Escape to the country

A perfect bolt hole in West Wales

Marianne Pettifor, director of Frogmore Consulting in Sketty, has the perfect bolt hole in West Wales that she can escape to at a moment’s notice.

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If you had told me ten years ago that I would be the proud owner of a static caravan I wouldn’t have believed you. 

It’s not that I shared my partner’s dislike of all things caravan; it’s just that I had always associated caravans with roughing it. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I had taken a short and most enjoyable break staying at a cottage on the Pembrokeshire coast where I fell in love with the quietness of the area, the wonderful opportunities for walking the dog, good pub food and the guaranteed total chill.  This and my recently acquired pension gave me the idea of buying a holiday home.  I was just about to start looking at suitable holiday cottages when a friend, (you know the friend who is always honest with you) pointed out that the last thing I needed was another property to maintain and I should consider a static caravan where everything is done for you.

My caravan viewing was a total surprise to me; everything was plumbed in, unlike the caravans I stayed in as a child.

The master bedroom was en-suite, something I don’t even have at home, with two separate toilets and more wardrobe space than I could dream of. The people who manufacture caravans appear to be experts at utilising every millimetre of space, with handy little fitted cupboards and shelving all in exactly the right place; not to mention the comfort factor with roomy seating and dining areas.

The annual fees ensure all the necessary maintenance and safety checks are carried out by the site owners who also ensure the lawned grounds are cut on a regularly basis. With its sea views and secluded location on the St David’s coastal road in Pembrokeshire, I couldn’t resist buying the first caravan I saw in the dog friendly caravan park at Newgale.  Once I had stocked the caravan with all the essentials like tea, coffee, wine, hiking boots, waterproofs and dog food, all Aimee and I had to do was turn up whenever we felt like a break.

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