Travel: Happy Camper on a 21st Century Site; Woodland Haven Had All the Home Comforts
Byline: By Phil Lynch
CAMPING holidays have changed quite a bit since I was a lad, with the best part for me being you don't need to use a tent any more.
These days, you can sort of get back to nature in a secluded woodland setting while still having a solid roof over your head, hot and cold running water, toilet, shower, a fully fitted kitchen and a telly - just in case the weather turns soggy.
It may sound like cheating to the purists but I know where I'd rather be when the rain starts pouring down.
Vaconsoleil have more than 300 campsites dotted around Europe, ranging from the favourite destinations of France, Spain and Italy to more unusual locations such as Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
I decided to sample their Birkelt site at Larochette in the Mullerthal region of Luxembourg. The area is known as Little Switzerland and you soon find out why ... the campsite is perched on a hill above the little town.
The Bali mobile home can easily house four adults and two children. It came with a double bedroom with fitted wardrobe and asecond bedroom with two single beds, plus a bunk bed.
The kitchen is fitted with a sink, gas hob, microwave and a fridge-freezer. There is a shower room and a separate toilet. All the comforts of home, especially if the idea of sharing personal facilities puts you off using a campsite.
Outside, there was a covered wooden veranda, ideal for sipping an aperitif while watching the sun go down. And the next door neighbours were far enough away to give you a bit of privacy. The campsite at Birkelt is well laid out and, after a five-minute squint at the little map provided, it was easy enough to find your way round. If you don't fancy the idea of cooking your own meals, the site has its own bar and restaurant. They were both sampled, for research purposes of course, and were given excellent marks for service, food and drink. The bar scored especially well after some very extensive research.
Kids of all ages will love the huge, heated swimming pool, which is covered in the winter and left open during the summer.
For the sports-minded, there are two tennis courts, table tennis and horse riding.
And if you feel really adventurous, there are hot air balloon rides on offer. …