THE Victoria Square Guest House, located in Kings Park in Stirling, was nominated as a finalist in the Best Bed & Breakfast category for the Central Region in this weeks Scottish Hospitality awards which were held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Tuesday evening.

Kari Couser, owner of the guest house, said: "We are delighted to say that we won the regional final and we also won the overall national final for Bed & Breakfast of the Year 2018. A great achievement for the owners Kari & Phil Couser and their fantastic team.

"We are extremely proud that the Victoria Square Guest House is the only 5 star Visit Scotland accredited accommodation in the City of Stirling. We have restored this beautiful Victorian house in stages, opening initially with 7 rooms and now with 10 beautifully restored and furnished en-suite rooms.

"Most recently we invested in completely rebuilding the Orangery (conservatory); this largely completes the restoration of the house. We can now offer our guests delicious traditional Afternoon Teas and lunches, as well as a select wine list and some locally sourced craft beers, in the relaxed setting of The Orangery, enhancing the Victoria Square Guest House experience for our clientele.

"Our aim is to provide high quality accommodation in tranquil surroundings showcasing the best that Scotland and Stirling have to offer. It is just wonderful that many visitors have told us that they have specifically include the Victoria Square Guest House in their itinerary when planning their trip to Scotland based upon recommendations from independent travel guides such as Rick Steve’s Scotland Guide, The Michelin Scotland Guide, Lonely Planet and the Good Hotel Guide.

"The business is regularly amongst the very top-rated accommodation in Stirling and we strive to maintain our high standards of service and accommodation at all times. We feel that direct personal contact along with individual recommendations and local information is something that many of our guests really appreciate.

"We unashamedly promote the best of Scotland by ensuring that we serve good quality Scottish produce (including our own homemade preserves and baking), use fine Scottish toiletries, and also furnish the property with Scottish furnishings and art work including paintings by Iona Leishman a popular local artist.

"We also guide our guests to attractions, restaurants and activities that suit their interests to ensure the best experience possible during their time at the Victoria Square Guest House.

"For us it is all about ensuring that our guests leave us wanting more and feeling that they have had a genuine and welcoming stay with us in Stirling and indeed Scotland. There is no better compliment than to have guests return again and again, and happily many do."