Sawday Reader Awards 2010 - Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up

The results are in. Sawday’s can now announce the winners of our Reader Awards 2010. Over 1,000 votes were cast across six categories:

Favourite British Hotel or Inn, Favourite British B&B, Greenest B&B or Hotel, Best Breakfast, Favourite British Self Catering Place and Favourite French B&B.

The winners will each be presented with a beautiful, hand-crafted award not to mention a very warm glow from knowing that they have been chosen by guests from over 5,000 very special places to stay.

How the shortlist was drawn up:
The categories for the Awards were sent out via the Sawday monthly newsletter. The readers were invited to send in their favourites in a completely random fashion. Here then are the results:

Favourite British Hotel or Inn
Winner: Augill Castle, Cumbria,
Simon & Wendy Bennett, +44 (0)17683 41937
Sawday’s say, “A folly castle built in 1841. Outside, five acres of lush gardens are patrolled by a family of free-range hens, whose eggs are served at breakfast each morning. Inside, grand interiors come properly furnished: chesterfield sofas in a vast hall, a grand piano in the music room, an honesty bar in the drawing room, ribbed ceilings, open fires, fine arched windows. Perfect for house parties and small weddings. “
Runners Up:
Heasley House, Devon
Boskerris Hotel, Cornwall,

Favourite British B&B
Winner 2009 and 2010: Middle Cottage, Middlesex,
Jonathan & Sarah Barker +44(0)7775 803 664
Sawday’s say “What a find! A terrific spot right next to the Thames: Jonathan and Sarah have an eye for detail and do things well; you have your own, very private space in one half of their early Victorian cottages. Your light, upstairs sitting room has a dazzling collection of art and sculpture, chunky glass shelves full of design magazines and a soft grey sofa for reading”
Runners Up:
West Colwell Farm, Devon,
Strete Barton House, Dartmouth, Devon,

Greenest B&B or Hotel
Winner: The Mill at Gordleton, Hampshire,
Liz Cottingham, +44 (0)1590 682219
Sawday’s say, “A 400-year-old listed mill; plans are afoot to reactivate the wheel in order to draw electricity from it. It’s an idyllic spot, the terrace perfect for summer suppers with the stream brushing past below. Inside, low ceilings, warm colours and wonky walls give the feel of cottage life. A fire roars in reception, a panelled bar serves pre-dinner drinks.”
Runners Up:
The Scarlet, Cornwall,
Buttervilla Farm, Cornwall,

Best Breakfast
Winner: West Colwell Farm, Devon,
Frank & Carol Hayes, +44 (0)1404 831130
Sawday’s say, “Devon lanes, pheasants, bluebell walks and sparkling B&B. The Hayes clearly love what they do; ex-TV producers, they have converted this 18th-century farmhouse and barns into a cosy, warm and stylish place to stay. Bedrooms feel self-contained, two have terraces overlooking the wooded valley and the most cosy is tucked under the roof. Linen is luxurious, showers are huge and breakfasts (Frank’s pancakes, lovely bacon, eggs from next door) are totally flexible. Bliss.”
Runners Up:
Woodlands Country House, Cornwall
Mallard Grange, Yorkshire,

Favourite British Self Catering Place
Winner: Mazzard Farm, Devon,
Ruud Jansen Venneboer, +44 (0)1404 815492
Sawday’s say, “Seven miles from sleepy Sidmouth, at the foot of East Hill, are 17 acres of old apple farm, now populated with tipis, hens, farmhouse, gardens, play areas, a large courtyard with picnic tables and six super cottages. It’s heaven for children and relaxing for grown-ups, what with pampering treatments and heaps to do.“
Runners Up:
Prides Cottage, Dorset,
The Gatehouse, Monmouthshire,

Favourite French B&B
Winner: Logis de Bresdon, Charente-Maritime,
Sawday’s say, “Immerse yourself in a secluded 19th-century manor house in ‘the sunniest region of France.’ Kathy is a marvellous cook and serves locally sourced dinners in her chic dining room – and in the meditation garden under the stars. The gardens are well-kept, the views are stunning and you’ll sleep blissfully in smart, light bedrooms with the smoothest linen and lovely antiques.“
Runners Up:
Château de Vaulx, Saône-et-Loire,
Château de Pasredon, Puy-de-Dôme, +33 (0)4 73 71 00 67, no website

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