VisitEngland have announced the finalists for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence, including York’s The Dovecote Barns.
Winners from eligible categories at this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards, which took place in March at York Racecourse, were put forward for consideration at this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
The Dovecote Barns have been announced as a finalist in the Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year award, following their win at the Visit York Tourism Awards last month. Judges at the Visit York Tourism Awards commented that their ‘attention to detail shines through’ and that ‘the personal touches were brilliant’.
The Dovecote Barns are one of the 48 finalists across 16 core categories announced following a rigorous judging process. The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence champion the very best of the country’s tourism industry celebrating quality, innovation, best practice and exceptional customer service.
The team from The Dovecote Barns will be invited along with other finalists to attend the national awards ceremony on 7 June at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on 7 June, where Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at the black tie event.
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “This impressive list of finalists demonstrates the innovation and excellence thriving across England’s tourism industry. The quality and number of applications also highlights the outstanding range of products and experiences on offer for both domestic and international visitors. We wish the finalists the very best of luck.”
Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “A huge congratulations to Brigita, Richard and the team at The Dovecote Barns on being announced as a finalist in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. They thoroughly deserve to be recognised for their excellent attention to detail and ensuring their visitors have an exceptional experience. We wish them the very best of luck for the awards in June”.
Brigita Bramley, Owner at The Dovecote Barns, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be representing Yorkshire at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. It is so warming to have the continuous hard work and commitment to excellence that we strive to provide our guests recognised at such a high level. It is 12 years to the month since we brought home Gold for Yorkshire at the national awards in 2011, so fingers crossed for 2023! If you are looking for an ideal venue for group gatherings, celebrations or intimate weddings with accommodation, we are 20 mins out of York city centre.’
The full list of finalists for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence can be found here.