Beautiful South Awards

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Eastbourne - best information centre and

Eastbourne – best information centre and home of Angela Marsden – Customer Service Superstar.

Angela Marsden and the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, East Sussex must be feeling pleased with the world  – or at least the south east of England – for Ms Marsden of the Eastbourne Tourism Information centre became Customer Service Superstar at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards last week and the information centre was named Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Bombay Sapphire Distillery in the Hampshire town of Whitchurch shared the same award in the small visitor attraction category with the Monkey Haven in Newport on the Isle of Wight.  Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival was considered to be the Tourism Event of the Year and the Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Reserve near Ashford in Kent, was Tourism Experience of the Year. Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre in Faversham won the Sustainable Tourism Award. The Access for All award was split between the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and Wallops Wood Cottages in Droxford. The Oakley Court Hotel near Windsor in Berkshire won in the increasingly popular Dog Friendly Business of the Year.

aerial view of Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor. Image © National Trust

The winner in the Large Hotel of the Year section went to The Vineyard in the Berkshire village of Stockcross which is near Newbury.  It was also named Best Restaurant/Bistro of the Year. The Montagu Arms Hotel in the New Forest was voted Best Small/Boutique Hotel. Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat in Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight was Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year and another Isle of Wight property, Tapnell Manor at Tapnell Farm in Yarmouth was Self-Catering Holiday Property of the Year.

There were two top winners in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year both of whom have already been listed as award winners; The Treehouses at Port Lympne Reserve and Wallops Wood Cottages. Tom’s Eco Lodge in Yarmouth (the town’s second win) was Glamping Business of the Year and the Field Green Oast B & B in Sandhurst near Cranbrook in Kent was B&B of the year.

The Royal Oak near Marlow in Buckinghamshire was Turism Pub of the Year and the Riverside Yurt Café in Bransbury, Hampshire was Café/Tearoom of the Year

The final award of the evening was that of the Venue and Business Tourism Award and that went to Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa in the New Forest.

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