Regional awards beckoned and in 2006 we won the best Holiday Cottage in the South West Award from South West Tourism, which meant we were entered into the National Visit England competition the next year, where in 2007 we won the National Award for the Best Holiday Cottages in England
In 2006 we received an award by the CLA for the Sustainable Conversion of the farm buildings. In 2007 we also were runner up as the most Sustainable Tourism Business in the South West from South West Tourism and won the Devon Environmental Awards for Both Sustainable Tourism and Overall Green Business from DEBI, The Devon Environmental Business Initiative. At this point we put our award entering on hold, until this year 2015, where we are going to have another go, and see how we fare in our tenth year of trading.
Two other opportunities came up for us to do a more specific audit of our business processes and in 2010 Higher Wiscombe was the first dedicated holiday cottage business to be awarded the British Quality Foundation marque after eighteen months of courses, exams and assessments. This was followed by the Jurassic Coast Quality Business Scheme, a shorter programme and focussed much more on our local area.
In late 2011 we received an email from the MyHolidayCottage review site, www.mycottageholiday.co.uk to say that we had been voted the best holiday cottages in both the South West and Nationally based on guest feedback.
In 2012 we were a finalist in the Green tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Goldstar Awards as one the greenest tourism businesses in the UK. In 2014 we were shortlisted again, this time runners up in the self catering category and receiving our own Goldstar Award for outstanding contribution to green tourism.
In 2015 we decide to enter the awards again, to make sure that we are right up there with the best in our region. We entered the Devon Tourism Awards and won both Self-Catering and Dog Friendly Categories and were runners up in Sustainable Tourism. We were awarded the accolade of Winner Of Winners at the awards ceremony. We are won the DEBI (Devon Environmental Business Initiative) award in the Enjoying Devon category and have also received a massive award from Visit England for outstanding customer service. We were one of 100 businesses selected from over 24,000 to be ROSE winner, this is based upon the grading assessors reports, and checking online reviews and guest feedback. At the South West Tourism Excellence Awards we were honoured to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.
In 2016 we were delighted to be recognised as the Best Dog-Friendly Business in England at the Visit England Excellence Awards, our second national gong from Visit England.
So this is our show off page, where we can display our gongs and most importantly thank all the people who have helped us get this far, in particular the thousands of wonderful guests we have met here since opening in 2006.