30th October 2009 Press Release

Hidelow House Cottages, near Malvern on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, has won 3 major regional tourism awards at the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards.

Hidelow, owned for the past 15 years by Stuart and Pauline Diplock, is the winner of the Gold 2009 "Access for All" Award, plus the Gold 2009 "Sustainable Tourism" Award and a Highly Commended "Self-Catering" Award in this year's Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards, sponsored by Advantage West Midlands. The awards were presented last night by BBC celebrities Suzanne Verdi & Nick Owen in a gala ceremony attended by over 400 leading lights of the regional tourism industry at Birmingham's International Convention Centre.

The Access for All Award is one of the most important presented each year, and is presented to a tourism operator which provides disabled visitors and guests with excellent accessible facilities and a welcome to match. 

The Sustainable Tourism Award, also very important given the move towards "green tourism", is presented to a tourism operator which has gone the extra mile to boost its green credentials by cutting energy usage, carbon outputs and things like "transport miles" on food sourced, whilst at the same time protecting and promoting the natural environment.

By winning Gold Awards, Hidelow is now automatically put through as the Heart of England winner in each category to the national Enjoy England Excellence Awards, which will be announced in a glittering ceremony in Brighton on 23rd April 2010, St George's Day.