Modern and restrained – Delta Brantingham
Price-wise, the Brantingham is towards the top of the Delta selection, at £28,531 ex-works retail, plus around £2,500 for double glazing and central heating. At about £31,000 plus siting, it is a price a lot of people are looking to pay for a new holiday home, so worth a good look.
A number of manufacturers are trying hard in this price range. There are many features we don’t even tend to mention now, because they are commonplace, but are nevertheless a far cry from old ‘caravan’ days – including domestic-style doors, full-sized and attractive cookers, stainless steel this, that and the other, en suites, exterior lights and interior lighting. Not to mention safety additions that are nowadays expected.All of these have to be paid for, and most people are glad that standards have risen this way.
The door leads into the kitchen/diner, where sits a rectangular table and matching chairs with Rennie-Mackintosh-style backs and upholstered seats. The kitchen area is extensive, in two parts. By the door is the large fridge-freezer and other storage. On the other side of the home is a large U-shaped area with sink, cooker and cooker hood in stainless steel.
The light wood-effect cupboards are pleasant, the plainness relieved by further hints of Rennie Mackintoch in the two square glass panels in each wall cupboard door. The handles, too, have a hint of the same style, with square cut-outs.
Interestingly the kitchen arrangement is slightly unusual, and does not allow for a window. The cooker, with its glass lift-up lid, is placed where the space for a window would often be and the sink is placed on the side that looks onto the lounge. There is plenty of light from the cooker hood and ceiling inset spots.
The lounge in its usual place at the front end of the home is more or less open plan with the dining space and kitchen. Along one side is a square arrangement of drawers, rather than shelves. You can hide your clutter here. A pebble-effect electric fire is set into this display unit, which has surfaces for ornaments too. For optimum TV viewing, you could hang an LCD TV on the wall above the display unit, where currently there is a mirror. Or if you do not want a central TV, you could use the corner surface.
A stainless steel triple light hangs in the middle of the living area. Seating is fixed and in a U-shape, with plenty of room for the four people this home accommodates, plus their visitors.
Though immovable, it is a modern domestic-style arrangement of seating, in smart cream chenille and with sturdy arms. Patterned beige/plum curtains on stainless steel rods finish the look.
Four sleep in comfort
The 38ft Brantingham is spacious for up to four, and the sleeping arrangements reflect this. The twin bedroom is a reasonable size and has good storage. The master has plenty of room to walk round the bed. At the head end, the whole area is covered by a large, light wood-effect panel. Two lights are fixed there and a fabric-covered panel is positioned as a headboard.
The curtains are pleasantly patterned in a notional leaf design, and hang on stainless steel poles, as elsewhere in the home. At the foot of the bed is a dressing table, in the same style as the storage in the lounge.
No wasted space
In addition to the bedrooms, there are two places for ablutions – the en suite toilet and basin to the master bedroom, and a spacious shower room off the inner hall. The shower room has a neat round basin set atop a cupboard unit that is shaped rather than boxy. The en suite has a similar basin arrangement. A large shower follows the current trend, and like others, Delta have gone for an inset shower seat, very handy. Space around the WC is used for shelving, no area wasted.
This is one to consider for those who are price-conscious and like a gently contemporary style, rather than the more traditional. Nothing wild and wacky, but for modern looks and living.
People who prefer clean lines to fancy frills. The brown carpet will appeal to those who despair of keeping light carpets clean in their holiday home! Dark vinyl complements the carpet.
Another consideration for some is that any buyer who wants to have neighbours in for a cuppa can accommodate them here, without having to resort to trad-style caravan seating. It’s a good set-up for chatting.
The new Brantingham has some design features that will appeal to the more trendy purchaser. It sits comfortably mid-price, a place where many are looking to buy. A couple of thousand more (when central heating and double glazing is taken into account) would buy Delta’s Villa, which has more style features. But there is a limit to every budget, and the Branting-ham may fall within yours.
One detail I was not so keen on is the cut-out between the kitchen and lounge areas – I felt should have dispensed with the part which rises to the ceiling. Or alternatively have a more substantial pillar there. But that’s just my opinion, you may not even notice it!
Overall, the Brantingham incor-porates its trendy elements in a restrained way to achieve a modern yet reasonably-priced holiday home.
• Type: single unit caravan holiday home
• Standard: BS EN1647
• Size: 38ft x 12ft
• Bedrooms: 2
• Vaulted ceiling throughout
• Stainless steel electric fire
• U-shaped fixed seating with fold-out bed
• Dining table and four chairs
• Mirror in lounge
• Stainleess steel cooker with glass lid and extractor
• Integrated fridge/freezer
• Thermostatic shower mixer
• Pre-galvanised chassis
• Central heating
• UPVC double glazed windows and doors
£28,531 ex works (inc VAT)
Delta Caravans, 240 Leads Road, Hull HU7 0DF. Email: [email protected] Website: www.deltacaravans.co.uk
This review was published in the JUNE 2010 issue of Park & Holiday Homes. To order your copy please click here