When we originally booked our holiday to Haven in Caister-on-Sea we were supposed to have a standard caravan. However, we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Prestige caravan and we ended up staying in Thurle 25.
As soon as I opened the front door I was impressed. I don’t really know what I was expecting but having never stayed in a caravan before, I didn’t really know what I would be staying in. The whole caravan was so modern and beautifully decorated. I really loved the yellow and grey colour scheme and I actually would have had a lot of what was in there in my own house.
The main part of the caravan has the kitchen and living room area which can also double as an extra bedroom. The kitchen has a really large fridge and a freezer, gas hob and double oven, microwave and you’re also equipped with a kettle, toaster and various cooking essentials like trays, pans and cutlery etc. You do have to bring items such as washing up liquid, cloths, bin bags and whatnot but I think that’s to be expected from a caravan holiday. However, if you don’t drive like us then it means trying to cart everything you need, as well as clothes, in a suitcase! The kitchen had a lot of storage space so if you were planning on cooking in the caravan a lot there is easily enough space for anything you could need.
The living room had a 2 seater and 3 seater sofa, 4 person dining table and a coffee table with stools that pulled out. The living room was really very cosy and I love chilling out there every evening of our holiday. Our caravan had a TV with built in DVD player and because we knew this beforehand, I brought a few films with us. There was also a working fireplace, storage and shelves as well as huge doors that opened out! It really was a lovely place to sit, especially as we were lucky enough to have such nice weather during our holiday.
The whole caravan had central heating and when we turned the heater on it did turn all of the radiators on too. It’s worth checking they’re all set to how you want them when you arrive just so you don’t end up boiling in the middle of June! However, the central heating was really useful for if you need to dry swimming costumes for the next day. I had the radiator on in the bathroom for a while to dry our clothes!
Speaking of bathrooms… we the Prestige model had a small bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Much like in the kitchen, you don’t get provided with things like toilet roll (you get 1 roll) so you do need to bring these things yourself and this includes towels. I guess I didn’t look into this well enough because I thought there would be at least 1 in the bathroom but there wasn’t. Anyway, the bathroom had loads of storage space for all of your toiletries and there was also a large enough mirror in there as well. My only slight issue with the bathroom was that the shower cubicle had shelves but bottles of shampoo etc. wouldn’t actually sit on them because they weren’t big enough!
Our caravan had 2 bedrooms to sleep 4 people. The caravan actually sleeps 6 but that’s if you use the sofa bed as an extra sleeping area. The master bedroom was soooo much bigger than what I expected. Along with a double bed there was a huge wardrobe with shelf space, additional shelves in a cupboard, bedside tables, storage above the bed AND a lovely, big desk area with mirror. I don’t think it would have mattered what we brought with us, it never would have filled that room! The master bedroom also came with an en suite toilet which is great if there are a few of you staying in the caravan.
The other bedroom was very small in comparison but was a twin room for children. 2 single beds only just fit inside with a tiny cabinet in the middle of them. There was storage over the beds and a small wardrobe but the room was nowhere near as impressive as the master bedroom. Erin was certainly happy enough in her room and she slept pretty soundly in the bed. I was a bit worried about her hitting her head on the cabinet but it never happened.
My main issue with the caravan as a whole is how hot it got! This really isn’t Haven’s fault I guess and I’m sure it happens with most caravans. We were able to keep the window open in our bedroom but not Erin’s. The people in the caravan next door were sometimes quite loud around the time Erin was going to bed and also, we didn’t want to leave it open while she was asleep just in case she tried to climb out or something! It was quite impossible to cool the caravan down without having windows and doors open but this certainly wasn’t practical at times with a toddler!
All in all, I was so happy with our caravan. I certainly never expected it to be as nice or as modern as it was and honestly, it was nicer than my own house. Having now stayed in a Prestige model, I don’t think I would book a standard caravan now because I know just how nice the better ones are!
Have you stayed at Haven before? I’d love to know what kind of accommodation you stayed in and what you thought!
Fancy a closer look at our holiday? Watch the video here:
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Disclaimer: We received an upgrade to our caravan but we paid for the holiday ourselves. All opinions are our own.