Pendragon Country House in Davidstow, Cornwall has won a Silver Award in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013 Ceremony. They are now considered one of the finest B&B accommodation providers in the country.
The Silver Award is one of the highest accolades for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. The quality of the applicants is exceptionally high and the Silver Award for Pendragon Country House was presented at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 20 May 2013 at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester.
Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “The quality of the 320 applications we received this year was extremely high. Winning a Silver was therefore a considerable achievement Pendragon Country House has achieved one of the highest accolades for excellence in tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. I warmly congratulate them”.
Pendragon Country House received their award from Neil Quigley, Managing Director of Quality in Tourism who were delighted to sponsor the Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the year award, and is proud to support this prestigious ceremony which showcases excellence and quality throughout the tourism and hospitality industry. The award is fantastic recognition for Pendragon Country House and many congratulations on their success.”
The joint owner of Pendragon Country House, Nigel Reed said “for us to win the Silver award making us one of the very best B&B’s in England after only being open for 5 years is like a dream come true”.
About Pendragon Country House
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After years of experience across the travel and tourism industry, in 2008, Sharon and Nigel Reed opened Pendragon Country House. It was their mission to create high quality and truly guest centric accommodation in relaxed yet sumptuous surroundings.
It is the personal attention that each guest receives from genuinely friendly and attentive hosts that continually lifts this multi award winning country house towards excellence.
The converted 1871 vicarage is now an elegant, yet informal, warm and welcoming space offering seven individually appointed luxurious rooms with fine antiques, rich luscious fabrics and just the right amount of modern convenience to make your experience truly special.
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About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013
- The Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2013 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England’s place as a world-class destination. www.visitenglandawards.org
- The 17 categories for the 2013 awards include: Access for all Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year, Best Tourism Experience, Business Tourism Award, Caravan Holiday Park, Large Hotel (over 35 bedrooms), Large Visitor Attraction (over 100,000 visitors), Self Catering Holiday of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year (under 35 Bedrooms), Small Visitor Attraction (under 50,000), Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourist Information Service, Tourism Pub of the Year, Tourism SuperStar, and Travel Article of the Year.
- Included in the 17 categories is the additional award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism to be announced on the night. Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust and last year the English Garden.
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Westcountry tourism businesses which champion having a great time without harming the environment have been praised by the country’s top tourism body.
A total of six finalists from Devon and Cornwall who are all members of the world’s leading sustainable tourism accreditation programme, the Green Tourism Business Scheme, have been listed for various accolades in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2013.
Cornish businesses Pendragon Country House in Camelford, Bedruthan Hotel and The Scarlet Hotel, both at Mawgan Porth, Bosinver Farm Cottages near St Austell, and the Rashleigh Arms in St Austell, plus The Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms near Sidmouth, Devon, are among 20 Green Tourism members to reach the finals of the awards this year.
Green Tourism director Andrea Nicholas said it was great news.
“Green Tourism works hard with members to improve services for consumers, protect the environment and help individual businesses become more profitable and successful in the process.
“It is fantastic that so many Green Tourism members have been shortlisted for the awards and we wish them all the very best of luck.”
Green Tourism was launched 16 years ago and is now is the biggest scheme of its kind in the world, having helped nearly 10,000 businesses improve their commitment to sustainability.
It is the only certification programme independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland. The organisation has become a world leader in highlighting the importance of protecting environments, respecting local cultures, supporting communities, conserving natural resources and minimising pollution.
A total of 320 entries have been whittled down by the judges to make the shortlist of nominations for the VisitEngland Excellence Awards 2013.
The final winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Old Trafford, Manchester, on Monday.
The Pendragon Country House, which holds a gold grading from Green Tourism and The Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms, which is a silver member, have both been nominated for best bed and breakfast/guest of the year.
The Bedruthan Hotel is a finalist for large hotel of the year while The Scarlet Hotel is up for small hotel of the year.
