The results of the 20/21 South West Tourism Awards have been announced.

Of the 76 entrants that won or were commended, 34 were Cornish-based businesses, doing the Duchy proud. 

Among these, gold awards were given out to Treseren wedding venue, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, The Sanctuary bed and breakfast, The Pandora Inn, and Landal Gwel a Mor Resort.

The Sanctuary also picked up a special Water Conservation Award.

Buddock Vean Hotel also added yet more awards to it's growing collection by taking silver in the Large Hotel of the Year category.

Sponsored by South West Water, the awards programme opened for entry in March 2020 and, with plenty of adaptations and extensions along the way, it concluded on 22 April 2021.

In the same way that hospitality businesses have had to change and innovate during this extraordinary period, so too have the awards, with judging taking account of business entries, digital presence and feedback along with evidence of Covid-secure measures, prior to decisions taken by an independent panel.

The awards were presented online on 22 April, with every winner given the chance to react to their award during one of three hour-long sessions.

Jo Ecroyd, Customer Service Director of headline sponsors South West Water, said: "We’re delighted to be headline sponsors of this year’s South West Tourism Awards.

"As a top FTSE business in the South West, we see it as our responsibility to promote and contribute to the regional economy, in which tourism plays such an important role.

"It has certainly been a challenging year for businesses, and we applaud all our winners for their perseverance in the face of the challenges from the pandemic over the past year."

Rob Scarrott, Head of Water Resources and Planning at South West Water said: "Special congratulations to The Sanctuary for winning the Extraordinary Water Efficiency Award at this year’s South West Tourism Awards.

"The economy and wellbeing of our region is reliant on the environment we live in.

"That’s why we’re keen to continue our work with the tourism sector to enhance and protect our natural environment and to ensure that the South West is a sustainable and beautiful place to live and visit for many years to come."

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, said: "I feel honoured to have been involved in the awards over the past year and the last decade.

"Of all the years, this has been the one that has generated the most challenges as well as the most emotions, and we are so gratified to have played our part in giving our outstanding businesses something to celebrate.

"They are all so deserving! We can’t wait to get out and visit as many of them as possible."

Co-organiser Nell Barrington added: "I have been really humbled to hear stories from these amazing tourism and hospitality businesses about how they have overcome adversity in these terrible times.

"It has been great to be able to celebrate their success today and I hope they have a fantastic season.

"Congratulations to them all."

The full list of Cornish winners, as well as those who have been commended is as follows:

  • Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Silver: Sara’s Cottage, Cornwall.

Commended: Landal Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall.

  • Business Events and Wedding Venue of the Year Award

Gold: Treseren, Cornwall.

Commended: Landal Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall.

  • Cafe/Tearoom of the Year Award

Silver: Teacup Tearoom, Cornwall.

  • Camping and Caravanning Partk of the Year Award

Silver: Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall.

Bronze: Mena Farm: Touring, Camping, Glamping, Cornwall.

  • Casual Dining Award

Commended: Bango Kitchen, Cornwall.

  • Dog Friendly Business of the Year Award

Gold: The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Cornwall.

Bronze: Kernock Cottages, Cornwall.

  • Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold: The Sanctuary Cornwall.

Silver: Camp Kernow, Cornwall

Commeneded: Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Cornwall.

  • Experience of the Year Award (Active or Learning)

Commended: Paradise Park – Red Panda Experience, Cornwall.

  • Glamping Business of the Year Award

Bronze - Ekopod, Cornwall.

  • Holiday Park of the Year Award

Silver - Landal Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall.

Commended - Martha’s Orchard, Cornwall.

  • Large Hotel of the Year Award

Silver - Budock Vean Hotel, Cornwall

Commended - Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall

  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award

Bronze - Paradise Park and JungleBarn Indoor Play Centre, Cornwall

  • Pub of the Year

Gold - The Pandora Inn, Cornwall

Bronze - The Boathouse, Cornwall

  • Restaurant of the Year Award

Bronze - Cove24 Restaurant and Bar, Cornwall

  • Self-catering Accommodation of the Year Award

Silver - Sara’s Cottage, Cornwall

  • Small Hotel of the Year Award

Commended - Mullion Cove Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

The PIG at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall,

  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award

Bronze - Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Cornwall.

  • Spa and Wellbeing Experience of the Year Award

Gold - Landal Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall

Bronze - St Michaels Resort, Cornwall

Commended - Mullion Cove Spa, Cornwall

  • Tourism Event/Festival of the Year Award

Commended - Falmouth Oyster Festival 2019, Cornwall

  • Tourism Innovation Award

Silver - St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall

  • Visitor Information Service of the Year Award

Bronze - Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre, Cornwall

  • Water Conservation Award

The Sanctuary Cornwall

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