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2016 Dorset Tourism Award Winners!

Added: 8 November 2016

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October saw the winner’s ceremony for the Dorset Tourism Awards and we are pleased to discover that both Gold and Silver for the ‘Access and Inclusivity Award’ went to an attraction and an accommodation that feature on our site!

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Moors Valley Country Park took Gold, whilst Silver was awarded to Ellwood Cottages.

To qualify for the award the candidates had to be a tourism business that excels in being accessible and inclusive, and can demonstrate exceptional customer service to all, particularly those with impairments and other access needs. Most applicants had been through a rigorous 3-stage judging process involving initial study of entry forms and online presence, a programme of visits (often mystery visits) and the judging process by an independent panel.

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest extends to over 800 acres and is located in Ashley Heath in East Dorset. The Park works hard to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all their visitors and the widest possible access to their trails, buildings and events. There are wheelchair accessible trails around the Moors and Crane lakes, which are an important wildlife habitat for a wide variety of resident and migrant birds. Visitors can also see 20 species of dragon and damsel flies and amongst other creatures the forest is home to roe deer, adders, lizards and slow worms. As well as their Gold Access & Inclusivity award Moors Valley also achieved Gold for Sustainable Tourism.

Ellwood Cottages are located in the heart of rural Dorset in the peaceful hamlet of Woolland and have been designed specifically with the disabled visitor in mind. There are three two bedroomed, single storey cottages which are conversions of traditionally built barns, in a courtyard setting. Two have 2 double bedrooms and the other has a double and a single bedroom, all three benefit from wetrooms. Also on site there is a recreation room, a treatment room with visiting therapists and a splash pool. Outdoors offers spacious landscaped gardens with tables and chairs providing stunning views across fields with farm animals and wildlife, to Bulbarrow Hill and Ibberton Hill.

As successful businesses in the Dorset Awards both Moors Valley and Ellwood will go on to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in 2017.

All of us here at DHI would like to congratulate them on their wins and wish them well with the upcoming awards.

For more detailed information of both venues please visit their respective pages in our Attractions and Accommodation section, or alternatively use the links provided above.