Celebrations at tourism awards

The team from Swinton Park hotel celebrate their win at Yorkshire's White Rose Awards (S).
The team from Swinton Park hotel celebrate their win at Yorkshire's White Rose Awards (S).

Ripon and Masham tourist businesses have triumphed in a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony.

Newby Hall and Gardens and Swinton Park both won their categories at the White Rose Awards, organised by tourist board Welcome to Yorkshire at Doncaster racecourse last week.

Newby Hall's Stuart Gill, Laure Strangeway, Kate Bankier and Nicky Bethell collect their award from presenter Christa Ackroyd (S)

Newby Hall's Stuart Gill, Laure Strangeway, Kate Bankier and Nicky Bethell collect their award from presenter Christa Ackroyd (S)

Newby Hall and Gardens was named “best large visitor attraction” in Yorkshire, and Swinton Park took top prize in the “small hotel” category.

Newby Hall’s owner Richard Compton said he was delighted with the win, which comes only three weeks after the estate won the Country Houses, Estates, Parks and Gardens class in Yorkshire in Bloom’s garden competition.

“The survival of privately owned stately homes such as Newby, which are not generally eligible to apply for grants, depends on the income from paying visitors.

“We need them to be happy, loyal visitors who will come back again and recommend us to their friends.

“This award shows that the team at Newby are working hard to achieve this aim and we are very proud to be the 2011 winners.”

At Swinton Park the hotel’s proprietor Felicity Cunliffe-Lister said:

“This has proved to be an excellent year for us, and we are all delighted!

“The hotel, cookery school and spa have continued to improve our standards of excellence and levels of business which is a fantastic achievement given the current economic climate.”

The hotel’s event manager Hannah Hinchcliffe was shortlisted in the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the White Rose Awards, and the win was Swinton Park’s third honour of the 2011 season after they won Hotel of the Year and executive chef Simon Crannage won Chef of the Year at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards.