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nettlecombefarmNettlecombe Farm in Whitwell has secured a place in the finals of the prestigious VisitEngland (VE) Awards for Excellence 2014, it has been announced. 

After winning Gold earlier this year at the regional Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards, Nettlecombe’s Corner Cottage has been shortlisted by VE in the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category at national level.

The Awards celebrate the very best England has to offer and the winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at a glamorous, black tie Winners Award Ceremony at Cheltenham Race Course on Monday 12th May where they find out which award they have won: either Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Highly Commended Award.

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Nettlecombe is a working farm situated half a mile from the quaint village of Whitwell, and offers luxurious self-catering accommodation, coarse fishing, yoga retreats and function barn hire. The farm has been in the Morris family for over 100 years, and serves as the perfect holiday base to explore the Island.

An important objective of the VisitEngland Awards scheme is to maximise the publicity and marketing benefits of being a winner.  As a winner, Nettlecombe will be entitled to display an awards logo on their literature and website.

Jose Morris of Nettlecombe commented:

“We are absolutely thrilled to find out that we are in the finals of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence; here at Nettlecombe we live by our motto of “continuous improvement”, which is obviously paying off.

“Seeing this award on our website means that potential visitors will immediately be aware of the nationally recognised high standards we maintain.   It is also a well-deserved pat on the back for our excellent team for all their hard work and efforts.”

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Finalists for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are rigorously assessed by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts. Carefully chosen by a judging panel, the finalists represent the finest in the industry and include a wealth of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, Tourist Information Centres and businesses that have shown complete dedication to developing the excellent standards of English tourism. Each finalist is guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended in their category.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said:

“To be nominated in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence is a considerable achievement as the quality of applications is always extremely high and only the very best make it through to become a finalist.

“Nettlecombe provide an excellent visitor experience which is underpinned by exceptional customer service, and I offer my warm congratulations and wish them every success at the forthcoming Awards Ceremony next month.”

If you are an Isle of Wight accommodation provider and wish to be considered for next year’s Beautiful South Awards, please go to http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/page/6/how-to-enter.htm.

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