From city breaks to rural escapes, the inaugural Staycation Awards picks out the best tourist destinations in Britain.
Last week the i Staycation Awards ceremony was held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to recognise the best of British tourism and shine a light on some of the nation’s best-loved but little-celebrated organisations and venues.
Nominated by readers of the national i newspaper, almost 1,000 nominations in 17 categories were whittled down by nine discerning judges, including BRITAIN’s very own editor, Natasha Foges, who joined fellow judges from the National Trust, Ramblers, Responsible Travel and holidaycottages.co.uk, to name a few.
Hosted by BBC presenter, Matt Baker, the night was filled with pride and passion for Britain’s thriving tourism industry – a testament to the winners, as well as all the nominees.
i Staycation Awards 2019 Winners
B&B of the Year – Mount Pleasant Farm, Somerset; www.mountpleasantbnb.com
Caravan/Camping Site of the Year – Drovers Rest, Herefordshire; www.droversrest.co.uk
City Staycation of the Year – Dundee; www.dundee.com/visit
Dog-friendly Accommodation of the Year – A Corner of Eden, Cumbria; www.acornerofeden.co.uk
Family-friendly Venue of the Year – HF Holidays; www.hfholidays.co.uk
Hotel of the Year – Brownber Hall, Cumbria; www.brownberhall.co.uk
Outstanding Customer Service Award – Potters Resort, Norfolk; www.pottersholidays.com
Rural Escape of the Year – Penheim Glamping, Monmouthshire; www.penhein.co.uk
Accessible for All – Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool; www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk
Rural Location of the Year – Dumfries & Galloway; www.slowbritain.co.uk
Seaside Staycation of the Year – Northumberland; www.visitnorthumberland.com
Self-catering Accommodation Provider of the Year – Tack Barn, East Sussex; www.upperlodgesussex.com
Sports Staycation of the Year – The Great North Trail; www.cyclinguk.org/current-campaigns/great-north-trail
Staycation Tour/Activity of the Year – Grape & Grain Tours, Hampshire; www.grapeandgraintours.co.uk
Sustainable Tourism Award – Devon Dens, Devon; www.devondens.co.uk
Taste Award – Low Sizergh Barn, Kendal; www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk
Tourist Attraction of the Year – Strawberry Field, Liverpool; www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com