‘Cheesy’ smiles all around as Cheddar-based campsite is named top-selling site by Pitchup.com
Nov 26 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Cheddar Petruth Paddocks in Cheddar, Somerset, has been named by Pitchup.com as its top-selling site for 2014 so far.
The figures compiled from Pitchup.com’s database of 1,050 camping and caravan sites throughout the UK and Ireland show Cheddar Petruth Paddocks is leading the way for visitors in 2014 bringing in a whopping 1,388 bookings between January and September 2014. The figure far outshines its nearest competitor by 23%.
Dan Yates, founder of outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com, commented: “Cheddar Petruth Paddocks has rocketed to the top of our best sellers list this year, thanks to its excellent location and customer-focused team. Visitors here can choose to tour and bring their own accommodation or hire one of their fabulous tipis, making it a flexible choice.”
Cheddar Petruth Paddocks is a large, laid-back site offering 200 pitches and two lovely tipis. The owner provides visitors with logs and kindling for open fires and an information pack of what to see/do and eat locally. There is plenty to keep all visitors entertained, from the fun of Cheddar Gorge to hiking, walking and cycling through the Mendip Hills or Somerset Levels.
Commenting on their success, Julian Sayer (Jules), owner of Cheddar Petruth Paddocks, said: “For the two years we’ve been working with Pitchup.com we’ve experienced huge growth in bookings and have been impressed with the simplicity of their systems. It’s fantastic news to hear that we are the biggest seller considering they have such an impressive collection of sites all over the UK. Let’s hope this continues into 2015 and beyond!”
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Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. Pitchup.com, which currently lists over 5,800 sites, provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease: the customer journey from landing on the homepage through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. It’s also possible to check out water bathing water quality in the surrounding area with data provided by the European Environment Agency. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available.
In 2013 Pitchup.com became the first business of its type to launch a bookable mobile app and site, making the site easily accessible to users of mobile and tablet devices. The mobile site, m.pitchup.com, now accounts for 20% of bookings.
Pitchup.com enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one-off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.
Awards include Best UK Travel Website of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards 2011, and most recently Best Travel / Leisure / Sports / Mobile Strategy / Campaign at the Marketing on Mobile Awards 2014.