TOP luxury hotel, the Chewton Glen, has been given an award for ‘large hotel of the year’.

The New Forest venue was honoured in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014-2015.

They will now, along with the other winners, attend the national Visit England awards in 2015.

Peter Colling, managing director of Tourism South East, said, “Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences that the South East of England has to offer.

“And this year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges.

“Chewton Glen is an outstanding hotel, with exemplary guest service standards. The winners truly are the best of the best and a match for any in the country.

“We are now looking forward to our winners taking the spoils at Visit England’s National Tourism Excellence Awards.”

Andrew Stembridge, managing director of Chewton Glen said: “This has been a record-breaking year for the hotel, as we draw nearer to celebrating our 50th anniversary as a UK luxury destination.

“It makes me incredibly proud of our heritage and the vision of our owners and their continued investment and development of the property.

“We have a dedicated and passionate management team whose aim is always to exceed our guests’ expectations and I am tremendously proud of their achievements which are highlighted in this award.”