As the Chilterns woodland fills with those wonderful lime green shoots of hope, the daffodils shine and we welcome back British Summer Time, I wanted to focus my blog this month on how to find some of the best ‘off the beaten track’ places to stay overnight in GlamperRV.
I frequently get asked by customers where they can stay overnight and how to plan their itinerary so I thought it was about time I take a sideways step away from my usual dreamy destinations and share with you the best forums, websites, books and other sources of information to enable you to dream up your next GlamperRV adventure.
It will not have missed your attention that one of the stunning features of GlamperRV is that it is fully self-sufficient so, as long as you can keep the water tank full and waste tank empty, you can pretty much stay anywhere you want for as long as you want!
When planning a trip my first port of call is the Brit Stops directory, one of the most comprehensive guides of overnight motorhome stops in the UK offering hundreds of farm shops, vineyards, pubs, breweries and many other interesting sites around Britain. Just take a look at their Flickr account and be inspired by those shared images of idyllic locations. GlamperRV is a member of Brit Stops and a copy of the directory will be available to you when you pick up.
One of our personal Brit Stops highlights last summer was an overnight stay on a vineyard in Oxfordshire (pictured above) where we nestled amongst the vines and with awning out and wooden outdoor furniture set up (all included in your hire!) relaxed to enjoy a chilled glass of the local produce. The ethos of Brit Stops and their European siblings (France Passion, Espana Discover and Swiss Terroir to name a few) is that the stay is free of charge but in return you provide custom to your hosts – not obligatory but well received. As one guest put it “Brit Stops doesn’t save you money it allows you to spend it more enjoyably!”
Married to a Frenchman, food features highly on any GlamperRV adventure for our family and whilst the first iteration of the GlamperRV Cookbook is in the planning, I like to search for top gastropubs with large parking areas (a quick visit to Google Earth will show you this) and then phone ahead to book a table for dinner and put in the request to park overnight. More often than not, the answer is yes.
If you are on a wild camping trip and need to find some remote places to park or simply fill up with water then a great source of information is Wildcamping.com – here you will find a variety of interactive maps showing locations both in the UK and across Europe. It works on mobiles and tablets so a great resource whilst on the move and with GlamperRV’s 4G mobile WiFi you will never be far from a signal.
If like us you like to mix some remote stays with trips into local towns then it’s always useful to have a few tips on where you can park GlamperRV because at 7m in length you are slightly larger than the average car. Motorhome Parking has links to all local authorities so you can plan your visits.
As you get used to travelling in GlamperRV you will begin to realise that there is always a quiet spot to be found to park or for an overnight stay, just use some common sense and as long as you are not in anyone’s way you will be just fine.