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Rickinghall caravan site wins top Caravan and Motorhome Club award

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A couple who have opened a caravan site at Rickinghall have won a top award with the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

Roger and Pauline Dixon have been in farming most of their working lives and decided to use a 15-acre field to create a small haven in the countryside for caravan enthusiasts.

The company, Barn Owl Meadow, has now won Best Newcomer CL (Certified Location) at the club’s annual awards.

Pauline and Roger Dixon at Barn Owl Meadow. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Pauline and Roger Dixon at Barn Owl Meadow. Picture by Mecha Morton.

“We are really pleased and delighted with this award. It has put us on the map,” said Mr Dixon.

“We’ve only been running since August last year, so we didn’t expect to win any awards.”

He added: “I am an entrepreneur by nature and it is still there at 71.”

The site has a custom-built five-star amenity building boasting underfloor heating, plus air source heat pumps and solar panels.

The site has five fully serviced pitches, hard standing or grass, which can accommodate a caravan or motorhome, awning and car.

The amenity building has two bathrooms with disabled access plus a washing up room. There is also an information room with books to borrow and information on nearby places of interest.

“We have had favourable reports from people who use the site,” said Mr Dixon.

“Because we only have five units, we have a lot of regular customers who are now our friends.”

There is an enclosed field-edge walk for exercising dogs and an office which doubles up as a small shop for essential supplies.

The couple’s daughter, Shelly, is very involved in the business and runs a smallholding at Finningham.

Visitors can enjoy free range eggs, rare breed sausages, bacon, burgers, pork and lamb, which she supplies.

Shelly cleans the caravans and looks after the site when Roger and Pauline are away on trips in their own motorhome.

Roger also runs his own small baled haylage company at one end of the meadow.

The couple’s son, Matt, a former Ipswich Town FC youth player, runs his own window cleaning business.

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For more details, go online to www.barnowlmeadow.co.uk.

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