Although tourists haven’t been able to visit our beautiful county for nearly a year now, the annual Visit Devon Awards for tourism are eagerly anticipated by all those in the hospitality industry. An award by Visit Devon speaks of hard work recognised and rewarded, and the highest quality service provided by staff and teams in those venues.
The family–led team at Harford Bridge Park were delighted to be awarded a Visit Devon 2020 award for Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism at an on–line event held on Thursday, 11th March 2021.
For over 35 years the holiday park near Peter Tavy has been working to sustainably manage the 16–acre holding on Dartmoor National Park’s western edge.
Early adoption of the David Bellamy Conservation Award has guided the Williamson family to a sustainable approach to land management. Adoption of water and energy efficiency, ‘Zero–to–Landfill’ waste management and woodland planting has helped drive the commitment to being sympathetic and aligned with the sustainable management of Dartmoor’s special characteristics.
Paul Williamson, Head of Park Operations said: “The team at Harford Bridge Park are very pleased to achieve further recognition in Visit Devon Tourism Awards. A 2019 ‘Silver’ for Caravan, Camping & Touring Park of the Year has been followed by this morale boosting 2020 ‘Bronze’ Visit Devon award.
‘2020/21 was challenging and our park has been closed for all the lockdowns, but this gave us time to reflect and put even more focus on reducing our inputs, making holidaying as safe as we could and to savour the pleasures of the open–air experience that is Dartmoor and West Devon when the time comes again in April and May.”
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter also scooped an award in bronze in the Attraction of the Year category, alongside the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh, and South Molton’s Quince Honey Farm.
RAMM has seen a year of adaption, innovation and perseverance due to the ever–changing nature of the pandemic, with the museum open for six weeks in total since March 2020. Since then, much of their content has had to move online, with new digital activities taking place on the museum website and across its social media channels.
Cllr Amal Ghusain, portfolio holder for communities and culture, said: “We are delighted that RAMM has been awarded Bronze in the Visitor Attraction of the Year category of this year’s Visit Devon Tourism Awards, and we extend our congratulations to the category winners, Pennywell Farm.
‘The staff at RAMM have dealt with some very difficult circumstances this year, as have we all, and to be chosen as finalists is a recognition of their hard work. Looking to the future, the museum is well–placed to support Exeter’s post–COVID recovery plan. As a peaceful, restorative place, it is somewhere that the people of Exeter can come to escape the stresses of the pandemic and we look forward to welcoming visitors back.”
And for the all–important Pub of the Year, the Gold award went to the Three Crowns in Chagford. Their Facebook page reads: “This is the best news we could wish for – just as things are starting to look more positive and reopening won’t be too far off.
‘Last year we were awarded Bronze in this prestigious scheme…winning awards is hard enough but winning again recognises a commitment to quality and service that the Three Crowns team, led by owners John and Steve with managers Kayleigh and Darren are immensely proud of.”
Winners of the award in The Moorlander’s circulation area are:
ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TOURISM AWARD
Silver – Stover Country Park & Local Nature Reserve,
B&B AND GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR
Silver – Barnabas House B&B, Yelverton
CASUAL DINING AWARD
Bronze – On the Waterfront, Exeter
ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE
Silver – The Cottages at Blackadon Farm, Ivybridge
Bronze – Harford Bridge Holiday Park, Tavistock
GLAMPING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Silver – Devon Yurt, Lifton
LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Gold – Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa, Torquay
Silver – Crowne Plaza Plymouth
NEW TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD
Gold – The Cottages at Blackadon Farm, Ivybridge
Bronze – Brasserie at the Bay, Torquay
PUB OF THE YEAR
Gold – Three Crowns, Chagford,
Silver – The Black River, Black Torrington
and The Waterfront, Plymouth
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Silver – Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter
SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Gold – The Horn of Plenty Country House Hotel
& Restaurant, Gulworthy
SPA & WELLBEING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
Gold – Lincombe Hall Hotel, Torquay
VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Gold – Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh
Bronze – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art
WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR
Paschoe House, Bow