Site History - Keal Lodge Caravan Park, Lincolnshire
Grown from a five-pitch CL site
The current Keal Lodge Touring Site was granted planning permission in 2009, after owners Keith and Alison having their adjacent Caravan & Motorhome Club CL since 1996. The limited capacity of just five pitches was not sufficient for demand.
Bert Rogers, Keith’s father, bought the land in 1971 as Keith was in horticulture and wanted to start a flower growing nursery. Keith and Alison built their first property on the land in 1976 and then built the present property in early 1990s as the business grew. At the time of building the second house, the land was divided and their property gained additional land.
Alison’s parents had been in the Caravan Club since 1963 and Keith and Alison themselves have been club members since 1983, so they decided a CL might be the answer. In 1994 they started to develop the area behind the bungalow. They put in a very different site as all the pitches are around an oval in the centre of the site and look outwards, giving privacy whilst inside the caravan, and have been fully serviced pitches from when the CL opened in the spring of 1996.
By 2006 the flower growing nursery was declining and therefore they looked to diversify from horticulture as the CL was doing well and they had caravans starting to store on the nursery land. They therefore decided to sort planning permission for storage. This was developed to a very high standard being awarded a CaSSOA gold site from the start.
The main touring site has been developed with all fully serviced pitches around an open grassed centre and maintained to the same high standard as the CL. Cars are parked to one side of the site keeping the peaceful and tranquil nature of the site. 10 of the 11 pitches are hardstanding and all pitches are level. Access is via a controlled gate linked to CCTV, giving our customers peace of mind whilst out visiting the area. Having a Gold standard CaSSOA compound next door has enabled Keith and Alison to offer a ‘store and stay’ facility. They now have guests who enjoy caravanning without the worry of towing!
Over the years, Keith and Alison have met and made many friends, which adds to the enjoyment of running a site. Many caravanners have commented ‘it must be lovely to run a site’ Anyone who has helped over the years has soon appreciated the amount of hard work that goes into maintaining the site to such a high standard is time consuming! Getting fantastic reviews certainly makes all the hard work for them worthwhile.
Keal Lodge Touring Site
Deeping St James, Lincolnshire
This lovely, 11 pitch adult-only campsite is just a few minutes' walk from the village, with pubs, restaurants, shops and lovely river bank walks. Keal Lodge is set on the edge of flat to rolling countryside, ideal for walking and cycling. The lovely town of Stamford and also Rutland Water are only a short distance away. The city of Peterborough is also near. The site is dog friendly with a large paddock. Bus services and car hire are both available.