Amy Shepherdly, proprietor Jose Morris’s younger daughter, receives the gold award. Picture by Paul Fletcher.
AN Isle of Wight business has beaten accommodation from all over the South to win a gold tourism award.
Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays, Whitwell, scooped the gold award for self-catering holiday provider of the year in the Beautiful South Awards, organised by Tourism South East.
Representatives from the family business joined nearly 300 guests from tourism businesses across the South East at The Felbridge Hotel, West Sussex.
Now running for more than 20 years, the awards celebrate the best the South East has to offer for all types of tourism businesses, including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, self-catering and visitor attractions, as well as recognising those businesses that have gone the extra mile on accessibility, sustainability and great customer service.
Nettlecombe, which has been in the Morris family for more than 100 years, is a working farm that offers luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation, coarse fishing, yoga retreats and barn hire for functions. Proprietor Jose Morris said: "We are delighted to have received this recognition for the Island.
"Our motto at Nettlecombe is to continually improve our facilities and services for our guests to exceed their expectations.
"Receiving this award has not only given us a sense of pride but has also led to an influx of bookings for 2014."
Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton said: "I look forward to seeing them on the national stage at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in April.
"Planning for next year has already begun and Visit Isle of Wight is keen to encourage our best local businesses to take part.
"Details of how to get involved will be posted on our industry website, www.visitwight.org in the new year."