AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned manor house in the Vale has secured double success by winning two prestigious awards.
Eckington Manor scooped two top awards in this year’s Visit Worcestershire Awards of Excellence winning both the Best Bed and Breakfast and the Tastes of Worcestershire categories – just as it did last year.
Staff at the site, recognised for its fresh produce restaurant, luxury accommodation and cooking school, celebrated after winning at a special ceremony held at Kidderminster’s Mercure Hotel on Thursday, October 23.
The award programme aims to recognise the achievements of county businesses and events and was sponsored by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
And in addition to winning, Eckington Manor has been put forward for the 2015 Visit England Awards of Excellence which will be held in the Spring.
Judy Gardner, owner of Eckington Manor, said she was thrilled at winning the two categories once again and its fresh produce was the key behind its continued success.
“We have a unique and close team who work so hard and these awards are for them – a real recognition of their enthusiasm and professionalism,” she said.
“Our 260 acre farm gives us the freshest produce throughout the year – certainly our breakfast sausages made from our own rare breed Old Spot pigs continue to attract attention – plus we have recently refurbished the restaurant and accommodation.
“The luxury new fittings such as the hand painted silk wallpaper and Fired Earth bathrooms I am sure all helped to contribute to these awards.”
The awards ceremony proved a special one for staff at Broadway Manor Cottages who received Highly Commended accolades in the Best Sustainable Tourism and Best Self Catering categories.
Broadway Arts Festival received Highly Commended in the Best Festivals and Events category while the village’s Dormy House Hotel received the same accolade for the Best Hotel award.