DUNKERY BEACON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & HESTERCOMBE WINNERS AT SOUTH WEST TOURISM AWARDS

The team at a country house hotel on Exmoor are celebrating winning yet more awards after scooping golds and being declared the Winner of Winners at the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel in Wootton Courtenay near Dunster won gold in the Small Hotel, Boutique Accommodation category and gold in the Restaurant/Bistro of the Year for its Coleridge Restaurant at the ceremony at Double Tree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

John Bradley, who runs the award-winning Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel together with his wife Jane, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have taken home gold in these prestigious awards and it is a credit to all the hard work everyone on the team puts in. We’re also absolutely delighted to have won the title of Winner of Winners too. We’re very humbled by it all and completely blown away!

“We pride ourselves on the beautiful accommodation we provide and we feel our rooms are really top notch and wonderful places for our guests to really relax. Once fully rested they can enjoy our delicious food in our Coleridge Restaurant where our ingredients are locally sourced.”

The Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are run by Services for Tourism, who already run tourism awards schemes across Southern England.

Successful businesses in the awards will now be considered for matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 with the chance to go on to represent Bristol, Bath and Somerset at the National VisitEngland Awards later in the year.

John has more than 25 years’ experience in catering, notching up numerous top chef roles in this country and overseas.

Jane has a background in hospitality and worked in the wine industry for more than 15 years.

To find out more, please call 01643 841 241 or visit www.dunkerybeaconaccommodation.co.uk .

PHOTO:  John and Jane Bradley, who run the Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel, which has just received two golds and a Winner of Winners award at the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, with Sally Shalam, a former London Evening Standard travel editor, Guardian hotel critic and Condé Nast Traveller columnist.

Hestercombe, near Taunton, are also celebrating, after winning gold at the Awards in the category of Small Attraction of the Year.

Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust, Philip White, and General Manager Richard Mira attended the awards ceremony at Cadbury House Hotel near Congresbury on Wednesday (October 19).

Mr White said: “To have been recognised as a top destination in the region is a great honour, and we are delighted the work of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters has paid off in helping us bring this award back to Somerset. We were up against some strong competition and this is testament to the support of everybody who is so involved with the preservation, restoration and development of Hestercombe.”

John Turner, Chief Executive of Visit Somerset, says: “Visit Somerset is delighted to be part of these prestigious awards, finally now many Somerset tourism and leisure businesses are going to get the recognition that they deserve in our wonderful county that we call Somerset.”

It’s been a winning streak for Hestercombe, as only last month the gardens winning the European Gardens Award.

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