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
This year’s winner is 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
This year’s winner is 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
This popular 5* site in the Vendee region has added an impressive new range of facilities and has created 2 distinct zones on the campsite – one with appeal for all the family with a great new children’s play area, and a 2nd zone with a zen ambience and a new indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and a new restaurant. Much investment has been made to ensure that this is now undeniably one of the Vendee’s finest sites.
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
Caravan and Motorhome Club members have frequently commented on the genuine warmth of welcome by the multilingual staff, and provision of excellent advice on how to get the best out of their holiday. Much appreciated by participants on an Alan Rogers rally in 2019. A high-quality campsite with great amenities and a very safe environment for children – a great base for exploring this beautiful region.
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
At Les Saules, all the facilities have been designed to be environmentally sound. This ranges from producing honey which is given to their guests to the creation in 2019 of an eco-sanitary block which enabled the site to significantly its environmental impact whilst, at the same time, improving the comfort of their customers.
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
This top-quality site on the banks of Lake Garda has an excellent track record for innovation - and we were particularly impressed by the site’s consistently dog-friendly features. These include a beach where dogs are welcome, dog showers, dog-friendly rental accommodation and an area where dogs can run freely, off their leads. Fornella have their own web page for the dog experience on-site.
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
This is a very impressive 5-star site with a dramatic clifftop location overlooking the sea, close to the delightful resort of Collioure. There are 3 sets of stairs leading to private coves which are never busy, and a watersports centre renting kayaks and paddleboards. Within the site, there is a great swimming pool complex and an attractive restaurant, and much more.
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
A delightful tranquil site run by a friendly family and located on the banks of the River Vecht in the eastern Netherlands. A great base to explore a less well-known part of the Netherlands. There are miles of walking and cycle routes close at hand. It’s also an ideal base for a leisurely fishing holiday. On-site there is a children’s petting farm – and a popular bar/restaurant.
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
This is a very well-known site located close to the city of Barcelona. The site is busy all year round and is an ideal base for visiting Barcelona with a frequent shuttle bus. The multilingual reception team and a 24hr reception service. A great wealth of high-quality amenities including a delightful Catalan restaurant and a top-quality wellness centre.
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
This excellent family site was the first in France to obtain a 5-star rating. This site has some outstanding facilities including a great swimming pool complex, horse riding, mountain biking and a massive Adventure park with 18 circuits and 50 zip wires, and much more. They are currently building a major new aqua park which will provide a new balneotherapy centre with many treatments possible. There is a popular children’s club - and, off-site, a great base to explore some of the region’s best-known sights, including the Pont du Gard and the vineyards of the Gard.
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
Le Domaine des Mathevies is located at the heart of the Perigord, close to the town of Sarlat. There are just 52 pitches here and a warm welcome is guaranteed. For a site of its size, there are some superb facilities – including an excellent bar/café built in the former barn, and a good swimming pool. Ideally located for exploring the surrounding countryside and learn more about the traditions in this delightful region.
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.