A LOT has suffered during the pandemic – but not the motorhome holidays.
Travel bans have led to a huge increase in people wanting to explore the UK in four-wheelers with kitchens, beds and the ability to go wherever the road takes you.
Booking platform Pitchup.com saw a 142% increase in demand at the start of the year compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Last summer, I was lucky enough to have the beauty of a four-story motorhome and rushed into the great outdoors with my two boys, 11-year-old Fynn and nine-year-old Mack.
Rolling through the empty streets, with the English countryside stretching out ahead, we felt a new sense of freedom.
We’re up high and with loads of space – “just like the Millennium Falcon”, the boys claim – and have a working fridge stocked with their favorite drinks.
Our first stop was on the M4 service to pick up some supplies. When I say “supplies”, I mean fast food.
There’s something so fun about bringing burgers back to your truck and eating them on a folding dining table.
I picked up our home for the next few days, a manual Swift Escape 694, from SwiftGo near Heathrow.
The team there say they’ve never known a summer like it for trucks, but despite the rush and Covid protocol, the place works like a dream.
The handover and instructions were simple, meaning we were able to load our gear and leave in no time.
With the 11-year-old navigating and the nine-year-old blocking all the fuss in the background, we set off for the lush Cotswolds. What could happen?
Making our way through narrow streets crisscrossed by chocolate box villages looks like it will be a big challenge.
But luckily, when I was a kid my dad had a huge truck, so I was pretty confident driving her around the country roads that took us to Winchcombe, a Camping Club site and Caravans.
This peaceful location, near Tewkesbury, puts you in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside and has all the important amenities including a football field with electricity and friendly staff to help you.
Our yard is right next to a quiet fishing lake with views of the Cotswolds.
Everything is remote and idyllic, but the best thing about it is that, unlike camping, we have the benefit of all the mod cons a van can offer, including TVs with DVD player, plug for appliances and bathroom with shower.
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We were even able to throw parties in the small kitchen with an oven, a microwave, and most importantly, a large fridge.
The campground itself has some of the most pristine amenities I’ve ever seen, so much so that we rarely used the bathrooms and toilets on board.
Although, when we did, it was easy to flush it out at the scene, as was getting extra fresh water on board for the sink.
From Winchcombe, you’ll find plenty of scenic boardwalks in almost every direction.
Wandering through small villages and along windswept footpaths, we discovered plenty of cozy pubs and picnic spots.
If heritage attractions are on your agenda, the ruins of the 14th-century Hailes Abbey are less than a 10-minute drive away. Or there’s Sudeley Castle, home to ten magnificent gardens, including the Queen’s Garden which has more than 80 varieties of roses.
Kids will love the Royal Mail model railway at Winchcombe station, home to Thomas & Friends train tracks as well as a small cafe serving tea cakes, filling rolls and local ice cream.
In just a few days, I had fully adjusted to my new routine and it felt as if the three of us could live in the same 4-bed house for weeks, exploring each part of the country. in free time.
The UK has so many beautiful areas to explore and in my opinion there is no better way to soak up your own steam in a condominium.
WE ARE THERE / WERE THERE: An Escape 694 car costs from £950 a week in peak hours and up to £1,400 during high season to rent. See swiftgo.co.uk or call 0333 247 2222.
Winchcombe Camping and Caravanning Club charge from £63.34 for two nights, based on two non-members sharing a nasty yard with electric hooks.
Camping and Caravanning Club members receive a discount. Click here or call 01242 620259.
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