A GLAMPING site in Sussex has landed a major national award.

Swallowtail Hill in Rye took silver in this year’s Visit England tourism Awards for Excellence.

The judges were impressed by the site’s selection of quaint lodges and glamorous pods set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside.

The awards ceremony was held via video link because of coronavirus.

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Owner Sarah Broadbent told The Argus she was “absolutely thrilled” to have won the runner-up prize in the Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year category.

“This is a huge boost at an incredibly challenging time,” she said. “Getting this national recognition will give guests extra reassurance.”

She praised her colleagues, who she said had been unfazed by setbacks amid the pandemic.

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“We’ve got a fantastic team and I think it’s our attention to detail that keeps bringing people back,” she said.

Tourism minister Nigel Huddleston congratulated all the winners.

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He said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and businesses around England who are doing an outstanding job in showcasing the best in tourism.

“I encourage everyone to get out, enjoy summer safely and experience everything England has to offer.”

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