TV personality and columnist, Eve Pollard, joined tourism minister, Janet Anderson and ETB chairman, David Quarmby to announce the winners at an awards ceremony on Thursday.
The Leo statuette was presented to South Somerset DC by David Spenley on behalf of one of the awards' sponsors, Holiday Cottages Group.
The silver award went to the Countryside Commission's South East National Trails, covering the North Downs Way, the South Downs Way, the Ridgeway and the Thames Path.
Commenting on this year's winners, ETB chief executive, Tim Bartlett said: 'It is extremely heartening to see that standards right across the industry are getting better and better with every year of the awards. The English Tourist Board spends a great deal of time and energy encouraging the tourism industry to improve quality, and this year's winners go to prove that England equals excellence.'
Each of the winners impressed the judges with their consistently high standards, their creativity, their attention to detail and their sensitivity to their customers.
The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising travel journalists, industry figures and a consumer association representative.