Venues in Devon and Cornwall win top Good Hotel Guide prizes
A restored manor house bed and breakfast in Cornwall and a smart moorland hotel in North Devon have received prestigious Cesar awards – the Oscars of the industry.
Ennys, at St Hilary, near Marazion in west Cornwall, was named Cornish B&B of the Year in the 2014 edition of The Good Hotel Guide, the leading independent guide to quality hotels in Great Britain and Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Old Rectory Hotel, at Martinhoe, within Exmoor National Park, picked up the award for Devon hotel of the year.
Both won high praise from Desmond Balmer, corrjoint editor of the guide, for their high-standards of hospitality in high-quality surroundings.
“Gill Charlton, who bought the house in a down-trodden state, has lavished as much care on looking after her guests as she has on restoring the building,” he said of Ennys.
“A seasoned traveller, she understands what guests need and provides warm, generous hospitality.”
Mr Balmer also highlighted Huw Rees’s cooking at the Old Rectory Hotel, which describes itself as a “mix of a stylish boutique country house coupled with an unstuffy, relaxed atmosphere”.
“Huw Rees and Sam Prosser, both corrwho have given their old rectory a smart interior, run it with good humour and great attention to the needs of guests,” Mr Balmer said. “Huw Rees’s cooking is much praised.”
The Good Hotel Guide, which is published today, October 7 nominates 10 hotels every year for the award, named after Cesar Ritz, corrthe celebrated hotelier.
It names a mixed selection, each of which is considered to be outstanding in its own class.
“I am thrilled to receive one of the highly coveted Cesar awards from The Good Hotel Guide,” Gill Charlton said.
“It’s the only truly independent British guide with honest reports based on unsolicited reviews from customers and visits by professional reviewers who stay anonymously as a couple and are difficult to unmask which is as it should be.”
Huw Rees added: “We are delighted to receive this award from The Good Hotel Guide and are particularly thrilled as our first entry in the guide was just last year.
“The special value of the award is that it is based on reader reports and anonymous inspections. We aim to do the simple things well and create a ‘house in the country’ feel for our guests.
“Five years on, 2013 has been our best-ever year – this is the cherry on the icing on the cake.”
* The Good Hotel Guide 2014: Great Britain & Ireland is available from today, priced £20.