GOLD - Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

SILVER - Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Cheshire

BRONZE - Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

GOLD - Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire

SILVER - Bulleigh Barton Manor, Devon

BRONZE - Salad Days Beach Hut, Somerset

Guided Tour of the Year

GOLD - York’s Chocolate Story, Yorkshire

SILVER - World of Wedgwood, Staffordshire

BRONZE - Cotswolds Distillery, Warwickshire

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

GOLD - Landal Gwel an Mor, Cornwall

SILVER - Seafield Caravan Park, Northumberland

BRONZE - Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall

Hotel of the Year

GOLD - Rudding Park, Yorkshire

SILVER - Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

BRONZE - Seaham Hall, County Durham

Inbound Tourism Award

GOLD - Beiwei 55°, London and Tyne & Wear

SILVER - The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset

BRONZE - The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire

Inclusive Tourism Award

GOLD - The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset

SILVER - Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School, Cornwall

BRONZE - Cottage in the Dales, Yorkshire

Innovation in Tourism Award

GOLD - British Airways i360, East Sussex

SILVER - Go North East, Tyne & Wear

BRONZE - English Lake District China Forum, Cumbria

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD - National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

SILVER - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

BRONZE - Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset

New Tourism Business Award

GOLD – Stasher, London

SILVER - Ascent Trampoline Park, Lancashire

BRONZE - Loose Reins, Dorset

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

GOLD - Sheepyard Barn at The Suffolk Escape, Suffolk

SILVER - The Milkshed, Devon

BRONZE - The Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Kent

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD - the Charterhouse, London

SILVER - Hall Hill Farm, County Durham

BRONZE - Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park, Cornwall

Sustainable Tourism Award

GOLD - Laverock Law Cottages, Northumberland

SILVER - Browsholme Hall, Lancashire

BRONZE - Colton House, Staffordshire

Taste of England Award

GOLD - Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

SILVER - Miller’s Fish and Chips, Yorkshire

BRONZE - Askham Hall, Cumbria

Tourism Pub of the Year

GOLD - The Riverside at Aymestrey, Herefordshire

SILVER - The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

BRONZE - The Bruce Arms West Tanfield, Yorkshire

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

GOLD - York Visitor Information Centre, Yorkshire

SILVER - Oxford Visitor Information Centre, Oxfordshire

BRONZE - Liverpool Tourist Information Centre, Merseyside

Tourism Superstar

Jim O’Reilly, Red Funnel Ferries, Isle of Wight

Travel Article of the Year

Richard Mellor, The Guardian

Party in the Sea - Between the Isles of Scilly

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism

Historic Royal Palaces