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Awards

Right from the start, our goal was to create cottages of exceptional quality while prioritising the preservation of our local environment. We embarked on this journey from scratch, meticulously designing and converting each barn into a haven of luxury.

Prior to opening, we diligently followed the Visit England self-catering guidelines and proudly became members of NQAS (the National Quality Assessment Scheme). From the very beginning, we’ve held a prestigious 5-Star rating, later achieving the coveted Five Star Gold status with the introduction of this scheme. Our commitment to environmental stewardship led us to join the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme), where we’ve proudly maintained Gold accreditation since 2007. Additionally, we embraced the ‘Safe, Clean, and Legal’ accreditation scheme from Quality in Tourism two years ago, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements, including insurance, fire safety, gas and electrical certifications, chimney testing, and ICO registration.

Every five years, we benchmark our performance against industry peers by participating in the Excellence Awards. In 2021, we were honored to have been recognized as the Best Holiday Cottages in Devon and the Best Holiday Cottages in South West England. Previously, Higher Wiscombe earned accolades at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2015/16, including Best Self-catering, Best Dog-friendly, Runner-up in Sustainable Tourism, and the esteemed title of overall Winner of Winners.
  • Best Self-Catering Business: South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2020/21
  • Best Self-Catering Business: Visit Devon Awards 2020/21
  • Outstanding contribution to Tourism: South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2021/21
  • Quality in Tourism REST Gold Award for Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism 2021
  • Best Dog-Friendly Business: National Visit England Awards 2016/17
  • Outstanding contribution to Tourism: South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2016/17
  • Visit Devon’s Winner of Winners: Visit Devon Awards 2015/16
  • Best Self-Catering Business: Visit Devon Awards 2015/16
  • Best Dog Friendly Accommodation: Visit Devon Awards 2015/16
  • Runner up in Sustainable Tourism: Visit Devon Awards 2015/16
  • Visit England’s Rose Award for Outstanding Customer Service 2015
  • Outstanding Contribution to Green Tourism: Green Tourism Awards 2014
  • Best Self-Catering Business: National Visit England Awards 2007/8
  • Best Self-Catering Business: South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2006/7