COCOA awards 2017: the winners
- Credit: Archant
On the evening of February 18th, the glitz and glamour returned to The Eden Project, as the red carpet was once again rolled out for Cornish and Devonshire Cottage Holidays’ annual COCOAS (Celebration of Cottage Owner Achievements) Awards.
A black-tie event for holiday cottage owners across Cornwall and Devon, The COCOAS celebrate the hard work and efforts of those owners who go the extra mile and show an extraordinary consideration for the happiness, comfort and enjoyment of their guests. The nominees and winners of each category were voted for by Cornish and Devonshire Cottage Holidays’ customers.
Canapes and award-winning ‘Cornwall Brut’ and ‘Pinot Noir Rose’ from Camel Valley greeted guests on arrival, and continued to flow through a magnificent three-course dinner, featuring produce from the South West. The meal was accompanied by the superb Saffron String Quartet, whilst outside the amazing biodomes of the Eden Project were illuminated against the setting sun and provided a wondrous backdrop for the evening.
After dinner, the highly entertaining broadcaster, writer and former MP and Government Whip, Gyles Brandreth got the proceedings off to a great start. With perfectly timed wit and entertaining anecdotal stories of his encounters across his career, he engaged the whole room in hilarity and was a joy to watch.
The awards ceremony was sponsored by some of the best brands in the South West, with prizes for the winners including: a day trip for two to the beautiful Isles of Scilly with lunch, a two-week hot tub hire plus Champagne, a £500 voucher for Audi Retail Concept, two VIP tickets to see Bryan Adams perform at the Eden Project, a BOSE Sound Touch Speaker, a case of Camel Valley, a deluxe cocktail hamper from Aval Dor Vodka, and a selection of soft furnishings from the Cream Cornwall range.
The ten awards were announced as follows:
The Man’s Best Friend Award, sponsored by Cornish and Devonshire Cottage Holidays
- 1 Devon celebrity chef unveils latest eatery
- 2 10 of the best restaurants for al fresco dining in Norfolk
- 3 A stunning £6 million home near Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, and Prestbury.
- 4 19 great places to eat outdoors in Cheshire after lockdown
- 5 The must-have flowers and plants for gardens in 2021
- 6 12 outdoor dining experiences in Surrey
- 7 Cornwall's best dog-friendly beaches...and places to eat on the way
- 8 Win a unique Peak District Walk book gift box with great map books and photography
- 9 17 of the best spots for al fresco dining in Essex
- 10 35 great Surrey pubs with beer gardens and terraces
Winner – Phoenix Cottage, Truro
The Warm Welcome Award, sponsored by Camel Valley
Winner – Trevenning Chapel, near Port Isaac
The Achievement of Comfort Award, sponsored by Cornish Hot Tubs
Winner – Mynheer Farm Barn, near Portreath
The Attention to Detail Award, sponsored by Boshers Holiday Home Insurance
Winner – Suntrap Hideaway, St Austell
The Most Stylish Award, sponsored by Cream of Cornwall
Winner –Woodfield Coach House, Merrymeet
The Outstanding Act of Customer Service Award, sponsored by The Eden Project
Winner – Gwyndra Retreat, St Austell
The Recognition of Enhancement Award, sponsored by Aval Dor Vodka
Winner – Rose Villa, Newlyn
The Best Lodge or Resort Holiday Home Award, sponsored by Truro Audi
Winner – Chyandour, Falmouth
Sponsored by Cornwall Life and Devon Life, the owners of the properties who had received continued outstanding feedback from guests were awarded the best overall awards as follows:
Overall Devon Winner – Bayview, Brixham
Overall Cornwall Winner – Phoenix Cottage, Truro
The winners were all absolutely delighted and yet more ‘Cornwall’ was popped to celebrate! Needless to say, the evening was deemed another great success.