We are extremely happy to announce that our sister business Valleyside Escapes glamping has been honoured as the best glamping site in Devon after receiving GOLD in the Glamping Business of the year category at this year’s Devon Tourism Awards. It is a fantastic achievement and recognition of the team’s hard work. We are absolutely thrilled!
Last year we welcomed our first ‘wedding glampers’. For couples getting married having their closest family and friend’s stay on-site to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime moment is really appealing. One couple said, “Having the glamping pods on site made easy accommodation for guests who had travelled far.” With one of their guests saying, “It was very comfortable, cosy and well supplied. The view is fantastic!”
This is the fourth award Valleyside Escapes has collected from Visit Devon after scooping bronze in the Best New Tourism category in 2019 and commended in the Glamping Business of the Year category in 2021 and 2022 and is our 8th award in total, after opening five years ago.
The process to achieve the award is vigorous! For stage 1 applicants are required to complete an extensive questionnaire backed with evidence about why the glamping site is impressive, how it has developed, what successes there have been and future plans. This is scored and if passed stage 2 requires a judge to stay and capture first-hand experience. Following the visit it is then decided if the applicant progresses to the final stage where a gold, silver, bronze, or commended is awarded.
We have evolved and enhanced our glamping site every year to give guests the best experience and help create lots of amazing memories and this award is confirmation of that. We plan to replicate this success with weddings and events at Valleyside Barn.
All finalists from the Devon Tourism awards are automatically entered into the regional South West England Tourism Excellence awards and the finalists are announced in January. We will keep you posted if we are short-listed!