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Elddis competition winners, The Armes Family report back on their Half Term Odyssey

In our annual competition, Elddis joined forces with The Camping and Caravanning Club to create a unique holiday experience for one lucky family.

Mum Lydia, Dad Jonathan and Emme (age 3) chose the all new and exclusive Elddis Odyssey 656 from the 2011 Elddis touring caravan range, which was then sited for the family at the flagship Camping and Caravanning Club site, Gullivers at Milton Keynes.

The Odyssey 656 arrived at Gullivers with hampers for Mum and Dad and a special hamper especially for Emme. The team from the Camping and Caravanning Club met the Armes family to present them with a year's free Club membership and a Jofli Bear for Emme.

Pope's Caravans, Elddis' newest retailer based in nearby Biggleswade, met up with the family at Gullivers to welcome them and show them this exclusive new layout, demonstrating the latest technology in readiness for the exciting week ahead.

The Odyssey 656 was selected for the Half Term prize holiday by the Armes Family for its unique and spacious layout - a luxurious end bathroom to the rear of a fixed double bed; a side dinette with lift-up bunk; and a spacious front dinette, which makes up to a sizeable double bed.

Dad Jonathan told Elddis: "The caravan was great and we loved the fixed bed - a novelty for us and it really sold the whole 6-berth fixed bed layout to us - something we thought might not work!

"The side dinette, made into a bunk bed for Emme at night, was fantastic. She sleeps well when we go caravanning, as she feels secure having us close-by … and I can see that when we have another child this layout will be perfect for us all! Because there was so much room in the Odyssey, we left the bunk beds made up.”

Whilst Emme was delighted with her new bunk bed arrangement, Jonathan and Lydia raved about the sumptuous fixed double bed, with its memory foam mattress. "Being able to jump straight into that lovely comfortable fixed double made the holiday so relaxing!

"The bathroom was from heaven, having that much space and a full-size shower cubicle meant on the rainy days we didn't need to venture to the site's shower block.

"The spec on the Odyssey was so good, with everything we could have wished for to make it a comfortable holiday.”

Gullivers, too, proved a massive hit with the Armes Family and they wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others looking for a fun-filled holiday to keep the whole family entertained.

Jon and Lydia told us: "The campsite at Milton Keynes is a real surprise, being in an amazingly green area with lots of cycle tracks, which Emme really enjoyed!”

The facilities and the Camping and Caravanning Club staff at the site clearly have an excellent reputation and the Armes Family found the wardens to be 'fantastically helpful and very welcoming' and the facilities to be clean and inviting, with lots of superb play areas for Emme to enjoy safely.

As part of their prize, the Armes Family were given a 3-day pass to Gullivers by the Camping and Caravanning Club. The theme park, just a five minute walk from the camp site, was perfect for 3-year old Emme and she could go on all but two of the rides. Mum Lydia told us: "the added bonus of having the Farm, Dino Park and Splashzone right next door meant no shortage of things to do, whatever the weather.”

And just when Emme thought her holiday couldn't get any better, Mum and Dad took her to indoor ski centre, Xscape in Milton Keynes, to go sledging on some unseasonable real snow.

The Armes Family told us: "We can't thank you enough for all your organising and effort that went into arranging the holiday and gifts. We have lots of lovely memories and loved the caravan so much, we may even be tempted to change our own beloved caravan to this new layout.”

Rachel Moncrieff, Marketing & Communications Manager at Elddis is delighted that Jonathan, Lydia and Emme enjoyed such an action-packed week. "Jon and Lydia's feedback on this new layout, launched just a few weeks ago, is invaluable to us. They'd love to see this family layout extended to our other ranges, too, such as the Elddis Xplore and newly-revamped Avante range. If we decide to launch these new models, we'll invite the Armes Family to help with our product testing!”

Elddis will be running our annual competition again next year, in conjunction with our friends at The Camping and Caravanning Club - so watch out for details of how you too could win a fantastic week-long, treat-filled holiday for you and your family!