Cotswold B&B is world class!

Release date: 21 January 2016

Caption - Sarah Righton (left), Dave Hollingworth (right) and Radio Gloucestershire presenter David Smith (centre)

Angela and Dave Hollingworth, the owners of Maxwell’s Piece guesthouse near Moreton-in-Marsh are celebrating a truly stellar accolade – best B&B in the UK – and second best in the world! - according to the Trip Advisor 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards. 


Angela and Dave have only been in business for just under two years and are overwhelmed by the reaction from guests who commented so favourably on Trip Advisor:


“This is absolutely fantastic news for us, and we would like to thank everyone for rating us so highly – it really makes everything so worthwhile and will inspire us to maintain the standards we have achieved.


“As a newly established Cotswolds business, we will be always grateful for the help and support given to us in the early days, and ongoing, from Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Council’s shared tourism manager Sally Graff and the team at Moreton-in-Marsh Visitor information Centre. From early advice to the provision of training courses, and arranging for journalists to stay and produce articles, the team has been wonderful. Always at the end of a phone, these guys are an asset to Moreton and the Cotswolds.”


Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chis Hancock, was thrilled to hear about the success:


“This is fantastic news for Angela and Dave - and also the whole Cotswold visitor destination.  From a CDC perspective it is also highlights the great work done by Sally Graff and all the VICs across the District. Tourism is a major industry in the Cotswolds, and this sort of good news story can only boost interest in market towns such as Moreton-in-Marsh which have so much to offer and are within easy reach of magnificent scenery, historic houses, cultural hot spots, sporting and fun activities, top quality food outlets and highly rated accommodation providers – there really is something for everyone.


“The Hollingworths first contacted CDC about their initial concept before they opened for business, and they quickly became a member of the Cotswolds Tourism Partnership, ensuring  extensive promotion of Maxwell’s Piece on our official destination website which gets over 1 million hits per year.  They have taken full advantage of their membership, including attendance at workshops aimed at managing reputation and social media presence. Both also liaise regularly with the local visitor information centre team to encourage promotion of their business, and they pass on information that we provide to help keep visitors informed about what is going on.”


Neighbouring accommodation providers were also delighted to hear about the award, and anticipate that more visitors will visit Moreton as a result. Sarah Righton runs the long-established Old Farm Dorn B&B nearby and comments:


“Many congratulations to Angela and Dave – they have done Moreton proud! Running a successful B&B is all about the welcome visitors experience when they stay, and reviews reflect that guests see Maxwell’s Piece as a home from home.  We have had similar reactions from people staying at Old Farm Dorn, and we anticipate even more interest now that the news about Moreton is on the streets. We are part of the Cotswolds ‘Farmstay’ group and, like the Hollingworths, we benefit greatly from networking with similar businesses and working with the local tourism team to ensure we provide the best possible service.  Together we are stronger and we will continue to help each other enhance the visitor experience.”


James Kay, Trip Advisor spokesperson, explains the significance of the Travellers’ Choice awards:


“These awards are based on guest feedback gathered throughout the year, so what sets the winners apart is not just a high standard of service and accommodation, but the fact that they deliver this day in and day out.”




For more information about Maxwell’s Piece and Old Farm Dorn, including booking details, please go to and respectively.


For more information about working with your local tourism team please contact Sally Graff, Shared Tourism & Business Support Manager, Cotswold & West Oxfordshire District Councils Tel 01285 623000 or email 





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