5th May 2017
It was a Northern Hemisphere first for Bailey of Bristol. The Guinness book of records had yet to be notified, but we’re pretty sure that what happened over Easter 2017 had never been achieved before, ever.
In April 2017, in the hills of Devon, Bailey of Bristol’s Head of Marketing, Bartholomew Day, rolled into Stowford Farm Meadows, with his family and dogs in tow to spend a week in a Bailey Rangefinder Comet caravan, the first this side of the World.
Rangefinder Comets are built in Australia, this one was bought over in October 2016 for the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham – if you attended, you may remember seeing it.
Ok, so it’s not a huge deal in grand scheme of things, but the Rangefinder did cause heads to turn, and the atmosphere around the water pipe was electric! This specific one, which the family christened Matilda, is now in use over here and looking like she’s really enjoying it.
Bart’s love of caravanning and doing something different goes way beyond the odd stay here and there, in fact he’s a camping and caravanning veteran. “We’ve been camping and caravanning for nearly 15 years now,” he said, “ever since the children were young, but this is the first time we’ve stayed in such luxury. We’ve also been the ‘talk of the town’ with the buzzing gossip all about Matilda.”
But no matter how different Matilda is, she was exactly what an active family like the Days were looking for as a base for their Easter Eggstraviganza, with some of the most spectacular scenery within a stones throw. The week was spent on Woolacombe Beach, one of the South West’s best beaches, Saunton Sands and its famed sand dunes, and Lee Bay with its secluded pebble beach.
Bursting for more activity they visited Watersmeet, a National Trust property convergence of two rivers coming off Exmoor, took in the dramatic rock formations at Valley of the Rocks, and made a spur of the moment visit to Barricane Beach café for the Sri Lankan curry they had set their sights on.
Trips to Challacombe, part of Exmoor National Park for a swift half and a spot of lunch at the Black Venus Inn and a wander down Ilfracombe harbour to visit Verity, Damien Hirst’s bronze statue, and the action packed escape for the Days was complete. While on-site, Bart and his family took in Stowford’s Petorama, its very own undercover mini zoo, complete with pigs, rabbits, calves and guinea pigs.
“We love it at Stowford”, said Bart, “not only because the site is warm and friendly, but it’s also perfectly placed to explore the exquisite North Devon coastline whilst only being a couple of hours from home.”