The freedom of the open road and the ability to take a second home along with you, towed behind your car, has long appealed to many generations of caravanners.
Over time, however, there has been a marked improvement in the facilities and amenities on offer wherever you choose to pitch your tourer. Well-equipped, comfortable and clean washrooms, electrical and water supply hook-ups, individual drainage points and other onsite facilities grant an especially warn welcome for visitors.
This allows anyone with a touring caravan a far wider range of choice when it comes to choosing a campsite – some of which may be more suitable for certain purposes than others.
These days, for instance, caravan sites for adults only – those above a certain age and unaccompanied by children – may be found all around the UK and in Europe too.
This brief guide suggests why adults only caravan sites might appeal to you and takes a look at just some of those sites on offer, their location and their facilities – you might also want to add to this list any others you have found for yourself.
Why adults only caravan sites
Adults only caravan sites typically place a restriction on the ages of those who may be accommodated. This might be designed to restrict use of the site to those beyond their teenage years and those caravanners travelling without children.
What is to be gained by restricting use of the site in this way? There are a number of advantages:
- first and foremost, perhaps, is the overall atmosphere it is possible to create in the absence of children, youngsters and teenagers – an atmosphere that is generally more tranquil, peaceful and quiet;
- such a sleepy, cosy and tranquil environment might be welcome to the more mature caravanner in the same way that it might strike groups of teenagers or boisterous children as the last place to take a holiday;
- sites for the exclusive use of adults, therefore, are likely to be smaller, more out of the way and set in mostly rural locations;
- that is not to say that the owners of adults only caravan sites have a particular antipathy towards youngsters – indeed many such owners are likely to have children or grandchildren of their own – but there is a recognition that sometimes a break away from home without the young ones in tow might be especially relaxing;
One company that specialises in providing caravan sites for the exclusive use of adults, for instance, reports that the majority of its visitors are parents, grandparents and other professionals who frequently have charge of children during the rest of the year and welcome the chance to enjoy a break in their absence from time to time.
With some of these potential attractions in mind, therefore, let’s take a look at the wide network of adults only caravan sites dotted around the UK – and just a handful of those you might find across the Channel in Europe.
Think Cornwall and you might imagine the many thrills and spills of activity holidays on the sea or on land – precisely those attractions most likely to draw the younger crowd; think Devon or Dorset and a quieter, more sedate – not to say sleepy – image might be conjured up.
Throughout the SW of England, however, there are caravan sites catering specifically and exclusively for the more mature visitor.
Where to stay
- The Meadows Campsite is a small, sheltered site for grownups only, within easy striking distance of Pentewan Sands, Charlestown, Mevagissey and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Describing itself as a “natural” site, The Meadows offers some pitches with electric hookup and others for those who want a “proper” camping experience;
- Ideally placed for many of the attractions of south Devon – from the rugged drama of Dartmoor to the rolling costal paths and sandy beaches of the county – is Moor View Touring Park, near the village of Modbury. The site has a total of 68 pitches, for adults only, all with electric, water and drainage hook-ups;
- The award winning Bingham Grange Touring and Camping Park offers an adults only five-star experience for the break in your touring caravan in the grounds of a Victorian grange situated on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. All pitches for touring caravans are on hard standing, all have electric and water hook-ups and some are fully serviced (with individual grey water drainage points).
Where to stay
- If anywhere is likely to sum up the qualities of the rural Home Counties, Tunbridge Wells in Kent is likely to fit that bill. This is the location for the adults only Apple Acres Caravan and Camping Site, which aims specifically to offer peace and quiet, yet with everything at hand. Although it extends over four acres, there are just ten hard standing pitches for touring caravans, each with electric hookup;
- The charmingly styled Runt in Tun campsite takes its name from the nearby pub, situated in Maynards Green in East Sussex. It is a small site, certified by the Camping and Caravanning Club, offering a maximum of just five touring pitches for adults only (those aged 16 or over);
- Bridge Farm House Caravan Site is open to Caravan Club members and adults only. It offers accommodation for a maximum of just five touring caravans in a distinctly rural setting of West Sussex (between Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill) that is peaceful and quiet yet also close to principal attractions of the area.
