Cofton Country Holidays, the multi award-winning holiday park near Dawlish, South Devon, has received one of the highest accolades in the world of camping and caravanning at the AA’s Caravan and Camping Awards.
The holiday park, which has 450 caravan and tent pitches, including over 50 hardstanding pitches, received the coveted AA 5 Pennant Gold accreditation at the official ceremony, held on Monday 20th March at Norton Park.
Each year the AA visits over 900 camp sites, and only the crème de la crème make it to the annual awards. Each are visited by one of the AA’s campsite inspectors who look at touring pitches, facilities and hospitality before grading the site from one to five pennants, including the Gold Pennants, which are awarded to only the very best parks.
The inspections include a thorough assessment of customer care, quality and cleanliness of facilities, standard of public areas, range of amenities, size and layout of pitches and quality of grounds and landscaping.
Cofton achieved a 90% approval rating with particular mention for:
· its extremely high standard park set in attractive surroundings with mature landscaping
· the attractive outdoor pool and excellent indoor pool with fun splash area
· its newly refurbished toilet block, which was described as ‘stunning, with hotel quality fixtures and fittings’, and a ‘most impressive bathroom cubicle in the ladies’
· excellent and easy to use motorhome service points with access for large units
· extra hardstandings being added
· the restaurant and bar facilities with outdoor seating area
Regional AA inspector Chris Pike commented: “Cofton Country Holidays never fails to impress with its first class customer care and the year-on-year investment programme to improve the excellent facilities.
“Owner Roger’s enthusiasm for the park is infectious. He, along with his fellow directors, is always thinking of ways to improve the park. The investment for the 2016 season was massive, notably including the installation of a new biomass boiler system, which will heat all the facilities on site. The whole park is maintained to a very high standard and it’s a first-class location for the complete family holiday.”
Helen Scott, Director at Cofton Country Holidays added: “We’re extremely pleased to have received the 5 Pennant Gold award, which recognises all the effort and investment that we’ve made to make Cofton a premier destination for campers and caravaners looking to stay in South Devon.
Cofton Country Holiday is set in 80 acres of parkland with miles of nature trails and cycle paths. Guests have access to an on-site complex with steam room, sauna, gym, restaurant, pub, fitness studio, soft play area, pool tables, an entertainment zone and heated indoor pool. Outside facilities include a playground, sports wall, woodland adventure area, outdoor pools and five well-stocked coarse fishing lakes.
Cofton provides a host of free daily activity clubs for children including forestry adventure and skills, sensory play times for toddlers, scavenger hunting, music, games, face painting, circus skills, pantomime and a family sports day. These clubs run from Easter through to the end of October.