Briar Lea House, Longtown, Cumbria [England] [a.k.a. we’re on our way to Scotland, hoorah!]
Easy drive up to Carlisle on the Scottish border, albeit a wet one. We arrive around 16:30hrs and stop off at the local Spar shop to get provisions for tonight’s dinner.
Briar Lea House is essentially a B&B and – as many other B&Bs – has discovered the power of campers. They let people with wheels stay on their land for what would in some cases initially appear as a small fee. It’s a non-offensive okay looking house [nothing that would get your *house envy* juices going] along some out of town [very loud] road. When we get there we are told that we cannot get on to the actual field because of heavy rain – fair enough, en route we saw that the local area [along with many places in our beloved Wales] is swamped following heavy rain fall. So we set up close to the drive on a sort of hard standing. The fact we can’t get onto the actual camp site is reflected in the price as the owner offers to drop it from £8 to £6, yay ^-^ Yet he then happily proceeds to charge us £2 for each dog [WHAT?]. Here at vanplusfour we don’t agree with charging for dogs [why? they’re not leaving hairs on anyone’s bedding other than ours…..they don’t chomp on grass……and they don’t increase anyone’s workload. Charging for dogs is just…..well…….friggin’ greedy!].
Still. With only one other occupied caravan on site and no alternative camp site to go to we proceed to set up and soon have the prettiest outdoor toilet in England ^-^
Over a [cheap] bottle of red we cook dinner, throw a couple of sticks for the dogs and settle down over candlelight dinner while watching Bride Wars.
We picked this as a cheap stop over on the way from Wales to Scotland. There are absolutely no facilities here – which we don’t mind – but had we seen on any web site that there’s a charge for the dogs we would not have chosen this site. Competition in Cumbria [and along the Scottish border in particular] is pretty fierce and – although this site is not offensive – we would not stop here again. It’s a 1/5 [and the 1 point is awarded simply because we liked the look of the field…….]
Briar Lea House, £6 without facilities, £4 for the dogs (scandalous!)