Where to stay
- South Wales Touring Park at Llwynifan Farm in Llangennech near Llanelli, in South Wales, offers a quiet haven of peace and tranquillity for exploring the Welsh valleys, the Brecon Beacons and the Gower peninsula. It is a small, family run site offering a maximum of 25 touring pitches, all on hard standing, and ten of which are fully serviced;
- Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park is set in the heart of mid-Wales – a location that is perfect for exploring the rural countryside of both Powys in Wales, Shropshire in England and all of the Welsh Marches. The seven-acre site makes for a tranquil setting for what is a relatively large caravan site – but for the exclusive use of adult visitors;
- Parc Derwen is a separate, adults only, part of the larger Bron Derw touring caravan park situated between the iconic North Wales attractions of Betws-y-Coed and the mountains of Snowdonia. The Parc Derwen area of Bron Derw has a total of 23 fully serviced pitches for adults only.
The heart of England represents an intriguing mixture of industrial heritage and wonderful countryside. When you escape to your peaceful, adults only caravan site, therefore, you may enjoy the benefit of getting away from it all, whilst still being just a stone’s throw from major cities and transport routes.
Where to stay
- Typical of that rural setting close to major amenities is Somers Wood Caravan Park in the midst of the Forest of Arden, which lies between the major conurbations of Birmingham and Coventry. Birmingham city centre is just 30 minutes away, whilst the National Exhibition Centre (NAC) is only a six-minute drive. There are 48 pitches on either grass or hard standing, all have 10 amp electric hook up and four are fully serviced;
- White Hall is a small, adults only, touring caravan park set in Worcestershire’s delightfully named village of North Piddle, about eight miles from the centre of Worcester itself. The two-acre site has 15 hard standing pitches for touring caravans;
- Springhill House is one of the Camping and Caravanning Club’s certified sites, a designation given to small, family run sites with accommodation for no more than five touring caravans. This well sheltered site, exclusively for adults, has both hard standing and grass pitches for touring caravans.
For some reason East Anglia tends to be overlooked when it comes to touring with a caravan. For those in the know, and looking for an escape from the crowds, however, this may be no bad thing. In order to make the most of the peace and tranquillity which much of East Anglia has to offer, the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk provide more than their fair share of adults only caravan sites.
Where to stay
- Billed as North Norfolk’s only clifftop park for touring caravans, Sandy Gulls has the further distinction of being for adults only – some peace and quiet, therefore, with which to enjoy the bracing air of the county’s coastline and sandy beaches. All 35 touring pitches have sweeping views of the sea and there is direct access to the beach a short walk away;
- Also in North Norfolk, just six miles from the coast in the countryside setting of the village of Erpingham is Deers Mead Caravan and Camping Park. Pitches on this adults only site are on either hard standing or grass, but all are described as “super pitches” with their own 16 amp electric, water and drainage points, TV point and free WiFi;
- To the south, you might want to take advantage of the small, family run and Camping and Caravanning Club certified site at Frog’s Hall near Suffolk’s historic town of Eye. The site offers just five pitches for touring caravans, for the exclusive use of adults to enjoy the flora and fauna of this quiet corner of Suffolk’s countryside.
The wild coastline of Northumberland, the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire Dales or the stark beauty of the North York Moors, NE England offers many an escape from the hustle and bustle of the kind of city life you might find, say, in Newcastle.
What better way to enjoy some me-time, therefore, than on a site for your touring caravan which you can guarantee to be free of children and other young people.
Where to stay
- Relax in the quiet hamlet of Thornton le Dale, sheltered from the rugged landscape of the North York Moors National Park at the family run, adults only, Overbrook Caravan Park, close to the town of Pickering. On offer is a total of up to 50 pitches for touring caravans, all on hard standing and each with its own 16 amp electric hook up;
- Dominated by the imposing sight of Bamburgh Castle and close to the gateway quay to the Farne Islands at Seahouses is Westfield Paddock Adult Touring Caravan Site. It is a small site in a secluded location, offering just ten pitches, on grass, and each with its own electric and water hook up point;
- Think of freshwater fishing and scenes of perfect tranquillity and relaxation are likely to spring to mind. The adults only Chainbridge Touring Caravan Site, near Berwick on Tweed is only 50 metres from the river from which this border town takes its name – only yards from an idyllic fishing spot. The site offers just 18 pitches, and optional electric and fresh water supply points, with each hard standing pitch spacious enough for your caravan, its awning and your car.
Caravanning in the NW of England is likely to spell one thing only – the Lake District. But that is a district which spans many different locations, each with its distinct character and charm. Many of these may be enjoyed from the peace and tranquillity of an adults only touring caravan site.
