When my husband first suggested a motorhome holiday, I wasn’t all that keen but its his dream holiday so we decided to give it a go.
When we arrived to collect our motorhome it was all fun and excitement. It was about 7m long and had all the bells and whistles. We headed on our way to our first stop, Park Cliffe.
I remember that it was meant to be about 5 hours but the navigator system stuck on 4 hours and 19 minutes for almost 2 hours!! It was frustrating to say the least. Our children were wonderful as they kept themselves busy playing hangman and doing colouring in around the dining table (they all had to be in carseats so couldn’t get up but could interact together).
The only place to stop for dinner was McDonalds…. The kids were thrilled!
We finally reached our destination for the night and we all nodded off pretty quickly.
The next morning, we went for a long walk in the mountains. The view from the top was breath taking. Soon enough we were setting off for Windermere. The scenery was incredibly beautiful. Absolutely picturesque. It was a very long drive though. The amount of snacks and hangman we all went through is shocking!!
The best part of the day was The World of Beatrix Potter. We all had a fabulous time learning about Beatrix Potter and her books. The shore was really lovely too with lots of birds and boats.
We were running late for our next stop, Luss, on Loch Lomond so had to drive stop at the highway McDonalds again. Helena, who usually loves all foods, had had enough at this point and refused anything more than a salad!!
The next morning was stunning. It was absolutely freezing but the sun rising over the Loch was incredible and the colours of the leaves are a sight I cannot forget. Our little morning walk ended back at our motorhome with toasted marshmallows. YUM!
We pottered around the village, stopping at a charming pub, the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel to warm up before taking a lovely walk around a local park. The park had a fairy trail which our children loved! I must admit, I did too – it was exciting finding fairy homes hidden in the trees.
That night we decided to stay at a nearby hotel. Gosh that was a good decision! After two very cold nights, no hot water (not sure why it wasn’t working) and with children staring at me as I struggled to find room to get dressed, we all had a hot shower, were warm and a really good nights sleep!
On our way back to London, we stopped in a sweet market village although we found it really hard to find a parking spot for our 7m home! After over an hour driving around, we finally found a spot and was able to walk through. It was worth the wait!
We made it home but felt exhausted. I don’t think motorhoming during winter with three children 7 and under is for us. Perhaps in a few years time we might try again…. During spring and in a camper-van where we can leave the camper behind and use the car to explore nearby villages.
Or we might caravan through the Australian bush/ outback!