Archive for September, 2010
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
A “priceless” 16th century archway has been damaged by a delivery van at Scone Palace in Perthshire.
The Camping & Caravanning Club Site at Scone Palace is within the grounds of the estate owned by the 8th Earl of Mansfield, William David Murray and has recently benefited from the development of 15 new plots for luxury caravan holiday homes after the initial development of 19 plots sold out within 12 months. Scone does not offer lodges for sale but you can find parks in Scotland that do here - Lodges for Sale Scotland >>>.
Scottish TV reported the accident which happened on Monday when contractors arrived to pick up a marquee being used at an event over the weekend. The vehicle drove into the iconic symbol at the approach to Augustinian Abbey, just a short distance away from the caravan park.
Specialist architects have been called in to examine the remains of the monument with plans to reconstruct the structure. Historic Scotland are also offering assistance.
Scone Palace chiefs said they are been left devastated by the accident.
Suzanne Urquhart, chief executive at Mansfield Estates said: “We were notified of the accident shortly before 1pm and took immediate steps to make the area around the archway safe.
“We are currently taking advice from Historic Scotland and have arranged for conservation architects to examine what remains of the archway as soon as is practical, with a view to undertaking a reconstruction project in the longer term.
“Clearly we are devastated that such a priceless monument and important piece of Scottish history has been destroyed in this manner, however we are thankful that neither the driver nor any member of the public was injured”.
Public access to the palace and grounds remains unaffected by the incident, and the caravan park has continued to operate as normal offering caravans for sale and touring and camping pitches for members and non members.
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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Springhouse Country Park, the four star luxury Northumberland Caravan Park near Hexham, has been nominated for the North East Tourism Awards hosted annually to celebrate the very best that tourism in the North East has to offer.
Springhouse was acquired by Blue Sky Resorts, a small, growing leisure organisation, in November 2008 and has since benefited from an extensive program of investment in the infrastructure and facilities on the park. Over the last two years the park has seen it’s owner base double and the introduction of a small rental fleet has seen an increase in visitors to the park that has really benefitted local businesses and tourist attractions.
Springhouse is amongst three Northumberland Caravan Parks to have been nominated for this prestigious award with the awards ceremony and gala dinner due to be held at Ramside Hotel in Durham on October 12th.
Caravan / Holiday Park Nominees:
Ord House Country Park, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland
Springhouse Country Park, Slaley, Northumberland
Tocketts Mill Country Park, Guisborough, Tees Valley
The North East England Tourism Awards showcase the best that tourism has to offer each year in the North East. The wide range of categories reflect the quality, performance and innovation of the tourism sector in the region and gives businesses the chance to show how they stand out from the crowd. The caravan park category is always one of the most keenly contested and Springhouse has done remarkably well to reach the final three.
It’s an opportunity for the park, and all the other businesses who have been nominated, to achieve both regional and national recognition for the efforts they have put in to tourism and sets a benchmark against which the rest of the North East England tourism industry can aspire.
The award winners form the regional heats of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence and winners go on to take their place in the national finals to compete alongside the cream of UK tourism.
Springhouse is hoping to go at least one better than it’s sister park, Heathergate, which came away with a bronze award in the 2009 award in the category for the best Northumberland Caravan Park.
For more details please visit www.springhousecaravanpark.co.uk