SPOT­LIGHT ON AWARDS FI­NAL­ISTS

These are the ho­tels vy­ing for Devon tourism hon­ours

Herald Express - - Front Page - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

THE clock is tick­ing as we pre­pare for the glit­ter­ing fi­nal awards night for the 2018 Her­ald Ex­press South Devon Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards.

The judges are busy work­ing their way through all the en­tries in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories, aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of our lo­cal tourism sec­tor.

Our As­so­ciate Edi­tor Jim Parker and BBC Spot­light’s Vic­to­ria Gra­ham will host the awards at the Riviera In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Torquay on No­vem­ber 29.

Guest speaker on the night will be Hi­lary Bradt MBE, the founder and di­rec­tor of Bradt Travel Guides, the award-win­ning pub­lisher which has been cham­pi­oning un­usual des­ti­na­tions since 1974.

More re­cently the com­pany has started to cover much of Bri­tain with a se­ries of Slow guides which have be­come the fastest-grow­ing se­ries of lo­cal guide books in the UK.

Hi­lary is the au­thor and co-au­thor of three Devon guides, in­sist­ing that such a beau­ti­ful county de­served to be di­vided into re­gions.

Hi­lary was awarded a MBE in 2008 for ser­vices to tourism and char­ity. She lives in Seaton.

Read­ers can vote for the Tourism Event or Fes­ti­val of the Year by go­ing to he­t­ouris­mawards.co.uk and choose from BrixFest, Brix­ham Pi­rate Fes­ti­val, Cock­ing­ton Court – Ap­ple Day, Cofton Hol­i­days – Amer­i­can Clas­sic Car Show, Fish­stock Brix­ham, Sea Change Fes­ti­val or Tor­bay Air­show.

Here are the con­tenders for Small Bou­tique Ho­tel and Guest Ac­com­mo­da­tion:

The Cary Arms & Spa Inn on the Beach ex­udes charm, fun and all the val­ues of a good English inn with the style and com­fort of a bou­tique ho­tel. Of­fer­ing res­i­dents the choice of din­ing in the tra­di­tional inn, the sea view con­ser­va­tory, the Cap­tain’s Ta­ble or the Pod, an in­di­vid­ual glass sphere set on the side ter­race with panoramic sea views, the Cary Arms & Spa as­pires to rep­re­sent Devon Tourism at its best and are proud of what it does and the lo­cal area.

Ore­stone Manor Ho­tel is an in­de­pen­dent fam­ily-run clas­sic coun­try house ho­tel. The mag­nif­i­cent Ge­or­gian manor house is in the pretty South Devon coastal vil­lage of Maiden­combe, with spec­tac­u­lar sea views over Lyme Bay and be­yond. The award-win­ning res-

tau­rant has a warm and invit­ing am­bi­ence with views to the coun­try­side. Their chefs have cre­ated won­der­ful menus with the finest lo­cal meats, freshly caught Brix­ham fish and veg­etable pro­duce, some of which has been grown in the ho­tel gar­dens. Ore­stone Manor is renowned for re­laxed, ef­fi­cient and yet un­ob­tru­sive ser­vice.

The D owns, Bab­ba­combe has been of­fer­ing ser­viced ac­com­mo­da­tion since be­fore the Sec­ond World War and is lo­cated on the seafront of Bab­ba­combe, 1.9 miles from the main har­bour area of Torquay. It ben­e­fits from 12 en-suite bed­rooms, a fully li­censed bar lounge and restau­rant and has eight bal­cony rooms with breath-tak­ing panoramic sea views over Lyme Bay. The Downs, Bab­ba­combe is owned by Kate andEd Wood, who pur­chased the lovely old house in June 2007.

Here are the con­tenders for Ho­tel of the Year, a cat­e­gory spon­sored by Bays Brew­ery

The Bel­grave Sands Ho­tel and Spa opened in No­vem­ber 2016 af­ter an £2.5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment that took place over 18 months. In the sub­se­quent months, it soon be­came the high­est rated four-star ho­tel in Tor­bay, and is cur­rently the sev­enth most highly rated ho­tel in Torquay on TripAd­vi­sor.

It has 50 el­e­gantly fur­nished bed­rooms, an AA Rosette restau­rant, a lounge area serv­ing food and drinks through­out the day and a beau­ti­fully re­fur­bished spa. In the evenings, the team of ta­lented chefs serve a six-course evening meal in Sea­sons Restau­rant for res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents, us­ing fresh lo­cal pro­duce with all food cooked to or­der.

The Berry Head Ho­tel at Brix­ham is set in a su­perb water­side po­si­tion en­joy­ing spec- tac­u­lar views of the English Riviera. Sur­rounded by six acres of grounds in the seclu­sion of the Berry Head Coun­try Park, yet only a short walk from the pic­turesque fish­ing port of Brix­ham.

This el­e­gant three-star South Devon ho­tel has a range of fa­cil­i­ties to cater for con­fer­ences as well as wed­dings and pri­vate func­tions.

Bovey Cas­tle, part of the Eden Ho­tel Col­lec­tion, has re­cently un­der­gone ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment with over £10 mil­lion be­ing spent. The lux­ury ho­tel and re­sort is set in 275 acres of Dart­moor Na­tional Park and com­prises 60 bed­rooms and 22 lux­ury lodges which of­fer a high-end coun­try es­cape for guests. At Bovey Cas­tle the team aims to pro­vide a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence to each guest in lux­u­ri­ous, yet un­pre­ten­tious, sur­round­ings where cus­tomer care comes first.

The Cary Arms & Spa Inn on the Beach

Ore­stone Manor Ho­tel

The Downs, Bab­ba­combe

The Bel­grave Sands Ho­tel and Spa

The Berry Head Ho­tel

Bovey Cas­tle

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