The summer holidays are almost here and let’s pray the weather will remain sunny and hot.
If you’re still looking for things to do late summer, why not combine a long weekend of wild swimming with a great camping trip? The Vintage Caravan Hotel have availability from 1st September.
The hire includes bedding, outside table and chairs, Gazebo, outside gas cooker, kitchen utensils, towels, sun loungers for 2 adults, camping chairs, gas, bunting, fairy lights and pitch fee for the campsite.
The caravan sleeps 5 people in a double bed and triple bunks, where the bottom bunks has guards to be used as a baby cot. There is also a kitchenette, cooker, fridge, WC and sink.
Hurley Island is quite unique among locks along the River Thames, as the river splits into a number of channels. The kids love watching the boats going through the locks and there is a sweet little tea room where you can buy sandwiches, cakes and ice creams.
Kat (the owner of the Vintage Caravan Hotel) has found the best spot is right at the end of the island where the ground slopes gently into the river, relatively shallow until quite far out, but beware of stronger currents coming from either side of the island. It can be a bit silty but the water quality is still good. Her daughter collects lots of fresh water mussels and enjoyed swimming to the big rock.
Hurley village itself is a historic village with river parkland, wooded river islands and a 1000-year-old pub. Parking is free by the church. Just follow the footpath until you come to the bridge. From the campsite Hurley Riverside Park there is a bridge from Hurley Lock Island you can cross by foot.
Hurley Riverside Park is family-friendly park which sits alongside the River Thames and is run by the same family for over 40 years. The site has direct access to the River and the Thames Path, so is perfect for lovers of the river and walkers alike. For those with a boat or canoe there are two slipways and for those without there is a mile over river frontage for picnics. With the lush green countryside of the Thames Valley all around, red kites circling above, and the river traffic gliding it is hard to believe it is only an hour outside London.
The campsite has won the prestigious David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation for the last 15 years and even won their rare Special Distinction Award. To teach children about the local wildlife there is also a self-guided nature trail which follows the length of the campsite.
Please note there is no restaurant onsite, only a small shop selling basic essentials, so it’s important to come well stocked up with food, drinks etc. On Friday evenings a fish and chip van will be on site which is very popular. If you do need to pop to the shops then Hurley Village has a small village shop.
The Vintage Caravan Hotel have offers on the following dates:
30 Aug – 30 Sept (2 nights £235 or 3 nights £325)
Longer stays also available
Price includes pitch fee
To book our caravan visit www.vintagecaravanhotel.co.uk