Excellence in Luxury Service Awards – Best Romantic Getaway

Best Romantic Getaway:

Winner: Keynedon Mill, Kingsbridge, South Devon

What the owners say:

Keynedon Mill is a converted Water Mill with guest accommodation in the 14th Century Miller’s House, which has undergone careful refurbishment with attention to detail creating a chic retreat – a tranquil place to unwind and enjoy the house and stunning grounds set in the beautiful Devon countryside. It has six acres of grounds with a stream running all along the valley, and a separate garden area for guests to relax, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the birdsong. We have been told by our guests who return time and time again that we are unique in so many ways and offer all you would desire for a restful and luxurious stay. Our aim has always been to offer the service we would like to receive ourselves but seldom find. We offer every guests afternoon tea with homemade cakes etc on arrival, early evening drinks and canapes in the garden or in the snug without additional charge. Picnic hampers, beach towels, rugs, BBQs are available on request. Our breakfast menu includes a choice traditional breakfasts, eggs benedict, locally smoked salmon, waffles, avocado on sourdough with crispy bacon, omelettes and more together with juices, poached and fresh fruits, homemade yogurt with compote, and freshly baked bread. All our food is local and mostly organic. We are happy to cook supper for larger groups by prior arrangement. We undertook the renovation and furnishing ourselves to ensure we achieved the finished result we required and are constantly updating and hunting for interesting vintage pieces to add interest from both the UK and abroad.

What the judges say:

• Jeni and Stuart have created a beautiful property at Keynedon Mill that constantly receives top marks for the romantic location, luxury renovation and also the wow factor. Looking through the photographs on the well-presented website along with those available elsewhere online you can see why this property should rank high above many others in the categories that it is listed in.
• What an amazing building! A lot of hard work has gone into making it what it is today.

Highly commended: Plas-Tan-Yr-Allt, Porthmadog



What the owners say:

Having recently refurbished the Plas, the current owners Howard and Mark are offering three luxuriously appointed bedrooms, complete with antiquities and period features, all named after some of its previous residents: The William Madocks Bedroom, Shelley’s Theatre and Miss Hilda’s Bedroom. All rooms come complete with an array of creature comforts consistent with a property of this type, and lavishly appointed en-suite bathrooms with slate underfloor heating complete the picture. Sustainably refurbished and open now for four years, Pas-Tan-Yr-Allt has three luxuriously appointed bedrooms, complete with antiquities and period features and named after some of its famous previous residents. A stay at Plas-Tan-Yr-Allt is a real journey into yesteryear, a totally unique experience. This was William Madocks’ Regency Villa, the first in North Wales and the man who founded Tremadog, Porthmadog. Romantic poet Shelley lived here between 1812-1813 completing Queen Mab and survived an assassination attempt, adding to the overall guest experience.

What the judges say:

• I love this property and the way they’ve maintained the historic connection with famous people – strong USP.
• Guests highly rate the service Howard and Mark offer in a property that is clearly an ideal romantic getaway. Additional touches that add the feeling of luxury to the service provided are also commented on in reviews. Plas Tan-Yr-Allt reflects the feeling of beautiful surroundings in a quiet idyllic location – ideal for a romantic break. The categories entered seem to be suited to the high ranking reviews received by guests at Plas Tan-Yr-Allt.


By Oliver Mizen

Oliver is web editor, social media poster, search engine optimiser.

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