Travel Guide: Top holiday site in world of its own

View of the sunset.
View of the sunset.

Unless you’re a caravanning enthusiast, you might not be aware that the campsite voted ‘Best in the North West’ is in Silverdale.

Holgates Holiday Park is close to home but its relaxed atmosphere and unique location make it the perfect place to escape to for a refreshing break.

Famous for its sublime sunsets and other-worldly limestone landscape, this multi-award-winning site is great for a romantic break for couples, a family holiday or a quiet countryside retreat for individuals.

Holgates is in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was recently featured on the BBC’s Autumnwatch programme, so it’s a perfect place for walking, wildlife watching, beachcombing and chilling out in country pubs and restaurants.

A couple of weeks ago I had a blissful break at the site with my husband Mark.

This year Holgates has teamed up with Swift Group, the UK’s leading manufacturer of holiday homes, so we were lucky enough to stay in a brand new Swift Moselle 38EB holiday home.

We also stayed a night in one of Holgates’ luxurious rental vans which had a jaw-dropping view of Morecambe Bay.

The Swift Moselle was a revelation to us. Who’d have known that a static caravan could be more opulent than a five-star hotel.

The holiday home was situated in an idyllic area of Holgates called The Valley where the waters of Morecambe Bay glittered in the distance and birdsong made us feel at one with nature.

We instantly loved the Swift’s floor-to-ceiling patio doors leading out onto a large wrap-around deck.

The interior of the holiday home was strikingly modern and eminently comfortable. It had full double glazing and central heating – definitely not what we’re used to in our Rapido touring caravan.

We adored the large L-shaped sofas, the contemporary pebble fire, the flat screen TVs (in the living room and bedroom), the thick carpets, stylish kitchen (with dishwasher) and sumptuous bedrooms.

The main bedroom excelled all expectations. This large room had a king-size bed and it even had an en suite with a bath. Holiday heaven.

Many people use Holgates as a base for exploring the Lakes so we decided to do just that. We headed to Bowness to take one of the Windermere Lake Cruises.

Back at Holgates we also enjoyed the lovely heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, bar and reasonably-priced restaurant.

There’s a lot on offer for children too, including a games room, outdoor adventure playgrounds and soft play area.

On our last night, after a walk around the peaceful site, one of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve ever seen lit up the sky at the beach near Holgates.