Camping business reports strong year


A Cornish camping business is reporting a 20% increase in turnover this year, despite a damp summer and cash-strapped visitors affecting the south west’s tourism sector.

Camping Caradon, based in Trelawne near Looe, and run by Cornish Mutual members Lene and Stephen Cox , has enjoyed its busiest season to date following some major investment in the site.

The family-friendly campsite in south east Cornwall has seen a “very long season” and Stephen Cox says the months outside the main summer season have been much busier than normal in 2009. “I think over the last 18 months or so, we feel strongly the recession has pushed people into looking for cheaper holiday options, camping being one of them,” he commented

“Our 300% increase in turnover has happened year-on-year over the last four and a half years and this has been our busiest season to date. At the moment we have more reservations in the book for the next two years than ever before. We’re absolutely delighted with the increase in business.”

Lene and Stephen Cox with Cornish Mutual inspector Dave Bersey
Lene and Stephen Cox with Cornish Mutual inspector Dave Bersey

Local Cornish Mutual inspector Dave Bersey has been impressed by the couple’s determination to offer visitors the highest standards of facilities and service to ensure they return time and again.

He said: “Lene and Stephen have really transformed Camping Caradon. What they’ve created is more than just a campsite – it’s a holiday experience. They’re excellent hosts and clearly take a lot of personal pride. When I pop by to check how they’re getting on, I’m always struck by the way that guests make a point of visiting the office to say goodbye, which is a sure sign they’ve had a great time.”