Please don’t tell our campervan!
Just before the Easter holidays we were all set to go away in VolksCamper and I noticed a last minute deal on a motorhome for hire based just around the corner in Derbyshire. A Facebook page called RENTACAMPA had advertised a Rimor 14P Motorhome which would be available the next day for a weeks self-drive holiday. We already had the campsites booked so we decided to upgrade to the luxury motorhome for a week to see what all the fuss is about.
After collecting the motorhome from Alfreton and having a full run down of equipment we decided to spend the first night at our local Caravan and Motorhom Club site – The Firs. It enabled us to get to grips with the van, allowed the ability to pop back home for the things we had forgotten and made sure we were set to get up early for a 5 hour (ish) drive down to North Devon.
Rentacampa Motorhome Hire
The Renault Master 130bhp base vehicle with 6 speed gearbox was a dream to drive and the captain seats were comfortable (more than our basic Transporter seats). The kids were delighted in the fact that they could travel with a table in front of them with all of their gadgets plugged in to the solar powered leisure battery.
After our usual stop at the Heanton Court Pub for lunch we headed straight to one of our favourite North Devon campsites – Lobb Fields. A site we’ve been visiting for over 20 years.
Lobb Fields near Braunton in North Devon is a perfect base for exploring the coast. We used the bikes to cycle over to Crow Point and walked to Saunton Sands. The great setup of the motorhome with a large fridge, freezer, hob and oven allowed for us to fully cater on site and evenings were spent enjoying a beer on site rather than worrying about driving.
Lobb Fields Campsite
Another of our favourite things to do when in North Devon is to grab a parking spot on Woolacombe Esplanade. The beauty of the motorhome is that you can just get up in the morning and drive without having to worry about packing away a tent or awning and the kids were booted out of bed in their pyjamas for a short hop down to Woolacombe. Arriving at about 8am on a Bank Holiday weekend unfortunately doesn’t guarantee a spot on the Esplanade but we were lucky to be able to park near to Barricane Beach. It’s worth noting that usually parking is free unless it’s a weekend or Bank Holiday.
We managed to get two full 12 hour days in at Woolacombe and the weather was stunning. Making drinks and cooking meals with the perfect view of the sea was amazing. It’s so easy to put on the wetsuits and walk down to the surf. The Woolacombe arcade 2p machines are always a draw for the kids during the evening but don’t bother with the grab a soft toy machine as I wasted a fortune 😉
A short walk (or cycle) from Lobb Fields campsite is Saunton Sands beach. Due to North Devon’s Schools having returned at a different time to Derbyshire we enjoyed a much less busy week. Teddy (the Cocker Spaniel) had an awesome time running around with other dogs and the kids enjoyed having their mountain bikes on the hardened sand.
Love2Stay Glamping Campsite
We had booked Love2Stay for the last two nights of the break. This meant we got the bulk of the travel back north out of the way and got to experience a fully serviced activity based glamping site for the first time.
We enjoyed zorbing, the pool, the hot tubs, archery, the dog agility course, the adventure playground and the onsite pizza parlor.
The whole site is immaculate and all the staff were very friendly. Visiting out of school holidays (for Shropshire) was obviously a bonus as we had the place to ourselves mostly. From the sounds of things, the recent Bank Holiday was a totally different story – but still fun I’m sure.
We just had to post a couple of picture of the toilet and shower blocks – WOW. Probably the poshest we’ve ever seen on a campsite (and we’ve seen a few). It even has a dedicated indoor dog washing station.
So that’s where the story (and holiday) ends. A last minute decision to rent a motorhome allowed us to experience the differences to a campervan. Not quite as mobile due to the limited parking options, but it makes you think more about your site location (or consider wild camping) and makes you get out on foot, bikes or public transport. It’s a different style of camping full of luxury whilst also being free of fixed accommodation. Hiring means you are not using your own vehicle for travel (and adding miles) but it obviously comes at an extra cost.
We would totally recommend hiring a motorhome and already have plans for our next trip. If you’re in the right location then please check out RENTACAMPA based in Derbyshire, for trips through our beautiful Shire or further afield.
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