Most people think about motorhome holidays in summer but if you like your campsites a little quieter, then travelling in the winter months will bring you joy like no other.
Whether you’re looking for a roaring fire in a cosy pub or unrivalled solitude in one of the UK’s national parks, we’ve compiled a selection of our favourite locations to pitch your recreational vehicle in winter and settle down for the night. In fact, they’re open all year round.
With one of these 20 mobile home holiday destinations, you’re sure to make the UK your first port of call for an unspoilt winter getaway. And, with great rates on motorhome insurance for your vehicle, we’ll ensure that you’re fully covered for your trip.
- Bargoed Farm, Ceredigion, Wales
While this campsite has only been open for a couple of years, it has been built upon ancient Welsh foundations. With a quaint farm shop and bistro serving the best of local Cymraeg gastronomy, there’s no better holiday spot to get a feel for all things Welsh. If the weather’s a little glum, you can retreat to The Moody Cow farm bistro to enjoy local bottled beers, home-reared meat and fresh cheese.
Located just off the A487, Bargoed Farm is great for exploring the wildlife haven that is Cardigan Bay. Here, in fact, sees the highest number of dolphin sightings in the UK, and red kites and buzzards galore. The campsite is very dog-friendly, with a one-acre securely fenced dog walk, a dog-friendly area in their bistro and a soon-to-be doggy-wash to give them a rinse down after they’ve had a paddle!
The caravan park has been landscaped to an exceptionally high standard and features a whopping 50 serviced hardstanding pitches for you to choose from. You’ll be able to sleep soundly without the worry of getting stuck in the mud – particularly if this is something that might usually deter you from camping in winter.
The pièce de résistance, however, has got to be the private hot tubs that some pitches will have exclusively to themselves. Who says you have to give up on luxury to camp in January?
- Braemar Caravan Park, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Situated on the stunning Invercauld Estate in the Cairngorms National Park, this campsite is the definition of a winter wonderland. It’s very open, with 86 hard standing pitches and electric hookups and 11 grass touring pitches with electric hook-up if the weather is kind.
The best part about this campsite has got to be its proximity to the Glenshee Ski Area, and fantastic facilities after a long day on the slopes such as ski lockers, laundry and a boot wash and drying room. You’ll never have to worry about cold extremities after a ski or snowboard outing; there are heated toilets and shower blocks, and free showers on-site if you fancy cleaning your kit in one place before settling in for the night.
Despite its remote location, there is wi-fi available from Camping Connect and Calor Gas available to purchase. The staff here are more than well equipped should you need anything - there is also a chemical disposal point, and a motorhome service point.
Pooches are also entirely welcome at Braemar.
- The Quiet Site, Ullswater, the Lake District, England
It’s no surprise this site won Coolest Place to Stay in Britain for 2019 – it’s nestled at the heart of the Lake District National Park and is home to a lively bar with a roaring open fire. It’s the perfect spot if you cherish cosy home comforts during your stay.
The olde-worlde bar serves up beers from the local Tirril Brewery. Originally erected in 1648 as a barn, it was rebuilt in 1752 and later converted into a bar in 1963. We recommend The Quiet Site if you’re looking for a convivial atmosphere on those cold winter nights.
Motorhomes can be parked on hard standing pitches and the surfaces vary between tarmac, gravel and stone.
While dogs are unfortunately not allowed, the family-run site is also home to a zero waste shop, a children’s adventure playground, a pool table, and all the amenities you might need for your trailer home such as a service point, water points, gas exchange – the list goes on.
- Celtic Camping, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Location, location, location. This campsite will leave you reeling with views gazing across the Irish Sea and Abereiddy Bay. A wide open field with the possibility to pitch your live-in vehicle anywhere you please; this is a relaxed site with space for humans and four-legged friends alike.
It’s hard to find a more perfect spot for the wintertime – you’ll be just four miles south from the gorgeous city of St Davids, or the National Trust farm of Pwll Caerog, which is partly a Site of Special Scientific Interest. For that reason, it’s brimming with wildlife.
Only a short distance away is Aber Pwll, a pebbly cove nestled at the bottom of the farm. The dramatic drop over the cliffs is an awe-inspiring spot for a winter pitch, and you’ll have the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path close by for long, relaxing dog walks.
If it’s too chilly for al fresco dining, there is a large temporary indoor dining area on the farm where you can still admire the views. If you’re looking to warm yourself up regardless, campfires are allowed and charcoal/firewood can be bought on site.
- Rhosfawr Caravan and Camping Park, Gwynedd, Wales
For an escape to the misty Welsh mountains, look no further than Rhosfawr. The site is nicely cushioned between the peaks of Snowdonia National Park and is ideal if you’re looking for some wintertime seclusion.
Just a 10-minute drive from Pwllheli, its rural location is well sheltered from the elements so you can sleep the night through. It’s also particularly well situated for exploring all that Wales has to offer.
There are 40 level grass pitches and hardstandings to choose from, all of which are fully electric. And with three fields and nine acres, there’s a lot of room to spread out. Open all year round, you can enjoy Rhosfawr in every season.
- Newperran, Newquay, Cornwall
For a campsite that’s as chilled out as the surfers nearby, Newperran is your best bet. Just a short drive from Newquay’s most famous beaches such as Perranporth and St Agnes, this is a wonderful place to pitch your motorhome to catch some winter waves.
The facilities at Newperran are unrivalled – if you’re looking for a winter holiday with all the perks of summer, then this is the pitch for you. Campers can make the most of a heated indoor swimming pool, children’s pool, restaurant and views over the hills and straight out to sea.
