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Some people are born to camp and have nothing but enthusiasm for nights under the stars and in their tents. But what happens when you and your kids love the great outdoors but your partner in life doesn't? The answer – as with many things in life – is to compromise!
Although your husband or wife may draw the line at sleeping in a tent, there are some fantastic holiday parks that you can choose to stay at now. The UK has a great selection of holiday parks that offer both tenting and caravanning pitches but also mobile homes and holiday lodges for rent. From Norfolk caravan parks to Scottish Highland and Cornish coastal campsites, the choice throughout the country is superb. And nine times out of ten, the holiday parks are set in beautiful, idyllic settings that you couldn't find private holiday accommodation in.
Mobile homes are static caravans – and holiday parks generally only keep models that are seven years or less on their sites, so they’re always pretty modern and well-maintained. They have all that you’d expect – bedrooms, a shower room and fitted kitchenettes. However, holiday lodges are one step up, with a real home away from home feeling – a decent living space and a full-sized kitchen. So you can enjoy the benefits of being on a holiday park without any of the downsides – having to find your way to the communal toilets by torchlight, for example!
The great thing about being on a campsite holiday though, is the fun the kids will undoubtedly have. There’s no need to be quiet at mealtimes, they have acres of safe and secure outside space to play in, and access to great facilities like swimming pools and kids’ clubs. And of course, there will be entertainment on tap in the form of plenty of other families with kids staying on the same site.
If anyone in your family can’t cope with the idea of real camping, holiday lodges are a great alternative, and gives the whole family the best of both worlds for family holiday fun!