South Lakes site is fastest growing campsite says Pitchup.com
Feb 16 2015 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com has named Moss Side Farm Campsite in Broughton-in-Furness as the fastest growing site in Cumbria.
The figures, compiled from Pitchup.com’s bookings for 1,050 camping and caravan sites throughout the UK and Europe, show Moss Side Farm Campsite performed well in 2014 bringing in 317 bookings overall, and so far this year the site has already taken 45 bookings, showing the site’s impressive growth. With just 12 pitches in total plus a glamping option in the form of three converted railway carriages, these are pretty impressive statistics.
Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com, commented: “The Lake District is the most popular search on our site and with 1.4m searches for holidays in the north west last year it’s not hard for us to fill places like Moss Side Farm Campsite. Especially as the site is so well maintained by the owners. We have no doubt that the numbers at Moss Side Farm will continue to grow year on year. The only problem we envisage is lack of space!”
Moss Side Farm Campsite is a small, friendly, family-run site set in a picturesque woodland valley on the borders of the Lake District National Park. The site is just a short walk from the village of Broughton-in-Furness meaning visitors have easy access to various amenities including pubs, cafés, a restaurant and shops.
Because the site is set on a working farm it’s fun for kids who can interact with the animals. For adults, the fresh produce from the family’s butcher and grocer are perfect for creating meals while on holiday. Accommodation on site ranges from spacious pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes through to furnished converted rail cabins which can sleep up to four people.
Commenting on their success Louise Thompson from Moss Side Farm said: “We were really surprised to hear that we are Cumbria’s fastest growing site on Pitchup.com. We’re such a small site that I’d have imagined we’d barely register. It just goes to show that getting the right type of accommodation and facilities for guests is what really counts - not size. We really enjoy working with Pitchup.com as it gives us the sort of nationwide and global presence that a campsite of our size and location would likely otherwise struggle to achieve. I just hope we can continue to attract these numbers 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 21% 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.