Glastonbury touring park will re-open with triple triumph

There will be a festival spirit at the Glastonbury park when it is able to welcome back its holiday guests

IT MAY BE CLOSED to guests now, but Glastonbury’s Old Oaks Touring and Glamping Park is getting set for a special celebration when it gets the go-ahead to welcome visitors once again.

That’s because the family-run park has just scored a hat-trick of awards in a national poll carried out by the UK’s two top touring magazines.

The readers of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome voted Old Oaks as their favourite park on which to stay in Somerset, Avon and Wiltshire Dorset.

Tara White says the park is at full tilt on new projects during closure

In the same annual poll, readers also named Old Oaks as Britain’s best park for enjoying adults-only stays which are free from the patter of tiny feet.

And completing the hat trick of honours, the publication presented the park with its national award for the Best Green Site in the UK for eco-friendly holidays.

Old Oaks has been in the same family’s ownership for over 30 years, and is managed by family members Tara White and her husband James.

As well as touring pitches, the park provides a range of exciting glamping options including luxurious fully-equipped mini cedar lodges, shepherds huts and cosy camping cabins.

According to Tara, the park’s temporary closure has provided an opportunity to put the finishing touches to a number of new projects started earlier in the year:

“We’ve completed a wheelchair-friendly path around our woodland walk and half-acre lake, and upgrading twelve of the fishing platforms,” she said.

“Our glamping pods now have brick-built fire pits, and we’re close to completing the upgrade of our dish-washer facilities, and making it possible for guests to choose their preferred pitch from our website.

“We’re also keeping our grounds wildlife-friendly by putting in extra hedgehog houses and seeding new wildflower areas to provide vital foraging for honey bees and butterflies.

“These new awards are a fantastic honour, especially as they have resulted from votes by our customers – and we can’t wait to welcome them back again!” added Tara.

Not that the Old Oaks is any stranger to accolades for it already holds the prestigious AA Platinum Award, and the highly-regarded five-star grading from Visit England.

It is also a member of the Best of British group of top-rated independent parks with verified quality standards. There is more about the Old Oaks on its website at www.theoldoaks.co.uk

Mini cedar lodges are a popular option with guests seeking a glamping experience with all the trimmings

 

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Glastonbury touring park is tops – and so is Tara!

Double firsts: As Old Oaks took the top spot in the AA awards, manager Tara celebrated two student honours

Double firsts: As Old Oaks took the top spot in the AA awards, manager Tara celebrated two student honours

Glastonbury’s Old Oaks Touring Park has been named by the AA as England’s top destination for campers, glampers, caravanners and motorhome owners. (more…)

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Glastonbury park is a gold performer, says AA

The quality bar at The Old Oaks keeps being raised higher and higher said the AA, and deserves its top award

The quality bar at The Old Oaks just keeps getting higher said the AA, and the park deserves its top award

There was a festival air at a Glastonbury holiday park this month after its family owners found they had struck gold in one of tourism’s most prestigious award schemes.

The Old Oaks Touring Park is now flying the coveted AA Gold Pennant which is given out by the Automobile Association to only a small elite of its highest rated parks.

It distinguishes the business, which lies just behind Glastonbury’s world-famous tor, as a UK champion of truly first-class standards for holiday guests.

But before it could be considered for the award, The Old Oaks had to undergo a rigorous inspection regime which scrutinised almost every aspect of its operation.

Luxury cabins prove popular

Luxury cabins prove popular

Guest facilities, services and levels of hospitality all went under the microscope – and, said the AA’s experts, each met the gold standard on every level.

In fact, the official quality rating for the business was 98% which, under the award’s scoring system, is the ultimate which any park can ever receive.

James and Tara White are the husband-and-wife management team at the Old Oaks Touring Park which has been in the same family’s ownership for over 30 years.

Based near the village of Wick, their five-star park – which is for adults only – has long been a favourite of campers, caravanners and motorhome owners visiting Somerset.

More recently, however, The Old Oaks has been introducing new ways for visitors to stay in its tranquil surroundings, including a number of innovative glamping options.

They include luxury shepherd’s huts with a raft of comforts including a shower room, kitchen facilities and a full-size double bed – with one even having its own hot tub.

Also built for pampering are the park’s new bijou cedar lodges which are equipped and furnished to the highest standards, plus glamping cabins with their own private decking and fire-pit.

Glamorous glamping at the park

Glamorous glamping at the park

The AA’s ultimate gold accolade, says Tara, has topped off an extremely successful summer season for The Old Oaks which saw it welcome guests from across the UK and overseas:

“What’s especially pleasing for us is that the AA’s award puts a big emphasis on the hospitality we provide, and credit for this must also go to our hard-working staff team,” said Tara.

“They are forever going to extra mile to make guests feel welcome, and to create the warm and friendly atmosphere which so many mention in their reviews of our park.

“Providing truly memorable experiences has always been our main aim, so we’re naturally delighted to see this highlighted by our award,” she added.

In its summary of the park, the AA said: “Where does a really top park go? Well, since last year The Old Oaks has got even better, and the attention to detail everywhere is excellent.

“Needless to say, all facilities were spotless as usual. Overall, The Old Oaks is very much the leading park in the country, and one where James and Tara are constantly raising the bar.”

The park is a member of the Best of British group of top-rated independent parks with the highest quality standards, and is described on its website at www.theoldoaks.co.uk

Guests are flocking to shepherd's huts at The Old Oaks for a taste of luxury living in cosy surroundings

Guests are flocking to shepherd’s huts at The Old Oaks for a taste of luxury living in cosy surroundings

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