Duplicate of Duplicate of Duplicate of Award Winners 2013-2014

Beautiful South Awards 20

Duplicate of Duplicate of Duplicate of Award Winners 2013-2014

Now running for over twenty years the Beautiful South Awards celebrate the very best the South East has to offer for all types of tourism businesses including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, self catering, visitor attractions as well as recognising those businesses that have gone the extra mile on accessibility, sustainability and great customer service.

The 2013 awards ceremony was co-hosted by TSE Chairman, Ken Robinson CBE and travel journalist and broadcaster Alison Rice.  In welcoming guests to the event Ken Robinson thanked title sponsors Shepherd Neame for their generous support and all sponsors and partners for making the event possible.

The Gold winners for 2013-2014 included Coworth Park, a tranquil retreat in Ascot, who lifted the gold award for large hotel of the year. It was a great night for businesses in the New Forest with The Montagu Arms Hotel scooping the top accolade for small hotel of the year, the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu International Autojumble picking up gold and Hoburne in Bashley taking top spot for holiday park of the year.  Small businesses, which are such a major part of tourism in the south east, were represented by some real gems this year.  Top B&B of the year was picked up by Kester House in East Sussex and the small visitor attraction of the year was awarded to Chiltern Open Air Museum.

It was ‘same again please’ at The Feathered Nest Country Inn, but this time ‘make it a double’.  This Great Country Pub received gold for the second year running as tourism pub of the year and was also awarded gold for flavour of the south east - an outstanding performance.


"Ken Robinson said: “It is great to see such excellence rewarded.  These 2013 Beautiful South Awards represent the culmination of hard work and dedication by the best tourism professionals, in our best tourism businesses, that have been recognised for providing such outstanding customer experiences.  I look forward to seeing our winners go on to represent the South East on the national stage at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2014.”


Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East added, “What a brilliant night and reminder to everyone that the South East is home to some of country’s very best tourism businesses and experiences.”


Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: "These awards showcase the huge breadth of attractions available in our region. The winners' innovation and dedication are helping to make the south a key destination for visitors from both home and abroad."





For more information about the awards please visit: www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk or email [email protected]  More information about Tourism South East can be found at: www.tourismsoutheast.com or telephone 023 8062 5400.


Note to Editors:

Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey and beyond.



Sponsors and Partners


Title sponsors:  Shepherd Neame


Sponsors and Partners:  Tozers Solicitors, Tasty Marketing, Shopper Anonymous, Barclaycard, Tourist Network, obc the accountants, Take One Media, Flagship Consulting, Quality in Tourism, Welcome to Excellence, Anytime Booking, Whitstable Bay, Tourism for All. Pyramid Audio Visual, The Felbridge Hotel


To view and download photographs from the ceremony please visit: Paul Fletcher Photography


List of Finalists by Area



Coworth Park, Ascot (Category: Large Hotel, Gold)

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor (Category: Business Tourism, Silver)

Mapledurham Estate, Mapledurham (Category: Sustainable Tourism, Silver)

Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor (Category: Sustainable Tourism, Silver)



Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles (Category: Small Visitor Attraction, Gold)

Five Arrows Hotel, Aylesbury (Category: Bed and Breakfast, Highly Commended)

Go Ape Black Park, Wexham (Category: Small Visitor Attraction, Highly Commended)



Beaulieu International Autojumble, New Forest (Category: Tourism Event, Gold)

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu (Category: Access for All Tourism, joint Gold)

Hoburne Bashley, New Milton (Category: Holiday Park, Gold)

The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu (Category: Small Hotel, Gold)

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth (Category: Large Visitor Attraction, Gold)

Aviator – a hotel by Tag, Farnborough, (Categories: Large Hotel, Silver and Flavour of the South East, Silver)

Away Resorts, Hayling Island (Category: Holiday Park, Highly Commended)

Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa (Categories: Business Tourism, Highly Commended and Coin Parkes for Outstanding Customer Service, Silver)

The Cloud Hotel, Brockenhurst (Category: Small Hotel, Highly Commended)

Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt  (Category: Large Hotel, Silver)

Marwell Hotel, Winchester (Category: Business Tourism, Silver)

Marwell Zoo, Winchester (Category: Large Visitor Attraction, Silver)

South Winchester Lodges, Winchester (Category: Self Catering, Silver)

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (Category: Large Visitor Attraction, Silver)

The Hampshire Food Festival, Winchester (Category: Tourism Event, Silver)

The Old Drum, Petersfield (Category: Tourism Pub, Silver)

The Old Vine, Winchester (Category: Bed and Breakfast, Highly Commended)

Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook (Category: Large Hotel, Highly Commended)

The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie, Romsey (Category: Small Hotel, Silver)


Isle of Wight

Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holiday, Ventnor (Category: Self Catering, joint Gold)



Maidstone Visitor Information, Maidstone (Category: Visitor Information Provider, Gold)

The Beaney, House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (Category: Large Visitor Attraction, Highly Commended)

The Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden (Category: Tourism Experience, Silver)

Knight’s Glamping, Broomfield (Category: Tourism Experience, Silver)

Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre, Faversham (Category: Small Visitor Attraction, Silver)

Tony Read Kent Life, Maidstone (Category: Outstanding Customer Service, Highly Commended)



Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (Category: Business Tourism, Gold)

Weber Grill Academy, Marsh Baldon (Category: Tourism Experience, Gold)

The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote (Categories: Flavour of the South East, Gold and Tourism Pub of the Year, Gold and Carl Morgan for Outstanding Customer Service, Highly Commended,

Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails, Oxford (Category: Tourism Experience, Highly Commended)

Burford Visitor Information Centre, Burford  (Category: Sustainable Tourism, Highly Commended)

Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot (Category: Small Visitor Attraction, Highly Commended)

Fallowfields Hotel and Restaurant, Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor (Category: Small Hotel, Silver)

Wallingford Food Festival, Wallingford (Category: Tourism Event, Silver)



Raddisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel, Guildford (Category: Access for All Tourism, joint Gold)

Guildford Tourist Information Centre, Guildford (Category: Visitor Information Provider, Silver)

Kingston First, Kingston upon Thames (Category: Visitor Information Provider, Highly Commended)

Lingfield Park Resort, Lingfield, Hooves & Grooves (Category: Tourism Event, Highly Commended)


East and West Sussex

West Marden Farm Accommodation (Categories: Self Catering, joint Gold and Carol Edney for Outstanding Customer Service, Gold)

Jurys Inn, Brighton (Categories: Sustainable Tourism, Gold and Access for All Tourism, Highly Commended)

Kester House Bed & Breakfast, Battle (Category Bed and Breakfast, Gold)

Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast, Fernhust (Category Bed and Breakfast, Silver)

Crowhurst Park, Battle (Category Holiday Park, Silver)

The Farm @ Friday Street, Eastbourne (Category: Tourism Pub, Highly Commended)

The Old Dunnings Mill, East Grinstead (Category: Flavour of the South East, Highly Commended)

Pelham House, Lewes (Category: Small Hotel, Silver)





List of Finalists by Accolade


Business Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous

Gold     Blenheim Palace

Silver    Marwell Hotel

Silver    Macdonald Windsor Hotel

Highly Commended     Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa


Access for All Tourism Award

Sponsored by Tourism for All

Gold Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel

Gold Beaulieu Enterprises Limited

Highly Commended        Jurys Inn Brighton


Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Barclaycard

Gold     Kester House Bed & Breakfast

Silver    Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast

Highly Commended       The Old Vine

Highly Commended       Five Arrows Hotel


Tourism Experience of the Year

Gold     Weber Grill Academy

Silver    The Chapel Down Winery

Silver    Knights’ Glamping

Highly Commended       Bill Spectre's Ghost Trails


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Flagship Consulting

Gold     Chiltern Open Air  Museum

Silver    Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre

Highly Commended       Didcot Railway Centre

Highly Commended       Go Ape Black Park


Tourism Event of the Year

Gold     Beaulieu International Autojumble

Silver    The Hampshire Food Festival

Silver    Wallingford Food Festival

Highly Commended       Lingfield Park Resort - Hooves & Grooves


Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Sponsored by Tozers Solicitors

Gold     Hoburne Bashley

Silver    Crowhurst Park

Highly Commended       Away Resorts Ltd


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Take One Media

Gold     Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Silver    Marwell Zoo

Silver    Spinnaker Tower

Highly Commended       The Beaney, House of Art and Knowledge



Tourism Pub of the Year

Sponsored by OBC The Accountants

Gold     The Feathered Nest

Silver    The Old Drum

Highly Commended       The Farm @ Friday Street


Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism

Gold     Coworth Park

Silver    Lainston House Hotel

Silver    Aviator – a hotel by TAG

Highly Commended       Tylney Hall Hotel


Outstanding Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Welcome to Excellence

Gold     West Marden Farm Accommodation - Carole Edney

Silver    Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa - Colin Parkes

Highly Commended       The Feathered Nest - Carl Morgan

Highly Commended       Tony Read Kent Life


Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shepherd Neame

Gold     Jurys Inn Brighton

Gold     Oakley Court Hotel

Silver    Mapledurham Estate

Highly Commended       Burford Visitor Information Centre


Small Hotel of the Year

Gold     The Montagu Arms Hotel

Silver    Fallowfields Hotel and Restaurant

Silver    Pelham House

Silver    The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie

Highly Commended       Cloud Hotel


Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Anytime Booking

Gold     West Marden Farm Accommodation

Gold     Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays

Silver    South Winchester Lodges


Flavour of the South East

Sponsored by Whitstable Bay

Gold     The Feathered Nest

Silver    Aviator – a hotel by TAG

Highly Commended       The Old Dunnings Mill


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Tourist Network

Gold     Maidstone Visitor Information at Maidstone Museum

Silver    Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Highly Commended       Kingstonfirst