We asked Lucy Caillé, founder of GlamperRV to share with us some of her favourite spots for a spring family adventure.
Through hiring out our fleet of luxury self drive GlamperRVs, often referred to as a hotel on wheels, we have a unique insight into some of the best spots across the country for exploring the great outdoors in style and comfort and are delighted to share our top 5 with Chiltern Chatter.
1. Cotswold Water Park
Cotswold Water Park, a wildlife sanctuary only a relatively short drive from the region, has an abundance of off-road foot and cycle paths set around a series of lakes making it a perfect location for a weekend away. We parked up in an idyllic field in the grounds of The Crown Inn at Cerney Wick and this charming pub created the perfect spot for a spring weekend.
There was plenty of space for the children to run around, create a football pitch and then unload the bikes from the GlamperRV garage and off out on a stunning child friendly cycle around the lakes with barely another sole in sight. We even stumbled upon some fabulous hides for a spot of bird watching. A welcoming pint and homemade burgers at the Crown Inn made the perfect end to the day before retiring to GlamperRV and pulling down the blinds for a peaceful night.
A little further down the M4 but another great location for getting out in the wild and exploring with GlamperRV. There are a wide range of wild camping stops along the coast with easy access onto the stunning Pembrokeshire coastal path including parking areas at Manorbier, Freshwater West and National Trust properties across the area.
One of our favourite places to stop is the Waun Wyllt, Llanelli, an 18th century public house and restaurant with five hard standing areas suitable for GlamperRV. Nestled in the Sylen Valley, a mile from Five Roads village square, the Waun Wyllt is also adjacent to the acclaimed Swiss Valley Cycle Route – a wonderful traffic free cycle route through the stunning valleys.
In the other direction, the North Norfolk coast is a child’s paradise with mile upon mile of wide sandy beaches and one of the biggest skies you will see in the UK. The beauty of this coastline is the protected tidal salt marsh that gives onto huge areas of sand dunes standing guard over the beaches. The villages are relatively unspoilt and those inland haven’t changed for years.
Our trip started in Hunstanton and went east along the coastal road to Saltmarshes taking in the picturesque villages of Thornum, Brancaster, Holkam and Stiffkey.
A great stop is the village of Thornham where you will find several highly rated pubs including the Lifeboat which allows GlamperRV, as a Britstops member, to use their car park overnight.
If you’re searching for the infamous big skies and miles of sand, then head to Holkham beach. Park along Lady Ann’s Drive amongst the horse boxes from where it’s a short walk to the sand dunes through pine forests. Sit with a picnic in a sheltered dune and watch the horses gallop along the sand, kites flying and sometimes, the odd fighter jet booming across the open sky. If sunsets are your thing, then the village of Stiffkey is a must. There is a free car park which could be used off season to wildcamp but we have also heard great things of a rural campsite, High Sands Creek with unobstructed views out to sea and a short walk from the Red Lion, a family friendly pub serving good, local food.
4. Scotland – Arisaig
Slightly further afield but so worth the drive, Scotland is a truly fantastic place to explore with GlamperRV. If the weather gods are friendly you will be in for some of the most stunning sunsets ever in the idyllic village of Arisaig on the west coast overlooking the Isle of Skye.
GlamperRV is often in Scotland in August so can be booked for pick up from Edinburgh if you don’t fancy the drive there and back (although to be honest cruising at 70mph with all your creature comforts on board it is probably one of the best ways of travelling!)
Heading off to a festival is always an amazing adventure and there is no better way than in the style and comfort of GlamperRV. With every appliance functional without an electrical hook up (bar air conditioning and quite frankly if you need that in this country then it can only mean a glorious weekend!) it provides a luxury hotel room in the middle of a field.
We took the family to Carfest North last summer and had a brilliant time enjoying the range of activities and music on offer but felt very smug as we slept cosily in our ‘hotel on wheels’ as the rain poured downed outside.
GlamperRV is available for self drive hire from £549 for 3 nights/4 days. For further information please visit www.GlamperRV.co.uk or call us on 0845 8386796.