"Won't be like this in November - but I'll enjoy it nonetheless"
This year’s holidays and vacations have been royally messed up. We ordered the motor home months ago, and whilst I am sure Elddis did the best they could to build our Accordo 120 as quick as they could, it didn’t coincide with our timings. When we ordered the motor home we were originally given a collection date of the first weekend in July, with a strong possibility of it being the middle of June, which sounded perfect at the time.
Needless to say, things didn’t go quite to plan and the delivery date kept being put back and put back. Once the delivery date to the dealers was confirmed the next key date was our collection date. The Elddis Accordo motor homes were distributed on a “first come first served” basis by the dealer, which is only fair, but given we took the last one (or so we were told by the salesman) we had to wait until last of all to collect our new motor home. As if being last in line wasn’t enough, we then had the problem of having to wait for a weekend (both my wife and I are in full time employment) and we couldn’t get a day off work because my wife changed jobs and was in her probationary period at that time.
We finally collected the motor home on the last Saturday in July, a month after originally planned, and given my wife had commitments in August booking time off work simply wasn’t possible. Ideally, my wife would have cancelled what she was doing in August, but to cancel at the last minute simply wasn’t fair. Besides, when my wife took on the commitment we thought we would have already had the Accordo for at least five weeks and had the chance to get out in it.
The first proper trip in the Accordo was the last weekend in August, i.e. the bank holiday, and we spent it at a cracking little campsite near Boston in the county of Lincolnshire called Walnut Lakes. This trip was the tester for our proper summer 2016 holiday (that should really be autumn holiday) comprising a week in the Lake District and a week on the Welsh borders. The trip out was definitely an experience and we learned a lot from it. If you want to check out our experience (and share our happiness, sadness, embarrassment and frustration) take a look at this blog post.
Since my wife and I haven’t had a holiday in 2016 yet we still have loads of time left to take between now and the end of our holiday year therefore we thought we would book another trip out in the Accordo, which is in November. Yep, we are going to brave the weather and take a week out in November, which we plan to spend on the Suffolk coast.
We were going to go further afield than Suffolk but because the weather is so unpredictable we thought we would stay closer to home. Going North in the winter months is, I have been told by many people, not the best thing and we should head south for the better weather. Cornwall, Devon and Somerset is further than we want to travel and the south coast is very expensive (and I mean stupidly expensive for low season). The Suffolk coast seems to be the best compromise.
I chose the campsite and the location, and I have to admit that I was quite selfish this time around. I love the coast, more so in the autumn/winter months than the summer because it is such a wonderful place for photography (which is a massive passion of mine). When I was a kid I used to dabble in a bit of sea fishing, which s best over the autumn/winter months, and going to a coastal campsite will allow me to dust of the sea rods and cast a line for a few hours a day. Sea fishing is dependent on the tide and being right next to the sea twenty four hours a day will enable me to get the tide just right, and then as it changes I can pack up and go back to the motor home and warm up.
We usually stay at quieter campsites that are typically adult only and comprise of a small number of pitches. The large commercial campsites with shops, club houses, swimming pools, playgrounds etc. aren’t our sort of thing, however I have booked a commercial site for the November trip.
Even though it is a large commercial site I am expecting it to be pretty empty in the middle of November and I am expecting most of it (the club house, playgrounds, restaurants etc.) to be pretty much closed. At least that’s what I am hoping.
When we go away in November we are expecting it to be quite cold, and are expecting to have to use the heater in the motor home. My wife is a little concerned about the cost, and wants to stay on a campsite with a fixed nightly electricity charge so there are no unexpected surprises when it comes to leaving. Personally, I think we will be better off on a campsite using a “pay as you go” system, I mean we have already proved our usage is minimal (yet we still use what we want when we want) but she seems to think otherwise. The campsite I have chosen for the November trip has a fixed nightly electricity cost, so my wife is happy about that.
This trip is going to be a totally new experience for us. Our camping holidays have always been in the summer, in a bid to try and get some decent weather. In fact all of our holidays and vacations had been in the summer months, and I wouldn’t contemplate going on holiday in the autumn/winter. Last October we did our first ever autumn holiday to Austria (on a bus trip) and it changed my mind taking holidays in the colder months as I really enjoyed it. That said, I never thought I would be taking a UK camping holiday in the autumn/winter months, and I have to say that I am actually looking forward to it. How I’ll feel about it when we get back only time will tell, but I will of course keep you posted.