A Family-run hotel close to Sherborne won Dorset Tourism’s Gold Award for Small/Boutique Hotel on Thursday evening. The Grange at Oborne was shortlisted for the award and was up against some very stiff competition for the acclaimed award.
Manager of the hotel, Jenny Fletcher said: “We are both surprised and delighted to have won this award. There were some really stunning hotels shortlisted in our category of small hotel and to have even been compared to the likes of Summer Lodge was quite an honour, let alone to win the Gold award! We were particularly pleased that the judging panel highlighted the staff service that they received from the hotel.”
A record audience of 297 guests witnessed 66 trophies being presented to tourism businesses from across Dorset at the Dorset Tourism Awards dinner, held for the first time at The Lighthouse in Poole on Thursday 16th November. Now in its fifth year, the Awards broke all records in celebrating the best of Dorset tourism and also as the route for Dorset businesses to win in the South West and national Visit England awards.
Winners had been through a rigorous judging process involving initial study of entry forms and online presence, a programme of visits – often mystery visits – and ending with decisions by an independent panel. For more information and a full list of winners, please visit http://www.dorsettourismawards.org.uk/
The Grange at Oborne is a three-star country house hotel located in the hamlet of Oborne, just one mile from Sherborne. It has eighteen individually decorated bedrooms, a delightful restaurant overlooking the flood-lit gardens and two functions rooms catering for anniversaries, birthdays and weddings. The hotel is owned by Ken and Karenza Mathews and is managed by their daughter Jenny along with her husband Jon Fletcher.