Caravan and Motorhome Club announces the winners of its Certificated Location of the Year 2021 Awards
Certificated Locations (CLs) are privately-owned, maximum five-pitch sites found across the UK, open exclusively to Caravan and Motorhome Club members. Many CLs are found in idyllic and remote locations such as farms, country estates and beside inns and they can provide a valuable, additional income stream for local communities. The Caravan and Motorhome Club is able to grant certificates to landowners to operate CLs thanks to the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act (1960). The sites entered for the CL of the Year Awards are nominated by Club members, recognising the very best sites and rewarding hard-working owners who pull out all the stops for guests.
Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “Our growing network of CLs provides our members with unique stays across the UK, and whilst they all offer something special, unfortunately they can’t all win! The Certificated Location of the Year Awards celebrate owners who truly go the extra mile to deliver the very best visitor experience, and I’d like to congratulate them all.”
First Place Winner - Poole Farm Certificated Location
Poole Farm is situated on the Devon/Cornwall border adjacent to the River Tamar. Owners Louise and Greg have been welcoming visitors to the campsite since August 2011 and their numerous wins at previous Certificated Location of the Year Awards demonstrate what a successful ten years they have had.
As an adult-only (16+) campsite that is situated in the heart of excellent walking country, with access to Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor and the North Cornwall Heritage Coast, it’s a great spot to both relax at and explore from. Roadford Laken is within five miles of the site and offers sailing, brown trout fishing, attractive lake walks and a restaurant. Other local attractions include Launceston and Tintagel Castles, Launceston Steam Railway, the Eden Project and many National Trust locations including Lanhydrock and Cotehele.
Poole Farm is dog-friendly, providing owners keep their dog on a lead at all times. Every pitch on site has access to electric points, drinking water and WiFi, while ‘The Hut’ houses a modern toilet/shower room and tourist information stop.
Second Place - Rails End Nursery Certificated Location
Rails End Nursery is located on the outskirts of picturesque village Ashton under Hill. Just three miles from Evesham, the eight-acre campsite boasts high quality-levelled grass pitching with electric hook ups within a spacious paddock. The longstanding hedgerow provides privacy and security for visitors to enjoy whilst taking in the view of the fledgling orchard and Brendon Hill.
The fertile soil on the plot, previously used as a tomato nursery, still cultivates fruits and vegetables as well as home-made jams, chutneys and free range eggs that can be purchased on site. The local pub and essentials shop are just a five-minute walk away and both provide locally sourced foods.
For visitors who like to explore, there are cycle ways and footpaths from the village (maps can be borrowed) that provide the opportunity to take in the scenic views across the surrounding area. For those wanting to travel by car (or the local and convenient bus service), Tewkesbury and Evesham are just a short drive away, and National Trust properties Hidcote, Croome Park, Snowshill Manor and Kiftsgate are all nearby.
Third Place - Cae Bugail Certificated Location
Cae Bugail is located on Anglesey and offers stunning views and a warm welcome. The Ring pub is just a five-minute drive and the coastal path is just fifteen-minutes’ away. Plus, the Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and copper trail are well worth a visit, as are the beautiful beaches.
The campsite offers spacious, hardstanding pitches with electric hook ups and water and grey waste disposal.
Best Newcomer - Walnut Tree Farm Certificated Location
Walnut Tree Farm is situated in the heart of Norfolk on the outskirts of the village of Swanton Morley and town of Dereham. Its central location means visitors can easily explore all the unspoilt beauty Norfolk has to offer, such as the famous Norfolk Broads.
As a family-run campsite in a rural location, it offers a haven of tranquillity for visitors with sheep for neighbours. However, it’s still close to numerous country pubs, eateries and excellent farm shops.
Washing up amenities, mains flushing WC and shower facilities, chemical toilet disposal, general and recycle waste are provided with easy access to the pitches (approx. 20-30 metres) and free WiFi is available too.
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