Winners revealed from last night's Cumbria Tourism Awards

The Westmorland Gazette: Treetop Trek receive their award for Tourism Experience at last night's ceremony. Picture by – Victoria Sedgwick of Mark Carr Photography. Treetop Trek receive their award for Tourism Experience at last night's ceremony. Picture by – Victoria Sedgwick of Mark Carr Photography.

A STRING of Lake District businesses have new silverware for the company mantelpiece after last night’s Cumbria Tourism Awards.

The winners were revealed at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal by Cumbria’s very own television broadcaster and journalist, Kim Inglis as compere.

Taking home prizes were businesses from Windermere, Keswick, Appleby, Penrith, Carlisle, Newby Bridge, Silverdale, Ulverston and Ullswater.

The awards recognise hotels, guest accommodation, holiday parks, visitor attractions and the tourism employees who make up the county’s thriving £2-billion-a-year tourism industry.

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The competition involves 13 categories including the Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service, the Tourism Experience Award, Sustainable Tourism Award and Taste Cumbria Award.

Cumbria Tourism said judges were looking for excellence in all areas.

Each category winner received a certificate and a specially commissioned engraved award, handcrafted by Cartmel-based artist Penni Simpson of Fusion Glass Art.

Ian Stephens, of Cumbria Tourism, said: “Last night our awards ceremony was a true celebration of the very best of what Cumbria has to offer and how they contribute to our already outstanding tourism offer.

“Recent figures released show that The Lake District and Cumbria has bounced back strongly after a difficult few years. Our strong performance was helped by the good summer weather but it is also the result of hard work and investment from the tourism operators to make sure that we compete on quality and price with destinations across the UK and overseas.”

Guest Accommodation of the Year

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Hill Crest Country Guest House, Nr Newby Bridge

Holiday Park of the Year

Silverdale Holiday Park (Holgates)

Large Hotel of the Year

Best Western Plus Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Lakeside

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year

Tottergill Farm Holiday Cottages, Castle Carrock

Highly Commended The Hyning Estate, Nr Kendal

The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service

Jude Walker, Hall Hills, Nr Carlisle

Small Hotel of the Year

Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere

Tourism Event of the Year

C-Art, Eden Arts, Penrith

Tourism Pub of the Year

Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Windermere

Sustainable Tourism Award

The Quiet Site, Ullswater

Highly Commended

Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Appleby

Taste Cumbria Award

The Watermill, Little Salkeld

Tourism Experience Award

Joint winners Treetop Trek, Windermere

Via Ferrata Xtreme, Honister

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12:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

pax voblis says...

2 Billion pound tourism economy i`m guessing there is no need for food banks in or around the National park,nobody trapped in poverty and nobody going to work for under £7.50 an hour or Free parking under 2 hours throughout the lakes......Thought not.Cant beat a festival of backslapping and conscience free self indulgence and lets not forget the all important kudos, i can hear markers marking up from here.
2 Billion pound tourism economy i`m guessing there is no need for food banks in or around the National park,nobody trapped in poverty and nobody going to work for under £7.50 an hour or Free parking under 2 hours throughout the lakes......Thought not.Cant beat a festival of backslapping and conscience free self indulgence and lets not forget the all important kudos, i can hear markers marking up from here. pax voblis
  • Score: 13

1:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

What's your point pax voblis....are you saying we shouldn't have a valuable and successful tourist industry in Cumbria or any other county that suffers any degree of social issue and poverty?
What's your point pax voblis....are you saying we shouldn't have a valuable and successful tourist industry in Cumbria or any other county that suffers any degree of social issue and poverty? magical trevor
  • Score: -4

10:39am Thu 19 Jun 14

pax voblis says...

I want a better deal for all, a more even distribution of wealth that reflects a fair balance between success and community.There is a tendency in this world to pay off ones mortgage in 10 years or sit on a fortune that only gives a false sense of security.Wealth gives us some choices and little else.It is much more rewarding to make sure that we all benefit from success rather then just a few and that fosters a deeper respect which makes for inclusion not exclusion.Lets only make/take what we need.I was hungry and you gave me food,i was cold and you gave me shelter.
I want a better deal for all, a more even distribution of wealth that reflects a fair balance between success and community.There is a tendency in this world to pay off ones mortgage in 10 years or sit on a fortune that only gives a false sense of security.Wealth gives us some choices and little else.It is much more rewarding to make sure that we all benefit from success rather then just a few and that fosters a deeper respect which makes for inclusion not exclusion.Lets only make/take what we need.I was hungry and you gave me food,i was cold and you gave me shelter. pax voblis
  • Score: 14

10:42am Thu 19 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

What a load of cobblers. If I'm successful I want to celebrate my success, and that doesn't necessarily mean giving it away. If you want to live in a socialist environment, then you know what to do!! Wealth gives us much in life...but the lack of wealth does not mean you should adopt the attitude of "the world owes me"!
What a load of cobblers. If I'm successful I want to celebrate my success, and that doesn't necessarily mean giving it away. If you want to live in a socialist environment, then you know what to do!! Wealth gives us much in life...but the lack of wealth does not mean you should adopt the attitude of "the world owes me"! magical trevor
  • Score: -12

10:46am Thu 19 Jun 14

pax voblis says...

Spoken like a good atheist with all the economics of a Londoner i want therefore i am.No magic there
Spoken like a good atheist with all the economics of a Londoner i want therefore i am.No magic there pax voblis
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Spotty Fish says...

At least our Trev lives in the real world (on this occasion). Whether or not he is an atheist is completely irrelevant.

And shouldn't it be pax vobis (peace to you), or is it a play on words that is beyond me?
At least our Trev lives in the real world (on this occasion). Whether or not he is an atheist is completely irrelevant. And shouldn't it be pax vobis (peace to you), or is it a play on words that is beyond me? Spotty Fish
  • Score: 4

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