Cornwall Tourism Awards review
2022's Cornwall Tourism Awards saw many of our Visit Cornwall members take home prizes and so we feel it is only right that we give them a bit of a push here…
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, said at the awards (which were held virtually) “After two very challenging years, it is very exciting and also gratifying to see the dedication of the finalists to drive up quality, despite there being a pandemic with all its twists and turns to cope with, a very big well done to all of you.”
First gold of the day went to B&B/Guesthouse of the Year which was awarded to the Chelsea House in Falmouth and its musician themed rooms. This was quickly followed by gold for Mylor Sailing and Powerboat School in the Accessible and Inclusive award, the bronze in this category went to Harrod’s Cottages near St Agnes, where they have two cottages purpose built for wheelchair users and guests with accessibility requirements. Mylor would also gain gold in the Experience of the Year, which recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive active, sporting or learning activities.
PK Porthcurno, formerly the Telegraph Museum, picked up a gold as Best Small Attraction with Cornwall Football Golf at St Austell picking up bronze. The nearby Carlyon Bay Hotel retained gold in the Large Hotel category, with St Michael's Hotel in Falmouth bronze. St Michael's also gained gold in the Spa and Well-being category, ahead of Una St Ives who were awarded silver.
The Small Hotel gold was awarded to the Idle Rocks at St Mawes, who also took gold for Restaurant of the year! Silver in the Restaurant category went to the Hotel Meudon on the outskirts of Falmouth. For those seeking something a little less formal, Visit Cornwall members The Rockpool, out in the dunes at Gwithian, took silver in the Casual Dining, Café & Tearoom category.
Also at Gwithian, Three Mile Beach, a collection of 15 luxury self-catering beach houses took gold in the Best New Business category, whilst bronze went to Via Ferrata Cornwall who offer the ultimate high wire adventures in a disused quarry outside Penryn. For those who enjoy being outdoors, Trevalgan Touring Park out on the coast to the west of St Ives is the top Camping and Caravanning site with Trewan Hall near Newquay taking silver. Also taking silver in the Glamping category were the geodomes of Ekopod on the edge of Bodmin Moor.
Holiday Park of the year went to Tregoad on the edge of Looe, which also picked up silver in the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable section, a brace of awards after a busy year which has seen the new owners completely redevelop the park. Gold in the sustainable category went to Little Gwendreath Holiday Cottages at Kennack Sands down on the Lizard.
New Visit Cornwall members Gwelmor, up at Widemouth Bay, gained gold in the Dog Friendly category for their self-catering property. In the actual Self-Catering category, Glynn Barton hidden away in woodland near Bodmin gained gold with the Old Barn, Tregonetha at St Columb taking silver.
The Large Attraction of the year is always a fiercely fought category, and this year The Minack Theatre took gold, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary tied for silver and Tintagel Castle finished with bronze. The Minack also took silver in the Resilience and Innovation category, a new award for those who have adapted and supported their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gold in this category went to Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park and Martha’s Orchard near Padstow, where the National Lobster Hatchery gained bronze.
Mother Ivey’s and the Lobster Hatchery also shared awards in the Wildlife category, the hatchery taking silver to Mother Ivey’s bronze. Gold went to Bosinver Farm Cottages, near St Austell, no strangers to awards, especially those aimed at wildlife and sustainability.
Congratulations to all the above who represent the best of Cornwall, and deserve your attention when planning holidays. Further awards will be handed out in April, including the coveted Winner of Winners and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism awards.