first_imgThe stunning Trean HouseA Co Donegal guesthouse has won a prestigious award and named Farmhouse of the Year.Trean House in Inishowen scooped th prize in the 2016 Georgina Campbell Award.These are Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry. Every year Georgina Campbell and her team of experienced assessors comb the country’s hotels, country houses, guesthouses, restaurants, pubs, cafés and speciality food shops seeking out the best food and hospitality experiences for readers of The Guide (‘the glovebox bible’) and followers of the very successful website, about the ongoing search for excellence, Ms Campbell said, “Our programme of anonymous assessment visits has continued throughout the season as usual, always keeping a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers.“Once again this year, we have found plenty of new ones worthy of recommendation, especially in urban areas, and it is always exciting to see newcomers to the hospitality industry who understand the importance of standards and want visitors – domestic and from abroad – to enjoy Irish food and hospitality at its best. We are not seeking perfection but hospitality with real heart, and we’re finding it in clusters of excellence all over the country.Proprietors Joyce and Mervyn Norris said “We’re absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award. It’s one thing to be part of such a distinguished guide, but to win our category is a real honour. It’s wonderful to be listed up there with some of the best establishments in the country. ” Established 20 years ago in 1995, Joyce and Mervyn have been welcoming guests from all around the world and are actively involved with promoting local tourism.Reflecting on the changes in the industry over the past 20 years, Joyce said “We started B&B in 1995 as a way to diversify our farm income. There have been opportunities with the growth of the internet and increased spending power, but we’ve also faced increased competition from hotel rooms, holiday homes and more B&B properties. It’s refreshing to know that providing a warm welcome and the personal touch will always win in the end.”Joyce feels publications like Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide are important to the industry, as they provide an respected, independent voice that people can trust:“In an age where there’s so much choice, Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide is more relevant than ever, providing authentic, trustworthy recommendations on the best of what Ireland has to offer.”Unlike most other award schemes, the Georgina Campbell Awards are not commercially driven, there is no charge to establishments for recommendation or any element of the awards process. It is this independence which has earned them special respect in the industry, and public trust. This is what the judges had to say about our own Trean House.FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2016Georgina Campbell Guide Awards 2016, held at the Bord Bia offices, Dublin.Trean House, Inishowen.“The idea of a farm stay is heaven to many visitors to Ireland, and to families living in cities. An engaging rural experience is what visitors to Joyce and Mervyn Norris’s welcoming coastal farm can be sure of, and what a treat that is.Ironically some technical detail has excluded them from the Wild Atlantic Way, but the Atlantic is there alright, just a few yards away, and- if you are lucky- you can enjoy the changing light on the sea while you watch the locals playing football on their beachside pitch.Warm hospitality, good home baking, an open fire, lovely gardens and simple, immaculately clean accommodation and local knowledge is what Joyce and Mervyn enjoy giving to their guests – and if that isn’t authentic I don’t know what is.”DONEGAL RETREAT WINS GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR’ AWARD was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Georgina CampbellTrean Houselast_img read more