Family-run Lancashire holiday park company, Holgates, is celebrating a clean sweep of 5-star AA assessments across all of its holiday parks in North Lancashire and Cumbria.
Flagship park, Holgates Silverdale was also awarded the 5-Pennant Platinum rating – the highest possible award for caravan and camping sites in the UK – and becomes the only holiday park in Lancashire to hold the sought-after accolade.
Less than 30 holiday parks across the country currently have 5-Pennant Platinum status and only three parks in the North of England. The new elite title is awarded to 5-star parks with a quality score of 95% and above, therefore only those demonstrating exceptionally high standards.
Holgates Bay View Holiday Park in Bolton le Sands on the Lancashire coast received 5-stars for the first time ensuring all parks are at the top of their game for quality. Bay View has undergone recent investment with a new development of holiday homes overlooking Morecambe Bay, and has opened a new dog-friendly bar to cater for the growing number of owners and holidaymakers taking their faithful friends away with them. In his report on Bay View, the AA inspector said: “It is always a joy to visit this constantly improving holiday destination.”
On awarding the Platinum Award to Silverdale, the AA inspector said: “Silverdale continues to achieve a Five Pennant rating with a justifiably Platinum Award. As usual the landscaping is always a labour of love for the hard-working maintenance team, with an excellent overall presentation.”
He also noted the ‘impressive stainless steel pagoda with bench seat’, which was built as a memorial to former owner, Frank Holgate. He said: “I am sure he would be very proud of the way his legacy has progressed with ever increasing quality and facilities to enhance the customer experience.”
Owner, Michael Holgate said: “It’s a real group effort and a great achievement for everyone involved at Holgates that we’ve had a clean sweep of 5-stars across our parks this year. We’ve transformed Bay View into a first class holiday park with excellent facilities and friendly, welcoming staff, so it’s particularly rewarding for the AA to recognise our efforts and promote it to a 5-star park.
“The AA ratings have always been a barometer of quality and for our flagship park at Silverdale to now be part of an exclusive group of 5-Pennant Platinum parks is tremendous. It’s a badge of honour to be the best park in Lancashire, and one we’ll wear with pride whilst continuing to exceed customer expectations.”