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Life's a beach for new owner of Britain's loveliest lodge

Life's a beach for new owner of Britain's loveliest lodge

Major park operators Park Holidays UK and holiday home manufacturers Prestige have joined forces to create the ultimate fantasy escape at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset.

It takes the form of a high-tech £420,000 bespoke luxury lodge with one of the most picturesque beach-side settings to be found anywhere in Britain.

And this autumn, the keys to the holiday home were officially handed over to its extremely proud new owner.

Darwin Escapes wins 12 top industry awards

Darwin Resorts Lodges

Leading holiday park operator Darwin Escapes has scooped a dozen travel industry awards for its resorts around the country. The company was presented with its awards at the prestigious annual Hoseasons 2018 Awards held at The Celtic Manor in South Wales.

Darwin Escapes operates 22 holiday parks throughout the UK offering a variety of holiday styles including secluded boutique lodge retreats, luxury lodge resorts with state-of-the-art leisure facilities and family-oriented traditional holiday parks.  Overall, the award-winning company took home 12 awards, with 5 being Diamond Award Winners – for the locations that top their category - and another 7 locations which won Diamond Awards. 

Royal visit for Dyfed Shire Horse Farm CS

Shire horse

A Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site had a royal visit on Tuesday 3 July.  Club Director General Robert Louden MBE joined HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm in Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, as The Duchess of Cornwall named the first foal born on the farm in five years. 

The farm is a Certificated Site, a small member-only campsite open to members of The Camping and Caravanning Club, and is one of more than 180 Certificated Sites across Wales.  

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall in the main barn, Robert said: “It was an honour to be invited to this event and join The Duchess of Cornwall to admire and celebrate the hard work of all at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm.  

Six of the best for Cumbria parks dubbed green pioneers

Six of the best for Cumbria parks dubbed green pioneers

Six holiday parks owned by Cumbria's Holgates Group have now become Britain's cheerleaders for green tourism, according to international botanist David Bellamy.

He made his comments after the announcement this October that all of the parks had won the 2018 David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The accolades are made annually following an independent audit of park business and their policies for protecting wildlife and safeguarding the natural world.

Professor Bellamy said that the group, including its flagship Silverdale park, were worthy winners of the top honour thanks to their raft of "amazing and imaginative" achievements.

Penny meets her match at Devon holiday park's love-in

Penny Prickles

When three-year-old Amber Kibbey fell in love with a hedgehog at Devon's Riviera Bay Holiday Park earlier this year, her mum Claire knew that it was the real thing. So when they made a return visit to the park this autumn, the family had a big surprise in store for Amber – a matching mini-version of the pretty pink outfit worn by her heroine!  It was presented to the star-struck toddler just before she set off for the Brixham park's daily children's show where mascot Penny Prickles was due to be on stage.

And in front of a cheering crowd, Amber went under the spotlights to receive the admiration – and a big hug – from the hedgehog which had won her heart.

Caravan parks business delighted to win Powys Growth Award

Caravan parks business delighted to win Powys Growth Award
A family business, which owns two caravan parks on the outskirts of Llanidloes, added another accolade to its growing list when it collected the Growth Award at the Powys Business Awards.
Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park and Red Kite Touring Park collected the award, sponsored the Development Bank of Wales, at the annual awards dinner held at The Hafren, Newtown. The awards are organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group.

The Onions family has owned Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park since 1996 and expanded in 2016 to develop Red Kite Touring Park, which has been a great success.

Praise for park's secret wood aiding animals in crisis 

secret wood aiding animals in crisis 

A Somerset holiday park which has helped release hundreds of birds and animals into its woodlands has been praised by the charity behind the scheme.

Holiday Resort Unity in Brean Sands has been working this year with Secret World Wildlife Rescue to give crisis-stricken creatures a fresh start in life.

Each has been cared for by the charity following injury, sickness, or being abandoned by its parents – and then put back into their natural habitat on the park.

