A big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who voted us into the Top 100 Sites Guide 2021! It’s just been published by Practical Caravan magazine.
This year, we’ve not only made it into the Top 100, we’ve won several several major titles ! And it’s all thanks to public votes and, of course, our incredible team.
We’ve been named Regional Winner for Dorset (for the second year running) and we’re also very excited to have been named:
Best Adults Only Site
Best Site for Camping
Best Green Site (for the second year in a row)
The Top 100 means a lot to us because the results are based on guests’ votes after they’ve stayed with us. We’re really grateful to everyone who took the trouble to vote for us and we’re so glad that so many people have enjoyed their time at our park.
Here’s a picture of our award-winning team celebrating early this morning:
We’ll post a link for voting in the Practical Caravan Top 100 2022 as soon as our park is open.
Our park may be closed for the winter, but we’re incredibly busy! This year we’re working through all weathers to build more hardstanding pitches for the 2021 season and some of them are going to be fully serviced – a first here at Back of Beyond!
Every year we invest in the park and this year we’re creating around many more hardstanding pitches so there will be nearly 70 in total! These are ideal for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and trailer tents. They’re more suitable than grass pitches for off-peak and winter stays, and having more hardstanding pitches has helped us earn our new 5 Pennant Gold rating from the AA.
Twenty-one of the new hardstanding pitches are going to be fully serviced. That means each pitch has its own fresh water and electricity supply along with a grey water drain. If you’ve ever stayed on a fully serviced pitch, you’ll know how convenient it is to have your own water and electricity supply and drainage.
To make the hardstandings we’re going through these stages listed (pictures below). We’re also laying drains, pipes and cables to the fully serviced pitches and putting in new bollards.
First we’ve dug out areas for the hardstanding, removing soil and rubble.
Then we’ve we’ve put wooden shuttering 4 inches deep around the edges of these dug out areas to retain the sides.
Weed membrane is the first covering to go in the hole to stop weeds and grass growing in the hardstanding area. It’s permeable to rainwater so that it doesn’t get waterlogged.
The membrane is then covered by 4 inches of Mendip stone, which needs to be levelled and flattened with a roller.
To finish, the hardstanding area is dressed with shingle.
Fully serviced pitches information
The Superior Hardstanding Fully Serviced Pitches measure around 23 x 12 metres on average, with the smallest 14 x 12 metres. Some are over 25 metres long! These pitches will also have picnic tables provided.
The standard size Hardstanding Fully Serviced pitches are around 12 x 10 metres with a 10 x6 metre hardstanding area.
Costs per night for a fully serviced pitch range from £27 to £46 depending on pitch size and time of year.
Tips for staying on a fully serviced pitch
Our pitches are very large, so please make sure you bring a long grey waste hose. You may also need a Y Piece to connect the waste hose to your caravan waste pipes. For the fresh water tap you’ll need a good length of food grade hose to reach your tank or butt from the tap.
Find out more
See where the new pitches are located on the Park Map.
Here’s some good news to start the new year and our new news section: the AA has raised our grading to 5 Pennant Gold!
After our AA inspection late last year, the inspector felt that the quality of our park warranted an upgrade from 4 Pennants to the top tier of 5 Pennants. He was impressed by the quality of the shower blocks and amenities, as well as the parkland, the size of our pitches and the number of new hardstanding pitches introduced in 2020.
The inspector also took into account the fact that we are offering fully serviced pitches for the 2021 season. You can read about his findings, in the AA Caravan & Camping Guide 2021 which is on sale now.
We’re delighted with our updated entry which begins: “This lovely adults-only park, a member of the Tranquil Parks group, is set in 30 acres of woodland and offers plenty of pleasant walks. Visitors are sure to receive a warm welcome from the owners and their team.”
Under the AA hospitality ratings scheme, every park is graded from 1 to 5 Pennants following a visit from an AA inspector. The number of pennants is determined by the size of the park and standard of facilities: 1 = simple standard; 2= better; 3= very good; 4 & 5 = extremely high.
To achieve 5 Pennants, parks must not only be of an extremely high standard, but also be set in attractive surroundings with mature landscaping. Facilities, security and customer care must be first class and most pitches should have electric hook-ups.
Gold Pennants means our quality score is above 90%! The very top rating is 5 Pennants Platinum (one above ours) for above 95%.