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Winners of the 2014 Hudson’s Heritage Awards revealed

Hudson’s Heritage Award winners
The winners of the prestigious 2014 Hudson’s Heritage Awards were revealed at a lunch reception today at Goldsmiths Hall in London. The awards, which were established in 2011, are an independently judged annual national awards scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best heritage experiences.

The 11 categories reward a range of visitor experiences and recognise the best heritage attractions in the whole of the UK. Winners and Highly Commended were awarded in each category. The winner of Best Family Day Out went to Holkham Hall & Estate in Norfolk and highly commended to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. The winner of Best Wedding Venue was awarded to Montalto Estate in County Down and highly commended to Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. The winner of Best Eating Out was presented to Mount Stuart and highly commended to Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The winner of Best Accommodation went to Leeds Castle in Kent and highly commended to Peckover House in Cambridgeshire and Hadlow Tower in Kent.

The winner of Best New Discovery went to Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye and highly commended to Pentillie Castle in Cornwall. The winner of Hidden Gem was awarded to The Judges Lodgings, Presteigne in Powys. The winner of Best Event went to Houghton Revisited (Houghton Hall, Norfolk) and highly commended to Woburn Abbey Garden Show (Woburn Abbey Gardens) in Bedfordshire. The winner of Best Commercial Innovation was awarded to Huntsham Court in Devon. The winner of Best Shopping went to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and highly commended to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The winner of Best New Commission went to Hatfield House and highly commended to Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire. Best Heritage Picnic Spot, nominated by the public, was awarded to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

The awards were presented by Loyd Grossman OBE and attended by 80 guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. The lunch was hosted by the independent judging panel of heritage experts: Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; and Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue. The sponsors were Smith & Williamson, Spear’s magazine, the Whetstone Group, Peel Heritage and Signpost hotel guide.

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of market leading guide, Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “We are delighted to announce our Hudson’s Heritage Awards winners today at heritage attractions all across the UK from the Isle of Skye down to Cornwall. These awards lead the way in gaining public recognition for some of the best experiences to be enjoyed in the UK. All our winners give their visitors great experiences from days out to wedding days and we, at Hudson’s, are immensely proud to help celebrate what makes heritage places such a pleasure and such a vital part of our culture”.

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