Now Holiday Resort Unity has celebrated its successful partnership by naming its two acres of woodland after the volunteer-led charity.

From now on, it will be known at the park and on local maps as Secret Wood. 

Dales caravan park is pitch perfect say tourism chiefs

Dales caravan park

Inspectors from VisitEngland have told a North Yorkshire family that its holiday park is "off the scale" in terms of quality – and has warranted a rare award.

Riverside Caravan Park in High Bentham now boasts the national tourist board's prestigious 2018/9 Gold Award for its outstanding standards of excellence.

Fewer than 50 of England's 3,000-plus holiday parks have been granted the accolade this year, putting Riverside among an elite of top-performing park businesses.

VisitEngland says its gold standard can only be achieved if a park exceeds all of the requirements necessary to gain a top five-star rating during its annual inspection.

Even then, it must be visited by a "mystery shopper" before the award is officially confirmed.

New Owners Lined Up For Ddol-Hir Caravan Park

Ddol-Hir Caravan Park

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has sold Ddol-Hir Caravan Park in Llangollen to new owners, an established park operator. The property was sold from a guide price of £749,000.

Located in north Wales the park is set over 7.30 acres (2.95 hectares) and has planning permission for 19 static caravans, 25 touring caravans and a camping field. A two bedroom owner’s park home was also included in the sale. Ddol-Hir Caravan Park is close to the many of north Wales beauty spots including the Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Berwyn mountain range.  

Blooming lovely! Cornish park toasts two floral triumphs

Hendra Holiday Park team

Newquay's Hendra Holiday Park was twice the pick of the bunch in October's South West in Bloom Awards after it scooped two top accolades in the competition.

Its green-fingered ground staff helped the park take the top gold prize in the tourism and leisure category, and a special cup for the best horticultural display in the South West.

Five-star Hendra, which has been run by successive generations of the family since 1972, was warmly congratulated by judges for the environmental sensitivity of its stunning displays.

Many of its thousands of blooms are selected for their high nectar-bearing qualities, and provide vital foraging resources for honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Devon park is a natural winner declares David Bellamy

Devon park is a natural winner declares David Bellamy

Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Budleigh Salterton has winged its way to a top environmental accolade – with the help of bees, butterflies and birds. The family-owned Devon park was named this October as a winner of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation award at its top gold level.

It also received two extra commendations from the world-famous botanist for its efforts to protect honey bees, and its success in creating new wild flower habitats.

A long list of green initiatives at Ladram Bay led to its being selected for the honours which recognise the achievements of businesses championing sustainable tourism.

Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park Under New Ownership

Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has sold Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park in Caernarfon, north Wales to a local investor. The property was marketed with a guide price of £525,000.

The 4.5 acre (1.82 hectare) park has planning permission and site licenced for 32 touring pitches and 68 tents. Amenities on site include a children’s play area, a laundry block and a five bedroom owner’s bungalow. Cwm Cadnant Valley is only one of a few caravan parks that is in walking distance of a town centre, with Caernarfon being home to several attractions including Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia National Park.

Newby Bridge Caravan Park makes splash in green tourism awards

Newby Bridge caravan park - green tourism awards

Staff at Newby Bridge Caravan Park in Cumbria are celebrating after being told that their wildlife-friendly policies have scooped a major environmental accolade.

The park, located at the southern end of Windermere, has this month received the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

Professor Bellamy's honours go each year to tourism businesses making exceptional efforts to protect the natural world and its inhabitants.

Lancs park bounds into finals of dream dog holiday awards  

Lancs park bounds into finals of dream dog holiday awards  

A Fido-friendly holiday park in Lancashire has been named as one of Britain's top three places for caravanners to take their dogs – and is now up for a major national accolade. Moss Wood in Cockerham near Lancaster is a finalist in the 2018 Dog Friendly Awards, romping ahead of more than 3,000 UK parks eligible to enter.

Now the family-run business must wait until the championship finals later this year to discover if it has the overall Rex factor in the caravan sites category.