Good Hotel Guide 2017 awards announced

Tiina Carr, who is half-Finnish, has transformed this former DHSS hostel into the smart city hotel, Brocco on the Park in Sheffield, Yorkshire
Tiina Carr, who is half-Finnish, has transformed this former DHSS hostel into the smart city hotel, Brocco on the Park in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Brocco on the Park, Sheffield – City Hotel of the Year

  • Battlesteads in Hexham, Northumberland – Value Hotel of the Year

  • The Cross at Kingussie – Scottish Hotel of the Year

BROCCO on the Park has taken the title of ‘City Hotel of the Year’ in The Good Hotel Guide 2017: Great Britain and Ireland, published today. Scottish Hotel of the Year was awarded to The Cross at Kingussie.

The two hotels are among 10 properties to win a César award, presented by the guide to represent the highest standards of hotel keeping in the country.

Opened in 2014, Brocco has created a name for itself in offering a Scandi-chic interior and buzzing neighbourhood restaurant in the centre of Sheffield.

Owner Tiina Carr, a former marketing and design consultant, has used her talents in turning a former rundown hostel within an Edwardian villa into an eight bedroom hotel, which is regarded as one of the hippest in the city.

Each room is named after a bird’s home for instance, The Dovecote, in honour of Pablo Picasso, who stayed there for a night in the fifties. Judges described the menu as adventurous – try the wild nettle purée.

The Cross at Kingussie was converted from an old water-powered tweed mill, it is popular for its hospitality, lively atmosphere and modern Scottish cooking.

popular for its hospitality, lively atmosphere and modern Scottish cooking
The Cross at Kingussie is popular for its lively atmosphere and modern Scottish cooking

Meanwhile, the historic coaching inn – Battlesteads in Hexham, Northumberland, was awarded ‘Value Hotel of the Year.’

The inn, situated on the edge of the Northumberland National Park was noted for its eco-friendly touches including carbon-neutral heating and hot water systems, and a dark-sky observatory.

Dinners include oak smoked duck, chicken and salmon, smoked locally and there are also locally brewed ales. It has an eight course taster menu, developed with the highest quality of fresh, local and seasonal produce.

Battlestead Inn eight course menu
Battlestead Inn eight course menu

Featuring a total of 414 independent hotels in the main entry, the guide also highlights 10 hotels in 16 editor’s choice categories covering discoveries, value, family-friendly, seaside, country House, boutique, gourmet, gastropubs, dog-friendly, walking, weddings, gardens, spas, romantic, bed & breakfast and rooms with a view. There are also 411 hotels in the shortlist section.

All hotels featured in the guide arte selected on merit following reports from readers and anonymous inspections,

The Good Hotel Guide’s 10 César winners for 2017 are:

  • Country House Hotel of the Year: Gravetye Manor Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead, West Sussex
  • City Hotel of the Year: Brocco on the Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Inn of the Year: the Nobody Inn The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh, Devon
  • Newcomer of the Year: the Royal Oak The Royal Oak, Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire
  • Seaside Hotel of the Year: Hell Bay hotel Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher, Scilly Isles
  • Family Hotel of the Year: the Blakeney hotel The Blakeney Hotel, Blakeney, Norfolk
  • Value Hotel of the Year: Battlesteads, Hexham, Northumberland
  • Scottish Hotel of the Year: The Cross at Kingussie, Kingussie, Scottish Highlands
  • Restaurant-With-Rooms of the Year: the Hardwick The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Wales
  • Welsh Guest House of the Year: Ael y Bryn Ael y Bryn, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire

The Good Hotel Guide 2017: Great Britain & Ireland costs, costs £15 (including p&p) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP (Tel: 020 7602 4182; www.goodhotelguide.com) or is priced at £20 in bookshops.

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