Excellence in Luxury Service Awards – Best Wow! Factor

Best Wow! Factor

Winner: Keynedon Mill, South Devon

What the owners say:

In Autumn 2011 Keynedon Mill was created as a lovely boutique retreat where guests can feel thoroughly spoilt and enjoy all the comforts of a hotel without the disadvantages. It is a converted Water Mill with guest accommodation in the attached old Miller’s House which dates back to the 14th Century.  The Miller’s House has undergone careful refurbishment with attention to detail to create a chic retreat – a tranquil place to unwind and enjoy the house and lovely grounds set in the beautiful Devon countryside. There are six acres of heavenly grounds with a stream running all along the valley, and a separate garden area for guests to relax, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the birdsong!  You will find secret secluded areas to sit, read or just experience the peaceful surroundings.

What the judges say:

• A beautiful, comfortable, quiet and cosy bolthole in Devon
• The next time I get a chance to take a relaxing break I shall certainly stay here!

Highly commended: Driftwood

driftwood B&B

What the owners say:

Driftwood Beach House is located on the beachfront at Seasalter just a short journey to Whitstable town centre. It offers three rooms, plus a self-catering boathouse on a separate part of the property. Part of what makes Driftwood Beach House so great is that each room is uniquely designed. Each is en-suite with a shower and a private outdoor area. The Blue Jacuzzi Room boasts a stylish outdoor jacuzzi, while the Maroc Spa and Garden Spa rooms have their own wood-fire hot tubs. Part of what makes Driftwood Beach House so great is that each room is uniquely designed – we have the Blue Jacuzzi Room, The Maroc Spa Room, and The Garden Spa Room. Each of these rooms are en-suite with showers, extremely comfortable beds, and their own private outdoor areas. On top of this (as the name suggests) the Blue Jacuzzi Room boasts a stylish outdoor jacuzzi, while the Maroc Spa and Garden Spa rooms have their own wood-fire hot tubs, allowing for that little bit extra. Every effort has been made to make this bed and breakfast a luxury experience, and a 4.8-star rating through Google from 33 reviews shows that our guests very much agree with this. Driftwood Beach House was set up by owners Jez and Michelle 3 years ago, and is located on the beachfront at Seasalter just a short journey to Whitstable town centre, and down the road from The Sportsman – voted UK Restaurant Of The Year.

What the judges say:

• It’s in a great location, a lot of thought has gone into the interior, and it has plenty of space. You completely feel relaxed. If you want a weekend in a luxury B&B you’ll come back saying you had the most amazing relaxing time.
• A stunning architectural building that’s been sympathetically and tastefully modified.