HAMPSHIRE venues made a splash at the The Beautiful South Awards 2018/19, organised by Tourism South East.

The awards were presented a ceremony at the Grand Hotel Brighton by TV and radio presenter Mark Jones.

Seventy-four businesses and tourism professionals received Gold, Silver or Bronze trophies at what has become the industry’s year end highlight.

One of the biggest winners on the night was The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, which scooped Gold in the Large Attraction, Business Tourism and Accessibility categories.

Greenclose Hotels came away with a clutch of awards thanks to the success of New Forest venues, Careys Manor and the Montagu Arms.

The Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu was awarded Gold for Restaurant/Bistro of the Year and the hotel was a silver winner in the Small Hotel category.

Careys Manor at Brockenhurst took bronze in the Large Hotel of the Year category and the hotel’s SenSpa also received bronze in the spa category.

James Hiley-Jones, of Greenclose Hotels, said: “We are delighted to have received all of the awards, some for the second year in a row, and achieved such high acclaim from the Beautiful South judges.

Other Hampshire wins were by Hoburne Naish at New Milton, named Holiday Park/Village of the Year and the The Little Kitchen Bistro, at Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, named best cafe/tearoom.

Nigel Smith, of Tourism South East, pictured,said: “I was blown away last night by the sheer quality of tourism businesses we have got in the South East and how their numbers are increasing every year. Many of the winners are truly world class.”


Access and Inclusivity Award:

Gold - Mary Rose Museum

Silver - Wallops Wood Cottages

Business Tourism and Venue Award

Gold - Mary Rose Museum

Silver - New Place Hotel

Highly Commended: Holiday Inn Winchester

Café/Tearoom of the Year

Gold - The Little Kitchen Bistro, Winchester

Camping, Caravanning and Holiday Park/Village of the Year:

Gold - Hoburne Naish, Hampshire

Bronze - Sandy Balls Holiday Village, Fordingbridge

Customer Service Superstar Award

Silver - Xiaomin (Min) Sun, Southampton Harbour Hotel

Bronze - Team Wallops Wood, Wallops Wood Cottages

Dog Friendly Business of the YearSilver - Forest Holidays, Blackwood Forest, Winchester

Bronze - The Running Horse Inn, Winchester

Guided Tour of the Year:

Silver - See Southampton - Vaults and Vino

Highly Commended - Southampton Tourist Guides Association,

Large Hotel of the Year:

Silver - Southampton Harbour Hotel,

Bronze - Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst

Highly Commended - Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Gold - Mary Rose Museum,

Highly Commended - Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Whitchurch

Restaurant/Bistro of the Year :

Gold - The Terrace Restaurant, Montagu Arms, Beaulieu

Highly Commended - Beresfords Restaurant at Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year:

Silver - Lavender House - Shorefield Holidays,

Silver - Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk @Wallops_Wood

Bronze - Forest Holidays, Blackwood Forest, Winchester

Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation of the Year:

Silver - The Montagu Arms Hotel, Hampshire www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk @themontaguarms

Langrish House, Hampshire www.langrishhouse.co.uk @LangrishHouse

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold - Hawk Conservancy Trust, Weyhill

Spa, Pampering and Wellbeing Experience of the Year:

Bronze - SenSpa at Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst

Tourism Pub of the Year

Bronze - The Old Vine, Winchester

Visitor Information Service of the Year:

Highly Commended: Gosport Tourist Information Centre