Are you all prepared for the new caravanning season ahead? Banking on another blistering summer under English skies? Or are you playing safer by taking your caravan abroad?
Either way, here is some of the latest caravan news from home and abroad.
Spain’s caravans of love
They might not feature your standard touring caravan, but Spain has hit on a novel way of breathing new life into the steadily depopulating villages in parts of its remote countryside, described on the BBC’s World Service on the 28th of February 2019.
The so-called “caravans of love” are, in fact, coach parties – mainly of women – bound for dinner-dances and a little romantic company for the single men who continue to make their living in the farms and homesteads of the interior.
It’s a lonely life for many of these men and the promise of some company every once in a while, – or longer, if they play their cards right – might be all that it takes to bring back a sense of community to these otherwise lonely villagers.
If you are planning a touring holiday with your caravan in Spain, take a detour to one of these depopulated villages yourself – who knows, you might be striking up new lifelong friendships there.
Felmoor Holiday Park submits plans to extend site
It already boasts 13 pitches for touring caravans, static holiday homes and timber chalets – together with the necessary toilet and utility blocks – and now Felmoor Holiday Park in the north of Northumberland has recently won planning permission for a further 24 holiday lodges and 10 more static caravans.
The successful planning application also included provision for the related site access roads and the construction of a miniature golf course, reported Chronicle Live on the 14th of February.
You can find Felmoor Holiday Park at Bockenfield, near Felton, in the north of the county.
Caravan sales booming in Germany
If you’ve ever pitched up at a site in the country, you’ll probably know that Germans love their caravans.
That much has been confirmed by the fifth year running in which new sales of caravans and motorhomes have seen a marked surge. A total of with 24,327 new caravans and 48,859 motorhomes were sold in Germany during 2018, said the Camping and Caravanning Club in its Magazine article of the 27th of February.
Caravan sales in Germany have increased steadily over the past five years, with 2018 seeing a 7.2% increase over the previous 12 months, making it the best year since 2001.
Although Germany has a bigger population than the UK caravans and motorhomes appear to be considerably more popular amongst our neighbours than at home. Little wonder, therefore, that German manufacturers are stepping up production capabilities and looking forward to another bumper sales year in 2019.
Take a look at these Nordic-style luxury holiday lodges with incredible Snowdon views
Reminding you so much of a typical Nordic cabin, you almost expect to see vistas of the Norwegian fjords from the doorstep. In fact, what you’ll get are even more beautiful views of Mount Snowdon across the Menai Straits that separate North Wales from the island of Anglesey.
An article in Wales Online on the 18th of February included a virtual tour of these elegant and luxurious three-bedroom, Nordic-style lodges built within the up-market, gated community of Plas Coch Coastal Country Retreat on Anglesey.
The contemporary interior design speaks volumes of subtle Scandinavian inspiration, with plenty of timber-clad walls, vaulted ceilings and wooden roof beams.
The sumptuous décor and furnishings offer a luxurious interior, but it doesn’t stop there – from your own private decked terrace you can gaze out across the water to the whole of the Snowdonia range on the horizon.
The only drawback? The agents remain presently tight-lipped, but prices are estimated by those in the know to be around £500,000 for one of these unique holiday homes.