AA B&B Awards 2007

Winners announced

The AA is delighted to announce the winners for the AA B&B Awards 2007. The official awards ceremony was held at The Gallery in South Kensington on 23 May 2007.

Previously known as Landlady of the Year, this coveted awards event has been redesigned and brought up to date including for this year, three fresh new categories:

Friendliest Landlady of the year

Grey Cottage, Stonehouse The winner for AA Friendliest Landlady of the year award, judged by the AA's expert panel of inspectors and selected from a shortlist including 14 other establishments is Rosemary Reeves, The Grey Cottage, Stonehouse.

Rosemary Reeves has been welcoming guests at her home since 1979. Nearly 180 years old, The Grey Cottage is a small stone Cotswold house nestled in well-tended gardens, from which Rosemary picks fresh flowers to display on the dining table and in guest rooms.

Genuine warmth and friendliness is the essence of this home from home – the highlight of any stay here. A visiting AA inspector comments "On a rainy day, I was met at my car by Rosemary bearing an umbrella – she gently chided me for being rather tall".

Rosemary welcomes guests with tea and home made cake and warming open fires. Bedrooms are well appointed and boast a host of thoughtful extras. Breakfast and dinner, served in an elegant dining room, are all carefully prepared and turned into a very special experience.

Every effort is made by Rosemary to ensure visitors are made welcome and comfortable, and this winner takes great delight in setting and maintaining exemplary standards of hospitality and care at really good value.

Funkiest B&B

Crazy Bear, Stadhampton The AA Funkiest B&B for 2007, selected by an independent judge, is The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton.

This popular and attractive restaurant with rooms successfully combines modern chic with old world character. From the car park, the individual style of operation is immediately apparent, as guests register in a converted red London Routemaster bus. The gardens and terrace area are crowded with palms, fronds, statuary and decking, which make for a vibrant and exotic atmosphere.

Those choosing to make a night of it can enjoy the concept bedrooms, all designed in really funky, individual styles with different colour themes and dramatic furniture, pictures and decoration – nothing old fashioned here.

Cuisine is extensive and varied with award-winning Thai and English restaurants under the same roof (both awarded two AA Rosettes). A recently opened farm shop is yet another unique element.

Family Friendly B&B 2007

Lochwood Farm Log Cabin, Saltcoats The winner of the final category, AA Family-Friendly B&B 2007, determined by a public online vote, a new feature introduced to the awards this year is Lochwood Farm Log Cabin, Saltcoats.

Built in the 18th century and set in 200 acres of glorious rolling countryside, this immaculately maintained dairy and arable farm offers warm hospitality with delicious food.

The attractive bedrooms, in a converted traditional stone byre, are comfortably furnished and well equipped. There is a further choice of lounges and a spacious dining room, where hearty farmhouse breakfasts include home-made bread, pancakes – even kedgeree. A log cabin also boasts an outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub to relax in. The morning panorama of lambs being bottle fed by children is seasonal, but irresistible. This is a working farm, where families are really welcomed and have a marvellous experience.

AA Hospitality Awards

The AA B&B Awards are a branch of the AA's well established Hospitality Awards which cover the finest of all AA-inspected and rated hotels, restaurants, guesthouses and B&Bs.

These accolades are presented in recognition of allround excellence, unfailing standards, outstanding service, as well as acknowledging the vital role played by those individuals who work to maintain the highest of standards within the industry. It is thanks to their eye for detail, dedication and good humour that make their guests' stays pleasant and memorable in every way.

Lifestyle guides

The famous AA lifestyle guides, covering every aspect for planning your leisure pursuits – from hotels, pubs, B&Bs and restaurants, to days out, golfing, caravanning and camping, or family and pet friendly accommodation – feature over 14,000 inspected, selected and recommended establishments; offering the UK traveller an unparalleled choice of places to stay, eat, drink or play a round of golf in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

The guides are already one of the UK's best-selling and most trusted series and each 2007 guide has been fully updated and revised with a new revamped cover design. Award winning establishments are also highlighted so readers can make a bee-line for the nation's favourite landlady or the very best places for accommodation, food and drink.

The 2007 Bed & Breakfast Guide is the only guide covering the whole of the UK and Ireland and featuring more than 4,500 independently inspected establishments. The B&B Guide includes award winners of the Landlady of the Year Awards and Guest Accommodation of the Year Awards and highlights the very best breakfasts and evening meals.

 

23 May 2007