Northumberland Tourism Award 2017: Winners

Northumberland Tourism Award 2017: Winners

The inaugural event was a celebration of those accommodation providers, attractions and other tourism businesses that make Northumberland’s booming visitor industry – crucial to the county’s economy – such a success.

Full list of winners have been revealed.

Opening the ceremony, David Hall, group head of leisure, strategy and transformation at Northumbrian Water, the headline sponsors, said: “Great tourism businesses are key to Northumberland’s success. Tonight we are here to celebrate this sector, the best of the best and everything you do for this beautiful county of ours.”

The Overall Tourism Award was won by the Battlesteads hotel in Wark, which also took gold in the Hotel of the Year category, while the Family Day Out winner, voted for by readers of the Northumberland Gazette and its sister papers, was Northumberlandia.

And here are your winners:

Sustainable Tourism Award sponsored by Northumbrian Water

GOLD: Laverock Law Cottages, Lowick
SHORTLISTED: Northumbrian Holidays, Morpeth

B&B of the Year

GOLD: The Old Manse B&B, Chatton
SILVER: Mill House, Guyzance
BRONZE: West Longridge Manor, Berwick
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Grange B&B, Blagdon

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year

GOLD: Mains Cottages, Beadnell
SILVER: South Tynedale Railway, Alston
BRONZE: The Loovre Ice Cream Parlour, Berwick
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Sun Hotel, Warkworth

Holiday Park/Village of the Year

GOLD: Kielder Waterside
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Stablewood Coastal Cottages, Lucker

Hotel of the Year

GOLD: Battlesteads, Wark
SILVER: William de Percy, Otterburn

Tourism Pub of the Year

GOLD: William de Percy, Otterburn
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Apple Inn, Lucker

Taste Award

GOLD: The Potted Lobster, Bamburgh
SILVER: Cheese Loft Cafe, Northumberland Cheese Company, Blagdon
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Northumberland Arms, Felton; The Percy Arms, Chatton

Self-Catering Property Of The Year

GOLD: Brunton House & Cottages, Alnwick
SILVER: Woodside Lodge, Hexham
BRONZE: Hemmel House, Breamish Valley
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shepherds Cottage, Beadnell; 8 Mill Wharf, Tweedmouth
SHORTLISTED: Williamston Barns, Slaggyford

Wedding Venue of the Year

GOLD: Doxford Barns, Chathill
SILVER: Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea
SHORTLISTED: The Sun Hotel, Warkworth; The Northumberland Arms, Felton

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

GOLD: The Joiners Arms, Newton by the Sea
SILVER: Williamston Barns, Slaggyford
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Black Bull Hotel, Wark
SHORTLISTED: The Percy Arms, Chatton

Small Visitor Attraction

GOLD: Aln Valley Railway Trust, Alnwick
SILVER: Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, Heatherslaw
BRONZE: South Tynedale Railway, Alston
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bide-a- Wee Cottage, Stanton; Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips, Seahouses
SHORTLISTED: Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick; Go Ape, Matfen; Kirkley Hall Zoo, Ponteland

Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year

GOLD: Alnwick Garden
SILVER: Whitehouse Farm Centre, Stannington
BRONZE: Alnwick Castle/Kielder Water & Forest Park

Family Day Out (Readers’ Choice)

WINNER: Northumberlandia
SHORTLISTED: Cragside House and Garden, Rothbury; Ford and Etal Estates; Go Ape, Matfen; Kirkley Hall Zoo, Ponteland; Northumberlandia, Cramlington; Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall; Whitehouse Farm Centre, Stannington

Overall Tourism Award: Battlesteads, Wark

“We are incredibly proud to have been awarded 2017 Taste Award Highly Commended Status in both our venues in the first year of entry.” – R Pattinson, Area Manager

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