A historic hotel in the heart of Warwickshire has struck gold after scooping a trio of prestigious national awards.
Coombe Abbey Hotel has been officially recognised at the M&IT Awards 2017, which celebrates talent within the events industry.
The Brinklow-based 12th century venue picked up not one, but two Golds and one Silver award in a glittering ceremony held at Battersea Evolution in London.
Coombe Abbey secured Gold in the Best UK Unusual Venue category, beating the likes of Alton Towers Resort and Brighton Dome for the top prize.
But it didn’t stop there, as the hotel also won Gold in the Best Value for Money Conference Venue section and a Silver for Best Conferencing and Banqueting Staff.
Although they did not actually win the category, the independently-owned venue was also shortlisted in the illustrious Best UK Hotel section.
Coombe Abbey went head-to-head with iconic and exclusive hotels including Chewton Glen and Cliveden Hotels, the Midland Hotel in Manchester and The Belfry which has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. The eventual winner was the luxurious five-star Celtic Manor Hotel and Resort.
Ron Terry, general manager of Coombe Abbey, said that it was a phenomenal achievement for an independently-owned hotel in the Midlands to compete against major players within the meeting and incentive travel industry.
“To have been merely shortlisted for the awards was a major achievement,” said Ron. “But to have walked away with two Golds and one Silver is more than anyone at the hotel could have ever wished for.
“These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication that all staff put in the whole year round and I would like to say a huge thank you to each one of them.”
Coombe Abbey was one of the biggest overall winners of the night and host, presenter Eamonn Holmes, even pointed out that the hotel was on a roll.
What has made winning even sweeter is the fact that Coombe Abbey was nominated for the exact same three titles in 2016, eventually coming out with a Silver and a Bronze.
Ron added: “We were so pleased with the Silver and Bronze last year, but here at Coombe Abbey we always strive for perfection, so we wanted to make sure that we improved this year.
“Now we cannot rest on our laurels and will be working harder than ever to keep up these Gold standards that have been set for us.”
Organised by trade and events magazine M&IT, a total of 19 trophies were presented at the ceremony recognising a number of industry firms from venues to airlines.
For further information about Coombe Abbey Hotel, events that it hosts or to book a room visit www.coombeabbey.com.