A stylish Southport guest house has been awarded the title of Merseyside B&B Of The Year 2020.
The Heidi Bed & Breakfast was awarded the prestigious accolade in the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards.
Judges said: “With life in the UK slowly getting back to normal, now feels like the perfect time to announce the results of our prestigious 2020 UK Enterprise Awards, proudly hosted by SME-News.
“I am delighted to say it’s great news! Heidi has been awarded B&B Of The Year 2020 – Merseyside.
“I hope that in the midst of everything this news is well received, and brings a smile to your face!
“Heidi, like all of our victors, has demonstrated excellence, commitment, dedication, even in the face of uncertainty. For this, we humbly commend you!”
The Heidi Bed & Breakfast is situated on Bold Street in Southport town centre, just a couple of minutes’ walk from both the main Lord Street shopping boulevard and Southport Theatre & Convention Centre.
It is owned by Michelle and Alastair Michie.
They said: “It is very rewarding and uplifting to be recognised for such a prestigious award, especially in these uncertain times.
“It shows we are looking after our guests, and that nothing is too much trouble.
“We miss our guests and can’t wait for them to return, as the Heidi Bead & Breakfast isn’t the same without them!
“Lockdown has however given us time to decorate and maintain our beautiful building.”
“I am delighted to see them flying the flag for Southport.
“Southport has a variety of top quality accommodation and The Heidi is a great example.
“With the Covid vaccine rollout continuing at pace and cases coming down steadily, I look forward to the day when it is safe for Southport’s hospitality sector to be able to reopen and welcome back visitors.”
Southport Hoteliers Association spokesperson Anthony Duffey said: “It is fantastic news to see SHA members being nominated and winning prestigious awards yet again.
“The award is a credit to the hard work that Michelle and Al have put into their business since taking over.
“It has been a difficult time for the town’s hospitality businesses but with the roll out of the vaccine it looks like better times are on the horizon.
“During the lockdown our members have all been working hard to improve our offering.
“We all look forward to opening our doors to our customers when the time is right.”
The Heidi Bed & Breakfast is a large detached Victorian building on Bold Street, perfectly placed for guests to enjoy walking to nearby Southport attractions such as Lord Street, Southport Theatre, Southport Pleasureland, The Atkinson, King’s Gardens, Victoria Park and Southport Pier.
It is just a few minutes’ walk away from the site of major local events such as Southport Air Show, Southport Flower Show, the British Musical Fireworks Championship, Southport Comedy Festival and Southport Food and Drink Festival, as well as being well placed for golf enthusiasts looking to explore ‘England’s Golf Coast’.
Michelle and Alan Michie said: “Our friendly, warm, and welcoming bed and breakfast accommodation sits just a stone throw away from the bustling promenade, including the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
“If you are looking for comfort and relaxation and a well cooked and hearty breakfast, then come for a break to The Heidi!
“We can offer you a warm welcome and will ensure that your stay is comfortable and relaxed in a homely environment. We have operated The Heidi for five years now and have really worked hard to bring it back up to date to make it the beautiful place it is today!”
The venue contains eight tastefully decorated spacious bedrooms over two floors, a visitors’ lounge to rest your weary feet, and a private car park at the rear which is free to use for all guests.
Each room contains flatscreen TVs with Freeview, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities
And en suite facilities.
Michelle and Alan said: “We take great pride in providing a hearty full English breakfast, and for those that like a lighter option we have fresh fruits, cereals and fruit juices.
“On top of all this we include free access for guests to Victoria Leisure Club on the Promenade which offers swimming pools, a gym, sauna, steam room and fitness classes.”