Travel | North Wales in a Bailey motorhome…

Last weekend we partnered with Bailey Caravan, and took one of their beautiful motorhomes on the road.  A spacious 6 berth, Alliance, motorhome – which had everything we needed for a Welsh adventure.

Our journey started on Thursday evening, picking the kids up from school, we headed off up to Flintshire to The Good Life Experience festival.  Our journey was great, there is something brilliant about being up high on a motorway, above the rest of the vehicles.  The kids sitting in the sofa’s (with seat belts on), playing card games or watching You Tube. The three hour journey whizzed by.

We had been to the festival a few years ago, and found that arriving after dark and putting up a tent quite stressful. That and the coldness of a September night, had put us off going back.  But, this year, with our luxury camping home we arrived on site and just parked up. Done!

Within minutes of arriving, we were cooking pizza in the on board oven.  Dan remarking at how easy it all was. No air beds to blow up, no tent to drag across the fields from the car park.  I must admit, I did feel like I was cheating a bit.  But when I woke in the morning and saw all the other vehicles in the campervan field, I knew we were in the best company.

Live in vehicles, VW campers, converted buses, caravans and motorhomes all shared this space.  And we all felt pretty smug about our festival accommodation, I could tell!

The six berth motorhome was fully equipped with a gas hob and oven, a microwave and fridge/freezer.  We cooked everyday, had breakfast of cereal and toast, with coffee made on our mokka pot on the hob. Sitting in the morning sunshine with views over the Hawarden Estate.

The motorhome also had a shower room, with a hot shower and flushing toilet, which was a life saver. No using the portaloos for us!

In the late afternoon, we would leave the festival, and go back to the vehicle. To have a lie down, and eat dinner and recoup for the evening dancing.

After the festival, on Sunday evening, we decided to make use of the motorhome and go in search of some mountains.  We headed across North Wales into Snowdonia National Park.  Stopping off in a lay by to admire the view, and watch the low clouds drift across the mountains.  We sat and ate cheese toasties and drank tea while it gently rained outside.

Stopping for the night at Bird Rock Campsite, on the edge of Snowdonia, next to a very fast flowing river.  Such a peaceful spot.  The kids found sticks and sat outside whittling for a few hours before dinner.  After dinner, we played Uno til bedtime.

Monday, we travelled to the coast to the seaside town of Barmouth.  A wander along the windswept beach, before heading home and returning the motorhome to Bailey Caravans.

We absolutely loved our trip away, it was such an adventure.  The motorhome made life so very easy.  Maintenance wise, we filled the water tank up twice to accommodate showers, and emptied the loo also – we did both at the festival and campsite.  So very easy to do.

Sleeping arrangements, couldn’t have been easier.  The back seating area converted into a double bed, which Dan and I took, and left it converted for our entire trip.  Rufus had a pull down double bed, which operated by a button, and magically appeared from the ceiling.  A Charlie slept below him, in another double bed, which also was the main sitting area during day.  Easy!

We can’t wait to take a motorhome out again, and are planning adventures further afield.  I’d love to do Scandinavia, or over to Ireland.  Watch this space!

Collaboration Note:  We were kindly loaned the Motorhome by Bailey Carvans for the purpose of this review.  All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.

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