Earlier this month the Caravan and Motorhome Club announced the winners of its Certificated Location of the Year Awards 2021, but what are the benefits of opting for this type of pitch?
Certificated locations (CLs) are small sites that accommodate five or fewer caravans, motorhomes or campervans and often only offer basic facilities.
As opposed to larger holiday parks, CLs often tend to be in remote and idyllic positions that are not suitable to be opened up to large numbers of overnight visitors.
That means staying at a CL in your own leisure vehicle gives you a sense of exclusivity and a much more intimate experience.
Some of the most picturesque CLs scattered across the country can be found on farms or on country estates, while others are tucked beside historic inns, making them convenient for freshly cooked meals.
CLs can represent an additional revenue stream for local communities and bring in a few holidaymakers without overwhelming the area.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club has granted more than 2,200 certificates to landowners allowing them to operate CLs.
Those that were recognised as being particularly worth visiting in this year’s awards were all nominated by members of the Club.
Poole Farm CL on the border between Devon and Cornwall was crowned the winner this year and is an adult-only site that welcomes dogs.
Holidaymakers can take advantage of its proximity to Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor and the North Cornwall Heritage Coast.
Nick Lomas, director general of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “Our growing network of CLs provides our members with unique stays across the UK, and whilst they all offer something special, unfortunately they can’t all win!
“The Certificated Location of the Year Awards celebrate owners who truly go the extra mile to deliver the very best visitor experience, and I’d like to congratulate them all.”