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Tudor Farmhouse in Clearwell has won the English Hotel of the Year award in the Sawday’s British Hotel awards.
The Sawday’s award comes within weeks of two 2015 food and farming accolades: Taste of the West recently awarded Gold to Tudor Farmhouse’s restaurant, shortly followed by Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards shortlisting it for Best Eating Out Establishment, recognising their commitment to using the best local produce and serving the highest quality food and drink
Tudor Farmhouse owner Colin Fell says: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award, particularly because Sawday’s guides are so well respected; they always seek out the unique and because they are inspection-led, readers know the quality is the best too.”
The Sawday’s awards mark the launch of the 17th edition of their Special Places to Stay: British Hotels & Inns (out on October 1) which has more than 300 handpicked places and 40 new additions. From boutique boltholes that are swish in the city, to charming getaways full of character. The Sawday’s hotel inspector has combed the length and breadth of the country in search of the most special places to stay. The Sawday’s British Hotel Awards honour fifteen favourites across five categories: Hotels of the Year, Favourite Newcomers, Old Favourites, Nicely Priced and Fabulous Food.
Tom Bell, Special Places to Stay: British Hotels & Inns editor says: “There is more innovation and creativity in an excellent small hotel than you would ever find in a corporate chain. Our award winners showcase the very best of British hotels with chic interiors, charming staff and delicious food.”
Tudor Farmhouse entry in the guide:
A gorgeous small hotel, one of the best. It sits on the edge of the Forest of Dean, a magical world of woodland walks, medieval castles, meandering rivers and bleating sheep. You’re in the middle of a tiny village with country views all around. Step inside to find sparkling interiors – Colin and Hari have spent a small fortune turning their realm into something very special indeed. An airy elegance mixes with golden stone walls and original timber frames, the house bearing testament to its Tudor roots. Big or small, bedrooms are divine – stylishly uncluttered with smart fabrics, robes in fine bathrooms and super-comfy beds. Those in the main house have ancient beamed ceilings, those in the old barns have original stone walls. The bigger rooms are faultless: the best beds, claw-foot baths, enormous showers, the lap of luxury. Lovely local food waits downstairs, perhaps cider-cured salmon, haunch of venison, rhubarb Bakewell tart; there are home-laid eggs for breakfast, too. You can kayak on the Wye, forage in the forest, take to cycle tracks. Don’t miss Puzzle Wood or Clearwell Caves.