The Spring Lambs surrounding Stubcroft Farm Campsite in Chichester, West Sussex

Stubcroft Farm, Chichester

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In South East England we love to celebrate tourism excellence. On one hand it's very easy to do, as we have such an outstanding array of businesses that fit the bill! On the other hand, there are too many amazing businesses across the destination to acknowledge them all!

Each year the Beautiful South Awards celebrates the cream of the South East’s tourism industry, celebrating the top places to stay, visit and enjoy across the region, awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended in recognition for the work undertaken over the past year.  These awards celebrate the tourism businesses that go that extra mile, creating visitor experiences that customers enjoy time and time again.  They celebrate great places to stay with an extra special warm South East welcome and places to eat that champion local producers and seasonal produce. They also honour some of the top events happening within the destination that you just shouldn't miss and those businesses within the industry that are bringing about change in sustainability, inclusivity, staff training and development.

Take a look and discover this years award-winning hotels, top places to visit and events that will be pulling in the visitors for 2023.  See what an award-winning destination South East England is. Why not include some of them in your holiday and days out plans, using the list below or at the bottom of the page, you'll find a host of accommodation choices, attractions to visit, places to eat and even to get married in!

Blenheim Palace, Gold Winner of Large Visitor Attraction Award

Best Places to Visit

Oakley Hall Hotel, Gold winner of Hotel of the Year

Best Places to Stay

  • Stubcroft Farm Campsite, Chichester - Gold winner of Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award, Gold winner of Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award and Bronze winner of Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year
  • Mill Rythe Coastal Village, Hayling Island - Gold winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Kits Coty Glamping, Aylesford - Gold winner of Glamping Business of the Year,  Silver winner of Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award and Sarah Anderson - Bronze winner of Unsung Hero Award
  • Shorefield Holidays, Lymington - Gold winner of Future of Hospitality Award, Gold winner of Resilience and Innovation Award and Bronze winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke - Gold winner of Hotel of the Year and Gold winner of Wedding Venue of the Year
  • Greyfriars Hideaway, Oxford - Gold winner of  New Tourism Business Award and Gold winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • The Bosham Boathouse B&B, Bosham - Gold winner of B&B and Guesthouse of the Year
  • The Gallivant, Camber - Gold winner of Business Events of the Year, Silver winner of Hotel of the Year and Silver winner of Wedding Venue of the Year
  • Lincoln Farm Park, Witnet - Gold winner of Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year
  • Hurley House Hotel, Hurley - Silver winner of Business Events of the Year
  • Eco Chic Cottages – The Chestnuts, Shilton - Silver winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge - Sillver winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite, Barns Green - Silver winner of Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year
  • Hampton By Hilton, High Wycombe - Silver winner of Resilience and Innovation Award
  • Haviland Cottage, Ventnor - Silver winner of Dog Friendly Business of the Year and Silver winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Sandy Balls Holiday Village,  Fordingbridge - Bronze winner of Holiday Park of the Year
  • Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham - Bronze winner of Hotel of the Year
  • Art Deco House UK, Shanklin - Bronze winner of Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
  • Richmond Hill Hotel, Richmond Upon Thames -  Bromze winner of Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  • The Clifton, Shanklin - Commended winner of B&B and Guesthouse of the Year
  • Away Resorts in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Dorset - Commended winner of Future of Hospitality Award
  • Worth Forest Glamping, Balcombe - Commended winner of Glamping Business of the Year

The Vineyard, Newbury, Gold award winning Restaurant of the Year

Best Places to Eat and Drink

  • The Vineyard, Newbury - Gold winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • The Glasshouse Restaurant, Basingstoke - Gold winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • MadHatter Tea Room & Gift Shop, Hayling Island - Gold winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year
  • The Stag Inn, Hastings Old Town - Gold winner of Pub of the Year
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch - Silver winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year
  • The Shoe, Exton - Silver winner of Pub of the Year
  • The Gallivant, Camber, Silver winner of Restaurant of the Year
  • Fresco DeliKafessen, Guildford - Bronze winner of Café/Tearoom of the Year and Dimitrios Lazaridis - Commended winner of Unsung Hero Award
  • The Purefoy Arms, Basingstoke - Bronze winner of Pub of the Year
  • The Royal Hotel, Ventnor, Bronze winner of Restaurant of the Year

SenSpa, New Forest, Gold Award Winning Spa

Best Events and Experiences

  • SenSpa, Brockenhurst - Gold winner of Spa & Wellbeing Experience of the Year
  • Experience Christmas at Kent Life, Maidstone - Gold winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • Vine + Country Wine Tours, Bexhill on Sea - Gold winner of Experience of the Year (Axtive or Learning)
  • Dr Choc’s – Windsor Chocolate Factory, Windsor - Silver winner of Experience of the Year (Axtive or Learning)
  • Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Newbury - Silver winner of Spa & Wellbeing Experience of the Year
  • Christmas at Cowdray – Light Up Trails, Midhurst - Silver winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • Easter Festival at Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton - Bronze winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year
  • Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Bronze winner of Tourism Event/Festival of the Year

Congratulations to all the 2023 award-winners, a massive thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to make the South East an award-winning destination to work in, visit and holiday in.  

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  1. Blenheim Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens

  2. Sandy Balls Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Fordingbridge

    Five-star, award-winning facilities and the breathtaking forest on your doorstep - the ideal combination for a long weekend, midweek break or longer holiday.

  3. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    Basingstoke

    Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

  4. Plumpton Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Lewes

    Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most successful smaller jump racecourses in the country, staging sixteen National Hunt meetings from September to May.

  5. Hurley House Hotel

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Maidenhead

    By Train from London Paddington Station to Maidenhead Station. Then 10 minutes’ drive/taxi ride.

  6. The Vineyard

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    Hotel

    Newbury

    Just outside Newbury, The Vineyard boasts a cellar of over 30,000 wines from the new and old worlds, as well as the estate wines of owner Sir Peter Michael.

  7. Drusillas Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Alfriston

    Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

  8. Thanet Visitor Information Centre

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    Tourist Information Centres

    Margate

    The Information Centre is located at the start of the Harbour Arm next to the Turner Contemporary art gallery

  9. Ascot Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Ascot

    Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. Outside of Royal Ascot spectacular racing takes place throughout the year.

  10. Mill Rythe Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Hayling Island

    This well-known, quality resort offers catered Adult Only and Family breaks with a superb range of facilities and services in an attractive and secluded location.

  11. Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park

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    Type:

    Holiday Village

    Bembridge

    Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, is perfectly perched next to its own beautiful beach with easy access to everything that makes the Isle of Wight gorgeous.

  12. Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa

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    Type:

    Hotel

    Brockenhurst

    Just a 20 minute journey from Southampton, set back in the beautiful New Forest, lies Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa, a place of peace and tranquillity. 

  13. Spinnaker Tower

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    Tower

    Portsmouth

    View things differently at the top of Britain’s best viewing tower – the stunning 170 metre tall icon on the South Coast.

  14. Kits Coty Glamping

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    Type:

    Glamping

    Aylesford

    Ideally located close to both Maidstone and the Medway Towns our Shepherds Hut,Festival Tent and themed Bell Tents are perfect for short breaks,romantic getaways, or longer self-catering holidays in the Kent countryside.

  15. Oxford Castle & Prison

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Oxford

    For the first time in 1000 years, the secrets of Oxford Castle have been ' unlocked', revealing episodes of violence, executions, great escapes, betrayal and even romance. Visit Oxford Castle and uncover the secrets for yourself.

  16. White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre

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    Tourist Information Centres

    Market Square, Dover

    Dover, the gateway to England, welcomes millions of visitors every year. Pop into Dover Visitor Information Centre and find out more about exploring White Cliffs Country.

  17. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Type:

    Country House Hotel

    Basingstoke

    Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

  18. Wellington Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Riseley, Reading

    Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor play in Berkshire’, was established in 1974 by the Eighth Duke and Duchess of Wellington. Set in 350 acres of beautiful parklands off the A33 between Basingstoke and Reading, Wellington Country Park…

  19. The Solent Hotel & Spa

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    Hotel

    Fareham

    Adjacent to M27 jct 9, equidistant from Portsmouth and Southampton. Extensive leisure facilities and excellent conference and banqueting facilities.

  20. Shorefield Country Park

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    Camping & Caravan Site

    Lymington

    Shorefield Country Park is set in a fabulous location 800 metres from the coast with the New Forest just 2 miles inland.

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