Published: December 14, 2013
Staff and the family owners of Plassey Holiday Park in Wrexham are celebrating after being awarded the title of "Best Place to Stay" in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013.
John Brookshaw and his wife Sarah were revealed as the overall winners in the Welsh holiday parks category at the recent award ceremony which was held in Llandudno.
The accolade, for which hundreds of parks in Wales were eligible, celebrates a former dairy farm which first started welcoming caravan and camping guests over 50 years ago.
Today the near-250 acre park, with its spectacular views across the Dee Valley, is one of North Wales's most popular destinations for holidaymakers from the UK and overseas.
Guests can stay on Plassey Holiday Park in their own touring caravan, motorhome or tent - and there's also the option to own a luxury, fully-equipped caravan holiday home.
But it's not just the friendly atmosphere and warmth of welcome which won the park top spot in the National Tourism Awards, staged by Visit Wales in partnership with the Wales Tourism Alliance.
A long list of features and attractions give five-star Plassey Holiday Park its distinct character, and ensure its appeal to both grown-ups and families with children.
For sports-minded guests, there is a beautifully laid-out 9-hole golf course, a superb indoor pool, badminton court, table tennis and an adventure playground.
Plassey also boasts cycle paths, nature walks, fishing ponds and a coffee shop and restaurant where locally-sourced ingredients figure highly on the regularly changing menu.
There is a local accent too in the artisan craft centre on the park which is home to 25 Wales-based retailers specialising in a wide range of quality gifts, clothing and foods.
For real ale connoisseurs, there is even a highly acclaimed micro-brewery in the grounds.
It was John's parents, Tony and Della, who acquired Plassey as a dairy farm in 1960, and who suspected that its spectacular setting would appeal to holidaymakers.
But although the park has grown over the years, John and Sarah have always been concerned to develop the business sensitively and with regard to the natural environment.
Their careful eco-management has ensured that among the park's many accolades has been, annually for over ten years, the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.
John said that Plassey's latest tourism honour had special significance:
"The judging criteria for the National Tourism Awards place a good deal of emphasis on customer service and hospitality, and this is something we have tried to make a special feature.
"For that reason, our loyal and hard-working staff must also take credit for this achievement.
"I also hope that the national spotlight thrown on Plassey Holiday Park will benefit other tourism businesses by highlighting what a wonderful place this part of Wales is for a holiday," added John.
More information about the park is available at www.plassey.com