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Friday, 25 July 2014

Top award for caravan site near Carlisle

A tiny caravan site near Carlisle has been voted a top holiday destination by Caravan Club members for the second year running.

Caravan site award photo
Philip and Claire Hindmoor, with children Charles and Juliette, receive the award from Ken Nicholson, of the Caravan Club

Philip and Claire Hindmoor opened the business at Crofton Hall, near Thursby, only four years ago.

The site came third in the Caravan Club’s annual competition for small sites last year and this year was voted top in the northern region covering Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Mr Hindmoor said he approached landowners Michael and Joyce Cowen, of Curthwaite, who acquired part of the Crofton Hall estate when it was sold off by Cumbria County Council in 2008.

The caravan site occupies a former walled garden and has five pitches each with electricity and a water supply.

Visiting caravanners can fish on Crofton Lake or pay a visit to neighbouring businesses such as the artisan cheese maker Thornby Moor Dairy and Saunders Handcrafted Chocolates.

Mr Highmoor said: “Weekends and bank holidays we are very well occupied, and we’re quite busy right through the peak months from Easter to the end of August.”

The site operates under the Caravan Club’s certificated location scheme.

Under the regulations governing caravan sites, the club has a dispensation to grant certificates for small sites of five caravans only, commonly known as CLs.

There are 2,500 nationally, operated to specific standards and monitored by a team of experienced caravanners known as CL Advisers. The Caravan Club’s local CL Adviser, Ken Nicholson, said : “In setting up their CL, Mr and Mrs Hindmoor have skilfully made use of a former walled garden on the Crofton Estate to provide up-to-date facilities while retaining the essentially countryside nature of their site.

“The vote of confidence from club members is a testimony to how well it has been done.”

CLs are used by around half the Caravan Club’s 370,000 members who appreciate the privacy and quietness of small sites, which are often located on farms, adjacent to pubs, or on country estates.

They provide land owners with an additional stream of income, and assist the local economy.

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