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Bailey Retreat

The Bailey Retreat, a British-built RV designed as a destination trailer, will be officially launched during the Feb. 14-19 NCC Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show 2012 at the Excel London.

Caravan Times reported that this project came to light late last year, but it wasn’t until recently that it became clear that Bailey Caravans had taken the bold step of designing a model that isn’t meant to be towed by its owner. Instead, the Bailey Retreat is the ideal companion for a seasonal pitch, with its spacious interior offering 25% more room for relaxing in.

The dimensions of this caravan are far beyond what you would normally get from a British-made trailer, with the four-berth Willow measuring up at just under 30 feet from nose to tail and nearly 8-feet wide. Meanwhile the overall weight of is well above what you would normally expect to safely tow with a normal family car.

But as Bailey has explained, the weight is more or less irrelevant, as this twin-axle model is meant to be sited professionally and only moved every year or so. As a result, the Bristol-based company has been given free rein to ramp up the luxury and make this their most opulent offering yet.

The first thing you notice when you step inside the Retreat is the sheer width, which is best showcased in the nose end, where the extra-wide body shell allows for a unique C-shaped front lounge area.

Moving towards the rear end, Bailey has taken the unique step of adding a breakfast bar with two moveable swiveling stools. Opposite this is a fully-equipped kitchen area with a large L-shaped worktop for food preparation.

The bathroom in this model is situated at the center, but unlike the type you see on some side-bathrooms caravans on the market, this configuration is highly spacious and practical. A clever door arrangement means that this area can be completely sectioned off for added privacy, and the curvy, sliding shower door along with the ceramic toilet bowl offers a nice domestic touch.

Finally, in the Willow model, Bailey has fitted a fixed island double bed, with his-and-hers wardrobes on either side, as well as a dedicated vanity unit and a second CD player.

Other luxury features include an external gas point for hooking up a barbecue, central heating and heated towel rails in the bathroom. It also has also been pre-wired for connecting a satellite dish.

Prices for this groundbreaking range are yet to be confirmed, but Bailey insists that this model will not cost much more than a traditional twin-axle luxury caravan.

The Bailey Retreat Willow will be displayed at the NCC Show with its six-berth sister model, the Bailey Retreat Sycamore, with more details of this version to follow.