Alan Rogers Awards – Results 2014
Each January, at the prestigious Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht, we announce the winners of the Alan Rogers Campsite Awards before an invited audience of Europe’s camping and caravanning fraternity and related media.
For more than 40 years, Alan Rogers has been producing the most authoritative independent campsite guides on the market, providing consumers with a level of detail and quality assessment unparalleled by other brands. The Alan Rogers awards are a celebration of the achievements of the campsites we recommend, highlighting their endeavour and recognising their excellence.
Europe and the UK are considered, with input from our dedicated assessors, our head office team and, of course, our readers.
Needless to say, it was an extremely difficult task choosing the winners. The awards cover ten categories, and each identifies an overall winner and two highly commended runners up that have shown remarkable quality during 2014.
This award recognises sites offering a particularly warm welcome and maintaining a friendly ambience throughout readers’ holidays.
Domaine de Soleil Plage (FR24090) - France
Situated by a river, this attractive site in the Dordogne is great for an active family holiday. A warm welcome awaits both guests and their pets, and there is plenty of entertainment for all.
Camping Parc la Clusure (BE0670) - Belgium
A friendly and well run site in the wooded uplands of the Ardennes, Parc la Clusure has a pleasant atmosphere and is ideal for young families. Its beautiful location and spacious pitches make it a popular destination.
Kawan Village El Astral (ES90290) - Spain
This homely riverside site is run by charming owners who speak excellent English and will always welcome you with a smile. It’s designed to be environmentally friendly and has great facilities for all ages.
This award reflects the hard work and commitment undertaken by particular site owners to improve and upgrade their site. Candidates for this award may be existing sites which have undergone a far reaching improvement programme, or sites which have passed into new ownership and benefited from substantial investment in terms of time and money.
Camping Marina di Venezia (IT60450) - Italy
This large and lively campsite in Veneto is next to a sandy beach and has lots to entertain families. In 2014 the owners improved their provision for guests by installing new, state-of-the-art rental accommodation.
Camping Landclub Ruinen (NL6160) - Netherlands
A spacious site in the woods of Drenthe, Camping Ruinen is great for couples and families alike. Much of the site was renovated for the 2014 season, with a new indoor pool, restaurant and children’s zoo added.
Goolderheide Vakantiepark (BE0760) - Belgium
This family run campsite caters well to families, with its excellent pool complex and comprehensive play area. Extensive improvements were made for 2014 including a brand new restaurant and swimming pools, as well as new rental tents.
This award reflects sites in outstanding locations which are ideally suited for active holidays, notably walking or cycling, but which could extend to include such activities as winter sports and water sports.
Camping Domaine de la Bergerie (FR83170) - France
Set near the Côte d’Azur among cork, oak and pine trees, this campsite has a wealth of activities to suit visitors of all ages. A pool complex and fitness centre keep adults active, while roller skating, a kids’ club and a mini farm ensure children are well occupied.
Camping Seeblick Toni (AU0100) - Austria
In the quiet, rural setting of the Tirol, this campsite is a great base from which to explore Austria. From hiking and cycling to swimming and fishing, there’s plenty to do during a stay here.
Hvidbjerg Strand (DK2010) - Denmark
This family owned site on the west coast of Denmark has some excellent facilities for active visitors including a water park with waterslides, a children’s pool and whirlpool, a play city with climbing wall and trampolines, and mini golf.
This award is made for sites which we feel are particularly suitable for a really excellent seaside holiday.
Zaton Holiday Resort (CR6782) - Croatia
A newly built holiday park close to the city of Zadar, this resort is next to the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Blue Flag beach is ideal for relaxing and for water sports, with shallow water for young children to play in and disabled access.
Camping Tamarit Park Resort (ES84830) - Spain
This attractive campsite is located beside a stretch of fine sand, with several pitches situated virtually on the Blue Flag beach. Families can try water sports such as kayaking or simply enjoy the Spanish sunshine and a good book.
Camping les Embruns (FR29180) - France
Set in the heart of a village this campsite is only 250 metres from a sandy cove on the beautiful Brittany coastline. The site has great family-oriented facilities including a water park, wellness centre and horse riding nearby.
