A Powys family is celebrating after winning the award for AA Campsite of the Year for Wales 2017.
Fforest Fields Caravan and Camping Park, Hundred House, is located on a long established hillside farm owned by the Barstow family, a few miles from Builth Wells and the Royal Welsh Showground.
The meandering tree-lined drive to the park creates a happy feeling of anticipation, and on clearing the outer forest, the gentle slope stops at the level touring areas. The excellent pitch density gives great privacy and the surrounding densely planted hills are home to a wide range of indigenous wildlife.
This is a walkers’ paradise as there are lakes and woodland within the park’s boundaries, with the open moorland of the Aberedw Hill stretching out beyond.
The site has a conveniently located, spacious, eco-friendly amenities block, fuelled by a bio-mass boiler and solar panels, which provides excellent facilities for adults and families.
In addition to the excellent reception, there’s a stylish café that serves local and home-reared produce and, for a glamping holiday, there’s two bell tents, ‘Betty’ and ‘Harry’, each with a kitchen. The Barstow family also has plans to expand the glamping offering in 2017.
In recent years, new members of the Barstow family have brought individual and specialised talents to the team equation; the park is very popular with outdoor adventure groups and the family has developed partnerships with local youth groups who enjoy time spent at the park.
Katie Barstow, the park’s co-founder, said: “We are utterly stunned by this prestigious award. Over the past 26 years, we have grown the site carefully, adding lakes and landscaped areas but always trying to stay true to the beautiful natural landscape of Mid Wales.
“We welcome the most lovely visitors every year, families, couples, walkers, stargazers and those just looking for some fresh air in the wonderful countryside and to enjoy the local area. We are so proud that what we’ve created is something that has become so loved.”
All the winners appear in the new AA Caravan and Camping Guide 2017. More than 860 campsites in the guide have all been visited by one of the AA’s qualified campsite inspectors to look at touring pitches, facilities and hospitality before grading the site from one to five pennants, including the gold pennants awarded to the best parks.
Each entry within the guide includes location, ratings, contact details, directions, prices, opening times, facilities and a description to help select the right site for your needs.