Striking a happy medium between coast and countryside, the Newperran site is located in an elevated position, and has bags of space. Campers can enjoy the buzz of nearby surfer hotspot, Newquay, or escape to a peaceful sandy cove.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to pitching your recreational vehicle: there are six types of pitches including super, premium, regular and all-weather pitches – and all of them come with EHUs.
- Walnut Farm, Waxham, Norfolk
If you haven’t considered taking your live-in vehicle to Norfolk in the wintertime, you will now. Less than a mile away from this campsite is a seal colony, and the prime time for spotting them in Horsey is in the winter months. There’s nothing more spectacular than watching seals and their pups playing on the beach at this time of year.
The Norfolk Broads are also a mere stone’s throw away and there is a designated dog walk on site to take your pooches down to the beach. With enclosed gardens to keep the little ones safe, all members of the family are very welcome at Walnut Farm – four legs and babies included.
This is a smaller campsite, and all of their pitches have 16-amp electric hook-up and water points nearby, so you’ll be more than fully equipped. The site is particularly peaceful, and yet you’ll never run out of things to do – there are endless possibilities for birdwatching, boating and sandcastle building. It’s also open all year round but this quiet haven is at its most magical in winter.
- Sykeside Camping Park, the Lake District, England
Hikers, ramblers and climbers unite! If you’re planning a winter walking holiday, Sykeside Camping Park has endless possibilities for all abilities. Its central location makes it a great option for exploring Cumbria and the Lake District, either by car or on foot. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or as a family, Sykeside is suitable for all campers.
Brotherswater is just a small stroll away, with plenty of waterside activities to be had in this stunning area of Lakeland. The views across Dove Crag are truly stunning, too. Close by, you’ll find a local inn serving delicious pub grub, should you need a warm meal and a nightcap.
If you’re travelling with four-legged friends, pleasant owners and well-behaved dogs are welcome so long as Fido is kept on a lead to protect the local sheep.
There are grass pitches for motorhomes, alongside 21 electric hook-ups with hardstandings for motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents and caravans. If you’re a Caravan and Motorhome Club member with an EHU, you will also have the choice of staying on an exclusive 5 van certified location (CL) site.
Remember, too, that you can get some great discounts on your motorhome insurance if you’re a club member. Ask the team at Motorhome Protect for more information.
- Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park, Ashford, Kent
This is an award-winning campsite that is open all year round and is versatile both for a relaxing couple’s getaway and for an adventurous family holiday with plenty of action to be had. Even better, dogs are allowed, too.
There’s a lot of space to pitch your caravan or house trailer, either close to the play areas and sports fields or further away if you’re looking for some seclusion. The site has an abundance of flat level grass pitches, fully serviced and hard standing, with the option of electricity.
This little corner of southeast England is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets and is a wildlife haven for hares, rabbits and badgers that are often hopping about.
Lighting is kept to an all-time minimum, so you will be able to admire the velvety night’s sky for hours on end. With very little light pollution around, stargazing is a beautiful way of unwinding with a warm cuppa in hand.
A delightful extra has got to be the camper’s kitchen and herb garden at Broadhembury, which is free for all guests to use if cooking their own meals.
- Valley Farm, Woodbridge, Suffolk
For the animal lovers among us, Valley Farm is the ultimate natural retreat. The campsite is perfect for campers of all ages who are looking to make the most of long dog walks and horse rides through the Suffolk countryside.
It’s open all year round, and a lovely idea for a trip in your motorhome is to pitch up alongside the horses, alpacas, goats and camels. Pitches are nestled at the heart of the equestrian farm, but are level with edges for shelter from the elements during the colder months, without losing out on the breathtaking views on an open side of the farm.
Dogs and horses are more than welcome and stables can be provided if necessary. Campers are welcome all year round.
- Tuckers Grave Inn, Radstock, Somerset
We understand that not everybody is looking for total seclusion during a winter holiday in their motorhome – particularly if there are generally fewer people out and about. Tuckers Grave Inn is a happy medium if you’re a city dweller who is looking for a veritable rural getaway, but enjoys a lively cultural atmosphere.
It is located alongside an historic 200-year-old cider house that is now a rustic West Country pub; one of only six that can be found in England. Having barely changed since WW1, history buffs will love camping next door to this place and toasting themselves in front of an authentic Victorian fireplace. It doesn’t stop there - a stay here will allow you to visit the likes of Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge.
It’s open all year and offers a fantastic getaway for a group of friends travelling together. Site facilities include a communal fire pit, free wi-fi and regular live music events in the party barn.
The campsite is spread out in the peaceful Somerset countryside, and is equipped with 60 grass pitches for motorhomes and campers, so pick a dry weekend.
- Chalmersquoy Campsite, Westray, Orkney Islands, Scotland
The milky sunsets of the Scottish Isles should undoubtedly be on your motorhome bucket list but can often only be spotted in the winter months. If you’re put off by the remote location but would love to witness the natural wonders of the Orkneys, then the Chalmers Quoy Campsite is the place for you.
Open all year, this family-run campsite gives their guests a friendly welcome passed down for generations. Pitching your motorhome here means that you can enjoy the solitude of Westray’s beaches with a special someone, or with your pooch.
Campers can spend their days spotting wildlife, but will never be too far from civilisation; just a short distance away is a traditional village that is perfectly situated for buying fresh produce and enjoying the local entertainment.
The campsite is well equipped for protection against the elements, with level paddocks that are sheltered by earth banks, and 10 hard standing pitches for electric hookups.
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