ISLE of Wight bed and breakfasts have been hailed among the best in the country — thanks to their friendly owners and brilliant breakfasts.

Old House at Gotten Manor, Chale, won the award for best breakfast, a new category at this year's AA Bed and Breakfast Awards.

Owner Caroline Gurney-Champion, who has lived at the 13th century bed and breakfast since 1987, said: "I’m very chuffed and delighted.

"It makes getting up very early in the morning worthwhile.”

Attributing her success to local suppliers, Caroline said: "The ethos of a good breakfast is getting everything locally sourced within five miles of our B&B."

Second place in the friendliest bed and breakfast category was jointly awarded to two Isle of Wight businesses — Hayes Barton in Shanklin and the Leconfield Hotel in Bonchurch.

Hayes Barton owner Chris Williams said: "Living within a mile of our co-runner up in this category just shows what a good place the Island is."

Paul Judge, who runs the Leconfield, said: "We were delighted to receive the nomination by the AA for such a people focused award."

Will Myles, managing director at the Visit Isle of Wight tourism board, said: “It seems the Isle of Wight tourism providers can’t stop winning things, be they local, regional or national awards."

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