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Longleat wins major tourism award

Tours of Longleat House are part of the experience. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Longleat has been named as the best large visitor attraction in the South West at the prestigious annual South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The Wiltshire safari park fought off stiff competition that included the Eden Project in Cornwall and Pennywell Farm in Devon.

The judges said that at Longleat “every element of the attraction is presented well, by a team who are both experts in the field but also looking to ensure a great visit”.

You've heard about the Lions of Longleat but how about flying lions? Keepers spotted these hi-jinks this month Credit: Longleat

The awards were presented at a ceremony in Plymouth, hosted by ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton.

They’re designed to be a night when the outstanding quality of the regions top tourism businesses in the South West is celebrated.

It has been a record year, with 350 entries from every corner of the region, from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.

The judging this year has been harder than ever before.

– Robin Barker, Organiser

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Launceston Farm Bed & Breakfast, Dorset
  • BRONZE - Pendragon Country House, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The Seafood Restaurant, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Pentillie Castle, Cornwall
  • SELF CATERING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Greenwood Grange, Dorset
  • BRONZE - The Big House Company, Somerset
  • SILVER - Seahorse Apartments & Westward Living at the Duckhaven Stud, Devon
  • GOLD - Headland Hotel, Cornwall
  • TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2013 , Somerset
  • SILVER - Dorset Seafood Festival, Dorset
  • SILVER - Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Wiltshire
  • HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Cofton Country Holidays, Devon
  • BRONZE - Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset
  • TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, Dorset
  • BRONZE - Poole Welcome Centre, Dorset
  • SILVER, Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Devon
  • GOLD - English Riviera Tourism Company, Devon
  • VENUE & BUSINESS TOURISM
  • BRONZE - Dartington Hall, Devon
  • SILVER - Deer Park Country House Hotel, Devon
  • GOLD - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, Cornwall
  • BRONZE - Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Devon
  • SILVER - Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • GOLD - National Trust Coleridge Cottage, Somerset
  • TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Polkerris Beach, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • SILVER - National Trust Brownsea Island, Dorset
  • GOLD - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
  • TOURISM SUPERSTAR AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
  • SILVER - Geof Curtis from Brownsea Island, Dorset
  • SILVER - Christine Hornsby from Perran Sands Holiday Park, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Dickon Allen from Montacute House, Somerset
  • GOLD - Matt Druce from Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Devon
  • TASTE OF SOUTH WEST AWARD
  • SILVER - Eastbury Hotel, Dorset
  • SILVER - The Herring, Cornwall
  • GOLD - River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Plymouth, Devon
  • GOLD - Bybrook Restaurant at the Manor House, Wiltshire
  • TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - The New Inn, Tresco, Isles of Scilly
  • SILVER - Start Bay Inn, Devon
  • SILVER- The Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Cornwall
  • GOLD - The Pandora Inn, Mylor, Cornwall
  • SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
  • BRONZE - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • BRONZE – Railholiday, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Compton Pool Farm, Devon
  • GOLD - Little White Alice, Cornwall
  • LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE – Cotehele, Cornwall
  • BRONZE - Trebah Garden, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The BIG Sheep, Devon
  • GOLD – Longleat, Wiltshire
  • ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
  • BRONZE - Countryside Mobility South West
  • SILVER - A Little Bit of Heaven, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Mortons House Hotel, Dorset
  • GOLD - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
  • LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Headland Hotel, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The Manor House Hotel and Gold Club, Wiltshire
  • GOLD - Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Somerset
  • SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Barnsley House Hotel, Gloucestershire
  • BRONZE - Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly
  • GOLD - The Old Rectory Hotel, Devon
  • WINNER OF WINNERS
  • Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon