Simply the best: Devon family’s park strikes gold

Family and staff at Oakdown Caravan and Camping Park in East Devon are celebrating after being crowned as Holiday Park of the Year in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards.

Members of the Franks family, owners of Oakdown, stepped into receive the congratulations of judges for their achievement.

The sparkling awards ceremony was held at the Plymouth Guildhall, and hosted by top travel journalist Simon Calder and intrepid arctic explorer Ann Daniels.

Luxury glamping facilities are provided for families visiting Devon
Luxury glamping facilities are provided for families visiting Devon

Oakdown, based near Sidmouth, trumped scores of other eligible parks throughout Devon top gold accolade for parks offering a truly exceptional experience for guests.

Owned by the Franks family for almost 45 years, Oakdown Holiday Park provides luxury caravan holiday homes touring pitches.

Its many honours include both national and regional top gold David Bellamy Conservation Award for the park’s raft of environmental initiatives.

Guests enjoy facilities such as a highly rated cafe specialising in locally sourced food, and the 9-hole Oak Mead Golf Course with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Alastair Franks said that everyone was delighted with the award which had come at the end of a very busy and successful season for the park:

“This year has seen the introduction of shepherds huts, plus a brand new reception area, and a redesigned coffee shop,” he said.

“To win gold in these awards is an incredible result for us, and we’re thrilled tough competition.

“An important element of these awards is the quality of hospitality provided to our hard-working staff team,” added Alastair.

Alastair runs the park with his wife Andrianna, and it was his parents Doreen and Roger who first started the park in the 1970s with just a single caravan.

Oakdown’s award was made following a detailed assessment of the business, and a “mystery shopper” visit by award judges.

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Also celebrated in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards were silver winners Coftors (

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