CHICHESTER CAMPSITE WINS AA AWARD
The AA has today announced the winners of the coveted AA Caravan and Camping Awards for 2016 including Concierge Camping in Chichester which has been named AA Campsite of the Year for the South East 2016. With caravan and camping holidays still increasingly popular winning an AA award is great recognition for all the successful sites.
Developing this stunning new park in a field adjoining their house has been a labour of love for Tracey and Guy Hodgkin who have invested £350k to create a first-class small park for 15 units. Opening in June 2015, it has been an immediate hit with those who seek a touch of luxury while staying close to Chichester, Goodwood, West Wittering beach and the South Downs. Everything is top spec, from very spacious, fully-serviced pitches and the reception (replete with a shop stocking local produce, coffee and drinks, late-arrival and breakfast hampers) to the state-of-the-art amenities block painted in a smart Farrow & Ball green and displaying the Concierge Camping logo on the glass doors. Even electric cars can be hired. The hotel-standard toilets have the ‘wow’ factor – Ratham Estate toiletries, piped radio, full-length mirrors, smart partitioning, ultra-efficient rain showers, air-blade hand driers, stylish washbasins with top-spec temperature controls, and an excellent family/disabled room. Excellent decking with LED lighting, smart seating and barbecues complete the picture here. It may be new but this exciting and very impressive park really deserves the AA’s campsite award for the South East.
The award winners all feature in the new edition of the best-selling AA Caravan and Camping Guide. With details of 900 fully inspected and rated caravan and campsites throughout the United Kingdom, this updated guide is a must have for anyone planning a trip away in a caravan, motorhome or tent.
The full list of winners for 2016 are –
AA CAMPSITE OF THE YEAR 2016
England and Overall winner – South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Poole, Dorset
Scotland – Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park, St Andrews, Fife
Wales – Pont Kemys Caravan and Camping Park, Usk, Monmouthshire
AA REGIONAL CAMPSITE OF THE YEAR 2016
South West – Dornafield, Newton Abbot, Devon
South East – Concierge Camping, Chichester, West Sussex
Heart of England – Clover Fields Touring Camping Park, Buxton, Derbyshire
North West – Hollins Farm Camping and Caravanning, Far Arnside, Lancashire
North East – Naburn Lock Caravan Park, Naburn, North Yorkshire
HOLIDAY CENTRE OF THE YEAR
Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr, South Ayrshire
MOST IMPROVED CAMPSITE OF THE YEAR (ROGER ALMOND AWARD)
Trevalgan Touring Park, St Ives, Cornwall
SMALL CAMPSITE OF THE YEAR
Long Acres Touring Park, Boston, Lincolnshire
The sites in the AA Caravan and Camping Guide 2016 have all been visited by one of the AA’s qualified Campsite Inspectors to look at touring pitches, facilities and hospitality before grading the site from one to five Pennants, including the Gold Pennants awarded to the best parks. Each entry within the guide includes location, ratings, contact details, directions, prices, opening times, facilities and a description to help select the right site for your needs.
For those who like a little style while camping, the 2016 guide not only carries a ‘Glamping’ symbol for sites that offer the glamping experience, but also editorial features on Glamping and how it has evolved and A Beginners Guide to Camping, with some great tips and advice for people trying camping for the first time.
The AA Caravan and Camping Guide is available from The AA Shop for £12.99 and as a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android.