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WINNER SELECT * FROM ( SELECT * FROM v2_Hotels LEFT JOIN v2_Winners ON ( hotel_id = winner_hotel AND winner_year = 2019 ) LEFT JOIN v2_Images ON hotel_id = img_hotel WHERE hotel_member = 'Yes' ORDER BY FIELD(winner_category, 'Scottish Hotel of the Year') DESC, FIELD(winner_awarded,'Scottish Hotel of the Year','National Winner','Regional Winner','Class Winner') ASC, hotel_name ASC, img_sort ASC ) as xxx WHERE winner_year = 2019 AND ( winner_awarded = 'National Winner' OR winner_awarded = 'Scottish Hotel of the Year' ) GROUP BY hotel_id ORDER BY FIELD(winner_category, 'Scottish Hotel of the Year') DESC, winner_category ASC, hotel_name ASC
  • Small Country Hotel of the Year
    Tongue Hotel
  • Yes
    Ardanaiseig Hotel
  • Yes
    Duisdale House Hotel
  • Yes
    The Border Hotel
  • Small Country Hotel of the Year

    In this most competitive category of all by entrant numbers, hotels must have fewer than 30 rooms and be firmly in the countryside with a strong sense of place. First impressions are important: location, presentation and exterior charm all being noted by judges. Hotels need not necessarily be traditional in style / décor but must have be genuinely ‘country’ in feel: we mark up welcoming smiles, open fires / stoves, a mix of restful and cosy places, warm and characterful bedrooms. Local information must be excellent. F&B should have as much the sense of place as any other aspect: local provenance is a must and breakfast is considered very important. Hotels will be credited for originality, e.g. design / colour, and will need to back up their rural credentials with good internet access especially if local mobile phone signals are weak. Judges will look for effective links with local attractions or facilities – and service to match (i.e. skiing, bird-watching, cycling).

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    2019 Winner

    Tongue Hotel

    Built in 1854 as a Shooting Lodge for the Duke of Sutherland, the location is a destination in itself, on the far north Sutherland coastline, on the shore of Kyle of Tongue, with stunning views of ... read more