Staycations have become increasingly popular throughout the course of the pandemic, including caravan stays at holiday parks.
They’re affordable holidays and put the world at your feet, allowing you to pick up and move your accommodation during your stay.
And there’s one site in Wales that tops the list when booking a staycation, Kiln Park in Tenby.
Danielle Elton has been going there every year for a while now, and shares below how she got a bargain booking this year, as reported by WalesOnline.
I‘ve been going every year for the last few years, sometimes multiple times. So I know how much they cost, and how much I can typically expect to pay, especially when visiting between May and June or September to October.
What can I say, I’m a big fan of a bargain break. So imagine my surprise when I caught a look at the price when wanting to book for June this year.
‘How much?’ echoed from my mouth.
There’s no denying that prices have soared recently, not surprising considering the demand in staycations and with companies wanting to recoup some of their lost earnings.
Although I’m always well prepared to pay a premium for a stay at this Pembrokeshire park (it’s totally worth it), there is a limit.
It was going to cost me upwards of £450 to stay in Tenby for four nights mid-week in June. Now that might not seem too bad in comparison to some of the prices during the school holidays, but it is considerably more than I’m used to, especially for that time of year.
But just as I had resounded myself to the fact that Kiln Park might be off the cards for me, I remembered a tip given to me by a friend. Book direct with the owner.
She had been doing it for years, not because of the price but more for the flexibility and the personal touches.
So after a quick Google, I stumbled upon UKCaravans4Hire – a booking site that cuts out the middle man. It’s basically the online version of an ad in the caravan window.
After entering my dates and my choice of park, I managed to find the same four nights for almost half the price – £245. In fact, there were actually some cheaper options but I opted for a deluxe caravan, something I wouldn’t usually do. I’d usually book a standard caravan but at that price, it would be rude not to.
The process was smooth and I was in direct contact with the owner via email to make the booking. Although you don’t have the security of booking with the park direct, the owners are verified which gave me real peace of mind that my booking was secured.
Although the cost of entertainment passes weren’t included, these could be bought on park with the total still considerably less than if I’d booked with Haven direct.
But aside from the cost, which was a big selling point, it’s the personal touches I discovered when I got to the caravan.
Firstly, it was full of books, DVDs and board games – perfect for those rainy days, which let’s face it, are inevitable.
And then there were all the cleaning products like washing up liquid and soap – things I always forget to pack.
But most of all, it was the invaluable local knowledge left behind by the owner in the form of a guide book. They’d thought of everything – the best attractions, where to eat, local takeaways and where to book a taxi. We ordered from their Chinese recommendation and it was lovely.
Although you cannot guarantee that every private caravan will have these touches, it is often someone’s own personal holiday home so it’s pretty likely. And according to my friend who gave me this tip, she’s found it quite common.
I’m already starting to think about booking another trip to Tenby later in the year, and will likely try and book the same van I stayed in before. That is another benefit, if there is a caravan you have liked, you can book it again and will know exactly what to expect.
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