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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Carlisle's Tullie House wins key prize at Cumbria Tourism Awards

The very best of what Cumbria has to offer was celebrated at a glitzy awards ceremony.

Tullie House photo
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery was awarded one of the evening’s key prizes, when it was named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the annual Cumbria Tourism Awards.

The glittering ceremony took place at the Castle Green Hotel, in Kendal, last night and recognised the very best of the county’s tourism.

It was a positive night for north Cumbria overall: Tottergill Farm Holiday Cottages in Castle Carrock, was named Self-Catering Holiday of the Year; The Quiet Site in Ullswater took the Sustainable Tourism Award; and the Taste Cumbria Award was presented to The Watermill, Little Salkeld.

Eden Arts, behind the highly successful Picnic Cinema scheme, were rewarded for their efforts with a different event, when their C-Art project was named Tourism Event of the Year.

The awards were presented by Kim Inglis, broadcaster, reporter and journalist.

Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “The winners of the 2014 Cumbria Tourism Awards are key ambassadors for Cumbria’s tourism industry and we are all incredibly proud of their achievements.

“Last night our awards ceremony was a true celebration of the very best of what Cumbria has to offer and how they contribute to our already outstanding tourism offer.”

He continued: “Recent figures released show the Lake District and Cumbria has bounced back strongly after a difficult few years.

“Our strong performance was helped by the good summer weather but it is also the result of hard work and investment from tourism operators to make sure we compete on quality and price with destinations across the UK and overseas.”

Winning businesses had to prove provide memorable visitor experiences, an exceptional quality of product and exemplary customer service, as well as (where applicable) using the best, fresh, local ingredients and making a contribution to the long-term sustainability of their local community. Each winner received a certificate and a specially-commissioned engraved award, handcrafted by talented local artist Penni Simpson of Fusion Glass Art.

WINNERS

Guest Accommodation of the Year: Hill Crest Country Guest House, near Newby Bridge

Holiday Park of the Year: Silverdale Holiday Park (Holgates), Silverdale

Large Hotel of the Year: Best Western Plus Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Lakeside, near Ulverston

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year: Tottergill Farm Holiday Cottages, Castle Carrock
Highly Commended: The Hyning Estate, near Kendal

The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service: Jude Walker, Hall Hills, near Carlisle

Small Hotel of the Year: Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere

Tourism Event of the Year: C-Art, Eden Arts, Penrith

Tourism Pub of the Year: Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Windermere

Sustainable Tourism Award: The Quiet Site, Ullswater
Highly Commended: Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Appleby in Westmorland

Taste Cumbria Award: The Watermill, Little Salkeld

Tourism Experience Award: Joint winners: Treetop Trek, Windermere / Via Ferrata Xtreme, Honister

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