Technology supplier to small independent guest houses and B&Bs eviivo has revealed the shortlist for its 2018 awards.
The eviivo Awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the best of the UK’s world-class B&Bs, guest houses, inns, serviced apartments, self-catering units and small independent hotels.
The 110 finalists will now battle it out across eight categories featuring awards such as, ‘Most Beautifully Presented’, ‘Quirkiest Place to Stay’ and ‘Tastiest Breakfast’, which will be judged and presented by celebrity chef, Phil Vickery.
Shortlisted properties include a windmill, a houseboat and a shepherd’s hut, with one property offering guests the chance to do yoga on horseback.
Over the coming weeks the shortlisted establishments will have their applications reviewed and judged by a panel of industry experts ahead of the awards ceremony in October.
Eviivo claims shortlisted properties have been seen to command prices that are 8% higher than the rest of the sector, and enjoy 17% higher occupancy level.
David Weston, awards judge and Chairman of the Bed & Breakfast Association said: “With over 1,000 B&Bs opening since 2015, it is great to see that the sector is enjoying a revival. These brilliant B&Bs offer a glimpse of the fantastic range of accommodation this country has to offer its visitors, whether they be domestic or international.”
Fellow judge, former award-winning B&B owner and leading consultant, coach and mentor to the hospitality sector, Yvonne Halling added:
“Running a B&B in the 21st century is demanding and requires multiple skills, hard work and dedication – these awards help to shine a light on and identify the finest businesses within the UK’s hospitality sector.
The eviivo Awards will take place on the October 16 at Quaglino’s, Bury Street, London.