THE summer of 2020 has been filled with uncertainty – but one thing we do know for sure is that it has been the year of the staycation.
For those Brits who are still wondering whether to book a domestic holiday, Visit England has revealed the winners of their annual tourism awards.
The winners were selected from hundreds of tourism businesses across England.
Read on to see who they awarded gold, silver and bronze in the camping, holiday park, pub and self-catering accommodation categories.
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
Gold – Landal Darwin Forest, Derbyshire
This five star lodge holiday park is located just outside of Matlock on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with 132 luxury lodges in a forest setting.
Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gym, play centre, restaurant, woodland walks and cycling trails.
Silver – Swallowtail Hill, East Sussex
The farm’s forty acres of wildflower meadow and woodland for conservation has six accommodation options, including a completely off-grid cottage and a matching pair of cabins.
Bronze – Eye Kettleby Lakes, Leicestershire
Eye Kettleby Lakes is a family run fishery and farm set in 150 acres near the town of Melton Mowbray, with touring park, glamping pods and log cabins.
A visit to the market town is advised, as it is known for its pork pies and Stilton cheese.
Pub of the Year
Gold – The Baskerville, Oxfordshire
The traditional village inn serves local beers, while the restaurant uses seasonal and sustainable food on its menu.
There are four rooms to choose from if you want to stay, and is a short walk from Henley-on-Thames.
Silver – The Three Horseshoes Pub & Kitchen, Dorset
Located in the small village of Burton Bradstock, the pub is run by Jaap Schep, originally from the Netherlands, and his wife Hannah.
It is dog-friendly, child-friendly, and they don't mind muddy boots inside after a long walk through the countryside.
Bronze – The Howard Arms, Warwickshire
The Ilmington-based pub was built 400 years ago, and even has a secret gin bar inside.
There are eight bedrooms to choose from, all away from the roads for a quiet nights sleep.
Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
Gold – North Hayne Farm Cottages, Devon
The accommodation, which is autism-friendly for guests, has a children's farm on-site with twice daily feedings.
Kids can also make the most of morning donkey rides, while adults can enjoy the private hot tubs.
Silver – Wallops Wood Cottage, Hampshire
Located in the beautiful South Downs National Park, guests can head to either Winchester and Portsmouth, both nearby.
The rooms also have wood burners, underfloor heating and a hot tub to relax after a long day.
Bronze – Broadgate Farm Cottage, East Yorkshire
Each holiday cottage has been converted from period farm buildings, ranging from four-person to 12-person cottages.
With some up to six bedrooms, the farm is set in 19 acres of grass and woodland surrounding each property.
Fancy getting away this bank holiday weekend? Thankfully there are some cheap deals for the long August break.
We've rounded up the best deals from just £14pppn.
While Parkdean Resort is fully booked for this month, there are still some bargains for September, from £89.
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