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Whitehouse Country House comes out top

The owners of a guest house in St Boswells are celebrating after winning a prestigious national tourism award.

Whitehouse Country House beat off competition from across the county to be crowned "Best Guest House".

The Scottish Thistle Award, organised by Visit Scotland, was presented to owner Angela Tyrer, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

She said:

"This is a real and wonderful surprise, all the finalists looked amazing and yet all so different. Hospitality is at the core of our business and this is the reason that my husband Roger who is the co-proprietor cannot be here tonight as he is at home looking after our guests.

"Winning brings its own responsibility and we hope to use the publicity to not only promote our own B&B, but also to help further promote our village, St. Boswells, which has multi-award winning businesses, great sporting facilities and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.

– Angela Tyrer, Owner of Whitehouse Guest House

"As Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014, quality is more important than ever.

"I am thrilled that Whitehouse Country House has scooped this well-deserved award for its contribution to tourism. Recognising excellence in the industry is helping Scotland shine and accommodation providers like Whitehouse Country House help to put this part of Scotland well and truly on the map!"

– Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland