The accolade caps a hugely successful year for the boutique William and Mary country house, which offers a choice of conference and meetings rooms as well as bespoke exclusive-use packages and team-building activities. Buckland won Gold at the Taste of the West Awards 2015 in September and in the summer gained a second coveted AA Rosette for the outstanding quality of its restaurant.
Buckland’s Acting General Manager, Helen Laugharne, said: “To earn recognition for our commitment to excellence is extremely rewarding and a real morale boost for the whole team, who have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve this award.”
The 6th annual Devon Tourism Awards, held on November 26 at Plymouth’s Holiday Inn on the Hoe, attracted 174 entries – an increase of 34% on last year – from the cream of the Devon tourism industry. The 65 businesses shortlisted were vying for awards in 24 categories.
Judging was carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field, who were looking for evidence of excellence, innovation and quality improvements in the last two years.
Awards organiser Robin Barker told the winners: “You are all very special. In an era of ever dwindling public sector funding, you are the industry leaders who can take Devon forward.”
Paul Hardingham, Commercial Director at headline sponsors Hoseasons, said he had “nothing but admiration for the energy, commitment and dedication” shown by this year’s award winners to “making sure Devon remains a place people want to go on holiday”.
Victoria Hatfield, Chair of Visit Devon, added: “The quality of the visitor offering that Devon delivers increases year on year and this is testament to the dedication, commitment and investment from the businesses nominated in the Devon Tourism Awards this and in previous years.
“The visitor economy is worth £2.3 billion to the local economy which, in turn, supports 62,451 jobs in the county. This is 12% of all employment in Devon and this is why we do what we do.”
Buckland Tout-Saints is in the stunning Devon South Hams, surrounded by nearly five acres of gardens and woodland. It is just a short drive from the coast, the international sailing centre of Salcombe, the historic town of Dartmouth and the medieval town of Totnes.