eviivo Awards 2019

Meet the Winners!

eviivo Awards Are Forever…

It’s mission accomplished for the eviivo Awards 2019, and we were delighted with the Spectre-cular standard of independent accommodation winning across the board.

Congratulations to all eviivo Award winners, and we hope you display your award for all to see – after all eviivo Awards Are Forever. Now without further ado, let’s meet the winners of this year’s Awards…eviivo Awards.

Star Amongst Stars

Old Church Farm, Bristol, Gloucestershire

The judges said: This recently-opened property is housed in a building with a substantial history, which dates back to pre-Norman England, and has been owned by a number of monarchs in its time. 

The food at this property has won AA awards, in part because of the excellent produce from their garden, and in part because of the high standard across the daily-changing menu.

The judges especially liked how the current owners have transformed this property into a real hidden gem, and were impressed by the whole new start they’ve created.”

Tastiest Breakfast

Dorset House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

The judges said: At this property, the hosts strive to deliver healthy homemade breakfasts, from locally-sourced ingredients and home-grown produce.

The breakfast served to the judges was described as ‘passion on a plate’ and praised for being well-seasoned, fresh, and delicious.

The judges especially liked the outstanding sausages, the presentation and the homemade sourdough bread.”

Regional Hidden Gems

The Grotto – North East

Bella Vista Lodge – North West

Old Downton Lodge – The Midlands

No. 27 Brighton – South East

Old Church Farm – South West

The Old Deanery – Yorkshire

Fields Lodge B&B – Wales

All Seasons B&B – Northern Ireland

The Spey – Scotland

Outstanding Host

Gillian & John from Bradle Farmhouse, Wareham, Dorset

The judges said: “The hosts of this property know how to rise to the occasion – whether it’s helping guests in a jam or lending a hand last minute, these hosts are real life guardian angels.

Welcoming, helpful and inclusive, they know what guests want from a stay. They even go the extra mile by showing guests around the farm and let them get involved with feeding time.

The judges especially liked the kind and caring nature of these hosts, and how memorable they are to their guests.”

Bed, Breakfast & Beyond

The Old Bakery, Hindolveston, Norfolk

The judges said: “This property runs retreats of a particular kind for its guests, which have risen in popularity because they allow guests to unwind whilst being creative and social.

These retreats often provide some welcome respite to those who otherwise struggle to find time for themselves, through illness or being caregivers.

The judges especially liked the thoughtfulness of the hosts, the unique concept of the retreat and the homely interiors of the property itself.”

Quirkiest Place To Stay

Hobbit House, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

The judges said: “This magical property is decidedly the quirkiest of the bunch, with a theme related to an iconic story – yet it functions well as a cosy retreat for all the family. 

Guests marvel at the attention to detail at this whimsically designed property – raving in the reviews about the ‘hand forged keys’ and the attractiveness of the place.

The judges especially liked the use of local wood throughout, the execution of the theme, and the plethora of activities for guests to enjoy.”


Budget With A Twist

York Holiday & Cycle Stop, York, North Yorkshire

The judges said: “This property has mastered the art of providing a high standard of accommodation at affordable prices – and the frequent returning guests can vouch for their success.

The low nightly rates mean that guests are often surprised on arrival and comment on how attractive and cute the accommodation is.  

The judges especially liked that this budget choice was cosy and special at an attractive price.”

Multi-Property Wizard

Cotswold Cottage Gems

The judges said: This multi-property wizard manages to bring a personal touch to its luxurious accommodation – even having little surprises waiting for guests, such as fresh flowers, biscuits and Easter Egg hunts at Easter. 

The reviews for this business rave about the incredibly high standard of accommodation and are peppered with praise for the friendly hosts. 

The judges especially liked the combination of self-catered cottages and a bed and breakfast property in a beautiful Cotswolds locations.”

Sweetest Homestay

Wernddofn, Boncath, Pembrokeshire

The judges said: At these self-catered cottages in the countryside, peace and tranquillity are guaranteed for all guests young and old alike.

Surrounded by rolling green fields, guests are guaranteed privacy, which is respected by the helpful hosts, who do everything they can to guarantee a pleasant stay.

The judges especially liked how warm and welcoming the hosts are and how their personal touch makes this place stand out from other self-catered properties.”