Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013


Drum roll, please, as we prepare to announce the winners of the 2013 'Cotsies'

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013

Drum roll, please, as we prepare to announce the winners of the 2013 ‘Cotsies’

The Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 (known affectionately as ‘Cotsies’) are organised annually by Cotswolds Tourism, and this year Cotswold Life is delighted to be part of the excitement.


Celebrating quality, service and success in our tourism industry, the coveted awards acknowledge excellence in each of the categories, with gold winners being eligible to go forward to VisitEngland’s National Tourism Awards.


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Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year


Gold – East House, Broadway

Silver – Whittington Farm Lodge 

Bronze – Seagrave Arms, Chipping Campden

East House B&B covers the essentials of friendliness and cleanliness perfectly but has additional touches that raise it to most excellent.


Large Hotel of the Year


Gold – Montpellier Chapter

Silver – Three Ways House Hotel 

Bronze – Cotswold Four Pillars


Very good hotels have a way of becoming part of the local community as well as being great for visitors. Montpellier Chapter has achieved this in Cheltenham.


Small Hotel of the Year


Gold – Calcot Manor

Silver – The Lamb Inn, Burford

Bronze – The Manor House Hotel, Castle Coombe


Calcot Manor is recognised across the Cotswolds tourism industry as a terrifically well-run business, and has remained busy throughout a tough year.


Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year


Gold – Eco Chic Cottages


Silver – Barncastle, Pitchcombe


EcoChic Cottages resists the idea that responsible tourism needs to be worthy or dull, and the aim is to exceed customer expectations.


Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year


Gold – Cotswold Farm Park Camp Site


Silver – Cotswolds Hoburne


Cotswold Farm Park Camp site provides friendliness, rare breed sausages and the special character of the 650-acre Bemborough estate.


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year


Gold – Batsford Arboretum


Silver – Cotswold Farm Park


Bronze – Sudeley Castle


Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh has invested in a new garden shop, plant centre and café, and is respected locally for professional business planning and marketing.


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – Corinium Museum 


Silver – Bourton House Garden


Bronze – Stanway House


‘Scratch Gloucestershire and find Rome’ goes the saying and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum is an absolute treasure house of Roman history in Britain.


Tourism Experience of the Year

Gold – Cotswolds Olimpick Games


Silver – Giffords Circus


Bronze – Lechlade Festival


The Cotswolds Olimpicks is a great example of a ‘genuine’ event run with pride and passion by local people, celebrating 400 years in 2012.


Tourism Pub of the Year

Gold – Plough at Kingham


Silver – Gloucester Old Spot


Bronze – The Mount at Stanton


The Plough at Kingham is loved by locals and visitors alike, and standards are high across the board, with a proper bar, serious bar snacks and a fiendish pub quiz.


Business Tourism Award


Gold – The Barn at Calcot


Silver – The Manor House Hotel, Moreton 


Bronze – Cheltenham Racecourse


The Barn at Calcot sets the standard for sophisticated business meetings and events. Simple as that.


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gold – Moreton-in-Marsh


Silver – Cirencester


Bronze – Gloucester


Standards in the Cotswolds are extremely high and Moreton-in-Marsh Tourist Information Centre can therefore claim to be very, very good indeed.


Taste of England Award

Gold – Curry Corner, Cheltenham


Silver – Cotswolds Chef, Food Experiences 


Bronze – Owler, Charles Martell’s local ‘Poire William’


Curry Corner is where an English institution (curry) meets the new mantra of restaurant dining... ‘local’, and is the oldest and most highly regarded Bangladeshi restaurant in the country.


Access for All Tourism Award

Gold – Star Bistro


Silver – Tramper (off-road mobility scooter) hire and trails on the Cotswold Way


Bronze – Westonbirt Arboretum


The Star Bistro at National Star College is a very good restaurant indeed, plus  its Access for All credentials are impeccable, without a whiff of being patronising to any of its customers.


Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold – Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust


Silver – Eco Chic Cottages


Bronze – Cotswolds Conservation Board (a European Charter for Sustainable Tourism)

With over 500 active volunteers and a wider membership, the Wildlife Trust’s activities have a great impact on visitors to the area through their work in protecting habitats, opening nature reserves and an energetic programme of events.