If you buy a new motorhome from Brownhills you get to join Club Brownhills where one of the “perks” is the chance to use the club site for free for nightly stop overs. Since we were disappearing off to the Lake District we thought it would be a good idea to break up the journey and do a two and a half hour stint from home to Brownhills site (in Newark), stay over and then do another three and a half hour stint the following day.
On arriving at the site we were pointed to the overnight area, which is nothing more than a tarmac carpark with separate bays. You basically drive in, pick a free bay and park up. There is an electric hook up and water point at each bay, also FOC. There is also a waste disposal point to get rid of any waste water you want to before heading on.
My first impressions of the site was that it looks like an organised travellers camp and made me think of “My big fat gypsy trailer park” just with motor homes rather than caravans and cars, without the kids running around and the rubbish laying around. I know this is only designed for one night stop offs, but still……
Brownhills is right on the A1 roundabout and next to a busy trunk road that never sleeps. Cars and trucks were thundering up the road all night, and with no large barriers (trees or buildings) between the site and the road you could everything. Road noise doesn’t usually bother me, and I have stayed on some sites that are right next to busy trunk roads (such as Walnut Tree Lakes in Boston) for an entire week and had no problems sleeping at all. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the Brownhills site as I didn’t get any sleep whatsoever.
The facilities are very good, but then this should be expected. I mean, this is the biggest motor home dealer in the UK, all the people staying at the site have spent thousands and thousands of pounds on a motor home from Brownhills, and I am sure that Brownhills will want them to buy their next motor home from them in the future, so providing a site with sub-standard facilities isn’t going to look good is it?
The facilities comprise swimming pool, TV lounge, toilets, showers, washing up area, drinks machine, washing machine and tumble drier so there is everything you need and more. That said, there is one thing the site lacks and that is plugs. The washing up facilities had no plugs and there were no plugs in the toilet basins either. This may seem like a small point but it did mean that I couldn’t have a shave in the toilet block (remember I hadn’t slept the night before so this just about topped it off!) and that we struggled washing our dishes (we don’t have a washing up bowl because we can’t find one small enough to fit in the sink of our motor home!) Looking back using a cereal bowl as a washing up bowl is quite comical, but my wife wasn’t amused at the time.
The other issue I had with the facilities was the showers. The showers look impressive and they are large (by this I mean long, but not wide) but everything in the cubicle gets a good soaking, and I mean everything. Despite hanging my clothes and towel on the hooks at the end of the cubicle, and putting my shoes on the floor just below the whole lot got a good soaking because of the way the shower head was angled, and since the shower head was fixed, I couldn’t adjust it. A wet towel, wet clothes and not having a dry bit of floor to stand on to towel off are pet hates of mine with shower blocks, so needless to say I wasn’t impressed at all.
Even for a one night stop over I will never stop off at Brownhills site again. Even though this site will always be free for a one night stop over I will never use Brownhills site again, and I am totally done with it. Yes, I really did find it that bad. I know there will be other campers out there thinking I am over the top and I am sure there will be other Club Brownhills members out there horrified that I can shun such a wonderful place (yes – I did find some people staying for a night gushing about the site) but it really isn’t for me. So, if you are thinking about trolling and leaving a negative/spiteful comment just remember that everyone’s different, we all different needs and requirements and just because you spent several thousand pounds with Brownhills (just like we did when we bought our brand new motor home) it doesn’t mean you owe them anything.