Major award for Somerset's Long Hazel Park

04 Oct 2021


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Screenshot-2021-10-04-at-10-51-27-(1).pngAt the end of September Long Hazel Park had a 2021 surprise visit from the VisitEngland Assessment Services. This was their first inspection since Covid began. They used the Covid lockdowns to complete many upgrades around the park, which their guests have very much enjoyed using this summer.

Long Hazel Park are incredibly pleased to announce they have been awarded a coveted Five Star rating for the coming 2022 season in the Touring and Camping category, with great improvement noted across their facilities. Inspector Dawn Lake's report placed importance on some of their eco-upgrades: “...tastefully landscaped with nature friendly plantings, colourful seasonal plants and shrubs and lovely mature trees. Lots more plantings, plant troughs and new fencing noted. Lots of new bird boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog houses”

 

They have also added 10 fully serviced pitches this season, with electric hook-up, water standpipes and drainage present on each. Ms Lake was particularly impressed with how “Spacious (and) well defined” the pitches were on inspection, with “Lots of new improvements noted since last visit” including our new online booking system and upgraded free WiFi across the park.

Another new addition to the Shower Block is a complete overhaul of Long Hazel Park's accessible facilities, which have been very well received by their guests this season. Ms Lake described the changes as a “Much improved accessible wet room – upgraded and now presents to an excellent standard”. They are incredibly pleased to house these facilities on their flat site, which was the village football pitch prior to becoming a caravan park in the 1940s, and provides easy access for guests.

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Long Hazel Park's increased overall score comes hand in hand with two further accolades from VisitEngland, where they have been accredited in the Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome schemes too.

 

They are, of course, celebrating a fantastically successful year which began with a Gold Award from the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards for the Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park category. This wonderful award set them up very well for the season, which was much appreciated after the effects of 2020. As a particularly competitive holiday destination, they were very pleased to represent the region as best in their category.

In June Long Hazel Park welcomed The AA Hotel & Hospitality Services for an annual inspection. Inspector Chris Pike has upgraded their award to 4 Gold Pennants, putting them in the category of the best small parks in the UK. Mr Pike noted they had carried out “extensive work (and) the facilities were spotless and pitches well maintained”. The AA were also very impressed with landscaping and Covid-safe measures.

At the end of August Long Hazel Park met with Alan Rogers inspector Mike Annan for the first time since 2016. Highlights from the report included Mr Annan's comments that they are “really enthusiastic about small, beautifully kept, adults-only park where they will make you most welcome... the park has a relaxed, comfortable feel.” The inspector was very impressed with the park's location in South Somerset, where they are “well located for the Haynes Motor Museum, the Royal Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, and the Newt centre in Bruton”. Long Hazel Park will be listed in the next prestigious Alan Rogers camping guide available next year.
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Long Hazel Park have welcomed a brilliant range of guests this year, from first time campers to long-term tourers, many who have made them their maiden trip since restrictions lifted. With excellent inspection feedback, Long Hazel Park are looking forward to welcoming guests to the county in 2022 and are now taking online bookings via their website.

 

 

 

 

 

Major award for Somerset's Long Hazel Park
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