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Butlin's was not always the number one option for many campers as some would prefer to seek a quieter location. Sir Billy Butlin was always one step ahead and knew that this area needed to be offered to all his customers. To help solve this issue, Billy would open up a more basic camp called Freshfields.
The idea was a simple one, to offer less and more of a relaxing feeling. The camps would not be as big as Butlin's however, they had the same magical feeling to them.
Located in Cornwall, on Porthpean Road, Duporth Freshfields had started as an estate and manor, owned by Charles Rashleigh (click to read more). In 1933, the Manor and estate were sold to a company called Seaside Holiday Camps Ltd. Their plan was to develop the site into a holiday camp, which they achieved in 1934.
As with the Butlin's locations, Duporth was requisitioned for the war with an Indian and American army being based here. It would help train the troops until the end of the war when it returned to be a holiday camp once more. In 1972, Butlin's Ltd would take an interest in the location and purchased the site to open it as a Freshfields holiday camp.
The story of Duporth did not stop here as in 1985, the owners of Butlins, Rank Organisation, had plans to convert some of the sites into the sister company, known as Haven. Duporth was one of the selected locations until the big changes to the Rank Organisation holiday division in 1998. As with Butlin's, Duporth was sold in 1999 as it had a new private owner who continued to run the site, which had chalets and caravans for 1200 people.
Sadly the site would changes ownership several times until 2006 when it closed down and sold to developers. Today, this location has houses in the design of Cornish cottage style.
Research into the Seaview Freshfield holiday camp is a hard one to find information about as there are very limited details available. From what I have read, the camp was purchased by Butlins in 1973, however, the details of what was on the camp and what it offered are yet to appear to me. I am on the case as I am very interested to know more about this important location and its meaning it has to Butlin's timeline history.
Research has shown me that there are two camps, which might possibly be the same one, that continue the camp's future. Below are two extra buttons, one for Hoseseaons, which is believed to be the owner and a second one showing Park Holidays. Interestingly, they both show chalets as a place to stay in, showing a connection. Furthermore, the Park Holidays one has this in the title "Polperro Holiday Park (formerly Seaview Village) - Chalet, Bungalow & Caravan Holidays" showing a connection to the former name. Which one is this location...I am unsure, may you you do, if so, get in touch. I currently do not have anything in my collection of this camp. (Photo on the left is from Google maps)
There is little information currently available for this location, however, it's told that was owned by Butlins in 1971 to what date, I do not know, but information tells that it's currently owned by Parkdean Resorts. When I checked the camp, I found that the camp has chalets as an option, however, I do not know any further information. The image shown is taken from Google maps, at this time, I have nothing in my collection.
As with the former locations, there is little information (at this time) about this important location. Research shows that it was purchased by Butlins in 1973 and was known as a Freshfields site. However, it changed hands to a company named Dolphin Holidays, and from there the information stops. I am still looking into this location and when I find something out, you will know. For now, click on the button below to see (what is believed to be) the current location. The image shown is taken from Google maps, at this time, I have nothing in my collection.
The information about the former Freshfield site is hard to find however, the current owners have put some information on their site. This information is from their site, shown in the button below "The site was previously known as AYR Farm Camping Site in the 1950s. The site started with the growth of interest in holiday camps as a destination for breaks. Starting on only one field, the camp would offer a location with amazing views for tents, touring caravans and somewhere for the camper's van to stop by for that relaxing break.
In the 1960s, the park would become popular with many customers and was a place many would love to visit for their break. The park would extend to meet the new demands, with caravans for hire and new wooden chalets as an alternative option for those on holiday. It is from here that research shows me that the park was then purchased by Butlins in 1974 as a Freshfields location.
The sale of Freshfields is not known at this time, however, the current owners do state "Now in its third generation of family ownership and called Ayr Holiday Park expansion of the site has continued. Changing technology and customer demands led to fully serviced touring pitches on hard standings, larger more luxurious caravans and the provision of a restaurant and summer pool. Further evolution has seen wi-fi becoming an essential service and now E.U. charging points are available in the park."
The current owners are keeping it updated and the location continues to offer the very best to many that visit. The image shown is taken from Google maps, at this time, I have nothing in my collection.
Information about this site shows that the campsite was purchased by Butlins in 1974. The sale of the location is unknown however, the research found that it was purchased by Rojo Leisure Limited. As I researched further into the company, I found nothing until I came across details showing that Rojo Leisure Limited was closed down on the 25th of October 2011.
After finding the information that the company was no longer around, I was able to find an address and link it to a company I believe to be currently operating the former site. The company is called Haulfryn Holidays. However, I could be wrong but that was the one that I was taken to, the link is in the button below, have a look and see what you think. Their park map also has the Two Chimneys, so looks possible to me. The park does look amazing and is very well looked after. The image is from Google Maps, I have nothing in my collection for this location.