We are delighted to add that we have been highly commended by south west england tourism. Below is the text of an e-mail we have recieved
Dear Carol & Andy,
I have pleasure in telling you that your entry for The Elmdene has been selected as one of the ‘Highly Commended’ entries in the B&B, Guest Accommodation & Inns category of this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
Within each category, the panel was restricted to a maximum of four ‘winners’ to receive Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards and for submission to the national VisitEngland Awards, and I’m sorry to tell you that your entry was not amongst these winners. However, I can tell you that the judges were hugely impressed by your business and decided to award you ‘Highly Commended’ status. This is only awarded in those categories where the judges had the toughest of decisions, and reflects the reality that the scoring was immensely close.
Please accept my congratulations!
Each year the judging gets harder as the region’s best vie to be the ‘best in class’. This year was no exception, with a record of nearly 350 entries to consider, and our team of 35 judges undertaking a record 213 visits (up from 164 last year). Our final panel meeting considered all judges’ recommendations, alongside websites, review sites and other evidence. It really has developed into quite an operation, but so it needs to in judging the region’s best!
To have achieved Highly Commended status is a huge achievement, especially in England’s top region for tourism.