A luxury, five-bedroomed, self-catering, country house near Richmond has been shortlisted for a White Rose Award, one of the most prestigious tourism awards in the UK.
The Old Vicarage, which stands in its own grounds in a peaceful rural location close to the Dales' hamlet of Marrick, has been shortlisted for the Self-Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award along with six other contenders from across the county and is the only one representing the Yorkshire Dales.
The property came under new ownership in November 2009 and underwent an extensive refurbishment programme before opening its doors to guests in the spring of last year. One of the property’s key selling points – as well as amazing views across Swaledale – is exclusive access to private leisure facilities which include indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and tennis court.
The Old Vicarage's owner, Julia Carr, is delighted that the property has been shortlisted for the award. "It is very rewarding to have been selected as one of the best accommodation providers in the county, especially after only a year of taking in our first guests.
"As well as providing comfortable and luxurious surroundings, it is also really important that people have the best possible holiday experience and we pride ourselves on outstanding hospitality and customer care. This part of Yorkshire is so beautiful, it is a privilege to be able to share it with others," she added.
The awards, which are organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, cover 16 categories and are open to attractions, hotels, venues and individuals from the tourism industry. Finalists in the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award are: The Old Vicarage, Marrick; Crow Hill Country House Estate, Marsden, West Yorkshire; Crowberry Cottage, Beverley, East Yorkshire; The Sands Seafront Apartments, Scarborough, North Yorkshire; Estate Escapes, Hotham, East Yorkshire; The Chambers, Leeds; Royal Parade Apartments, Harrogate.
Independent chairwoman of judges, Barbara Woroncow, complimented the standard of the finalists: “With so many exceptional entries it is always a pleasure to see so many high quality submissions; the judges always struggle to choose who should go through to the awards.
"Yorkshire has such an abundance of tourism gems, those who made the finalist list should be incredibly proud of themselves."
This year's winners will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony on 10 October at Doncaster Racecourse.