AA announces winners of the Annual AA Bed and Breakfast Awards

Tuesday 17, May 2011


AA announces winners of the Annual AA Bed and Breakfast Awards


The AA has today announced the winners of the six categories at the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards 2011 at a lunch at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. This annual awards event acknowledges the excellent services provided by the UK’s very best BandB establishments.


Winners for the AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England, Scotland, Wales and London, as well as Funkiest B&B of the Year and the ever popular Friendliest Landlady of the Year, were awarded prizes provided by AA Hotel Services’ partner, Villeroy & Boch.


Simon Numphud, AA Hotel Services manager, said, “The AA is delighted to recognise and reward such deserving individuals and their establishments, whose standards of hospitality and service are truly exemplary.”


Friendliest Landlady of the Year Award

Lisa Holloway from Compton House in Newark, Nottinghamshire, has been named the AA’s Friendliest Landlady of the Year 2011, in association with eviivo.  She was chosen from a shortlist of 25 finalists which were nominated by the AA’s Hotel inspectors.


Lisa welcomes guests to Compton House with wonderful cooking, homely interiors and friendly smile, all creating a wonderful atmosphere.  Guests come from all over the globe, including celebrities, and many have become firm friends with a worldwide Compton House community developing over the breakfast table.  Lisa’s love of cooking is shared with husband, Marko, who makes the stunning breakfasts while Lisa serves up delightful creations for dinner.  In fact, Lisa’s culinary skills are set for a new challenge as she creates the Compton House Cookery Book.  This is just one of many ventures she is taking on at Compton House including Dinners with Speakers, How to Run a B&B weekends and selling homemade marmalade, pickles, jams and muesli. 


Commenting on being awarded the title of AA’s Friendliest Landlady Lisa said, “I am honoured to have won this award and to be recognised for doing something that I love doing.  We always do our best to make every guest’s stay an enjoyable experience not just somewhere to stay and I am looking forward to continuing to offer guests the friendliest welcome they at Compton House.”


Funkiest Bed and Breakfast of the Year Award

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, Yorkshire has been named the AA’s Funkiest B&B of the Year.   This is the fifth year that the award for Funkiest B&B has been included in the event.


The Wensleydale Heifer is far from the traditional B&B.  If guests are looking for the ordinary then they won’t find it at this pub in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales.  Each room at the Wensleydale Heifer is not only different from its neighbour, it has its own unique theme.  Whether a whisky, champagne or chocolate lover, a movie, racing or animal lover, guests are sure to find a room to suit them down to the ground.  For those wanting a romantic break then the True Romantics room is just the thing; or, for those wanting a bit of Yorkshire heritage, the James Herriot room should be booked.  Every need is catered for and all the little touches, including bespoke Heifer Teddies, provided by David Moss and his team keep guests coming back again and again.


Alongside the funky accommodation is the outstanding two AA Rosette-awarded seafood restaurant which is aiming to claim back the world record for the largest portion of fish and chips from America.


Commenting on their win at the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards David Moss said, “When we moved to the Yorkshire Dales we felt we had to offer something a little bit different to become successful in these more challenging times, whilst retaining the professional service and quality product that customers have come to expect.  With our themed rooms we certainly feel that we do offer something different and the fact that some of our rooms operated at almost 100 per cent occupancy even through the notoriously difficult winter season shows that our guests certainly like what we offer.”



AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England

Blackmore Farm in Cannington, Somerset has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England.  This stunning 15th Century, Grade 1 listed Manor House is nestled in the foothills of the Quantock Hills.   Guests get the opportunity to step back in time when they stay at Blackmore Farm as it retains many period features including oak beams, stone archways and medieval garderobes. The Dyer family offer guests a friendly welcome, beautiful surroundings and wonderful homecooked meals. Along with the guest accommodation Blackmore Farm is home to a farm shop, café and self catering accommodation.


AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland

23 Mayfield in Edinburgh has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland.  At 23 Mayfield, guests always find a friendly warm welcome from Ross Birnie and his wife Kathleen, together with beautifully furnished, boutique style rooms.  Guests are offered an impressive array of choices for breakfast, all of which is cooked to order, whether the traditional English or something a little healthier. Over the years Ross has always strived to set 23 Mayfield apart from the competition by offering the guests a luxurious and unique experience from the outset. 


AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales

Plas Maenan Country House has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Wales.  This stunning country house is situated high above the Conwy Valley.  Guests find an elegant and friendly ambiance akin to being a welcome guest at a private country residence.  The rooms are all individually styled and decorated with typically Edwardian elegance together with some original and quirky touches.  Many rooms offer stunning mountain views, while the Library Bar is home to overflowing bookcases for the guests to browse at their leisure.


AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London

The Park Grand London Paddington has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London. Conveniently located in Paddington close to Bayswater, Hyde Park and London’s West End whilst being just five minutes from Paddington Station, here guests can find a fresh, contemporary design with elegant interiors and superb choice of accommodation.  The bedrooms are tastefully designed with an emphasis on style and comfort.



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