A business that has been flooded twice has carried off the title of the AA's Friendliest Bed and Breakfast 2014.
River Garth Guest House, located on the south bank of the River Eamont, near Penrith, Cumbria, was flooded in 2005 and 2009. After each disaster, the owner Irene Nixon resolved to carry on, refurbished the property and opened up again for business.
Second time round, the accommodation for the guest house was raised to the safety of the first floor.
Nixon was presented with the award at the AA's Bed and Breakfast Awards at London's St Ermin's hotel, earlier today. She said that she was "deeply honoured" to have been recognised by the AA.
"The opportunity to welcome people into my home and provide them with a high quality service has helped me overcome the trauma of the floods. It is wonderful to have received so many thank you cards and positive reviews over the years that I already feel like a winner."
Simon Numphud, head of AA Services, said: Irene Nixon is a wonderful example of everything that is great about our industry. She is warm and welcoming and goes out of her way for all her guests to ensure that they have everything they need to make their stay an enjoyable one."
The full list of winners in the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards 2014 are:
• AA Friendliest Bed and Breakfast 2014 sponsored by Eviivo - River Garth Guest House, Penrith
• AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England 2014 - Prawles Court, Ewhurst Green, East Sussex
• AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland 2014 - Aikenshill House, Foveran, Aberdeenshire
•AA Guest Accommodation for the Year for Northern Ireland 2014 - Whitepark House, Whitepark Bay, County Antrim
•AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London 2014 - Sydney House Chelsea
•AA Funkiest Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2014 - The Bull Inn, Barton Mills, Suffolk
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