Following a tearful farewell to Karen and Dave, and a promise of a repeat performance next year, we headed back to the yard to collect the caravan and head off to the site we had booked not far from Bude.
Sally-Ann and I had done much research and this particular site had 5 star glowing reviews from everyone who used it, so we were all looking forward to staying there and visiting the local attractions.
The journey up was horrendous, and as we pulled on to the site, my heart sank. The first thing we saw were warning signs not to drive over any grass ‘or else’….. not exactly an enticing welcome.
We booked in, with a lovely girl on reception and the owner came and showed us where to pitch up…. could my heart sink any lower!
I knew when Sally-Ann and Mike arrived they would feel the same way, but we were booked for 6 nights!
We pitched up the caravan and set up the awning, as Sally-Ann hooked up next to us in the RV. We were all tired and teasy and not wanting to voice our opinions to much.
After an horrendous night of listening to the toilet doors bang all through the night, and people talking at the tops of their voices and even worse no TV, Radio or mobile phone signal anywhere on site, I got up and told Paul in no uncertain terms, we must get off site.
I walked over to Sally Ann and asked her opinion – No arguments were forthcoming to keep us here!
We walked up the driveway until we could get a signal on one of the phones, and found the number for the CC Club and called Umberleigh to see what availability they had.
Having explained our situation they said they could do 4 nights from that night. Book it Danno!
Now how to get our ,money back! I had a cunning plan, and headed off to reception. we got 3 nights back each. Considering we had stayed one night, and they could not sell today as we were still there, we had only actually lost 1 nights money. I shall not tell you how I did it, but I was devious needless to say!
We told them we had to pop into Bude for an hour and would be off site soon as. We were able to do this as we were already de-camped!
Bude itself was lovely. A walk along the canals (with unbrushed hair and none of us showered as it was not worth taking our lives into our hands) we did actually enjoy our hour there.
We found Bude Castle and did the obligatory timed picture of us all especially for Jamie,
Grabbed a coffee and a cupcake to keep us going and then climbed into the car and headed back to collect our ‘home’ and head onwards to a gorgeous, clean, caravan club site at Umberleigh.
What a day! But bonus, the fish and chip van was visiting Umberleigh that evening, so none of us needed to cook!
Best move we could have made. Super site and fantastic staff.