A mother-of-two has opened a quirky indoor caravan park in Bristol with stays from just £49 per night – and her business is booming.
Emma Reynolds, 34, decided that basic hotels were ‘overpriced’ so began researching how she could make trips to Bristol more appealing by offering a ‘reasonably priced’ alternative.
The former social worker had a career swap while on maternity leave with her first-born, Clio, who’s now three, and spotted a gap in the market.
Not a muddy pair of wellies in sight: Inside Towed Town Camping – an indoor caravan park in Bristol
Mother-of-two Emma Reynolds decided to open the indoor caravan park to offer a ‘reasonably priced’ alternative to ‘overpriced’ basic hotels
The caravan park has a total of five vintage caravans and Emma says they are at full capacity on weekends
Two of the five caravans have a small double bed and cost no more than £49 per night and the others with a king-size bed are £57 per night
No one would guess that there’s a mini caravan park inside the city centre warehouse she rents.
But Emma says that since her quirky business, Towed Town Camping, got off the ground two years ago, it has been a huge success.
There are five vintage caravans on offer and she claims they reach full capacity every weekend, attracting visitors of all ages.
She says: ‘My partner Freddy Wyatt, 34, and I saw a warehouse to let and I thought it would be cool to try something new. Our goal is to take under-appreciated buildings in great destinations and infuse them with a little bit of soul, so you can have an alternative to the standard hotel experience at more affordable prices.
‘I am originally from Great Yarmouth and worked on a caravan park when I was a teenager, so I suggested a caravan park.
Inside one of the caravans at Towed Town Camping. The caravan park is located in Bristol city centre
Emma says: ‘Our goal is to take under-appreciated buildings in great destinations and infuse them with a little bit of soul’
When the camp first opened, Emma thought most guests would be young people but she says they have had customers of all ages
‘It brings a sense of nostalgia and I imagine it is the same for other people who used to visit caravan sites as a child.
‘It is different, and we are breaking the conventional camping trip rules – it doesn’t have to be outdoors and you can camp in the city.
‘After researching and asking friends what they think, we decided to go ahead as many thought it was a great idea – they have previously paid up to £150 for one night in a basic hotel that requires a taxi to the city centre.
‘We aren’t claiming to be a fancy five-star hotel, it is more like a private room stay in a hostel.
‘While on maternity leave, I was thinking about how I can work without physically having to leave my children for 40 plus hours per week.
Emma came up with the idea for the indoor caravan park while on maternity leave from her former job as a social worker
Emma says: ‘We aren’t claiming to be a fancy five-star hotel, it is more like a private room stay in a hostel’
Emma says ‘there is something here for everyone, some guests are working in Bristol so opt for a cheaper stay whilst others are stag or hen parties’
Emma says: ‘I love the creativity of our caravan park. We are always evolving to make it better’
‘This new business venture was perfect for me as my previous job in social work can be difficult due to the world we live in
‘After I had my children, my outlook changed and shifted.’
Two of the five caravans have a small double bed and cost no more than £49 per night and the others with a king-size bed are £57 per night.
There is also a communal area with a pool table and a DVD collection for those who want to watch TV in their caravan.
Emma added: ‘Before we opened, I thought it would mainly be 18 to 21-year-old visitors but we have all ages.
‘There is something here for everyone, some guests are working in Bristol so opt for a cheaper stay whilst others are stag or hen parties.
‘I love meeting different people and making their time in Bristol the best it can be.
‘I love the creativity of our caravan park. We are always evolving to make it better.
‘We are currently in the process of opening a bigger caravan park in Bristol due to popular demand.’
The park has a communal area with a pool table and a DVD collection
One of the communal areas in the park. Emma says that she is in the process of opening a bigger indoor caravan park in Bristol, due to popular demand
However, Towed Town Camping isn’t the only indoor caravan park.
The German capital Berlin also boasts one, inside a 200-square-metre former warehouse. It houses 12 uber-stylish caravans that guests can rent from 70 euros (£60) per night.
The camp is called Hüttenpalast – which means ‘Huts at the Palace’ – and each caravan has been crafted by a different designer.