Betsy – 1972 (4 at Happy Days Retro Vacations)
The Owner Says
Betsy is a Tradewind Airstream who was born in 1972. She hails from Pennsylvania with its Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains.
She looks right at home though in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Betsy sleeps four with twin beds in the middle and a seating area that converts to a double at the front.
With her sassy red upholstery and retro floral curtains, this vintage silver bullet is a true American Beauty.
About Happy Days Retro Vacations
Suitable ForCouples, honeymooners, families, mixed groups – yes. Dogs (on a lead) are welcome and are allowed in 2 of the Airstreams. No male-only groups, all-adult groups are not permitted during school holidays and bank holiday weekends . Whole site hire available.
Explore the seaside-shingle splendour of well-heeled Aldeburgh, arguably the most popular spots to visit on the Suffolk Coast alongside neighbouring Southwold and Thorpeness. Foodies flock to this part of the world for the region's various gastronomic gatherings including the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and the Suffolk Food Safari foraging days.
Food & Drink
The Bell at Sax' (01728 602331) is a fantastic new restaurant mere minutes away, helmed by Terrence Conran's former executive chef. Expect a menu of delicious, locally-sourced dishes at reasonable prices. The Dolphin Inn (01728 454994) at Thorpeness is a quintessentially welcoming Suffolk country pub, with a log fire, a choice of local brews and a menu of hearty, yet sophisticated favourites such as oven baked chicken breast, smoked bacon and onion hash, green beans, crispy fried egg. The fish don't come much fresher than at those on offer at Sole Bay Fish Co. (01502 724 241), sat right on the shore at Southwold. These fish shacks are the perfect setting for devouring plates of crab and lobster landed straight from the Suffolk coast. BYO bread and wine.
Retro Airstreams and vintage camping trailers take parents back to their youth, while an old army truck and playground keeps children young as well. Happy families, happy camping, Happy Days.
Site ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews
We had a fantastic weekend at Happy Days. Relaxed, stylish and fun - Jenny and Kevin are the perfect hosts.
The site is beautifully created and the retro caravans are works of art.
You can tell Happy Days is a labour of love - we will definitely be returning.
We stayed in one of Happy Days airstreams when they were pitched in Dorset. I'm glad they've moved to Suffolk because the campsite and area they were in before let them down a bit.
So I can't speak for the new campsite but the airstreams themselves are lovely. They are sweetly decorated in a Cath Kidston type style. The kitchen area is well equipped and everything works as it should! Good size fridge, proper gas hob and oven and all the cooking utensils you may need.There were even some cupcakes and local teas to welcome us on arrival!
The double bed in ours (I think it was Gloria) was a little cramped for my 6'3" husband but overall the caravan was spacious enough for a couple.
The outside area is also nicely equipped with a table and chairs big enough for a group. My sister and her 2 kids stayed in the caravan next to ours and they were happy with theirs too. We enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the campfire and the caravan had a heater to keep it toasty on a cooler evening.
Fabulous & Friendly
Happy Days were fantastic in Dorset but are now even better!!!, they have created a beautiful site, with amazing attention to detail in the service and facilities offered - The selection of gorgeous vintage Airstreams to rent, limited (but in a good way - think exclusive!) pitches available for visiting retro caravans / campers and tents. Free funky firepits for all, truly fabulous toilet and shower blocks. There is a clever, covered communal chill out space festooned with bunting, a secret truck tucked away provides an alternative den. Books, buckets and crab lines are available to borrow. A huge trampoline and selection of swings offer further entertainment in the garden and if you can (need to?) tear yourself away from the site, Saxmundham has a good selection of shops and take-aways.
Brilliant new campsite - highly recommended
We stayed last weekend on the opening weekend of the new campsite as they have moved to Suffolk. It was really fantastic, with so much attention to detail that really makes this place special. I thought it might have been a bit cold in early May but the Airstreams are heated and we were really comfortable. The site is great, with lovely big clean shower rooms that we were able to take the kids into with us which is ideal and easy.
There are firepits and wood available at each trailer which can be used in the communal central part too so we sat with other visitors in the evening but each van has plenty of privacy too. We've booked to go again in September. We stayed in Annie which has 2 double beds and lots of storage although we didn't need much for just a weekend but would be good for a longer stay. There are DVDs and board games in the van and in the reception and the owners are really friendly and welcoming. It's obviously a labour of love for them and they really go out of their way to make the place special. There are so many hidden touches that you discover over the stay and the kids love them!
The location is good, just over two hours from London and we went for a day to Southwold around half an hour away which has a great pier and good restaurants and cafes. There are other beaches within a 10 minute drive as well but we didn't check these out this time.
Highly recommend it and we are looking forward to visiting again.
Happy Days Retro Vacations is located at Wardspring Farm, Leiston Road, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1TG