Southport can proudly boast the best three guest houses in the entire Liverpool City Region!
And tonight, Thursday, March 10, the three town centre venues will line-up to discover which of them is crowned the B&B and Guest House of the Year in the 2022 Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards.
Sunnyside Guest House on Bath Street, The Braemar Southport on Bath Street; and The Heidi Bed & Breakfast on Bold Street have earned all three shortlisted places in this year’s awards.
All three guest house owners contesting this year’s awards say they are cheering each on, and that any victory will ultimately be a win for Southport as a whole.
It will be Southport’s first win in the category since The Ambassador Townhouse on Bath Street won the accolade 12 years ago.
They won’t be alone at the ceremony.
The Atkinson in Southport has been shortlisted as Large Visitor Attraction of the Year while The Windmill pub is competing for the Pub Of The Year title.
Five Southport venues have been shortlisted for the Hidden Gem Award: Bijou Cinema; British Lawnmower Museum; Enelles Glass House; Southport Pier Pavilion; and the Vintage Tea Room in Churchtown.
The ceremony will take place at Liverpool Cathedral on 10th March 2022, delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company in association with Liverpool BID Company.
Peter Sandman, Head of Visitor Economy Development at Growth Platform, said: “It’s great to see the visitor economy sector throwing their support behind these awards – this year we have seen close to a 40% increase in applications with many of those being new businesses getting involved for the first time.
“We are privileged to celebrate our unique, diverse and resilient sector in style.”
The 17 categories include awards for best hotel, restaurant, and attractions, alongside some new awards for ‘Resilience and Innovation’ and ‘Unsung Hero’ with the return of the ‘Hidden Gem’ category which highlights the City Region’s best kept secrets and is put to a public vote.
Sunnyside Bed and Breakfast, on Bath Street in Southport town centre, prides itself as being the perfect place for a seaside escape in Southport, with quality rooms and delicious breakfasts.
The venue is run by local couple Anthony and Larissa Duffey (pictured above).
Anthony Duffey is also on the board of Southport Hotels Association.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised on the shortlist for the tourism awards! It is such a prestigious award. We are over the moon.
“It has been 12 years since a Southport guest house, The Ambassador Townhouse on Bath Street, won this award.
“Now, with three Southport guest houses making up the final three, we know that the award will be coming back to Southport once again. Whoever wins the award, we will all celebrate, it is great recognition for Southport as a whole.”
The Braemar Southport owner Mike France insisted that any victory will be “a win for Southport”, with victory giving a boost to the whole town.
He said: “The biggest news is that all three of us who have been shortlisted for the B&B and Guest House of the Year Awards are all from Southport. I see it as a massive plus for our town.
“Southport has been judged to have the very best B&Bs and guest houses across the whole of the Liverpool City Region.
“That is just brilliant. It is a huge boost for visitors, for our town, and also for local residents.
“Local residents often have family members who come and stay in Southport, and they stay here and in other guest houses.
“Now they can say to them – come and stay here in Southport, we have the best B&Bs and guest houses here in the whole Liverpool City Region.
“No matter who wins on the night, we will get up and cheer for each other – the winner in all of this is Southport.
“The B&B and Guest House of the Year trophy is coming to Southport! Whoever wins, the town wins.”
The owners of The Heidi B&B on Bold Street are also looking forward to attending the ceremony alongside owners from nearby venues Sunnyside B&B and The Braemar Southport.
After ‘riding the storm’ when the Covid pandemic and the first lockdowns hit the country in March 2021, owners Michelle and Al Michie enjoyed the return of guests during the UK staycation boom in 2021.
Michelle said: “Being shortlisted in the B&B and Guest House of the Year category at the 2022 Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards was the best present we could ask for!
“It was amazing when we heard the news.
“Thank you to all our lovely guests who have made this possible. Congratulations to the Sunnyside B&B and The Braemar Southport guest houses.
“Congratulations also to Southport for pub of the year finalist The Windmill.”
“There were lots of entries for the awards this year.
“We love it when our businesses come together and support one another.”
- Sunnyside Bed and Breakfast is at 47 Bath Street, Southport town centre, PR9 0DP. Call 01704 536521 or visit: sunnysidesouthport.co.uk
- The Heidi B&B is at 43 Bold Street, Southport town centre. Call: 07801 800331 or visit: theheidi.co.uk
- The Braemar Southport is at 4 Bath Street, Southport, PR9 0DA. Phone 01704 535838.