‘Unique accommodation award’ for Les Cotils’ individuality
LES COTILS has been bestowed a new ‘unique accommodation’ award by island tourism chiefs.
The award is recognition ‘for the individuality of this establishment which drives and supports a wide range of charitable projects to the benefit of the entire island community’.
In addition to being awarded four-star status by VisitGuernsey, the hotel and conference centre was also recognised for its high standard of food. The accolades come after the centre’s new terrace, which leads out from the restaurant to spectacular views, was officially opened by Bailiff Sir Richard Collas and Jane Swiffen.
Mrs Swiffen and her husband, David, bought Les Cotils in 1996 and transferred the ownership of the house and grounds into a charitable trust so that it could be used for the benefit of the island.
‘I’m thrilled to bits to see the terrace open,’ said Mrs Swiffen. ‘It’s been a dream for a long time.’
In his speech, the Bailiff said that he remembered Les Cotils from 40 years ago when it was a nursing home and his grandmother was a resident.
‘I’m honoured to have been asked to open the new terrace,’ he said.
‘Les Cotils has had a radical transformation, yet has retained its calm and caring atmosphere.’
Chairman of the charitable trustees Andy Hall said that the terrace had come about as a result of Jane and Fiona’s [Naftel] vision. ‘When the dining room was extended, we realised it was lacking outside space.
‘This has completed it.’
He also thanked Esther Male and John Pettit from architects CCD, and Adrian Ashman from consulting engineers Dorey, Lyle and Ashman, who had all given their time free of charge to work on the project.