Devon’s best: award-winning places to stay, eat and visit

Want to know the very best places to stay, eat and visit on your next trip to Devon? Read about the Gold award winning business that were named best in the county at the 2016 Devon Tourism Awards.

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Longlands: Glamping
A ’boutique hotel with canvas sides’, Longlands offers five, six-person luxury safari lodges, set in the idyllic surroundings of a secret valley overlooking the North Devon coast, and bordering Exmoor.
Longlands says: “We go to enormous lengths to put ourselves in the shoes of our guests, be they families, couples, or groups of friends – to anticipate their needs and exceed their expectations. For example, we provide a book of adventures and activities to enable guests explore the area, and we provide food so they can spend more time exploring – and less cooking!”
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The Coach House by Michael Caines: Restaurant of the Year
The Coach House by Michael Caines specialises in fine dining, offering exquisite seasonal menus, and is in the stunning grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel [which also won Gold – see below].
The Coach House by Michael Caines says: “We’re incredibly proud of our team for their drive, passion and continued hard work – three things that are crucial to maintaining the quality of service and standard of offering we strive for here. To win Gold for the second year running is an amazing achievement!”
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Unique Devon Tours: International Visitor Experience
Unique Devon Tours provides private driver guided tours for small groups of people. A range of excellent one day tours are available, or tailor made tours can be created.
Alex Graham at Unique Devon Tours says: “I think I’ve created a product that is very special, much more than just another guided tour. I always look to go beyond the extra mile for my guests, and I’m only ever satisfied if my guests are happy. I feel that I’m lucky enough to have found a role that suits my character perfectly, hence my success thus far.”
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Self-Catering Property: The Granary, Larkbeare Grange
After 15 years running an award winning B&B, Larkbeare Grange expanded its offering to include a new timber framed self-catering option designed for families or groups of friends called ‘The Granary’.
Charlie & Julia Hutchings said: 
“The shared dream was always to create a sustainable, quality led business of our own – a special place to stay, with a green heart ,offering a degree of luxury that treads lightly. The location, surrounded by rolling East Devon countryside, is beautiful and very accessible. We also love what we do – hospitality is definitely in the blood!”
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Large Attraction: The Milky Way
The Milky Way in North Devon offers acres of indoor and undercover fun. Popular attractions include the roller coasters, mini-train, indoor dodgems, birds of prey centre and programme of shows.
The Milky Way says: “This has been an amazing award-winning year for us. We’ve invested a lot of time and money recently in new additions such as the Sci-Fi exhibition, huge bouncing pillows, and dedicated play centre for small children, so it’s great to know that it’s been worthwhile. The judges were so positive about what we offer.”
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The Millbrook Inn: Tourism Pub
Gloriously situated in the charming village of South Pool, The Millbrook Inn offers great, honest cooking ‘in an atmosphere that celebrates why villages need pubs and pubs need villages’.
The Millbrook Inn says: “We are a haven for foodies, and lovers of wine and craft ales who look for something off the beaten track and unspoilt. We benefit from the exceptional talents of Jean Phillipe Bidart, our award-winning chef, who brings his unique Gallic sensibility and charm to our local and seasonal Englishness. It’s a flavoursome combination that is obviously savoured and appreciated!”
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Home Farm Café: Cafe/Tearoom
This delightful and cosy café is set in the beautiful grounds of Parke, a 250 acre estate on the edge of Dartmoor. It’s a walkers’ haven, offering home-cooked food using lots of Dartmoor produce throughout the day and some evenings.
Home Farm Cafe says: “We’re thrilled to have won. Our team are truly passionate about delivering a wonderful experience to our customers, and to have their hard work recognised is fantastic.“
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Kentisbury Grange: Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation
Kentisbury Grange is a beautifully restored, Grade II listed Victorian manor house that has been elegantly refurbished to the highest of standards and is now an elegant 4 star hotel.
Kentisbury Grange says: “We were delighted to be finalists for the second year running, but never believed for one moment that we would bring home Gold again [The hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Coach House by Michael Caines, also won Gold – see above] – especially given the high standard of finalists in our category. We’re incredibly proud.”
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South View Lodges: Self-Catering Holiday Provider
These luxury holiday lodges on the edge of the Teign valley near Exeter all have hot tubs and log burners, and enjoy beautiful, peaceful surroundings next to three beautiful lakes.
South View Lodges says: “We like to think that we genuinely offer what guests need – from 1 night stays, to romantic packages, fishing weekends to family summer holidays. We’re open and booked up 365 days a year, and changeovers can happen on any day. All the work is carried out by us, and we put everything we have into our business, offering a very personal touch.”
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Thelma Hulbert Gallery: Access & Inclusivity
Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) is East Devon’s award-winning public art gallery. It features an acclaimed programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions, alongside a permanent collection of artist Thelma Hulbert’s work.
THG says: “We’re thrilled that all the hard work put in by the our staff and wonderful team of volunteers has been recognized! We always strive to meet the varied access needs of our visitors, and are constantly improving physical access and expanding our programme of community exhibitions, accessible workshops and activities, together with our new accessible garden.”
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The Old Kennels copper tacksThe Old Kennels: Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills, The Old Kennels offers an eclectic mix of short courses in a variety of traditional and heritage arts, skills and crafts.
The Old Kennels says: “The Old Kennels is all about inspiring simple living and sharing traditional skills in good company. Immersing in creativity is a wonderful tonic, especially when teamed with beautiful surroundings and home cooked food. Visitors have compared time spent here to a spa visit, and we appreciate just how increasingly precious time off is. For our passion and enthusiasm to be recognised with such a prestigious award feels very special indeed.”
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Event Exeter: Venue & Business Tourism
Event Exeter provides a full event management service using the fantastic array of unique conference, meeting and event venues that span the stunning Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter.
Event Exeter says: “It’s wonderful to be rewarded for the hard work and efforts of our dedicated and expert team, especially against tough competition. The sheer variety and scale of what we do and our variety of amazing venues makes us stand out. We always strive to deliver top quality events, achieving service excellence for our clients and their guests.”
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More Devon Tourism Gold Winners
Winner of Winners & Sustainable Tourism: The National Marine Aquarium
Tourism Event: Plymouth Armed Forces Day
Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation (3 gold winners): Glazebrook House, Lewtrenchard Manor
Holiday Park/Village: Darwin Beach Cove
Hotel: Bovey Castle
Bed & Breakfast: Kywana Hall
Camping & Caravanning: Crealy Park Meadows
Dog-friendly: Deer Park Hotel
Active & Sporting Experience: Reach Outdoors
Small Attraction: Canonteign Falls
Spa & Wellbeing Experience: Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa
Tourist Information Service: Dartmoor National Park Tourist Information Centres
Unsung Hero for Customer Service: Drew Baker of Beverley Holidays
Outstanding Contribution to Devon Tourism: Victoria Hatfield & Rosie Bates