Riding high: guests set off for a spin from award-winning South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park

Poole holiday park shimmers in silver at tourism awards

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Judges in the South West Tourism Awards have named Dorset’s South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park as winners of the event’s prestigious Silver accolade.

The family-run business was chosen for a place among the three finalists after beating more than 400 holiday parks competing in the “Holiday Park of the Year” category.

Entries from across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset were considered for the awards, aimed at highlighting the very best experiences for holidaymakers.

Stepping forward to receive their silver trophy at the awards ceremony in Weston-super-Mare were Matthew Bridgen, son of park owners Joanne and David, and his sister Megan.

The award marks the regional heat of the national VisitEngland 2015 awards, and South Lytchett Manor will now be fast-tracked to the national finals in May.

The 150-pitch touring park, set in the former grounds of a historic country manor house, has received a raft of honours since Joanne and David took on the business in 2007.

The couple has invested much time and energy into developing the grounds, putting the emphasis on first-class facilities and led by the principles of sustainable management.

Their reward has been to see the 5 star campsite scoop a host of awards from tourism authorities, guides and environmental bodies – plus regular visitors from all over the UK and overseas.

According to Joanne Bridgen, entering for the South West Tourism Awards has helped sharpen her park’s focus even more tightly.

"Judges look at many different criteria, from the standard of hospitality to the quality of the surroundings – so we are always on the look-out for how further improvements can be made. "We are also fortunate in having a hardworking staff team who share our vision for the park, and their input helps tremendously in reaching our goals,"- Joanne Bridgen.

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quote marksAbsolutely superb! Very speedy, efficient check in. Office couldn't do enough for you. Customer service top class. Our family party stayed in 3 dog friendly shepherds huts. Beautiful decor. Nice little self contained area for the 5 shepherd huts. Clean and modern toilet and shower facilities within less than 2 minutes. Large socially distanced communal washing up area. Large 2 acre area for exercising the dogs within 3 mins walk of shepherds huts. Couldn't fault this stay.quote marks Margaret, Apr 2021

quote marksWe had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend thisquote marks Beth, Nov 2020

quote marksGreat campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time....quote marks Richard , Oct 2020

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