High on the prize for Rosehearty Hobbit

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A Rosehearty resort has been nominated for Best Holiday Accommodation at the national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.

High Seas Hobbit has been nominated for award after winning the Aberdeen City and Shire award for the same category.

Carole Short, owner of High Seas Hobbit, said: “The criteria is down to how you treat your guests and how you go that extra mile for your guests.

“We do a lot of things like if someone has a birthday or an anniversary then they get a cake baked for them.”

Led by a panel of industry experts, the Scottish Thistle Awards celebrate tourism businesses or individuals across the country who have put in the extra effort to offer an outstanding visitor experience.

Ms Short said: “We’re always just trying to make sure that we treat as if they are individuals and like they are special and not just if they are numbers.

“The fact that we’re pretty quirky and unusual goes in our favour as well.”

Stephen Carter OBE, VisitScotland Board Member and Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel, said: “From the industry panel’s point of view, every one of our amazing finalists should be extremely proud.

“They truly are leading ambassadors, positioning Scotland as the perfect place to visit.”

The awards ceremony will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 18 March with Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay hosting the Scottish tourism ‘Oscars’.