Lincombe Hall strikes double gold at Devon tourism awards

New spa swimming pool at award winning hotel

Golden touch - the new £2 million spa facility - Credit: Lincombe Hall Hotel

Torquay’s Lincombe Hall Hotel and Spa has the golden touch – twice over.

It has won double gold at the 2020 Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2020 for Large Hotel of the Year and Spa and Wellbeing Experience of the Year.

Brett and Jo Powis, who have owned Lincombe Hall for more than a decade, said: “We are so pleased to have won these awards as they reflect the hard work of every member of our team across the whole hotel and the investment of over £2 million in creating our fabulous spa facility.  

“We wanted to build one of the best spas in the South West, and this award is recognition of that amazing dream being realised.  

“We cannot wait to re-open and for guests to experience everything our beautiful spa and newly refurbished hotel has to offer. 

Brett added: “We always wanted to be one of the best hotels in Torquay. Once we completed the spa we simply wanted to be the best hotel on the English Riviera and these two Gold Awards demonstrate we have gone a long way to achieving that aim.” 

The hotel and spa has undergone extensive designer-led refurbishments over the last 12 months. 

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It is now automatically entered into the South West Tourism Awards, which are to be announced in April. 

It was also a national finalist in the Good Spa Guide ‘New Spa of the Year’ awards last October and was awarded a 5 Bubble Spa rating, one of only 17 Spas in the whole of the South West of England to have achieved that accolade. 

It was one of several success stories for Torbay and South Devon tourism businesses and individuals in this year’s awards. 

Brixham’s Fishcombe Cove Cafe struck gold in the Cafe/Tearoom of the Year award. The Curious Kitchen at Brixham wasn’t far behind with a silver. 

There was gold too for Brownscombe Luxury Glamping at Compton in the Glamping Business of the Year category. 

Golds went to the Three Crowns at Chagford in Pub of the Year and the Angel at Dartmouth for Restaurant of the Year. 

South Devon’s Pennywell Farm was named Visitor Attraction of the Year.

The Cary Arms & Spa at Babbacombe in Torquay won silver in the Casual Dining award. The Cary also picked up silver for Small Hotel of the Year. 

The Stover Country Park and Local Nature Reserve at Newton Abbot picked up a silver in the Accessible and Inclusive category. 

Lady's Mile at Dawlish was named Bronze winner in the Holiday Park category. Hoburne Devon Bay, Paignton, and South Bay Holiday Park, Brixham, were both commended. 

Torquay’s Headland Hotel and Spa was commended in Large Hotel of the Year. 

Nethway Farm Holiday Cottages at Kingswear and the Brasserie at the Bay in Torquay were awarded silver and bronze respectively in Best New Tourism Business 

Salcombe’s Gara Rock Hotel won silver in Wedding Venue of the Year and bronzes in Restaurant of the Year and Small Hotel. 

The Haytor Hotel in Torquay was also commended in the Small Hotel category. 

In Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year Nethway Farm Holiday Cottages at Kingswear was awarded silver. 

Rhys Roberts from Visit Devon was recognised  for his Outstanding Contribution to Devon Tourism. 

Chris Murray, from Pennywell Farm, and Dick Wood, from DATA and South Devon Railway, were both finalists in Business Leader of the Year. 

And there were Unsung Hero Awards for Clive Simmons at Paignton’s Palace Theatre, Hannah Pattle, from Pennywell Farm, Naomi Hunt, from Powderham Castle and Sereny Damon from the Dartmouth Steam Railway.