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Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013

PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:37 20 February 2013

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013

Drum roll, please, as we prepare to announce the winners of the 2013 'Cotsies'

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013

Drum roll, please, as we prepare to announce the winners of the 2013 Cotsies










The Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 (known affectionately as Cotsies) are organised annually by Cotswolds Tourism, and this year Cotswold Life is delighted to be part of the excitement.




Celebrating quality, service and success in our tourism industry, the coveted awards acknowledge excellence in each of the categories, with gold winners being eligible to go forward to VisitEnglands National Tourism Awards.



Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year



Gold East House, Broadway


Silver Whittington Farm Lodge


Bronze Seagrave Arms, Chipping Campden


East House B&B covers the essentials of friendliness and cleanliness perfectly but has additional touches that raise it to most excellent.



Large Hotel of the Year



Gold Montpellier Chapter


Silver Three Ways House Hotel


Bronze Cotswold Four Pillars



Very good hotels have a way of becoming part of the local community as well as being great for visitors. Montpellier Chapter has achieved this in Cheltenham.



Small Hotel of the Year



Gold Calcot Manor


Silver The Lamb Inn, Burford


Bronze The Manor House Hotel, Castle Coombe



Calcot Manor is recognised across the Cotswolds tourism industry as a terrifically well-run business, and has remained busy throughout a tough year.



Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year



Gold Eco Chic Cottages



Silver Barncastle, Pitchcombe



EcoChic Cottages resists the idea that responsible tourism needs to be worthy or dull, and the aim is to exceed customer expectations.



Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year



Gold Cotswold Farm Park Camp Site



Silver Cotswolds Hoburne



Cotswold Farm Park Camp site provides friendliness, rare breed sausages and the special character of the 650-acre Bemborough estate.



Large Visitor Attraction of the Year



Gold Batsford Arboretum



Silver Cotswold Farm Park



Bronze Sudeley Castle



Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh has invested in a new garden shop, plant centre and caf, and is respected locally for professional business planning and marketing.



Small Visitor Attraction of the Year




Gold Corinium Museum



Silver Bourton House Garden



Bronze Stanway House



Scratch Gloucestershire and find Rome goes the saying and Cirencesters Corinium Museum is an absolute treasure house of Roman history in Britain.



Tourism Experience of the Year




Gold Cotswolds Olimpick Games



Silver Giffords Circus



Bronze Lechlade Festival



The Cotswolds Olimpicks is a great example of a genuine event run with pride and passion by local people, celebrating 400 years in 2012.



Tourism Pub of the Year




Gold Plough at Kingham



Silver Gloucester Old Spot



Bronze The Mount at Stanton



The Plough at Kingham is loved by locals and visitors alike, and standards are high across the board, with a proper bar, serious bar snacks and a fiendish pub quiz.



Business Tourism Award



Gold The Barn at Calcot



Silver The Manor House Hotel, Moreton



Bronze Cheltenham Racecourse



The Barn at Calcot sets the standard for sophisticated business meetings and events. Simple as that.



Visitor Information Provider of the Year




Gold Moreton-in-Marsh



Silver Cirencester



Bronze Gloucester



Standards in the Cotswolds are extremely high and Moreton-in-Marsh Tourist Information Centre can therefore claim to be very, very good indeed.



Taste of England Award




Gold Curry Corner, Cheltenham



Silver Cotswolds Chef, Food Experiences



Bronze Owler, Charles Martells local Poire William



Curry Corner is where an English institution (curry) meets the new mantra of restaurant dining... local, and is the oldest and most highly regarded Bangladeshi restaurant in the country.



Access for All Tourism Award




Gold Star Bistro



Silver Tramper (off-road mobility scooter) hire and trails on the
Cotswold Way



Bronze Westonbirt Arboretum



The Star Bistro at National Star College is a very good restaurant indeed, plus its Access for All credentials are impeccable, without a whiff of being patronising to any of its customers.



Sustainable Tourism Award




Gold Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust



Silver Eco Chic Cottages



Bronze Cotswolds Conservation Board (a European Charter for Sustainable Tourism)

With over 500 active volunteers and a wider membership, the Wildlife Trusts activities have a great impact on visitors to the area through their work in protecting habitats, opening nature reserves and an energetic programme of events.


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