This award acknowledges sites which are attractively located in pleasant, rural settings.
Caravan Park Sexten (IT62030) - Italy
This campsite in northern Italy is located close to the Austrian border and surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Dolomites. Open all year round, it is an ideal escape enabling guests to connect with nature while enjoying excellent facilities.
Camping Les Dômes de Miage (FR74140) - France
Set in a pretty spa town close to Chamonix, this site is a great base from which to explore the Alps. Visitors can admire the breathtaking scenery on foot, by bike or on a river raft, and can even venture into Switzerland and Italy if they choose.
Camping Harfenmühle (DE32540) - Germany
A quiet, family run site, Camping Harfenmühle is set in a wooded valley between the wine regions of Mosel and Nahe. It’s well suited for those looking for an active outdoor holiday, with plenty of attractions nearby.
This award acknowledges campsites with outstanding creative and original concepts, possibly with features which are unique, and simply cannot be found elsewhere.
Camping Cala Llevadó (ES82000) - Spain
Situated on the Costa Brava, this beautiful site has a new eco bungalow park with 30 eco bungalows made with locally sourced wood and cork, and integrated attractively into the surroundings. The site features Airco heating, LED lights and an electric car for customers to use.
Kawan Village Château le Verdoyer (FR24010) - France
This pretty campsite in the Dordogne saw a big investment in a natural means of treating waste water using reed beds. It’s a great example to other campsites looking to improve their sustainability.
Camping Stover Strand International (DE28990) - Germany
This large site in Lower Saxony has recently installed innovative, high quality wash blocks that include good facilities for disabled visitors. It has also introduced a very attractive dining boat on the River Elbe, which runs alongside the location.
This award acknowledges top quality small campsites (less than 75 pitches) which offer a friendly welcome and first class amenities throughout the season.
Riverside Caravan and Camping Park (UK0745) - England
This lovely park is set in 40 acres of woodland and meadow and caters very well for its visitors. The owners have spent a lot of time developing the site, adding fishing lakes and a play area, and facilities are modern and well maintained.
Camping WeidumerHout (NL5715) - Netherlands
Situated in a beautiful rural location, this campsite was developed from a farm and has a tranquil atmosphere that makes for a relaxing stay. All visitors can enjoy great views of the countryside and there are lots of activities to enjoy close by.
Lech Camping (DE36420) - Germany
Visitors to this site in Bavaria are in very capable hands from the moment they arrive. The owner works hard to meet her guests’ needs and there is a wide range of attractions nearby, including the city of Augsburg, LEGOLAND and ancient castles.
Many sites claim to be family friendly but this award acknowledges the sites we feel to be the very best in this respect.
Camping Union Lido Vacanze (IT60200) - Italy
This very large and well organised site has everything the modern camper could wish for. From direct access to a sandy beach and an impressive aqua park to an array of restaurants and outdoor activities, it caters wonderfully to all ages and preferences.
Camping Campofelice (CH9890) - Switzerland
Bordered by Lake Maggiore, this superb site offers a lot for families. It’s located close to a sandy, lakeside beach where children can play and swim and water sports enthusiasts can windsurf and waterski.
Camping De Molenhof (NL6480) - Netherlands
A pleasant site that caters well for families with children under 12, De Molenhof has an exciting adventure playground and a specially designed entertainment hall to keep the kids occupied all day.
Alan Rogers Special Award
The Special Award is presented to campsites which we feel have suffered very significant setbacks, but have coped admirably in very difficult circumstances.
Camping Sobec (SV4210) - Slovenia
This campsite suffered extensive storm damage in early 2014 but thanks to the fortitude of its owners, who put in a great deal of hard work, it soon reverted to its normal high standard.
Alan Rogers readers are invited to nominate their favourite campsite.
Camping le Paradis (FR24060) - France
An excellent, well maintained riverside site, Camping le Paradis offers guests a warm welcome and a tranquil location to spend their holiday. Its popularity among our readers is thanks to the high quality of its facilities, the friendly staff and the variety of activities that are available nearby.