The winners of the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Awards were announced yesterday. Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites. Signpost, the UK’s longest established hotel guide, also presented an award for ‘Best in Class Hotels’. Signpost was acquired by Specialist Guides in January 2017 and has been promoting the UK’s finest hotels since 1935, making it the longest continually published hotel guide in the country.
Hotel of the Year 2017 was awarded to Alexandra Hotel at Lyme Regis, a delightful boutique hotel in Dorset overlooking the Jurassic Coast. Set on a stunning clifftop location, with direct beach access, The Alexandra exudes elegant style, comfort and hospitality, as enjoyed by the most discerning of guests for over 100 years. The immaculate private grounds overlook the famous Cobb Harbour, Lyme Bay and the World Heritage Coastline. The Alexandra’s bedrooms are individually decorated and many afford wonderful sea views. All facilities and luxury products are provided for their guest’s comfort, illustrating the high standards and attention to detail throughout. The Alexandra has an award-winning restaurant and wine cellar.
Best Family Hotel 2017 was awarded to The Cottage, Hope Cove in Devon. Its fine location, offering breath-taking views overlooking one of the most beautiful coastlines, makes the Cottage Hotel the best in class, appealing to everyone, whatever age or interest all year round. For a quiet relaxing break, family bucket and spade holiday, outdoor activities, especially walking the southwest coast path at the bottom of the hotel garden, The Cottage is the perfect spot.
Best Hotel Dining Hotel was awarded to Roman Camp Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Callander in Scotland. The Roman Camp Country House & Restaurant, dating from 1625, was originally a hunting lodge for the Earls of Moray. It was remodelled and extended during the early 20th century, becoming a hotel in the 1930s. The house lies in 20 acres of gardens by the river Teith, including a large walled flower & herb garden. The restaurant is an inspiring oval room of elegant proportions, with soft modern classical décor. The hotel has retained 3 AA rosettes for many years and offers a 4 course table d’hôte dinner, or an à la carte menu. Lunches, afternoon teas and light snacks are all available. Cuisine is modern Scottish making use of freshest local produce.
Gary Swarbrooke, Signpost Director stated “We asked our hotel consultants, who visit all our hotels every year to nominate best in class for our three hotel categories. This year the hotel sector has more optimism than in many years. Our hotels continue to provide great hospitality to their customers with all of them offering superb quality and a warm welcome.”