South West Tourism Awards

Cornwall's best tourism businesses were honoured at the 2021/22 South West Tourism Excellence Awards at Exeter in early April. The awards saw 476 entries from the region including Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

A list of Visit Cornwall members who came away with awards should start with Mylor Sailing and Powerboat School near Falmouth who took gold in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, leaving multi million pound attraction Stonehenge in bronze. They also gained gold in the Experience of the year category, a great achievement for a small Cornish business.

Also coming home with two golds were The Idle Rocks Hotel at St Mawes, these came in the Restaurant of the year and Small Hotel of the year categories.

Other golds went to Gwelmor, a self-catering business at Bude who took the Dog Friendly award, the Minack Theatre, gold in Large Visitor Attraction and another self-catering business Three Mile Beach at Hayle took gold in the New Tourism Business category. Spa and Wellbeing experience of the year went to St Michael's Resort, Falmouth. Finally, the Resilience and Innovation gold Award went to Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park and Martha's Orchard. Well done all!

Getting any award is an achievement, especially when you are up against the best in the south west, so we should also mention the Chelsea House, Falmouth who added silver B&B and Guesthouse of the year, on top of their gold in the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Trevalgan Touring Park to the west of St Ives took silver for Camping and Caravanning Park of the year, whilst across the other side of the bay, The Rockpool at Godrevy gained a silver in the Casual Dining section.

The silver award for Large Hotel of the year went to the Carlyon Bay Hotel at St Austell and the Meudon Hotel near Falmouth picked up a bronze for Restaurant of the year. PK Porthcurno (formerly the Telegraph Museum) was awarded silver in Small Visitor Attraction. And to finish off, Glynn Barton on the outskirts of Bodmin took bronze for Self-Catering Accommodation of the year.

A final special award went to Treloy Touring Park at Newquay to honour their efforts in water conservation, sponsored by South West Water.