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Double Celebration for the Eden Hotel Collection as Two Hotels Scoop Accolades at National Awards

Brockencote Hall, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, which has been nominated in the Small Hotel of the Year category for three successive years, finally walked away with the Gold Award on Monday night (May 11) at a glittering ceremony at the Sage Gateshead. Sister hotel Mallory Court, near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, took Bronze in the same category after being nominated for the very first time.

Commenting on the awards James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, said “We received hundreds of applications of an exceptionally high quality making the competition for a Gold Award extremely tough.

“It is therefore a tremendous achievement for Brockencote Hall to win a Gold Award, the highest accolade for Excellence in Tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. They have raised the bar for excellence for others to aspire to and I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country.

“Winning a Bronze Award is also a considerable achievement, especially against such tough competition. Mallory Court is now ranked as one of the top three businesses in their category for excellence in England and I congratulate them.”

The Eden Hotel Collection’s Managing Director, Mark Chambers, said: “Only six hotels across the country were nominated in the Small Hotel of the Year category. To have two of our hotels in the finals was an enormous achievement in itself but to come away with Gold and Bronze is exceptional.

“We’re incredibly proud of our staff and delighted that all their hard work and dedication has been recognised with these awards, which represent the highest accolade in English tourism.”

This year 75 finalists – 15 Gold winners, 15 Silver winners, 15 Bronze winners and 30 Highly Commended – were selected from 345 entries, representing tourism businesses across England. Winners were chosen by a panel of tourism industry experts and chaired by VisitEngland Board Member and Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.


VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence celebrate the very best in English tourism and recognise the true champions of our industry. The competition is of an increasingly high standard and so I offer my sincere congratulations to all our winners.”


Success at the VisitEngland awards comes just seven months after the privately-owned Eden Hotel Collection was named AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 / 2015. The collection features eight upmarket luxury hotels located across the South West, Midlands, and the Cotswolds. A ninth hotel is being redeveloped in Salcombe, South Devon.


For more information about Brockencote Hall call 01562 777876 or visit www.brockencotehall.com. For details about Mallory Court call 01926 330214 or visit www.mallory.co.uk. For further information about the Eden Hotel Collection, visit www.edenhotelcollection.com


Notes to editors:

  • The Eden Hotel Collection comprises eight luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. They are Mallory Court, Leamington Spa; Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Devon; The Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon; Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire; The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham; The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, Somerset and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor. The Eden Hotel Collection also recently acquired Tides Reach Hotel in Salcombe, South Devon, which is to be redeveloped to create a 50-bedroom luxury beachfront hotel and spa.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection is part of The Rigby Group Plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful family-owned businesses. Founded by IT entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, the Group’s portfolio spans hotels, aviation, technology, property and investments.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection has evolved over the last 15 years through the acquisition and restoration by The Rigby Group of carefully-chosen hotels, each with unique attributes but all offering the same impeccable standards of service, quality and attention to detail.



Leah Taylor and Jeff Sims at Edwards Harvey PR on 01622 604600 or email leah.taylor@edwardsharvey.com / jeff.sims@edwardsharvey.com



For more information about VisitEngland or the Awards, please contact Angelah Sparg, Head of Corporate Communications Tel: T: 0207 578 1482 | M: 07917 183 668 Email: angelah.sparg@visitengland.org or Kaye Woodhouse, Corporate Communications Manager. Tel: 0207 578 1452 Email: kaye.woodhouse@visitengland.org M: 07855 962 940 or Website: www.visitengland.org


Please visit www.visitengland.com/excellenceawards for additional information about each winner.


Notes to editors

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015

  • Spanning the course of over 25 years, the VisitEngland awards for Excellence are firmly established as the most prestigious awards in tourism. They celebrate the best of English tourism and promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. www.visitengland.com/biz.
  • The 17 categories for the 2015 awards include: Access for All Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Event of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
  • Additional Awards include Tourism Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism


About VisitEngland

  • VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors
  • Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics   
  • For more information, visit www.visitengland.org or www.visitengland.com.