"The spacious rear lounge of the Elddis Accordo 120"
The “must have” feature I wanted (and fortunately my better half agreed with me!) in a motor home was a rear lounge, and this is one of the reasons we considered the Elddis Accordo in the first place. Initially, I fancied the look of the Accordo 135 because it had both the rear lounge and a front dinette however once we actually got to see the Accordo 135 in the flesh it soon became apparent that it was trying to squeeze too much in a small space, resulting in a small lounge and a small front dinette – which was of no use to us. I appreciate I am a total newbie to the motor home fraternity but, in my opinion, the 6m Accordo is just too small to accommodate both a rear lounge and a front dinette that are comfortable and usable. I would like to point out that at 5’ 9” and 5’ 7” me and the wife are hardly giants, so if we found it a little too cramped I am sure there are many other people out there who would have the same issues.
The obvious alternative (for us) to the Accordo 135 was the Accordo 120 which was not available to view when we went to Brownhills Motorhomes to have a look around the various vans. There was a used Elddis Accordo 140 (which I believe is now discontinued) which we were told had the same size seats as the Accordo 120 however this was a front, rather than rear lounge. To try and get some perspective of just how large the Accordo 120 lounge was going to be we had a look at the 140. Compared to the seats in the Accordo 135 the seats in the Accordo 140 seemed huge, and were far more suitable for our needs. Yep, these seats were long enough for me to lay flat out in front of the TV if I wanted to.
I know there is the school of thought that when you go away in a motor home you should embrace being one with nature and spending time outside, and when we go camping this is something we try to do. The problem we have is the crappy and unpredictable UK weather and out of the last eight years or so we have been camping we have only ever experienced a totally dry week once. Yep, every time we have been away (other than that one week – which was so long ago now I can’t even remember when it was) we have experienced rain and had to spend time in the unit. Because of our “luck” with the UK weather we decided that if we had to spend time inside the motorhome we may as well get one that we can lounge around in, which meant the larger seating area of the Accordo 120 is needed.
Now we have taken delivery of our Accordo 120 I can honestly say we made the right decision. The seats are plenty log enough for us to sprawl out on in comfort in front of the TV on those wet days (which always seem to strike when we are on holiday). The seats are also very comfortable and to say we are happy with them is an understatement.
The longer seats means a longer bed, and with the Accordo there is the option of a large double or two singles so it is a versatile set up. Making up the beds every night (and packing them away again each morning) is going to be a faff, especially since the bed in our Countryman folding camper was always made up, but if this is the sacrifice for a rear lounge I am more than happy. Yep, all things considered I am more than happy with the huge rear lounge and bed in the Accordo 120.
"Rear seating" "Looks comfortable? It is" "Check this out for a large bed!"
The Accordo 120 has some storage space under each of the seats for bedding etc. but given the water tank is under the left seat and the gas plumbing under the right seat (as you stand facing the back of the van) there are a few things to consider before piling in the luggage. The gas and water pipe work is exposed and we are going to have to take care not to accidentally rip something out when taking the luggage out, or indeed putting the luggage under the seat. The under seat storage can be accessed either from the top (by raising the cushions) or from underneath, which is spot on.
At first glance I thought the cushions looked thin and had doubts over how comfortable they were going to be, however after seating on the cushions it soon became clear comfort was not going to be an issue and I would be happy lounging around in no time. The seats in the Countryman were nice and comfortable but the seats in the Accordo are something else – they are uber comfortable.
The single beds are plenty large enough and, as you have probably already guessed very comfortable. Turning the two single beds in to a large double bed takes a few seconds and simply involves sliding out a board from the dressing unit and securing it in place. Simples. I have to admit that I was sceptical about the strength of the middle part of the bed because it was lightweight and slid in to position very easily, however I can confirm it is tough, durable and very well made. Having the option of two single beds or a large double is great as it allows for the ultimate in flexibility. There are times when I want to be up early to get out during the magic hour with the camera and leave the better half sleeping undisturbed. Two single beds allow for this, and means I can sneak out without waking her up. As for the double – I won’t even go there but I am sure you can see how useful this versatile sleeping arrangement is.
The rear lounge has three windows (one on each side of the van and one at the back) which allows in the maximum amount of light. All this light makes the rear lounge feel spacious and larger than it actually is, which is great for me. Whilst I am not claustrophobic I don’t like small, dark spaces and these windows ensure the rear lounge is anything but dark.
I know the rear lounge layout isn’t everyone’s first choice, and there are many people that prefer the fixed bed and no rear lounge set up, however it is perfect for us, the way we holiday and the way we intend to use the Accordo 120 in the future. If you are the sort of person who likes the rear lounge layout, and a large rear layout at that, the Elddis Accordo 120 is something you may want to take a look at.