Bosinver Farm Cottages has been shortlisted for self-catering holiday provider of the year and the Rashleigh Arms has been tipped for tourism pub of the year.
Pendragon Country House has been named as a finalist in the Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013.
As a finalist Pendragon Country House now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 20 May 2013 at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester.
Pendragon Country House will have to wait until then to find out which award they will receive. All finalists are guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.
Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We received 320 applications and the quality of submissions was higher than ever. It is therefore no small achievement for Pendragon Country House to become a finalist and justifiably take credit and pride in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England. I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.
The Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year category is being sponsored by ‘Quality in Tourism’.
This award comes as a culmination of 5 years hard work to convert an old Vicarage into a successful accommodation business serving the north Cornwall area. The national award will be added to Gold awards for both the South West and Cornwall.
Speaking on behalf of Pendragon Country House Sharon Reed said “We are so proud to be chosen as finalists and to represent the South West in the national awards, wow!”
SOUTH WEST EXCELS IN NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS
A stunning 18 of the Finalist places in this year’s national VisitEngland awards have been taken by tourism businesses from the South West, making it a record year for the region and cementing the South West’s place as England’s pre-eminent tourism destination.
67 Finalists have just been announced for the Visit England awards, and with 18 of these from the South West there’s a clear message about the quality of The South West tourism experience.
The Visit England awards link with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards which held its regional awards ceremony at Eden Project on 8th February. This followed a rigorous selection process, including judging of over 300 entries from across the South West with many of them winning also in the Cornwall Tourism Awards and Devon Tourism Awards. Since January, the regional entries have been pitted against further entries from across the country, with 14 entries selected as Finalists representing the South West at the VisitEngland awards night in Manchester on 20th May. These are joined by 2 winners from the Bristol Hospitality Awards, 1 from the Cotswold awards and 1 from Wiltshire to make the total of 18 from the region. All of them are guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.
Devon boasts 5 finalists, including the Arundell Arms Hotel in the Business Tourism category, the first time the South West has ever seen a finalist in this important sector. Other Devon finalists are Calvert Trust Exmoor in the Access for All category, Oakdown amongst the Holiday Parks, The Salty Monk in the B&B category and Gidleigh Park amongst Small Hotels.
Cornwall has 6 finalists, with The Rashleigh Arms selected in the new ‘Tourism Pub’ category, alongside Pendragon Country House amongst the B&Bs, The Scarlet in the Small Hotels, Trethem Mill in the Holiday Parks, Bosinver Farm Cottages in the Self Catering sector and Bedruthan Hotel & Spa in the Large Hotels.
Yeovilton Air Day represents Somerset as a finalist in the Tourism Experience category alongside Wiltshire’s Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, whilst Gloucester Tourism Information Centre makes the final list again having won a national silver in 2011. The Roman Baths in Bath complete the South West representation as a finalist amongst the Large Attractions.
Chairman of the South West judging panel, Alistair Handyside, says: “Eighteen finalists in the VisitEngland National Tourism Awards is a brilliant result for the South West, and will help maintain our position as the country’s number one holiday destination. Our congratulations to them all and we will be rooting for you on awards night on the 20th May.”
Robin Barker, from awards organisers Services for Tourism, comments: “The South West awards scheme goes from strength to strength, and there’s no doubt that the local & regional winners have taken every chance to ‘hone’ their entry and product as they have gone through the awards phases. One of our annual ambitions is to showcase the quality that this region offers, and with so many of our winners going on to National success we will achieve just that. We will have to wait until the 20th May to find out what they’ve won, but they are all worthy ambassadors for the region and I wish them all my congratulations and best wishes.”
See below for list of finalists from the South West:
ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
- Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor
BED & BREAKFAST / GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
We were fortunate enough to be chosen by Iwan Davies for his review of north Cornwall for readers of south Wales. Here is his editorial
THE FIVE-STAR multi-award winning Pendragon County House is a gem of a small hotel and an ideal base to explore Cornwall’s many charms, as IWAN DAVIES discovered on a recent visit.
