Bossington Hall in Exmoor has reached the final of the South West Tourism Awards in the B&B and Guesthouse of the Year category.

The luxury bed and breakfast venue is one of four businesses in the entire South West to make the shortlist.

Bossington Hall is no stranger to awards - it has previously won the Taste of the West Gold award amongst others.

The historic building, which was built in 1911, has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years.

Proprietor Guy Dewdney, a design engineer by trade, told the Free Press: "We did a massive refurb. We've put in 14 bathrooms, it went from dated to tastefully modern, but also in-keeping with the Edwardian arts and crafts feeling. There are genuine Victorian/Edwardian wash stands with modern basins attached, loads of cast iron roll top baths, and a lot of antique furniture."

Today the venue features Starlink internet reaching speeds in excess of 250mbps, and a 50" smart TV in all of the properties' 9 bedrooms.

Guy Dewdney is born and raised in the West Country, and has a long family history in the area. He said: "My great grandmother invented Cheddar cheese. Candy was her surname, she lived in Chewton Mendip. I was born in Bristol and my granny lived in Wiveliscombe."

Bossington Hall is proud of its breakfasts. Guy said he sources sausages and bacon "from the lady at Little Oak Farm, who also supplies James Martin."

Bossington Hall seen from the outside
Bossington Hall as seen from the outside (Bossington Hall)

And if that's not enough Bossington Hall may have a claim to being the most uniquely insulated building in Britain. Guy explained that the original builder and owner of the property was Allan Hughes, whose New Zealand Shipping Company was later absorbed into P&O.

As Guy discovered beneath the floorboards, Allan Hughes insulated Bossington Hall with Kentucky Seagrass, a material historically used to insulate ships. Guy said the properties of the seagrass were comparable to modern forms insulation, he said: "I think it's the only building in the UK with it. We were absolutely thrilled."

Chair of judges Dr Natalie Semley, Lecturer in Sustainable Tourism Management at Cornwall Business School, commented: “The level of excellence being sustained throughout the South West region was truly inspirational, and represents the extraordinary level of dedication and commitment from each and every business shortlisted.  It is clear that these finalists have taken responsibility, and have actively embedded resilience and sustainability into their organisations.”

The contest is set to conclude at the regional final at the Eden Project on March 23.