The winners of the seven categories at the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards 2014-2015 were announced at St. Ermins Hotel in London on Tuesday 13 May 2014. The 21st annual awards event acknowledges the excellent services provided by the UK’s very best B&B establishments.
Winners for the AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England, Scotland, Wales, London and Northern Ireland as well as Funkiest B&B of the Year and the ever popular Friendliest B&B of the Year sponsored by eviivo were awarded prizes provided by AA Hotel Services’ partner, Villeroy & Boch.
AA Friendliest B&B of the Year Award
Irene Nixon from River Garth Guest House in Penrith, has been named the AA’s Friendliest B&B of the Year 2014.
She was chosen from a shortlist of 25 finalists which were nominated by the AA’s Hotel inspectors.
Sitting on the south bank of the River Eamont provides River Garth Guest House with stunning views and a relaxing setting. However this riverside setting also brought heartbreak when it was flooded in 2005 but having refurbished completely disaster struck again in 2009 when a second flood blighted the property. But Irene’s resolve to carry on won through and after a redesign and rebuild to raise River Garth’s accommodation to the first floor, she was once more welcoming guests to her home. Guests are made to feel like part of the family and nothing is too much bother for Irene.
Speaking of her nomination Irene said, ‘I am deeply honoured to have won this prestigious award. The opportunity to welcome people into my home and provide them with a high quality service has helped me overcome the trauma of the floods in 2005 and 2009. It is wonderful to have received so many thank you cards and positive reviews over the years that I already feel like a winner.’
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AA Funkiest Bed and Breakfast of the Year Award
The Bull Inn in Mildenhall has been named the AA’s Funkiest B&B of the Year. This is the eighth year that the award for Funkiest B&B has been included in the event.
All of the 15 rooms at The Bull Inn are individually designed in a unique and funky way with designer wallpaper, bespoke glass walls and handmade soft furnishings. Whether it is an image of a licking cow in the shower, a silver leaf Versailles curved end bed, a cow print headboard, zebra print tiles or a king size gold bed each room has something to take your breath away. Owners Cheryl Hickman and Wayne Starling pride themselves of providing a unique atmosphere and fantastic features as well as a young, vibrant team that guests just adore.
Cheryl and Wayne said of winning the award, ‘It is amazing to be awarded this prestigious award and one that shows that with hard work, dedication and an unfailing commitment you can achieve your dreams. We have a vision for the next seven years and awards such as this are the proof that we are pushing in the right direction – thank you to our amazing team.’
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AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England
Prawles Court in Ewhurst Green has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England 2014
Rob and Candida Machin have been running Prawles Court Country House B&B since 2010. Set in 27 acres of gardens and ground the Elizabethan house offers guests the grand feel and style of a Country House Hotel with the warm and friendly service of a bed and breakfast. Each of the four rooms is completely unique, individually furnished and full of character. Guests can also make use of the drawing room with sumptuous sofas and log fires, whilst breakfast is served in the light filled Orangery.
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AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland
Aikenshill House in Ellon was has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland 2014.
Located just six miles north of Aberdeen and a short drive from at least three of the best links courses in the UK, Aikenshill House is an ideal base for exploring Aberdeenshire. Fully renovated in 2007 the 100 year old property offers contemporary living in a traditional wrapper with stunning views across the Buchan countryside. After 25 years in the fishing industry James Duthie and his wife Shona make guests feel at home as soon as they arrive.
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AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales
Tyddyn Mawr Farmhouse in Dolgellau has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales 2014.
Guests at Tyddyn Mawr can enjoy stunning views over the Cader Idris mountain in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Breakfasts of locally grown and sourced products give visitors a flavour and taste of Wales and its culture. Over the years Olwen has continued to evolve and adapt to her customers needs and it is this attention to detail and dedication to the tourism industry that has seen her receive this award for the second time.
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AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London
Sydney House Chelsea has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London 2014.
Set in the heart of historic Chelsea between the King’s Road and Fulham Road, Sydney House is a seven storey Georgian townhouse that exudes style and elegance. Guests in the 21 bedrooms benefit from high standard accommodation including Vi-Spring mattresses, all glass bathrooms and gorgeous sleek linens. There is also the added bonus of the glorious breakfasts created by chef Donna who has developed a dedicated following amongst regular guest and a number of local residents who are addicted to her breakfasts.
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AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland
Whitepark House in Ballycastle has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland 2014.
Whitepark House is run by Bob Isles with help from his wife Siobhan and is one of the most interesting and atmospheric houses on the North Antrim Coast. After extensive renovations in 2006 guests now benefit from beautifully decorated rooms as well as a wonderful conservatory for summer breakfasts. Guests from around the world return to Whitepark House for both the wonderful location and the wit and charm of Bob.
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