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The results are in and the best campsite in the country has been named. The best camping and caravan spots have been announced today at the AA Caravan and Camping Awards.
The best England campsite, as well as best overall winner, was South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park, Poole, Dorset.
On Tripadvisor, MG Mike said: “It is always a pleasure to stay at South Lytchett Manor which is probably one of the best campsites in the country.
“The pitches are very well spaced apart, and we always find the staff to be very pleasant and helpful.
“We enjoyed another very nice meal at the St. Peters finger pub which is about a 15-minute walk, and the voucher provided by the site for a free bottle of wine when you have a meal was most welcome.”
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The best campsite in Scotland was Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, Brighouse Bay, Dumfries & Galloway.
AA inspector C.J. de Groot said: “Brighouse Bay campsite is situated on a beautiful, unspoiled peninsula. It is separated from a bay by a strip of forest, where you can go fishing, canoeing and hiking.
“The campsite shows much care for the natural environment. Most pitches are level and paved.
“The nearby town of Kirkcudbright (10 km) is known for its many galleries and artists.”
The best campsite in Wales was Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping Park, Brecon, Powys.
On Tripadvisor, Denjar wrote: “Wow we absolutely loved this campsite!
“Camped in Meadow field, you can pitch anywhere in this field and there’s plenty of room and even though it was August it never felt busy.
“The grounds are simply lovely with beautiful planting and wild flowers, pitches well tended and no long grass.
“Toilet block is modern, showers hot and always are spotlessly clean. The family and staff that run this campsite are so lovely, very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble.
“This is a perfectly run campsite and we will definitely be back. It’s maybe a little more expensive than other campsites but it’s worth every penny!”
For glamping, the best site was Concierge Camping, Chichester, West Sussex.
Tripadvisor user Craig Karen said: “Without doubt the finest site I’ve ever stopped at.
“Staff were amazing, the place is spotless and the facilities truly are 5 star across the board.
“Nothing has been overlooked and I cannot compliment them any higher.
“Totally and utterly recommend this wonderful, tranquil and beautifully equipped location.”
And the holiday centre of the year was Park Foot Caravan & Camping Park, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria.
Mhairi W wrote: “We are seasoned campers and try to get away a couple of times a month.
“What a lovely site this is. We will be returning for more visits. I can highly recommend it.”
Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media said “We are delighted to announce the winners of the Caravan and Camping Awards 2021 and have the opportunity to celebrate those sites offering holidaymakers the highest quality camping and caravanning experiences.
“As the hospitality industry has reopened over the past few months, we have seen British tourists exploring the UK more than ever, enjoying incredible campsites and caravan parks across the country.”
The winners of the campsites of the year awards, as well as other outstanding campsites are featured in the AA Caravan and Camping Guide 2022.
AA campsites of the year 2021 – 2022
England and overall winner: South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park, Poole, Dorset
Scotland: Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, Brighouse Bay, Dumfries & Galloway
Wales: Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping Park, Brecon, Powys
Regional campsites of the year 2021 – 2022
South West Engalnd: Woodland Springs Adult Touring Park, Drewsteignton, Devon
South East England: Swiss Farm Touring & Camping, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Heart of England: Wheathill Touring Park. Wheathill, Shropshire
North West England: Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Whitegate, Cheshire
North East England: Ladycross Plantation Caravan Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Holiday Centre of the year 2021 – 2022: Park Foot Caravan & Camping Park, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria
Most improved campsite of the year 2021 – 2022: Riverside Camping, Caernarvon, Gwynedd
Small campsite of the year 2021 – 2022: Red Bank Farm, Bolton le Sands, Lancashire
Glamping site of the year 2021 – 2022: Concierge Camping, Chichester, West Sussex
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