B&B is named as finalist in tourism awards

Swan House
Swan House

A guesthouse has been named as a finalist in an annual tourism awards event.

Swan House, in Hill Street, Old Town, is in the Best Bed & Breakfast Award category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

As a finalist it now goes forward to the glittering awards ceremony which is being held on Monday, May 11 at the Sage Gateshead.

The VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications. Swan House will have to wait until the awards ceremony to find out which award it will receive. All finalists are guaranteed to receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

Speaking on behalf of Swan House, Brendan McDonagh said: “All the Swan House team are delighted to learn that we are shortlisted for the VisitEngland Best Bed & Breakfast Award category. To come this far is a real achievement, and as a national finalist, we are proud to be representing Hastings and 1066 Country.”

Kevin Boorman, head of marketing at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is excellent for Hastings. Brendan and his team have built Swan House into really first class accommodation, and have been at the forefront of improving our image. Only last week we were described in a national newspaper as being ‘the last word in cool’, and the contribution of people like Brendan and his colleagues has been instrumental in helping us achieve this recognition.”

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, said: “It’s been another successful year for our Excellence Awards as we’ve received hundreds of applications of an extremely high standard.

“That’s why all the finalists should be incredibly proud that they’ve been short-listed against such tough competition. I’d like to congratulate all the finalists who now represent the top five in their category in England and wish them all the very best of luck on awards night at the Sage Centre in Gateshead - a spectacular venue to celebrate the industry’s best.”