Cornwall was well represented at the 2023/24 South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

A total of 89 were awarded across the region.

They were officially presented on March 14 at the Great Hall of the University of Exeter.

Diverse sectors of hospitality business including pubs, distilleries, holiday parks and others were recognised for their outstanding service and contribution to the sector.

Falmouth Packet: Self Catering Accommodation of the Year gold winner My Cottages in St Ives

Among the Cornish winners, My Cottages in St Ives emerged as the crown jewel, clinching the Gold in the Self Catering Accommodation of the Year category.

THE PIG at Harlyn Bay also swept the top honour by winning the Gold in Small Hotel of the Year.

The restaurants in Cornwall set a high bar with Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handlin' winning Silver in both Restaurant of the Year and 'Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award

.In the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category, Lappa Valley in Cornwall collected the Silver award.

The Small Visitor Attraction of the Year accolade went to Via Ferrata Cornwall, which secured Bronze.

Also noteworthy was the performance by Padstow Holiday Village, which secured the coveted Silver in the Holiday Park of the Year category.

The Glamping Business of the Year Bronze award was grabbed by Lydcott Glamping, while the Experience of the Year (Active or Learning) accolade recognised Gin & Vodka Masterclass - Colwith Farm Distillery with a Bronze award.

Falmouth Packet: Accessible and Inclusive Tourism award bronze winner Trevassack Holidays on the Lizard Peninsula

Trevassack Holidays in Cornwall stood out in the category for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, taking home the Bronze.

Meanwhile, the title for Dog Friendly Business of the Year saw Kilminorth bag the Silver award.

Cornwall's The Peterville Inn was dubbed 'Pub of the Year', collecting Silver in the category.

On another note, the Tourism Event / Festival of the Year Silver award was awarded to Heligan Night Garden 2022 - The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

A special mention must go to Ben Patrick of Lappa Valley, who was honoured with the Unsung Hero Award.

Falmouth Packet: : Unsung Hero Award joint winner Ben Patrick of Lappa Valley

Helen Wylde-Archibald, Wildanet CEO, commended the winners saying, "Congratulations to all the winners from last night’s awards.

"With the standard of entries being so high this year, it demonstrates the incredible work that businesses throughout the South West are doing to stand-out and help to position our region as one that is truly world-class.

"Many congratulations to all the winners from the evening, and we look forward to seeing you again at the next awards."

Robin Barker, director of Services for Tourism Ltd, echoed a similar sentiment, praising the widespread impact of these awards on the region's top tourism businesses.

Tourism enthusiasts are encouraged to visit www.southwesttourismawards.for more information.

As for the 2024/25 South West Tourism Excellence Awards, the launch is set for April.