The winners of the six categories at the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards 2013-2014 were announced at St. Ermins Hotel in London on Tuesday 28 May 2013. The 20th 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, were awarded prizes provided by AA Hotel Services’ partner, Villeroy & Boch.
AA Friendliest B&B of the Year Award
Blessing and Gibson Mutandwa from Milton House in Bath, has been named the AA’s Friendliest B&B of the Year 2013, in association with eviivo. They were chosen from a shortlist of 25 finalists which were nominated by the AA’s Hotel inspectors.
Located at Poet’s Corner, just 12 minute’s walk from Bath City Centre, Milton House, which is named after poet John Milton, is perfect for exploring the city. Blessing and Gibson were both brought up in Africa where there is an established tradition of politeness and hospitality to guests visiting your home. They have applied the same principles to running Milton House and offer guests the best possible customer experience during their stay, so much so that some extend their time with them as they do not want to go home.
Blessing and Gibson understand that many of their guests visit Bath for leisure holidays and therefore work constantly to create the best possible customer experience. They share their wealth of knowledge of the local area with their guests to help them make the most of their stay in Bath.
Speaking of their award win, Blessing and Gibson said, ‘We are thrilled to have won this award. It is wonderful to be recognised for all the hard work and attention to detail we put in to making guests feel welcome at Milton House.'
AA Funkiest Bed and Breakfast of the Year Award
Who’d A Thought It in Kent has been named the AA’s Funkiest B&B of the Year. This is the seventh year that the award for Funkiest B&B has been included in the event.
Who’d A Thought It is a highly individual establishment providing modern luxurious rooms each with its own unique style. Set around a garden courtyard, just meters from the main building that houses a pub style bar and restaurant, guests can indulge themselves with the fantasy surroundings and history that this building has to offer. The glamour of each room is epitomised by their champagne names and come with four poster or round beds. Guests enjoy the Egyptian cotton bedding and animal throws as well as Jacuzzi baths, chilled champagne and mood lighting. Owner Joe Mallet prides himself on offering unrivalled individuality and a unique sleeping experience to suit ever possible whim. This originality goes hand in hand with a friendly welcoming and fun loving team giving uncompromising service, ensuring that every wish and desire is always met.
Speaking on receiving his award Joe Mallet said, “This award is gratefully received affirmation that our vision of uniqueness and eclectic style is appreciated and enjoyed. More importantly, it inspires us to continue driving to be the best, the most pleasurable and the funkiest B&B that we can possibly be.”
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England
Low Mill Guesthouse in Bainbridge has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England 2013. Low Mill Guesthouse, run by Jane and Neil McNair, is a unique converted mill together with its own working water wheel and mill equipment which they are both very passionate about. Guests get to stay in stunningly decorated rooms with unusual fixtures and fittings that are a constant reminder of the building’s history. The wonderful home cooked meals, bread and biscuits, all loving prepared from fresh local produce delight guests during their stay.
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland
Ardtorna B&B near Oban has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland 2013. With unrivalled views of Loch Creran and the hills of Kingairloch, Ardtorna is a stunning, purpose built, eco friendly property. Owners Sean and Karen O’Byrne have a passion to offer a warm, personalised and memorable experience to their guests always aiming to exceed any expectations. Their hard work has paid off as not only have they won this award but Ardtorna is also the only 5 AA Gold Star B&B in Scotland. Guests at Ardtorna can not only enjoy the gourmet breakfast menu but can also try archery at Ardtorna’s own archery range with expert tuition from Sean, a former Longbow World Champion.
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales
Llwyn Helyg Country House in Llanarthne has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales 2013. Located midway between Carmarthen and Llandeilo, Llwyn Helyg Country House is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful South Wales countryside. Set in three acres of tranquil, landscaped grounds the newly built property is on the site of an old ruin. Each room is stylishly designed using marble, granite and limestone to create a unique décor. Designed as a B&B, Llwyn Helyg Country House, has three beautiful guest rooms as well as a therapy room, kitchen for cookery courses and dedicated ‘Listening Room’ with a state of the art music system. Owners Caron and Fiona Jones pride themselves on providing a personal friendly service with the added interest of offering guests specialist cooking and music events.
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London
The Windermere Hotel has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London 2013. The Windermere is a family run business with Nicholas and Sylvia Hambi who have been running the hotel since 1987 now joined by daughter Emily. Centrally located within walking distance of famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Parks, The Windermere is the ideal base for guests to explore the Capital. With 19 rooms over five floors the Hambi family has strived to reinstate and maintain the hotel’s original features many of which were lost during the Blitz. Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner in the Windermere Brasserie and bar while taking in the beautiful features of this historic building.
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland
Causeway Lodge in Dunseverick has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland 2013. Located on the North Antrim coast Causeway Lodge is an intimate B&B which aims to provide a home from home atmosphere for its discerning guests. Owners Anne and Lyle Taggart pride themselves on the small details which we know make all the difference for their guests and strongly believe that the highest level of customer service is what sets them apart from other establishments.