Of the three sites that we stayed at during our first Cornwall Camping trip I’d say that Bay View was our favourite. It’s small friendly sites in great locations like this that are what got us excited about owning a campervan in the first place. It didn’t have the best on-site facilities, and in bad weather it could feel quite remote, but did I mention the view?
Last weekend we stayed at Rutland Caravan and Camping site near Oakham in Rutland. It was a trip that we had arranged with three friends a few months ago back when it was far too cold to contemplate camping so we were incredibly lucky to have picked the hottest weekend of the year so far. For this trip we had three people in two Bongo campervans travelling North up the A1 in convoy (a Bongo Conga as we decided to call it), and two others travelling down in the opposite direction who would be sleeping in our awning.
With spring supposedly sprung, Tom had been keen to get out in the camper van for a few weeks. Up until yesterday I had been able to put him off, but with the sun shining, my bad weather excuse would work no more (I don’t mind admitting to being a “fair weather” camper) and we set off on our first camping trip of the year, a last minute trip to Fen Farm.
As we live within an hour of Mersea Island, we had been there before and wanted to go back for a better look around so we phoned up to book for Saturday night.
I must admit that I was slightly put off by the fact that Homing described itself as a ‘Holiday Park’ – I had visions of organised activities and a campsite equivalent of Butlins. Thankfully, it’s not like that at all! The static caravans are completely separate to the camping area but all are welcome to make use of the facilities such as a bar/restaurant, laundry, small swimming pool, tennis court, five-a-side pitch and children’s playground.
A relaxed campsite located on a working farm close to the sandy beaches at the Witterings, the South Downs and Chichester. This is a traditional site with an environmental conscience. If you want to stay in a relaxed and ‘real’ environment and don’t have overly high expectations of luxury or privacy, then you’ll enjoy your stay at Stubcroft Farm.
A picturesque and peaceful setting for our first campervanning trip. Nestled on a hillside close to Lyme Regis in Dorset, Hook Farm is a pretty campsite in a rural area within walking distance of the town and Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. It’s a quiet site (no large groups), ideal for couples and families. Most breeds of dog are welcome. The pitches are relatively private thanks to the natural screening and terraced landscape.
As we arrived quite late in the evening, by the time we had made dinner, it was starting to get dark and so we ambled down to the beach, which is just next to the site and sat there until it got properly dark before retiring to the van with a bottle of wine. The site was quiet by 10pm in accordance with the rules and we didn’t hear anything until the next morning when we had time for a quick paddle after our bacon butties, before leaving the site