Kent Venues Named in Tourism Awards
VisitEngland has revealed the cream of England’s tourism industry, announcing the winners of its Awards for Excellence for 2018 – which include three Kent-based venues.
Staff at Hever Castle’s luxury 5-star bed and breakfast, which is housed in the Tudor Village (an Edwardian extension to the Castle), are celebrating after scooping silver in Boutique Accommodation of the Year at the annual awards, which took place at the Bath Assembly Rooms.
The luxury accommodation was pipped to the gold spot by Yorebridge House in North Yorkshire with Cary Arms & Spa in Devon winning bronze.
Winning Gold at the Beautiful South Awards in 2017 meant Hever was eligible to enter the national Visit England awards.
Astor Wing Manager, Roland Smith, said: “We are delighted that Hever Castle’s bed and breakfast is recognised as being in the top three in the country. We pride ourselves on our excellent service and it is testament to the hard work of all our staff to have won silver.”
The prestigious awards, now in their 29th year, recognise, congratulate and celebrate businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. Tourism in England contributes £106 billion to the economy.
Other Kent winners were a gold for Alkham Court Farmhouse in the Bed & Breakfast of the Year category, and in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year the bronze went to The Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve.