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Cream of North’s tourist attractions honoured

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Doxford Hall, winner of Small Hotel of the Year

The North East’s best tourist attractions have been honoured at a glittering ceremony held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

More than 40 businesses from hotels and events to tourist attractions, farm shops and restaurants were recognised for the hard work they do in bringing visitors to the region.

Among the winners from Northumberland was Doxford Hall Hotel at Chathill (Small Hotel of the Year), Cheviot Holiday Cottages at Ingram (Self Catering /Serviced Apartment), Seafield Caravan Park, (Caravan Holiday Park of the Year) and St Cuthbert’s House (Sustainable Tourism), both Seahouses, and William Salve of Linden Hall Golf and Country Club at Morpeth (Outstanding Customer Service).

And Northumberland holiday cottages swept the board in the Self-Catering/Serviced Apartment category, picking up all four awards for the night, with Outchester Ducket and Budle Falls, both from Belford, tying in Bronze place.

The annual awards are judged by a range of senior industry experts and nominees are required to demonstrate high standards of excellent in their respective fields.

Geoff Hodgson, chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board, said: “The quality of this year’s shortlisted finalists has shone through the judging process. Their commitment to providing a first class experience for their customers and constantly improving their business is what helps make North East England such a great place to visit.

“The judging process has been difficult but has provided a chance to see at first-hand the wealth of talent and experience in the region’s visitor economy.”

Winners in a number of categories will now go on to represent the region at the national Visit England Awards for Excellence to be held next spring.


Large Hotel of the Year

Gold: Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf Spa and Resort, Hurworth on Tees, County Durham

Silver: Gisborough Hotel, North Yorkshire

Bronze: Linden Hall Golf and Country Club, Morpeth, Northumberland

Small Hotel of the Year

Gold: Doxford Hall, Chathill, Northumberland

Silver: Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, Tees Valley

Bronze: Seaham Hall Hotel and Serendipity Spa, County Durham

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Gold: Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast, Crook, County Durham

Silver: Old Vicarage, Tweedmouth, Northumberland

Bronze: Low Urpeth Farm Bed and Brakfast, Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Cheviot Holiday Cottages - Self Catering/Serviced Apartment of the Year

Self-Catering/Serviced Apartments

Gold: Cheviot Holiday Cottages, Ingram, Northumberland

Silver: Falstone Barns, Falstone, Northumberland

Bronze: Outchester Ducket, Belford, Northumberland

Bronze: Budle Falls, Belford, Northumberland

Caravan Holiday Park of the Year

Gold: Seafield Caravan Park, Seahouses, Northumberland

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold: WWT Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, Sunderland

Gold: Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, County Durham

Silver: Durham University Botanic Garden, Durham City

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold: Beamish Museum, County Durham

Silver: Roman Vindolanda Fort and Museum, Bardon Mill

Bronze: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Business Tourism Award

Gold: Sodexo Prestige at Newcastle United

Silver: Event Durham, Durham University

Bronze: Great North Museum – Hancock, Newcastle

Taste of North East England

Gold: Knitsley Farm Shop, Consett, County Durham

Silver: Wheelbirks Parlour, Stocksfield, Northumberland

Bronze: Oldfield’s Eating House, Durham

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Gold: William Salve, Linden Hall Golf and Country Club, Morpeth, Northumberland

Silver: Kelly Smith, Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, Tees Valley

Bronze: Kate Carnaby, Sodexo Prestige at Newcastle United

Jeff and Jill Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House

Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold: St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, Northumberland

Silver: Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, County Durham

Bronze: Blackthorn Gate, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough

Best Tourism Experience of the Year

Gold: The National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland

Silver: Go Ape!, Matfen, Northumberland

Bronze: Surfing in North Tyneside

Tourism Event of the Year

Gold: Tall Ships Races, Hartlepool 2010

Silver: Extraordinary Measures, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland

Bronze: Evolution Weekender 2010, NewcastleGateshead

Access for all Tourism Award

Gold: Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle

Silver: The Coach House Bed and Breakfast, Bardon Mill, Northumberland

Bronze: The Old Farmhouse, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland

Tourism Information Centre of the Year

Gold: Stanhope Tourist Information Centre, County Durham

Silver: Once Brewed Tourist Information Centre, Northumberland

Silver: Rothbury Tourist Information Centre, Northumberland

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