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Cream of the crop Tourism Businesses crowned at The Beautiful South Awards 2015

The tourism elite of South and South East England gathered at Brighton’s iconic Grand Hotel for the Beautiful South Awards 2015 on 2 December.

For tourism businesses across the South and South East of England, the glittering Awards ceremony, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, is the culmination of a successful year and recognises their excellence and commitment to the tourism industry.  Established over 20 years ago, the Beautiful South Awards help drive ambition and raise standards throughout the region rewarding quality, innovation and customer service.   

It was a particularly good evening for Berkshire’s Oakley Court Hotel, the only businesses to walk away with three awards having won bronze in the Business Tourism, Flavour of the South East Award and Sustainable Tourism categories. Numerous Hampshire businesses celebrated a double win including Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Mary Rose Museum, Wallops Wood Cottages, Solent Forts, The Montagu Arms and The White Hart, Holybourne. 

Other notable wins included a double victory for The Feathered Nest in Oxfordshire crowned Tourism Pub of the Year; Gold for Bletchley Park Trust in the Large Visitor Attraction category; Gold for Eastbourne’s Airbourne Festival voted Tourism Event of the Year; and Gold for Guildford’s Barnett Hill which triumphed in the Business Tourism category.

The outstanding accommodation providers of 2015 include South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel in West Sussex (Gold, Large Hotel); Langshott Manor Hotel, Surrey (Gold, Small Hotel); Molland Manor House, Canterbury (Gold, B&B/Guest Accommodation); Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight (Gold, Self-Catering) and Shorefield Country Park, The New Forest (Gold, Holiday Park of the Year).

Commenting on the awards, Nigel Smith, CEO of Tourism South East said, “It was a fantastic evening at the Grand Hotel and a real privilege to be in the company of so many dedicated and passionate tourism businesses. The excellent quality of facilities, service and approach makes our role of promoting the South East so much easier and is one of the main reasons why we are the most popular UK tourist region outside London.”

Photographs of the event are available here and a short film of the evening here.

The 2016 Beautiful South Awards will be launching in April/May 2016.  To register your interest please email awards@beautifulsouthawards.co.uk.


Beautiful South Winners 2015


Access for All Tourism Award

Sponsored by Tourism for All



Gold - Wallops Wood Cottages, Droxford

Silver – Oxford Bus Company, Oxford

Silver – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Bronze – Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth


Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Triodos Bank



Gold - Molland Manor House B&B, Sandwich

Silver - Abbey Guest House, Abingdon-on-Thames

Bronze - Broadway Barn Properties, Ripley

Bronze - The White Hart, Holybourne


Business Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous



Gold - Barnett Hill, Guildford

Silver - Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, New Forest

Silver - Marwell Hotel, Winchester

Bronze - Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor


Flavour of the South East Award

Sponsored by Whitstable Bay



Gold - The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, New Forest

Silver - The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote

Bronze - Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor

Bronze - Solent Forts, Portsmouth


Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Sponsored by Hoseasons



Gold - Shorefield Holidays Ltd, New Forest

Silver - Hoburne Naish (Hoburne Holiday Parks), New Milton, New Forest

Bronze - Lower Hyde, Park Resorts, Isle of Wight

Bronze - Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Isle of Wight


Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by DISCVR



Gold - South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel, Horsham

Silver - Chewton Glen Hotel, New Forest

Bronze - Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa, Bagshot

Bronze - Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, East Grinstead


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Take One Media



Gold - Bletchley Park Trust, Milton Keynes

Silver - Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Silver - Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Isle of Wight

Bronze - Marwell Zoo, Winchester


Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism



Gold - Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight

Silver - Wallops Wood Cottages, Droxford

Bronze - South Winchester Lodges, Winchester

Bronze - Kits Coty Glamping Ltd, Aylesford


Small Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by RBS



Gold - Langshott Manor Hotel,  Horley

Silver - The Lamb Inn, Burford

Bronze - Blanch House, Brighton

Bronze - The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, New Forest


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Studio Republic



Gold - Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke

Silver - WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Arundel

Bronze - Haslemere Educational Museum, Haslemere


Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by RedwellGB



Gold - Mapledurham Trust, Mapledurham

Silver - Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke

Bronze - Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor


Tourism Event of the Year

Sponsored by Shepherd Neame



Gold - Airbourne – VisitEastbourne, Eastbourne

Silver - Hampshire Fare CIC ‘The Hampshire Food Festival’

Bronze - Thame Food Festival CIC, Thame

Bronze - Electric Woods - Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight


Tourism Experience of the Year

Sponsored by Visit Brighton



Gold - Solent Forts, Portsmouth

Silver - Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari Experience Port Lympne Reserve, Ashford

Bronze - Canterbury Historic River Tours, Canterbury

Bronze - Explore Medway open top bus, Chatham


Tourism Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Great Country Pubs



Gold - The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote

Silver - The Baskerville, Henley on Thames

Silver - The Crown, Granborough

Bronze - The White Hart, Holybourne


Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service

Sponsored by Welcome to Excellence



Gold - Samantha Jeal - Shepherd Neame, Faversham

Silver - David Lawson - Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Silver - Tracy Slator - Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford

Bronze - Gareth Carr - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Tourist Network



Gold - Isle of Wight Visitor Information Centre/Travel Ambassadors, Isle of Wight

Silver - Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, Eastbourne

Silver - Thanet Visitor Information Service – Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate, Margate

Bronze - East Hampshire Tourist Information Centre, Petersfield