The Pendragon Country House is fast building itself a reputation as an outstanding hotel – and after spending a fantastic weekend there, it’s not too difficult to see what all the fuss is all about.
This lovely converted rectory in north Cornwall is an intimate, cosy and friendly small hotel, run by couple Sharon and Nigel Reed, that also boasts sumptuous food.
The affordable luxury is another huge selling point with bed and breakfast room rates starting from just £60 for a single and £90 for a double or twin until May 31.
All seven rooms are beautifully furnished with en suite facilities and are named – in keeping with the hotel’s name and the area’s Arthurian links – named after the more obscurer of the knights of the round table.
I was at the hotel just before Christmas with my ten-year-old daughter Lowri where we stayed in the Percivale room.
As well as being child and pet friendly, the hotel is also a great getaway for couples.
There’s an honesty bar the relaxing ‘Green Room’ lounge where you can put on a CD from a huge collection – it was great to listen to Frank Sinatra again after neglecting Ol’ Blue Eyes for years – play a wide selection of board games while relaxing on a soft leather couch.
Alternatively you can snuggle down with a book and put your feet up in front of a roaring fire in the ‘Red Room’.
The food is a real treat and guests can expect superb cuisine from the freshest of produce.
Over the course of the weekend we were treated to wonderful mains like slow roasted blade of Camelford beef, crushed potato, steamed carrot and roasted parsnip and baked fillet of Cornish bream seasoned with coriander.
Breakfast is also something to really look forward to with some tempting choices, including the fine full Cornish breakfast and Pendragon Rarebit.
• Pendragon Country House, Davidstow, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9XR,Telephone, 01840 261 131, Mobile 07719 647 648,www.pendragoncountryhouse.com
Things to do:
• Tintagel Castle – Steeped in myth and legend and said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, the atmospheric Tintagel Castle on the rugged North Cornwall coast offers dramatic.
You can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave and this fantastic monument features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde, immortalised by the German composer Richard Wagner. www.tintagelcastle.co.uk
• Boscastle – This pretty village and fishing port is within a conservation area that has some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
One of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall and hosts a number of little fishing boats, it was a former hive of activity with trade once taking place between here and Wales. Seewww.visitboscastleandtintagel.com
for the full link please visit: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/10283498.The_many_charms_of_Cornwall/
###this is the newspaper article printed about us in the Western Morning News, 11th Feb 2013.###
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9th February, Cornwall – Pendragon Country House from Davidstow, Cornwall, has achieved an amazing gold award at the South West tourism excellence award ceremony held last night.
The Eden Project hosted the glittering event which saw tourism business from the whole south west region join together to celebrate the best and brightest businesses around.
The awards are the result of months of hard work, planning and organisation where each business is judged and scrutinised on all aspects of their operation. The South West awards are keenly contested and the regional winners qualify to represent their area in the national finals in May 2013.
Pendragon Country House based in Davidstow, north Cornwall scooped the Gold award in the Cornwall event back in November, and has added to this with an incredible Gold award at this year’s regional final. To win the Gold they had to beat off fierce competition from Devon, one of which has been recognised nationally at the Visit England awards only two years ago.
The achievement for this seven bedroom country house B&B is most impressive considering they were judged ‘Highly Commended’ only a year ago in Torquay for the previous South West awards.
“To be given the Gold is unbelievable, we are completely overwhelmed” said Sharon Reed, co-owner and face of Pendragon Country House. Certainly the guests who stay there seem to know how good the quality of experience is, Alan Carr, professional comedian said “Absolutely wonderful, definitely coming back” when he stayed in April 2012.
So what is next for this Cornish success story? Well they will go on to represent Cornwall and the South West region at the national awards to be held on the 20th May. They have won their county and regional awards so who knows how far they can go, but of course the competition will be stiff.