Sometimes you just want a caravan or motorhome site with a hook-up point and a decent wi-fi signal to pitch up at for the night on your way somewhere else. But sometimes you want somewhere special, somewhere secluded, somewhere that feels like your own personal secret.
Here are seven of the most perfect caravan sites in the UK.
1. Strathmore Caravan Park
With just 15 pitches, most of which are on grass, Strathmore Caravan Park in the Scottish borders is the antithesis of the Butlins-like approach to caravanning that causes so many of us to shudder.
So you won’t find beers being sold for a pound, or karaoke going on until the early hours; instead you’ll find Eco toilets, the Chatterbox Folly (complete with fire and complimentary marshmallows) and the sense of peace that only comes from reconnecting with nature.
Strathmore Caravan Park, West Fishwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1XQ.
Tel: 01289 386 279. Email: email@example.com
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Faerie-thyme is an adults-only camping and caravanning site in Carmarthenshire, offering secluded pitches, some of which are complete with their own fire pits.
The ethos of Faerie-thyme can best be summed up by the fact that the owners run an ‘honesty shop’ that sells firewood and provisions; this is not an overly regulated multi-site corporation!
If you are looking for a quirky woodland hideaway, then this might just be the place for you.
Wish and Irene, Faerie-thyme, Crwbin, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 5DR
Tel: 01269 871774. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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3. Trellyn Woodland Camping
If dark-sky photography is an as-yet-unfulfilled hobby, then Trellyn is just the place.
Located in beautiful Pembrokshire, Trellyn has so little light pollution that it is the ideal place for a spot of astro-photography.
You can also book a place on one of the bush craft courses they run, cook your own pizza in the onsite pizza oven, or buy and cook a freshly caught lobster!
Kev and Claire, Trellyn Woodland Camping, Abercastle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HJ
Tel: 01348 837762.
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4. Downshay Farm
Downshay Farm, located on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, offers a dozen caravan pitches set over three lawned terraces.
Because it is so small, booking is essential, however, it’s worth making the effort because the family-owned location is stunning, with the most amazing views over Corfe Castle to the Purbeck Hills beyond.
Martin & Justine Pike, Downshay Tourers & Tents, Downshay Farm, Haycrafts Lane, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3EB
Tel: 01929 480316. Email: email@example.com
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5. Fidden Farm
It must be 15 years since I first visited Fidden Farm, and it remains one of my very favourite locations.
It’s remote, but by the time you’ve made your way to the Isle of Mull, everywhere feels remote…
If you want to enjoy this unspoiled beachside caravan and camping site at its very best you’ll need to avoid the summer holidays. Otherwise, you can spend your days just watching the dolphins and eagles or paddling in the crystal-clear water before indulging in a wee dram and some freshly caught seafood to round off a perfect day.
Knockvologan Road, Nr Fionnphort, Isle of Mull PA66 6BN
Tel: 01681 700427.
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6. Aeron View Camping
Aeron View Camping not only boats the sort of views and wildlife that you’d expect from a top-notch rural campsite, it also features something you’ll probably never have seen before: red kite feeding. Yes, that’s right, at around 4pm every day the owners feed the local red kites!
Other than that, Aeron View is simply one of the nicest, most secluded and well-run sites you’ll ever come across. And if you do get bored of all that nature and seclusion, the bright lights of Aberystwyth are just 12 miles away.
Aeron View Camping, Blaenpennal, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 4TW
Tel: 01974 251219. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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