Ord House drives off with regional award
Ord House Country Park has been named North East Campsite of the Year at the AA Caravan and Camping Awards.
The East Ord site was one of 12 parks honoured at a ceremony at Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire, on Tuesday.
The AA said: ‘Ord House Country Park is a high quality destination close to the glorious Northumberland coastline. Set in the grounds of an 18th-century country house, the beautifully landscaped touring park is well managed and this shows in all aspects of the park, for example, in the time and effort taken to create the tasteful floral displays to the spotlessly clean and well maintained amenity blocks. The latter have recently been refurbished with hotel standard fixtures and fittings and contain family bath and shower suites and first-class rooms for disabled guests.
‘All in all, the attention to detail in the presentation of this park is very impressive as is the ongoing investment to maintain quality in all areas, notably the excellent provision for children with a fantastic adventure playground, mini-golf and a football field, and well tended and screened pitches that offer good privacy.
‘The impressive new entertainment building mirrors the physical quality of the park, with a family friendly section with soft play area, and a space for adults to relax in which has log burners and a softer feel. Environmental initiatives (woodland walks, bird houses, wild flower planting, hedghog hotels) are to be commended and add to the overall ethos of the park.’
The 2019 winners included: Overall Winner and Campsite of the Year England: Concierge Camping, Chichester, West Sussex; Campsite of the Year Scotland: Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park, Fort William, Highlands; Campsite of the Year Wales: Trawsdir Touring Caravans & Camping Park, Barmouth, Gwynedd.
Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, was named Holiday Centre of the Year, while Glamping Site of the Year went to Penhein Glamping, Llanvair Discoed, Monmouthshire.
Simon Numphud, managing director of AA Hotel & Hospitality Services, said: “We are very pleased to honour the winners of the 2019 AA Caravan and Camping Awards and recognise the tremendous amount of work that goes into keeping this important part of British holiday-making alive.
“These sites reflect the high quality of facilities available, as well as the high levels of customer service, to those looking to holiday across the UK and we are proud to feature them in our latest Caravan & Camping Guide.”
All sites in the guide have been inspected and rated by one of the AA’s campsite inspectors.