Happy campers as site get award


It is a case of happy campers at Robin Hood’s Bay site which has just won an AA award.

Grouse Hill caravan site, on the A171 Whitby to Scarborough Road , behind the Flask Inn has been named as the 2014 most improved site of the year in the AA Caravan and Camping Awards.

Grouse Hill has been in the Butterfield family for over 60 years and was a farm run by Walter and Christine Butterfield.

He diversified in 1976 and the campsite business was taken on by Walter’s son Andrew and his wife Caroline.

He has carried on the investment over recent years which led to the Roger Almond most improved campsite award.

Mr Almond passed away in 2009 but was the inspector at Grouse Hill for around 15 years.

Projects have included completely landscaping the sloping park to create level, tiered terraces for tourers, refurbishment of all three amenity blocks, installation of a water treatment plant to improve drinking water across the park, a disposal point for the growing number of motorhomes and improved security with coded barriers and CCTV.

Most recent development have been wooden camping pods which are fully equipped with fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, heating, electric lights and a bed.

Andrew said: “My father is over the moon with the award because he became a good friend of Roger over the years.

“Even this winter we haven’t stopped and have been putting the wigwams in.

“It is good for the area that we have won the award and people that have been coming 35 years say it is nice to see how it has changed over the years and for it to be passed down.”