Where to stay
- You might want to start out with a relaxing holiday in the southern part of the Lake District at the adults only Ashes Caravan Park near Kendal. Set in a quiet and peaceful corner of the Lakes, the site is still just a few miles from the main M6 motorway, so readily accessible. Touring pitches are on all-weather hard standing and each has its own electric hook up;
- Recommended by the AA is the Larches Caravan Park on the northern fringe of the national park, midway between Carlisle and the coast at Maryport. The minimum age for anyone staying on the site is 18. There are 35 touring pitches are available, each with its own electric hook up;
- Also close to the town of Carlisle is the adults only Low Moor Head Caravan Park, with its sweeping views across the Cumbrian countryside and ease of access to Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border as well as the Lake District itself. Some of the touring caravan pitches are on hard standing with fully serviced “super pitch” facilities such as electric and fresh water hook up with individual drainage point.
Say that you want a break in your caravan touring Scotland and you have a whole country to explore – highlands, lowlands, lochside and seaside. With such a wealth of different locations in which to relax and unwind it is difficult for this brief guide to do any justice at all to the many adults only sites within Scotland. Here are just a few suggestions.
Where to stay
- In the south of the country, just eight miles from Dumfries is the Red Squirrel Campsite Glenmidge. Surrounded by wooded hills, this small adults only site offers peace, quiet and seclusion. Just as the name suggests, this is one of the few areas of the UK where red squirrels may still be found. The site’s pitches for touring caravans are all on unmarked grass areas;
- If you are in search of some solitude amidst the grandeur of the Scottish Highlands, the place to pitch up might be Faichemard Farm Campsite – a site for the exclusive use of those aged 18 and over. Each of its 35 pitches has an individual character and these are spread generously over a ten-acre site;
- In Perthshire, near the town of Errol, you are likely to share your touring caravan pitch not with children or other youngsters, but free range ducks and hens! This is the Fernlea Caravan Club certified site for adults only. As such, it is restricted to a maximum of just five touring caravans and visitors must also be Caravan Club members.
If you have a car and a caravan, today’s cross-Channel ferry services open up the whole of Europe for your holidays and getaway breaks. There exists a whole mountain of guides to camping and caravanning in Europe, but few which offer any specific focus on caravan sites designed for the exclusive use of adult visitors.
A brief guide such as this, of course, could not hope to cover every corner of every country in Europe, but the following examples are suggested as adults only touring sites you might want to consider in France, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal.
- Camping aux Champs is a small, quiet and secluded site for adults with touring caravans visiting Lower Normandy. The site is close to the historic town of Hambye in Manche. The site’s owners and managers are English. All pitches for touring caravans are on hard standing and include a 10 amp electric hook up;
- Manzac Ferme caravan site is in the French region of the Dordogne, ever popular with British visitors and residents alike. Manzac Ferme is a secluded, wooded site, surrounded by the many lakes of the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin. It is a small, family run site of just 10 pitches for grownups only. Fishing is immediately accessible from the banks of the river Bandiat, which is described as a necklace encircling the whole of the site;
- Finca de la Piedra is 16 miles inland from the crowds, hustle and bustle of Spain’s Costa de Sol – yet appears to be a whole world away. Catering for those aged 18 and over, the site is open the whole year round, with just five to six pitches for touring caravans. Some of these are hooked up to their own electricity (10 amp) and water points, others have them nearby. The site is located in the village of Villafranco del Guadalhorce, close to the towns of Coin, Alhaurin el Grande and Cartama;
- In the northeast part of Holland, close to the village of Havelte, is Jelly’s Hoeve caravan site specifically designed for adults only. Havelte is known as the pearl of Drenthe (this region of Holland) and Jelly’s Hoeve is the only caravan site currently offering facilities for adults only;
Individual pitches for touring caravans have the additional privacy of their own surrounding hedge and each is supplied with a 10 amp electric hook up;
- Campo Figueira, in central Portugal, is designed as a “natural camping area” for those who want to chill out, free from the demands of children or adolescents. That chilling out might be as simple and straight forward as relaxing with a glass or two of the local wine or taking a dip in the site’s pool;
Campo Figueira has pitches for just six caravans and may be found in the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos, off the main IC8 motorway which runs through central Portugal.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to enjoy a holiday free from the intrusions and demands of children and other young people – whether your own or someone else’s – you are almost certain to find a caravan site specifically intended for precisely that purpose in practically any part of the UK.
Although it appears that this niche in the caravanning market has yet to catch on in some parts of Europe – or, interestingly, Northern Ireland – there is clearly a demand for the peace and tranquillity afforded by adults only caravan sites.
Hopefully, this guide has provided some insight into just how that demand is already being met in just about any part of the UK you may choose to visit and also by a few caravan sites in Europe.