This year’s World Travel Awards’ winners have been announced, and The Manor House at Fancourt was named South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel. The 5-star, 18-suite boutique hotel dates from the 1850s, and is one of two accommodation options at Fancourt on South Africa’s Garden Route.

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Peter Dros, Sales and Marketing Director at Fancourt, says, “This is wonderful news, and we’re still smiling! It is a real reflection of the Manor House’s commitment to outstanding service. A visit to The Manor House is an experience, and this award means a lot to the team who pride themselves on creating the perfect stay.”

Despite the immense challenges the travel, tourism and hospitality industry has contended with in 2020, a new record was reached in visitor traffic and engagement in the 2020 World Travel Awards nomination programme. “This shows that as the global recovery begins, the appetite for tourism has never been as keen and this offers hope and much-needed encouragement to us all,” says Graham Cooke, Founder World Travel Awards.

“This shows that as the global recovery begins, the appetite for tourism has never been as keen.”

Dros agrees: “The Manor House reopened after lockdown towards the end of September, and after a long year this is exactly the recognition and boost we need! The team has loved welcoming guests back to the hotel, Monty Bar, the private library and swimming pool. We can’t wait to surprise guests over the summer with our new offerings, including al fresco dinners on a private deck under the stars!”

Unfortunately, the traditional winner’s gala ceremony cannot go ahead as planned, because of ongoing travel restrictions. “I very much look forward to helping you to celebrate your success and working together as we head towards a brighter and happier future,” Cooke said when congratulating The Manor House. “The time for us to come together and celebrate in person will soon come.”