The Alan Rogers / Caravan and Motorhome Club Awards - Results 2019
The Alan Rogers Campsite Awards were launched in 2004 and proved a great success. Since 2016 the awards have been jointly presented alongside the Caravan and Motorhome Club.
This year's awards were presented at the Vakantiebeurs, Utrecht 16th January 2020.
The awards have a broad scope and before committing to our winners, we carefully consider campsites which are featured in the Alan Rogers guides and the Caravan and Motorhome Club 'Venture Abroad' program, taking into account comments from our site assessors, our head office team and, of course, our members & readers.
The award winners come from the four corners of Europe, from Portugal to Croatia, and this year we are making awards to campsites in seven different countries.
Needless to say, it’s an extremely difficult task to choose our eventual winners, but we believe that we have identified a number of campsites with truly outstanding characteristics.
In each case, we have selected an outright winner, along with a highly commended runner-up. Listed below are full details of each of our award categories and our winners for 2019.
The Alan Rogers
Campsite of the Year Award
Winner - Yelloh! Village Turiscampo (PO8202) - Portugal
Yelloh! Village Turiscampo, an outstanding site which has been thoughtfully refurbished and updated since it was purchased by the friendly Coll family in 2003. The site provides 240 pitches for touring units, mainly in rows of terraces, 197 of which have 6/10A electricity, some with shade. There are 43 deluxe pitches with water and drain. The upper terraces are occupied by 132 bungalows for rent. Just down the road is the fashionable resort of Praia de Luz with a beach, shops, bars and restaurants. Head west and the road takes you to Sagres and the western tip of the Algarve. Portugal’s ‘Land’s End’ remains unspoilt and there are numerous rocky coves and little sandy beaches to explore.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club
Campsite of the Year Award
Winner - Château de Chanteloup (FR72030) - France
Château de Chanteloup, France. This attractive and peaceful site, close to Le Mans, is situated in the park of a 19th-century château in the heart of the Sarthe countryside. There are 90 very large pitches all with 10A electricity, although long leads may be required in some places. Some pitches adjoin woodland, many are around the edges of the lawns and completely open, and a few overlook a small fishing lake. New premium pitches are also equipped with unlimited WiFi, furniture and parasol, barbecue and fridge. The pitches are unobtrusively marked out and this enhances the feeling of spaciousness around the old château.
The Progress Award
This award reflects the hard work and commitment undertaken by particular site owners to improve and upgrade their site. Candidates for this award included existing sites which have undergone a far-reaching improvement programme, or campsites which have passed into new ownership and benefited from substantial investment in terms of time and money.
Winner - Yelloh! Village Le Pin Parasol (FR85680) - France
Runner up - Huttopia Chardons Bleu - Ile de Ré (FR17856) - France
A long-established site on the very popular Ile de Re, and recently acquired by the Huttopia group, and just a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach. Has subsequently seen major investment and reconstruction which is wholly sympathetic with its beautiful natural setting – including a new swimming pool, reception and restaurant building and an attractive range of rental accommodation, all of which blends into its delightful natural setting
The Welcome Award
This award takes account of sites offering a particularly friendly welcome and maintaining a friendly ambience throughout readers’ holidays.
Winner - Eifel-Camp - Freilinger See (DE31970) - Germany
Runner up - Au Clos de la Chaume (FR88120) - France
This site received very positive feedback from our readers – the friendly Anglo-French owners, Pascaline and Mike, have a very hands-on approach and work very hard to ensure that everyone has a great time on this excellent site, which is a member of the Sites et Paysages group.
The Environmental Award - New Category for 2019
Our Environmental Award acknowledges campsites which are emphasising care of the environment, possibly with features which are unique and cannot be found elsewhere. We have identified ecological innovation both in campsite amenities and also in rentable accommodation.
Winner - Camping les Saules (FR41100) - France
Runner up - Park Grubhof (AU0265) - Austria
Camping Grubhof gives away glass drinking bottles to its guests to be filled with pristine mains water. The site owner, Robert Stainer noticed the vast number of plastic bottle being used despite the fact that pure, crystal-clear spring water is available free of charge at every one of the 250 pitches here. Once the scheme was launched, the number of waste plastic bottles reduced dramatically. The environmental awareness of the campers is stimulated and they also save money!
The Dog-Friendly Award - New Category for 2019
This award is made for sites which we feel are particularly good for your four-legged friend.
Winner - Fornella Camping (IT62750) - Italy
Runner up - Camping Kovacine (CR6765) - Croatia
This award has been selected by the Alan Rogers team. A pioneering campsite with a stunning seaside location on the island of Cres. Offering many dog-friendly features. These include several dog-friendly beaches, and a range of dog-friendly accommodation. There is also an attractive dog playground and even a vet service on-site, twice weekly.
The Seaside Award
This award is made for sites which we feel are particularly suitable for a really excellent seaside holiday.
Winner - Castel Camping les Criques de Porteils (FR66150) - France
Runner up - Zaton Holiday Resort (CR6782) - Croatia
Zaton is a stunning campsite on the Dalmatian Coast with direct access to a beautiful sandy beach where a wide variety of sports are on offer, including windsurfing, water skiing, parasailing and much more. The site is located beneath pine trees and has a strong focus on conserving its delightful natural setting. There’s also a great range of facilities, including a great pool complex and dynamic entertainment programme.
The Country Award
This award contrasts with our former award and acknowledges sites which are attractively located in delightful, rural locations.
Winner - Resort de Arendshorst (NL6449) - Netherlands
Runner up - Camping Peña Montañesa (ES90600) - Spain
This excellent site is located at the edge of the large National park of Ordesa in the Spanish Pyrenees. With wonderful mountain scenery all around. Chance to discover some of the many species of flora and fauna found locally. Some great facilities including an excellent restaurant specialising in locally produced food. Guests can join in organised hikes from the site
The All Year Award
This award acknowledges sites which are open all year round.
Winner - Vilanova Park (ES83900) - Spain
Runner up - Caravaning La Manga (ES87530) - Spain
This is a very popular site with direct access to an excellent beach and opposite a large nature park. Open all year round, there are an impressive range of amenities including a well-stocked supermarket and an attractive restaurant, and swimming pool. Friendly multi-lingual reception and attractive for long-stays with many retired couples staying here for extended holidays in the winter.
Family Site Award
Many sites claim to be family-friendly but this award acknowledges the sites we feel to be the very best in this respect.
Winner - Camping du Domaine de Massereau (FR30290) - France
Runner up - Camping De Paal (NL5970) - Netherlands
This is one of the best campsites in The Netherlands which has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary – always with the Martens family at the helm. A great site for family holidays with plenty for children to do – and all in a very safe environment. Some great creative activities for children throughout the season and top class facilities including a vast and unique sandy playground for children, a brilliant swimming pool complex and a delightful children’s farm.
Small Campsite Award
This award acknowledges excellent small campsites (fewer than 150 pitches) which offer a friendly welcome and top-quality amenities.
Winner - Camping Domaine des Mathevies (FR24740) - France
Runner up - La Valle Agricampeggio (IT66081) - Italy
La Valle is a very popular site with just 46 pitches. This is a very attractive site with a strong environmental focus and some outstanding facilities for a site of its size – including an excellent swimming pool and a friendly bar / café. The owners make their own honey and have no less than 80 beehives. It’s also a great base for exploring Tuscany.