Spotlight on: Concierge Camping
Concierge Camping offers an impressive level of luxury in a prime, West Sussex location.
It’s small and relatively new, with 27 fully serviced, spacious, hardstanding pitches. These are pre-allocated, all high quality and you pitch as you see fit. There are also separating hedges for privacy and a grassed picnic area in the middle.
But it’s not until you start to explore the site that the full strengths emerge. It’s usual to wax lyrical about the amenities, but these are classy. The showers are individual rooms, and there are inferior en suites in four-star hotels! There are rainfall showerheads, mood LED lighting, heated mirrors and nothing as antiquated as a vacant/engaged sign, with further LED lights around the door, green when the room is available and red when it’s not. It makes your own shower room redundant! The loos, washing-up area and laundry are similarly well-appointed, and the loo emptying point has a machine that, for a few pounds, will empty your cassette and recharge the chemicals, without any unseemly contact with the contents. And, if this is not enough luxury, you can book an emperor pitch with a private safari tent, like an upmarket awning, but with a wood-burning range, a dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a large TV. Great for the vagaries of the British climate.
The site office has a shop that sells, amongst other things, fresh bread and croissants. There is also a coffee and wine bar, and there are bus and train services nearby to Chichester, Portsmouth and Bognor Regis and a pub within walking distance. Fishbourne Roman Villa is a short drive away, as is the RSPB reserve at Pagham Harbour. It’s also a dog-friendly site with a pleasant dog walk.
To be picky, and this is picky, there is some distant road noise, and it’s not cheap, although it is good value for money. Concierge Camping is, however, a worthy recipient of the plethora of awards it has received and I would warmly recommend it.
Ratham Lane, West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8DL
This site review first appeared in MMM magazine, May issue, submitted by Helen Stockton