Motorhome travel: 12 adult-only campsites
Looking for a motorhome holiday away from the kids? Or perhaps you fancy a campsite where the quiet is (almost) guaranteed! Book yourself a child-free break with these top adult-only campsites...
Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 0SS
This site is open all year and, with a bus stop just outside the site entrance, it is easy to visit Regency Cheltenham that is just two miles away and also historic Gloucester, six miles away. The site is also well positioned to explore Cotswold villages and wander the many trails of the Forest of Dean.
Briarfields is a landscaped site surrounded by mature hedges, shrubs and lawns. With its variety of trees the site feels rural and is also home to lots of birdlife. Motorhomers with dogs will be pleased to note that pets are also welcome on site. The washroom facilities consist of private washbasins, toilets and showers. There’s also a disabled washroom, a laundry, and WiFi.
1 Heath View, Harpur Hill, Buxton SK17 9PU
An ideal site for anyone who loves being outdoors, Clover Fields is located on the outskirts of the spa town of Buxton, within easy reach of the Peak District National Park. The family owned site offers various pitch options including fully serviced, as well as part grass and part hardstandings, with electric hook-up. Facilities available include toilets and showers, a disabled shower room, a laundry, motorhome waste point and dog walking area. There is also a pond, where you can fish for a small fee, an on-site shop and Teapots Café.
Alderton Road, Hollesley, Suffolk IP12 3RQ
Recently taking the decision to become adults only, Run Cottage is a small site with just 45 pitches, located close to the pretty town of Woodbridge and within easy reach of Suffolk’s coast. The site is set in over four acres of parkland, with views over the surrounding farmland. This is a great retreat and there’s an abundance of wildlife to be spotted, especially around the site’s large pond area and by the stream that runs alongside the site.
Facilities at Run Cottage include a toilet and shower block, a washing-up area, tourist information and a dog exercise field. In terms of local amenities, there is a village store within 600 yards, a pub and a beach 1½ miles away. As well as the sandy beaches, attractions in the area include the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo, as well as Orford and Framlingham Castles.
There’s also pretty market towns and villages, such as Aldeburgh, and the famed Snape Maltings, where you will find many craft and antique shops.
Bankhead Villa, Horncliffe, Berwick-upon-tweed, Northumberland TD15 2XT
Mid-March - Mid-November
If you’re looking for a peaceful riverside site then Chainbridge could be just the ticket. It’s set on the banks of the River Tweed (where you can fish) and is just inland from some wonderful sandy beaches. If you take a relaxing walk along the river (dogs are welcome to be exercised here, too) you may see salmon and trout, as well as otters, kingfishers, swans and ducks. ]
Right next door to the site is Chain Bridge Honey Farm. This is a family beekeeping business offering honey and other products. The farm has a visitor centre and, in the summer, runs a café on a double decker bus. The pitches at Chainbridge have electric and are serviced by toilets, showers and a laundry. A short walk along the river will bring you to Paxton House with its beautiful gardens. Other places of interest locally include Berwick, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle.
Old Main road, fleet Hargate, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 8LL
23 March - 4 November
Delph Bank Touring Park is a small, tranquil site located in the heart of the fens. In the centre of a village, the site offers 45 level pitches sheltered by mature trees in an immaculate garden setting; there are attractive flower and shrub beds dotted around. The pitches are on grass or hardstanding, all with 16-amp hook-up. There are also fully serviced pitches.
Facilities include WiFi, toilets and showers, dishwashing, a laundry and facilities for the disabled. Pets are welcome and there is a small on-site dog walk. The village has a pub, tearoom, farm shop, post office and a Chinese restaurant, all within walking distance. There is a bus stop a few yards from the site entrance with services running every half hour to Spalding and King’s Lynn. Also within reach are Boston, Stamford, Lincoln, Sandringham and the north Norfolk coast.
Haybridge, Wells, Somerset, BA15 1AJ
This campsite is within walking distance of the historic city of Wells, in the beautiful Somerset countryside. There are 60 hardstanding pitches, plus some fully serviced ones, and units up to 14m long can be accepted. Facilities comprise toilets and showers, with a disabled wetroom and a laundry. There’s also a small shop located at reception, WiFi, a dog exercise area and dog shower. For your leisure time you can make use of a pétanque court, or relax in the on-site beauty room. Car hire is also available.
The site’s location, close to Wells, means you can easily walk into the city to admire the cathedral, local markets and Bishop’s Palace. Close by is the village of Wookey Hole, with its caves and mill attraction. Wells Touring Park is also central for visiting Cheddar Gorge, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, and Glastonbury, with the added convenience of a bus stop at the entrance. Those who fancy something more active can take on the challenge of exploring the many trails across the Mendip Hills.
St. Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3LB
Rosebud Farm is the perfect site for motorhomers who want to escape from it all into rural tranquillity. On offer here are stunning panoramic views in the heart of Poldark country. The Cornish village of St Teath is just a 15-minute walk, or you can explore beautiful beaches and take coastal and moorland walks. There are also several friendly local pubs nearby.
With views across to Bodmin Moor, Rosebud Farm is set within six acres, with the 50 pitches set out against the hedgerows that border the site. There are super-size pitches and hardstandings for the winter months, with electric available. Facilities include toilets and showers, a dog exercise area and WiFi.
There’s a 40-minute walk to the South West Coast Path, and local services available within a mile. Locally, there are many attractions. including Tintagel, famous for its castle and associations with the legend of King Arthur, and the fishing village of Padstow.
Llangennech, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 8AX
27 February - 31 October
Another small but perfectly formed campsite, which enjoys great views over the Loughor Estuary and towards the Gower Peninsula thanks to the its elevated position above the town of Llangennech. There are just 25 landscaped pitches, spread across three tiers, with electric hook-up; fully serviced pitches are available. The amenities benefit from individual shower rooms and vanity units. Washing up facilities and a laundry are available. There’s also a small but well-equipped gym, and a bus service in peak season that goes to local attractions and towns.
The site is very dog friendly, with a separate dog-walking field and with an excellent 45-minute circular river walk nearby. Llwynifan Farm is ideal for exploring the south Wales coast, Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons. The site has an arrangement with a local cycle hire firm that will deliver bikes to you and there’s a fantastic range of cycle trails locally.
Old Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy LL34 6RE
22 March - 31 October
Tyddyn Du occupies an envious elevated location on the north Wales coast with sea views towards Anglesey and Llandudno. The site is terraced so all pitches enjoy the great views. Facilities include a luxury toilet and shower block with a wetroom in both the ladies and gents. There’s also WiFi, a laundry and an allocated dog walking area.
An award-winning beach is about 10/15 minutes’ walk. Anglesey is an easy drive, as well as Llandudno with its shops, promenade and Victorian seafront. The site is situated within a few yards of the boundary of the Snowdonia National Park, with glorious walks for all abilities.
Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Somerset TA4 2AZ
This open-all-year, multi-award-winning, beautifully landscaped campsite is perfect for a peaceful and tranquil getaway. Situated in the hamlet of Waterrow, the site is close to the Somerset/Devon border, to the east of Exmoor. The site has views of the surrounding hills, with pitches having privacy provided by shrub screening. All 40 all-weather pitches are spacious, with 16-amp electric hook-up and TV booster system. There are two super pitches and 26 fully serviced ones. Waterrow offers facilities within a barn, with underfloor heated showers, a coffee machine, laundry and washing up sinks. WiFi is available and there’s a country pub within walking distance.
The site is very dog friendly with a short riverside woodland walk on the grounds along with many circular walks off site. There is a bus service that runs from outside the park with services to Taunton, Bampton and South Molton every other hour. The site also hosts watercolour painting courses throughout the year.
Wheathill, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6QT
15 March - 15 December
Wheathill Touring Park has the great fortune to be located between two popular, historic Shropshire towns – Ludlow and Bridgnorth. The site is situated in the south Shropshire hills and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All pitches at Wheathill are hardstanding super pitches with lighting, electric, water and waste connections. There’s free WiFi and a two-acre dog exercise area, as well as a dog wash. The toilet and shower facilities would not be out of place in a five-star hotel.
Within a short walking distance (practically next door) is a country pub with parts dating back over 150 years. Here, you can enjoy a snack, real ales and good food. Ludlow is a favourite among visitors because of its historic town centre with fantastic architecture, castle ruins and annual food festivals, and Bridgnorth for its riverside location and steepest, inland electric funicular railway.
46500 Carlucet, Lot, France
0033 565 387546
7 May - 15 September
Château de Lacomte is set between the valleys of the Lot and Dordogne, within natural surroundings on a 30-acre estate. The site has 84 fully serviced pitches and two RV pitches surrounded by flowering shrubs and trees. Facilities include toilets and showers, a laundry room, washing up sinks and provisions for the disabled.
A unique feature of this site are the ‘freedom pitches’, which come with a small car provided so that motorhomers can make the most of exploring the region. The cost of the car hire is included in the pitch price. On site there is an outdoor pool, tennis court and fields for basketball and volleyball. There is also a lounge bar and Restaurant Les Etoiles, which has a terrace for al fresco dining. Days out can include learning about local history and exploring the towns and villages.
Château de Lacomte will also delight nature lovers with its swallowtail butterflies, three species of woodpecker and rare orchids in May and June.
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