Malvern Success at Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards

Food & Drink | Staycation

Cottage in the Wood

The county’s annual Tourism Awards took place at West Midland Safari Park on Friday 24 March 2023 which was a fantastic success for tourism and hospitality businesses from across The Malverns, winning six out of thirteen awards.

Best Hotel: Cottage in the Wood Hotel – Malvern

Cottage in the Wood Restaurant
Cottage in the Wood Restaurant

This boutique hotel, set high on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, offers panoramic views, award winning fine dining and newly renovated luxe bedrooms. With footpaths leading you through bluebell woods and onto the Malvern Hills on its doorstep there’s no better place to stay for the perfect mix of exploration and relaxation.

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Best Business Meeting Venue: Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

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The Refectory at Stanbrook Abbey

With its superbly renovated restaurant and conference rooms this converted abbey is an impressive location to conduct business. The Abbey offers 13 flexible meeting rooms and space for up to 400 attendees as well as a games room, wine cellar and snooker room – all decorated to a high standard with wood panelling, classical art and plush upholstery. Also offering AA Rosette awarded food and rooms with original stained glass windows it’s no wonder the judging panel took a shine to Stanbrook.

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Best Self Catering: Rowley Farm – Teme Valley

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Escape from the chaos of everyday life to a luxury cottage in the tranquil Worcestershire countryside. With three cottages, a rural shepherds hut and excellent facilities Rowley Farm wins points for attention to detail and high standards. The accommodation provides king size beds, hot tubs, cosy wood burning stoves as well as all the mod-cons of modern life to make your trip as stress free as possible. Guest experience is faultless down to welcome treats and provisions for furry friends.

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Best Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable: Treeopia – Teme Valley

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Last years winners of the Visit England Gold Award are still at the top of their game. These luxury treehouses are a credit to artisanal craftmanship and no expense has been spared; from their location in secluded countryside with woodland, waterfalls and lakes to hand building the treehouses themselves over 9 years. Green credentials are taken seriously at Treeopia where close attention has been paid to make all areas as low impact as possible – including solar powered lighting and robust recycling practices.

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Taste of Worcestershire Award: Pensons Restaurant – Teme Valley

Pensons Restaurant

Pensons, located in on the Netherwood Estate near Tenbury Wells, is a foodie must visit. The tastefully renovated barn conversion environment references the restaurants “estate to plate ethos”, its location meaning that many ingredients are grown just metres away. One of only 31 restaurants in the country to be awarded a Green Michelin Star for its eco credentials, Pensons also delivers on flavour serving classic pairings with modern touches. Their bread, made from flour milled on the estate, comes especially recommended by the Michelin guide.

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Best New Business: Bluebell Retreat Glamping

Bluebell Retreat Glamping

Stay in beautiful wooden wishbone shaped cabins in the secluded woodland clearing area, or venture further into the woods to a Shepheard’s hut with decking surrounded by trees. The cabins at Bluebell Retreat are equipped with home comforts including fridges and hot drink facilities, but the true attraction here is the tranquillity of the 3.5 acre site that is also home to a variety of wildlife. Relax on the lawn in the company of Muntjac deer, pheasants, birds of prey, frogs and beautiful red, blue and green dragonflies.

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Congratulations also to By The Red Phone Box who were highly commended in the Campsite category.

Bell tent with flowers and grasses in foreground

Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards 2023