English Lakes Hotels, Resorts and Venues - a partner of Choose Cumbria - took home a Cumbria Tourism Award last night (Wednesday, June 22) as the Waterhead at Ambleside won the Large Hotel of the Year category.
The winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Cartmel Racecourse compered by comedian Justin Moorhouse.
Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “Last night we celebrated the very best of what Cumbria has to offer and reinforced why the county is the nations’ favourite holiday destination.
“Everybody involved in this industry should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved and in particular I would like to thank winners and finalists for their outstanding achievement, continuous hard work and their special contribution to Cumbria’s tourism industry.”
Winning businesses had to show they are providing memorable visitor experiences, an exceptional quality of product and exemplary customer service, and making a contribution to the long-term sustainability of their local community.
Many of the winners will go on to represent the county at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2017.
The 2016 winners are:
Large Hotel of the Year
Small Hotel of the Year
The Leathes Head Country House Hotel, Borrowdale.
Guest Accommodation of the Year
Askham Hall, Askham.
B&B of the Year
Whitrigg House, Clifton.
Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Waternook Lakeside Accommodation, Howtown.
Holiday Park of the Year
Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate, Windermere.
Tourism Experience of the Year
Lakeland Segway, Cartmel.
Tourism Event of the Year
Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy at Ullswater Yacht Club.
Visitor Attraction of the Year
Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston.
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year
The Cottage in the Wood, Whinlatter Forest.
Taste Cumbria Retailer of the Year
Low Sizergh Barn, Kendal.
Wedding Venue of the Year
Askham Hall, Askham.
Sustainable Tourism Award
FSC Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld.
The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence
Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs, Windermere.
Tourism Pub of the Year
New Tourism Business Award
Threlkeld Coffee Shop, Threlkeld