Orchid Award - 2002

Setting new standards for aesthetics at an international level


 "An orchid is a rare and beautifully unique flower that grows in only the best of locations and under the best of attention. Many of the B&Bs, Inns, Hotels, Cabins and Motels in this province have become, like the orchid, beautifully unique due to the attention of the property’s owner. The Orchid Award was created by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador to recognise accommodations in this province that set new standards for aesthetics at an international level. To receive the Orchid Award, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

· The property must demonstrate the importance of aesthetics
· The property must highlight the area’s natural and/or cultural surroundings and
· The property must exemplify the importance of details and cleanliness

This year’s recipient has created prosperity out of the preservation of our past. In 1990 the owners of this property began extensive renovations on the former James Campbell premises, a prominent teacher of navigation. From the very beginning they were determined to create a property that would capture the traditions and style of yesteryear. The original furnishings were used throughout the property wherever possible and furnishing not appropriate for a modern accommodation were replaced with replicas hand crafted by local artisans.

Examples of the attention to authenticity can be found everywhere on the property. In the drawing rooms, the chairs are built low to keep your head safely below the cloud of smoke that would have issued out of the old-fashioned fireplace, old crockery sits on the shelves and an oil lamp that was used by James Campbell himself, has been converted to electricity.

The attention to historic detail continues outside the house. Wires servicing the four star property are hidden underground and what looks like a classic outhouse, now shields the propane tanks. Even the patio and garden walls are built of local slate quarried from nearby Burgoyne’s Cove. Further to keeping with the style and heritage of the property, the owner created a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador garden that comes right from the region’s past. Wild lupines, peonies, lilies, irises, foxglove and Jacob’s ladder have been planted and cared for, to create a garden that is, in and of itself, a recreated piece of our heritage.

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is not the first organisation to recognise the accomplishments of tonight’s recipient. In 1993 the property was awarded the Newfoundland Historic Trust’s Southcott award for the preservation of built heritage. In addition, this accommodation has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Globe and Mail, Leisure Way and Rise and Dine Canada, just to name a few.

This property is truly one of the gems of Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry and it is a wonder that they have not been recognised with an HNL Orchid Award before tonight.

It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the members of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, to present the Orchid Award to the pride of Trinity, Ms. Tineke Gow and Campbell House B&B."