As you may have seen, I recently wrote about our family trip to Haven Allhallows site, but whilst I went into the actual site in more detail on that blog, I thought it would be good to do a write up of our accommodation, which was a Haven Gold Caravan.
After reading some slightly dubious reviews when it came to certain Haven accommodations, I went mentally prepared to not get my hopes up too high, but thankfully I couldn’t have been more wrong! On arrival our 3 bedroom Gold Caravan was much bigger than I expected, and was spotlessly clean inside which we were absolutely delighted about.
I could ditch the preemptive Flash and the Dettol!
Let me take you on a little tour of our Haven Gold Caravan at their Allhallows site in Kent, and tell you what I thought of it…
On entering the caravan you have a mini ‘corridor’ area with plenty of hooks to hang coats etc, and a boiler cupboard on the immediate right with broom, dust pan and brush, plus an easy-to-operate boiler for turning the heating on and off (we stayed at the time of year where you needed a quick heating blast first thing in the morning!).
Walking through the spacious kitchen area, a dining area with table for 4 greets you, before you happen upon a large living room with 2 large sofas. The whole set up is open-plan (as you’d expect), which is fine as adds to the feeling of spaciousness, with stylish herringbone lino(?) throughout the entrance area and kitchen, before walking onto surprisingly soft carpet in the living room. The TV is big but not intrusive, and a mock fireplace with faux stove and overhead mirror give a feeling of homeliness. The sideboard cupboard is useful if you’re perhaps bringing several board games or small children’s toys that need storing away.
What was also nice about this caravan was the fact there are loads of windows throughout, offering plenty of light through different aspects, as well as stunning views of the estuary. The sliding doors lead from the living room onto the modern decking, again offering fantastic views and great seating for drinks and meals, especially in the summer (I believe Gold Caravans have wrap-around decking as standard).
I was impressed with the size of the kitchen, and the fact that it came with modern (clean!) kettle and toaster, as well as a very large fridge-freezer, which is ideal if you’re looking to bring a big food shop down with you (and therefore save some cash!). Haven Gold Caravans also come with a dishwasher, but unfortunately dishwasher tablets were the one thing we forgot to bring, so we ended up washing up for the week. It would be a nice touch if Haven left perhaps a mini complimentary starter pack, such as a tablet or too or some washing up liquid, but it wasn’t a big deal.
In terms of plates, utensils etc, I felt there were enough mugs, plates, cutlery and bowls, but cooking equipment seemed to be varied from caravan to caravan. For example, one of our family’s caravans didn’t have a strainer or many pans. Ours, however, was fine.
Our Master Bedroom was again, a surprisingly decent size, with plenty of storage space. Some caravans or mobile holiday homes seem to have tiny wardrobes, but ours was large and very deep, although an extra hanging rail or shelf would’ve been useful. There was also great under bed storage that could be used, although my only criticism of this would be that it was pretty dusty- it would be good if this was remembered and cleaned as well as the rest of the caravan was before arrival.
I must make a disclaimer when it comes to the bedroom photos- these were taken just before we left and show my rather shoddy bed making! They were made up far more beautifully when we arrived 🙂
As ours was a 3 bedroom Haven Gold Caravan, both the other bedrooms housed 2 single beds and were of a similar size to each other. Neither was particularly big, but to be honest our children were mostly out and about and hardly in there, so it wasn’t a deal breaker. Any time spent in the caravan by them when not sleeping was in the main living area.
Storage space in these rooms isn’t great for 2 children, but our bedroom had enough to house some of the children’s clothes.
Bathroom and en-suite
Both the bathroom and en-suite were small but perfect for a short break, and had been kitted out with more modern decor and fixtures and fitting which was a nice touch. The mirrored wall cabinet and under sink cupboard provide ample storage for toiletries, again, something you don’t find in all holiday caravans.
What is officially included?
- Allocated parking
- 22-inch Freeview TV in master bedroom
- 40-inch Freeview TV with DVD player in lounge
- Bluetooth speakers
- Towels provided
- Double glazing
- Large fridge freezer
- Gas, water and electricity
- Kitchen utensils and cutlery
- Beds made up
- Bed linen
So what did we think?
Overall, I was really impressed with the size, cleanliness and design of our Haven Gold Caravan. Whilst this is our first Haven stay so I can’t judge the other types of Haven accommodation available, the designers have clearly got it right when it comes to these newer caravans. Haven Allhallows clearly also have some great cleaning staff at the moment who care about doing a good job, and it really shows.
We have been recurring Eurocampers over the years, usually staying in one of their larger mobile homes, but after going to the South of France with them this past summer, I said to Adam that for the first time I found their caravans a bit too small for our growing family of tweens, as they lack a serious amount of living and kitchen space (bedrooms are largely a similar size). I would love to pick up a Haven Gold Caravan and plonk it in my favourite Italian site!
These Gold Caravans definitely enable you to have a home-from-home trip and enjoy yourself for however long you’re there, and feel luxurious- they would definitely be my choice if we ever came on another Haven holiday.
I hope you found this review useful- if you have any questions then please do get in touch in the comments below!
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