Best tourism businesses recognised in 2014 MyIsleofWight Awards

19-03-2015 Some 62 Island businesses gathered to celebrate the annual Red Funnel myisleofwight Awards at an exciting ceremony at Northwood House on 19 March 2015.

The top three nominees from each of the 26 categories were invited to find out who had won the top places in the awards. The evening was compered by Visit Isle of Wight CEO David Thornton, with each winning business being presented with their handmade Glory Art Glass Award by Red Funnel’s CEO Kevin George.

The Red Funnel myisleofwight Awards are the Island tourism industry’s only awards voted for by visitors, with a record 33,832 votes cast.

Kevin George, CEO for Red Funnel said: “The Red Funnel myisleofwight Awards are unique in recognising the very best tourism businesses on the Island, as voted for by the people who really matter. It’s a great way to reward those in the industry who provide visitors with a stand-out holiday experience and I would personally like to congratulate the winners.”

Double winner, taking home awards in two categories was Vintage Vacations for the second year running for Cosiest Cottage Hideaway, as well as this year taking the award for Best Place to Go Glamping, and The Little Gloster, which also proved a firm favourite by winning both the Best Eaterie with a Seview and Best Epicurean Spot to Blow the Budget.

Newcomer The Union Inn swooped in to scoop both Most Comfy Bed & Hearty Breakfast and Best Homemade Burger. Other new winners this year were Compton Farm for Best Rustic Camping Experience and Arreton Barns for Best Place to Get Crafty.

Alix Robinson editor said: “It’s been exciting watching the awards gain momentum through the year and seeing new businesses storm through to the top spot in some categories. We love that these businesses, which consistently deliver an exceptional visitor experience, are recognised and rewarded for all their hard work and efforts. The 2015 awards are now open so visitors can get voting to make sure that their top choice is in with a chance to win this year.”

Voting for the 2015 awards has now started and includes 4 new categories; Myisleofwight Homemade/Local Produce Champion, Best Place to Break your Fast, Best Pitstop Whilst Out Adventuring and Most Original Place to Stay.

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2014 Award Winners

Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring):    Ninham Country Holidays
The Ultimate Classic Hotel Experience:     The Royal
Cosiest Cottage Hideaway:     Vintage Vacations Shack
Best Place to Go Glamping:     Vintage Vacations Airstream Trailers
Best Place for a Shindig (self catering):     The Garlic Farm (Mersley Farm & Cottages)
Best Rustic Camping Experience:     Compton Farm
Most Comfy Bed & Hearty Breakfast:    Union Inn
Best Epicurean Spot to Blow the Budget:     The Little Gloster
Best Fish and Chips in your Hand:     Corries Cabin Cowes
Best Eaterie with a Sea view:     The Little Gloster
Best Homemade Burger:     Union Inn
Best Oldy Worlde Pub with Island Ales:     The Spyglass Inn
The Best Afternoon/Cream Tea:     Chessell Pottery Courtyard Café
Best Place to Fill Your Boots (Full of Local Produce):    The Garlic Farm
Favourite Local Produce to Gorge On:     Minghella Ice Cream
Best Shops to Pick Up That something Special:     Live Like This
Best Event to Lie Back and Soak Up the Sounds:     Bestival
Best Event to Burn Off the Calories:     Walk the Wight
Best Event to be Immersed in Culture:     Ventnor Fringe
Best Place for Something for the Family:     Robin Hill  
Best Place to Make a Furry Friend:     Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Best Place to Go Back in Time:     Osborne House
Best Place to Explore Gardens:     Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Best Place to Get Crafty:     Arreton Barns
Best water-based Activity Provider:    UKSA
Best Land-based Activity Provider:    Island Gems Fossil Hunts

Notes to editors:, the Island’s independent visitor guide and online magazine, has been keeping visitors and locals alike informed on all that is great about the Island since 2011. Set up by Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries to engage with new visitors in a format and voice that research showed they wanted, this is a real locals guide to the Island. The site focuses on the Island’s best events, eateries, places to visit or stay - through features, guides, blogs, documentaries, photography and film - all written and created by Islanders.