2020 may have been an annus horribilis for travel, but the silver lining for us – and no doubt for many of you – has been discovering the beauty on our own shores. Between lockdowns, we combed Britain’s most scenic corners, from Cornwall to Colonsay, seeking out the best small hotels and hideaways for a truly unforgettable staycation in 2021.

Here are 40 favourites, as shortlisted by our roving reviewers. Now we need you to choose the winners. You can browse the full shortlist here.

So cast your votes – it only takes a couple of minutes. And there are over £1000 prizes to be won, including a year’s supply of cocktails, plus i-escape vouchers for your next holiday!

Voting closed on the 14th of December 2020.

The VACAY prize

One lucky winner will win a year’s supply of VACAY cocktails in addition to a £500 i-escape voucher.

VACAY is a new, ready-to-drink canned cocktail brand in a range of four natural, bright and delicious flavours for any occasion. Designed to create that vacation feeling, the collection includes a Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Paloma and Blood Orange & Hibiscus Vodka Soda. Created by a team of mixologists and culinary experts, VACAY’s ‘take anywhere’ cocktails contain the finest quality all-natural ingredients and are the perfect accompaniment for anything from summer picnics to relaxing nights in, and everything in between.

Designed for lovers of great cocktails and good times, VACAY cocktails come in stylish, eye-catching cans in bright colours with playful, contemporary illustrations. Mixed using the highest quality spirits as a base, the drinks are light, easy to enjoy and perfectly balanced. Using no artificial colours or sweeteners, the range is also gluten free and vegan.


The i-escape prizes

Five runners-up will each receive an i-escape gift voucher worth £100, which can be used when booking any property on i-escape – including any of the hotels and cottages in our Staycation Awards shortlist.

So if one of them takes your fancy when voting, bookmark it and – if you win – you can put the voucher towards a stay there next year!

Note that gift vouchers will be issued to winners electronically, unless a postal address is supplied.


Competition Ts & Cs

Winner agrees to abide by i-escape’s standard terms and conditions as part of this competition: https://www.i-escape.com/terms-and-conditions

The following 5 i-escape vouchers will be given away as prizes:

  • 1 x £500 voucher
  • 5 x £100 voucher

The i-escape voucher must be redeemed within 3 months of being received, although the stay itself can happen any time after that.

This voucher and any giveaway vouchers may not be amalgamated with other vouchers.

The voucher can be used when booking any property on www.i-escape.com

For stays with a value greater than the voucher in question, the balance will be payable upon booking.

For stays with a value less than the voucher in question, a balance voucher will be issued for the difference.

VACAY is our competition partner and will supply one winner with a years supply of cocktails, which equates to one crate of cocktails each month for the 12 months following the announcement of a winner.

i-escape is not responsible for any communication or failure to deliver on a prize supplied by a competition partner.

This promotion is only open to entrants in the UK aged over 18, excluding employees of i-escape and its partner hotels.

The competition closes at midnight on 14th of December. Winners will be selected at random and will be informed via the email address they have provided. The winner of any voucher is given 2 weeks to acknowledge our email. i-escape will not be held responsible if the winner doesn’t confirm.


Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable and there is no cash equivalent to either the voucher prize supplied by i-escape or the cocktails supplied by VACAY.