South East Wales Tourism Awards 2020 Winners in the Wye Valley
Many congratulations to the three well deserving Wye Valley winners in the South East Wales Tourism Awards 2020. The awards celebrate the region's exceptional tourism industry and the talented businesses and individuals which drive the visitor economy, welcoming millions of visitors each year into the region. The South East regional winners go into the national finals which are in May.
Awards were presented by Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM.
Our three award winners are:
Best Self-Catering - Winner: Monmouthshire Cottages
Monmouthshire Cottages is a family business, run since 1998 offering 3 self-catering stone cottages. They provide a quality experience with flexible rental durations and a personal approach, wholly tailored to the needs of their visitors, focused on exceptional customer service and welcome.
Owners Fiona and Malcolm Wilton were thrilled with this result - won in the face of stiff competition from around the region. They say lightning does not strike twice let alone three times but what makes this award especially remarkable is that the business has been the winner of the National Awards before, in both 2010 and 2018!
Tourism Innovation Award - Winner: Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Wye Valley AONB protects 128 square miles of outstanding countryside south of Hereford downstream to Chepstow on the border of England & Wales. The purpose of the AONB is to conserve and enhance the outstanding landscape of the Wye Valley, so that we, and future generations, can enjoy it.
Their award for tourism innovation particularly applies to their excellent Wye Valley River Festival 2018 and they were 'chuffed to bits' to win. The biennial festival is back in 2020, running from 2nd-17th May, find out more here.
Best Glamping Site - Winner: Penhein Glamping
Penhein Glamping is a rural glampsite set in three-acres of secluded woodland in the centre of Penhein Farm, a 450 acre family run farm in the glorious Monmouthshire countryside.
Penhein Glamping is the 2018/19 AA Glampsite of the Year, holder of 5 Gold Pennant status from the AA and the winner of the 2019 iNews Staycation Award for Rural Escape of the Year. It has also been awarded Quality Assured status by Visit Wales.
Combining the rustic practicalities of a campsite with the luxury of a boutique hotel and the comfort of home, Penhein Glamping offers a unique camping experience, as it is the only site in the UK to offer all Alachigh (alla-cheeg) tents. An alachigh is similar to a yurt and originates from Iran.
For more details about the awards and all the winners see the South East Wales Tourism Awards website here.