Nettlecombe Farm on the Isle of Wight has secured a place in the finals of the prestigious VisitEngland (VE) Awards for Excellence 2014, announced by VE on 1st April 2014.

After winning Gold earlier this year at the regional Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards, Nettlecombe’s Corner Cottage has been shortlisted by VE in the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category at national level.

The Awards celebrate the very best England has to offer and the winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at a glamorous, black tie Winners Award Ceremony at Cheltenham Race Course on Monday 12 May where they find out which award they have won: either Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Highly Commended Award.

Nettlecombe is a working farm situated half a mile from the quaint village of Whitwell, and offers luxurious self-catering accommodation, coarse fishing, yoga retreats and function barn hire. The farm has been in the Morris family for over 100 years, and serves as the perfect holiday base to explore the Island.

An important objective of the VisitEngland Awards scheme is to maximise the publicity and marketing benefits of being a winner.  As a winner, Nettlecombe will be entitled to display an awards logo on their literature and website.

Jose Morris of Nettlecombe commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to find out that we are in the finals of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence; here at Nettlecombe we live by our motto of “continuous improvement”, which is obviously paying off.

“Seeing this award on our website means that potential visitors will immediately be aware of the nationally recognised high standards we maintain.   It is also a well-deserved pat on the back for our excellent team for all their hard work and efforts.”

Finalists for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are rigorously assessed by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts. Carefully chosen by a judging panel, the finalists represent the finest in the industry and include a wealth of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, Tourist Information Centres and businesses that have shown complete dedication to developing the excellent standards of English tourism. Each finalist is guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended in their category.

Peter Colling, Managing Director, Tourism South East, said ‘We are delighted that 8 of our Beautiful South Awards winners have made it through as finalists in the Visit England’s national Tourism Excellence Awards. It really shows that the South East has some of the very best tourism businesses in the country.

“It takes a fantastic amount of hard work and dedication to achieve the top five in their category in England. We are now looking forward to celebrating gold with our finalists at the Award ceremony on the 12th May.’

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “To be nominated in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence is a considerable achievement as the quality of applications is always extremely high and only the very best make it through to become a finalist.

“Nettlecombe provide an excellent visitor experience which is underpinned by exceptional customer service, and I offer my warm congratulations and wish them every success at the forthcoming Awards Ceremony next month.”

If you are an Isle of Wight accommodation provider and wish to be considered for next year’s Beautiful South Awards, please go to


For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:

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An image of Nettlecombe Farm is attached.

Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards

Now running for over twenty years the Beautiful South Awards celebrate the very best the South East has to offer for all types of tourism businesses including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, self-catering, visitor attractions as well as recognising those businesses that have gone the extra mile on accessibility, sustainability and great customer service.

The winners of our local tourism awards programme are given the opportunity to submit an entry to the Visit England National Awards for Excellence.   This year’s winners of the national awards will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 12 May 2014 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Award Categories:

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation Flavour of the South East   Small Visitor Attraction

Small Hotel/Townhouse  Tourism Pub  Large Visitor Attraction

Large Hotel/Townhouse  Best Tourism Experience  Access for All Tourism

Holiday Park/Holiday Village  Tourism Event  Sustainable Tourism

Self-Catering and Serviced Apartments  Business Tourism Visitor Information Provider

Outstanding Customer Service

For more information, go to

VisitEngland (VE) Awards for Excellence – the 2014 Awards Ceremony:

The climax of the whole VisitEngland Awards for Excellence competition is the Winners Award Ceremony. Taking place on 12th May 2014, this glittering evening is built entirely around the finalists. By making it to the Ceremony all finalists will have demonstrated that they are the very best of English Tourism. VisitEngland has chosen Cheltenham Racecourse to host the Award Ceremony, which celebrates success and excellence and is a showcase for England’s fabulous tourism products. Above all it provides finalists with a moment of well-deserved glory which can be used to market, promote and improve their businesses still further. The Awards Ceremony also acts as a beacon for all tourism businesses in England encouraging them to raise their game and become members of this quality elite.

2014 finalists:

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website ( the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: