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By keef & annie, Jul 29 2013 08:05AM

Motorhome trip No10 : July 26th – July 28th 2013


NOTTS->FIELD BARN FARM, CLAPTON ON THE HILL,COTSWOLDS->NOTTS 183 miles


A weekend of mixed weather, incredibly hot Friday and ½ of Saturday but some serious rain in the afternoon and overnight. T’was a case of opening and closing the windows and fly screens ad nauseam.

Had a lovely relaxing weekend away with our pals Pete & Joy on our yearly camping trip with them , this year in the Cotswolds near Bourton on the Water. And the first year neither of us were under canvas as they now have a lovely Bessacar motorhome.


The field barn farm site is an interesting one of mixed pros and cons. The very roomy grassed pitches with wild flower hedges are perfect for a lovely relaxing time, the setting in a dip near the wind rush valley is also perfect but the long hike to the excellent amenities block, poor water taps and unclear waste disposal sites a bit of a problem, still it was a lovely weekend.


Did a BBQ of garlic chicken, sausages, salad etc on Friday evening – stuffed accompanied by the odd beer and wine, very nice too.


The walk down the hill into the lovely Bourton on the water on Saturday , although a little strenuous on my failing knees was a lovely one and the village beamed with Cotswold charm and was packed with families picnicking and paddling by the river. Fish & chips, merriment, ice creams and the lovely Charles Wells Duke of Wellington pub made for a really enjoyable ½ day.


Sunday was spent dodging showers, chatting, reading and packing up the vans. Then after a slight direction malfunction we had a nice Sunday dinner at the Lamb, Great Rissington before heading our separate ways.


Thanks Pete & Joy for another fab weekend away, here’s to many more!


We loved the area so will be back again soon, we hope. Anyone else been there and want to share their views on the campsite or the area?


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80 pictures in the SLIDESHOW


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By keef & annie, Jun 14 2013 07:49AM

Rutland Water, Rutland


Motorhome trip No9 : June 3rd – June 6th 2013


NOTTS->GREENDALE FARM SITE, WHISSENDINE, RUTLAND->NOTTS 110 miles


A tranquil site, ok apart from us ;)


We went away with Brian & Gina, Annie’s brother, for a few days to the lovely Rutland Water area. The weather forecast was fine and we did get 2 days of very good weather. Brian & Gina were travelling back down from Leeds having had their vans hab check. An essential each year for all motorhomers!

We visited the wonderful working Whissendine windmill where Nigel Moon the miller and his 90+ year old mum still produce flour. We even bought some, well worth a visit.


We also spent a very sunny afternoon wandering through Oakham, a lovely town with buttercross and castle, plus a whole stack of churches and then onto the fabulous Barnsdale gardens , owned by Geoff Hamilton of BBC’s Gardeners world fame, so sad that he passed away so early but his legacy of gardens is well worth a visit. In late eve we went and had a stroll around Hambleton village in the middle (-ish) of Rutland water. Meeting the local trout fly fisherman on route.


Rutland water is especially good for picnics assuming you don’t mind sharing your lunch with the ducks, they are mighty persistent *smile* oh and they now have public Barbie stands to use.


We also visited the lovely town of Stamford, Britain’s best stone town (claim and to be believed) , take a stroll around its many churches and along the river welland but don’t forget Barn Hill where Charles 1’s spent his last night as a free man…. Hey my neck is really itchy!


Greendale farm site has some lovely views and is small and compact with sadly only one loo / sink and shower for the 11 pitches. The pool despite the advertising was never open and the weather for a change was good enough oh and the camp site owners are a little too intrusive and rule conscious for our liking. We will not return! It was part of the “tranquil site” mag and it was mostly that so we will try some other ones.


Thanks again to Brian & Gina for a lovely few days.


We loved the area so will be back again soon, we hope. Anyone else been there and want to share their views on the campsite or the area?


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80 pictures in the SLIDESHOW


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Nigel Moon Whissedine Miller
Nigel Moon Whissedine Miller

By keef & annie, May 18 2013 06:25PM

Malvern Hills, Worcestershire


Motorhome trip No8 : May 14th – May 17th 2013


NOTTS->BLACKMORE CAMPSITE, HANLEY SWAN->NOTTS 180 miles


Our first trip away in the campervan of 2013.


What a fabulous area of the country and apart from Great Malvern not an area we have ever been to before. Stayed at the Caravan Club site called Blackmore at Hanley Swan , Worcestershire. This site has a twinned Camping & Caravan Club site and a Girl Guides site all with great views of the Malvern Hills. We were on pitch 140, hard standing but there are lots of pitches that are grass as well. It is a very big site as 4 or 5 times a year caters for visitors to the Malvern Show Ground which is only 2.5 miles away. The days we were there people were prepping for the Quilt show.


We stayed for 3 nights and visited Worcester, Great Malvern, Hanley Swan and the fabulous Upton-upon-Severn. The 363 bus conveniently stops outside the site going to Worcester in one direction (£3 return fare) and Upton (£2 return fare) in the opposite direction. To get to Great Malvern and the hills by bus suggest walking about a mile to the crossroads at Hanley Swan and catching the 42 bus (£2 return fare) although you can catch the 43 bus at Upton to save the walk but it was so pleasant with great views.


After 3 months away in the southern hemisphere it was great to see some really old English traditional towns. Worcester’s Friar Street and Art Gallery / Museum are well worth a visit and the Tudor house (free). The oldest pub in Great Malvern the Unicorn offers fab food and a lot of it as well as some very interesting and unusual real ales. Remember Malvern is quite steep as built on the hill side. Upton is just great with 17 pubs and some lovely little quirky shops and medieval architecture plus the great views from the river side. It also holds one of the biggest free Blues weekends in the UK. Step aside Glastonbury!


We had 1 free night voucher kindly given to us by our dear friends Pete & Joy for Xmas plus as a mid week booking pitch prices were half price, so all in all good value. The wethaer was mixed but considering the forecast said rain all 4 days that was a real bonus.


We loved the area so will be back again soon, we hope. Anyone else been there and want to share their views on the campsite or the area?


Note: The Index shows ALL blogs already published or you can find Blogs about a specific subject by clicking on a word in the TAG CLOUD, thanks, motorhome-travels.


53 pictures in the SLIDESHOW

If you would like to look at all the UK Campsite stays we have made please click HERE


mr elgar great malvern
mr elgar great malvern

By keef & annie, Apr 30 2013 03:20PM

We have been lucky enough to spend 3 months away recently firstly in Malaysia where our youngest son got married which included KL, Langkawi , Georgetown (Penang) and latterly Melaka, then hired a Britz Mercedes Sprinter 313 Motorhome for a month to travel around the top half of North Island New Zealand We spent 4 months seeing North & South island of this lovely country back in 2007/8.


We then travelled the Nullabor plain from east to west in Australia, again in a Britz Sprinter van but this time with a built in external gas BBQ, bliss! Oz also included Sydney, Tassie, Adelaide, Perth and Geraldton.


Including our previous trips to OZ we have now travelled around the outside from Cooktown (QLD) to Geraldton (WA) plus Broome, Kunnarra, Darwin and thru the middle on the Ghan including Alice & Uluru.


We heart Oz & Nz. We finished our trip with 2 weeks in lovely Singapore. If we tot up the miles / kilometres we drove on this trip we can say we drove the equivalent of the distance from London to Tashkent (Uzbekistan)...


It is nice being back in the UK to our own little Motorhome with a whole host of new exciting trips to look forward to.


If you wish to see pictures of this trip chose our dedicated website for all slideshows & photos. It will hopefully work on all tablets and mobile phones .Thanks for looking.


Note both our hire vans were mercedes.


Big 4 site Coober Pedy
Big 4 site Coober Pedy

By keef & annie, Jan 20 2013 11:36AM

So glad we invested in the breathable cover. See Blog 51 for more details


One extra tip. If its gonna be a long harsh winter, which alas it probably is with snow, is to ensure that there is charge to your engine battery. We have the van plugged into the garage with a timer, set for a few hours each week just to give a trickle charge to the engine battery, with the internal switch set to engine rather than habitation as one would when in normal mode at a camp site.


Hope the tip helps.


Have a safe and secure winter.... best wishes from motorhome-travels blog!


See the photos on our SLIDESHOW page


Additional thoughts...remove any curtains they can mould, bring them indoors and ensure all security systems are fitted. We left the power to the engine on via the garage at 6hours once a week, enough to keep the engine ticking over, oh and rolled the van back and forth monthly to stop the tyres from getting excessive weight in one place. Hope it helps.

Breathable cover
Breathable cover