Heaven Is A Place On Earth Belinda Carlisle
22 January 2014, 16:23
A B&B in a Dorset village has been named the best in the world in the TripAdvisor awards.
Bindon Bottom, an £85-per-night five-room guest house by Lulworth Cove, scooped top spot in the B&B category of the 2014 Travellers' Choice Awards.
The Victorian property, run by Lisa and Clive Orchard, beat establishments in Morocco, Thailand and the United States.
It was one of six British B&Bs rated as the top 10 in the world by the annual awards, now in their 12th year, which are based on reviews and opinions of millions of customers.
Second place was secured by The All Seasons Guest House in the seaside resort of Filey in North Yorkshire.
Across all categories - Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels - 26 UK properties were awarded places in the world's best lists.
This is up from 14 in 2013, with only Italy scoring a higher overall number of unique hotel award-winners than in the UK.
Speaking after the announcement, Mr and Mrs Orchard said they were delighted with their accolade.
"We're thrilled to be recognised in the 2014 Travellers' Choice Awards,'' the couple said.
"Providing our guests with the best possible experience of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast is of the up-most importance to us, and so it's genuinely heart-warming to be recognised by our guests for the work we do to make their stay special.''
The Chester Residence in Edinburgh and Lauriston Court Hotel in Llandudno also featured within the top three properties in the world in the categories of Luxury and Bargain respectively.
In the UK awards, the five-star boutique Milestone Hotel in London was named as the country's top hotel - surpassing the second place it achieved in 2013.
It was also ranked as 15th in the world's top hotels.
Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels, said:
"Everyone at The Milestone Hotel and Red Carnation Hotels is immensely proud at being named number one top hotel in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.
"Above all, we attribute our considerable guest loyalty and our continued success on TripAdvisor to our personalised approach to guest service. Our philosophy is 'no request too large, no detail too small' which guarantees an individual approach for each and every person that stays with us.''
While London scooped the most awards of any UK town or city, smaller seaside towns generally outshone larger cities - with Torquay in Devon, St Ives in Cornwall and Blackpool landing more awards than anywhere else outside the capital.
Hotels in Devon secured 11 awards across five of the seven categories in the awards, more than establishments in New York and Rome combined.
Carolyn Custerson, chief executive of Visit Devon, said:
"Obviously we are thrilled - but not entirely surprised - to find that Devon hotels have outperformed New York and Rome on TripAdvisor.
"Devon hotels offer outstanding quality service - and value for money. Travel-wise they are also much more accessible and environmentally friendly to visit than going abroad.''
In Pontresina in Switzerland, the city's Grand Hotel Kronenhof won the coveted title of the world's top hotel for 2014.
James Kay, spokesman for TripAdvisor, said:
"For the 12th year running, these awards recognise the finest hotels across the globe, according to those that really matter - the travellers themselves.
"It is great to see that Britain continues to lead the way when it comes to outstanding B&Bs.
"And, with more than 700,000 hotels in the running this year, what a fantastic achievement for a British hotel to be named third in the world for luxury.''