Greenwood Grange takes gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards
Greenwood Grange is celebrating a hat trick of success after winning its third gold award for tourism in a row.
Last night the collection of beautiful stone-built luxury holiday cottages scooped the top accolade at the Dorset Tourism Awards in the self-catering category.
It mirrors the success at last year’s ceremony when Greenwood Grange won gold and, also at the South West Tourism Awards in January where the team took the winning trophy.
Manager, Zoe Belcher, said: “To be consistently recognised for our efforts to create a beautiful, quality holiday experience highlights that we offer really is exceptional. We are thrilled to have won gold yet again.”
This is the fourth time Greenwood Grange has celebrated success in the self-catering category at the Dorset Tourism Awards, having won gold in 2016, 2014 and 2013.
There was also another win in 2013 at the South West Tourism Awards, following this year’s gold success, with a bronze trophy.
The awards took place an illustrious ceremony on yesterday (Thursday) evening at The Lighthouse, in Poole. The annual event highlights the very best within the tourism industry in the region.
A record audience of 297 guests witnessed 66 trophies being presented to tourism businesses from across the county. Now in its fifth year, the awards broke all records and saw four new categories added.
Winners had been through a rigorous judging process involving initial study of entry forms and online presence, a programme of visits – often mystery visits – and ending with decisions by an independent panel.
Chairman of the judges, Professor Peter Jones, said: “As chairman of the Dorset Tourism Awards judging panel I’m delighted to report that the work of the panel becomes harder year-on-year.
This is not just because of the number and the quality of the applications, but is a reflection of the commitment of the tourism businesses of whatever size and type in enhancing and developing the true authentic Dorset visitor experience.”
Greenwood Grange is nestled in the Dorchester countryside, just five minutes from Thomas Hardy’s birthplace.
Winning gold automatically ensures that Greenwood Grange will be considered for a similar category in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards being held early next year, with the possibility of going on to represent Dorset in the VisitEngland Awards.
Robin Barker, who has developed the awards from first concept to their current success has been delighted with progress, said: “This year has seen record entries, more sponsors and our biggest Dorset event ever. Many congratulations to all the winners, who we look forward to working with in their quest for ever higher standards.”