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Devon campsite gets top rating from AA


A Dawlish Warren campsite, Cofton Holidays, has retained its AA 5 Pennant Gold rating for a second year. The AA visited over 900 campsites, looking at touring pitches, facilities and hospitality before grading them from one to five pennants, while Gold Pennant sare only awarded to the best campsites.

These inspections assess customer care, quality and cleanliness of facilities (of course), standard of public areas, range of amenities, size and layout of pitches, plus general landscaping.

Cofton was given a 92% approval rating being commended particularly for its well-stocked coarse fishing lakes, the attractive outdoor pool and excellent indoor pool, bar and restaurant with outside seating and terrace, daily entertainment programme and the spotless facilities and well-maintained pitches.

Regional AA Inspector Chris Pike commented: “Cofton Holidays never stands still, and it was good to see the enhancements made for this year. Extra hardstanding pitches have been constructed with ranch-style fencing between each, and two easy access hardstanding pitches have also been added close to the toilet facilities in Ten Acre Field. All the facilities blocks were spotlessly clean with good grade fixtures and fittings, and the dish wash and laundry rooms were also clean and tidy.”

Helen Scott, Director at Cofton Holidays, added: “We’re delighted to receive the news that we will be awarded the 5 Pennant Gold Award this year. It’s thanks to the hard-work and dedication of our team coupled with our fantastic loyal customers that we continue to secure such accolades. Receiving the award from the AA recognises all the effort and investment that we’ve made to make Cofton a premier destination for campers and caravanners looking to make memories in this beautiful corner of South Devon.”

Cofton Holidays, open all year, is set within 80 acres of parkland with miles of nature trails and cycle paths that take visitors through woodland to the golden sands of Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve. Free kids’ clubs take place each day throughout the school holidays, from Easter through to the October half term.  Other free activities on site include the new £50,000 Woodland Adventure Area which features a 25m zip line, a climbing cage, rope ladders, balance beam, balance lines and scramble nets.

Other awards for Cofton in the last year include: 

  • Visit Devon Awards 2018 - Gold in the Holiday Park of the Year category and Silver in the Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism category. I
  • 2018 Herald Express South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards - Silver Dog Friendly Business of the Year 
  • South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2018/19 - Gold in the Holiday Park and Village of the Year category


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