Practical Caravan's experts review the four-berth fixed-bed Concordia Serenity caravan by Dunster House
The Concordia range by Dunster House is the most conventional offering from the Bedford-based brand (formerly known as Stealth), but it still offers some fresh thinking for caravan design and practicality.
The Serenity model follows the offside-rear-bed, end-washroom floor plan, which is ideal for couples. It also offers two more berths when you convert the lounge.
Its MTPLM of 1540kg on a single axle and its £19,399 price are competitive selling-points.
Pitching and setting up
The battery box and the water services all connect to the offside, with the grey water outlet behind the axle.
The front gas locker has a large hatch. There was no gas strut fitted to our test caravan, but this feature will be included in all production models.
The interior isn’t quite as big as you might expect because the footprint of the lounge’s centre chest divides the gas locker in two, but it’s still very roomy overall.
The caravan control panel is located in the lounge, above the central chest. Fortunately, a light to illuminate the doormat area means entry to the caravan in the dark isn’t problematic.
The front seats butt right up to the front shelf, and at 1.57m-long they make ideal single beds for children. They’re comfortable to sit on, too, and back support is good despite the seat backs losing height because they’re rounded at the top.
The centre chest has a pull-out table-top and two drawers, the bottom one housing a deep cool-box.
The central kitchen is well equipped, including a microwave flanked by two tall cupboards, and there are two task lighters in the roof plus a light along the bottom of the cupboards, as well as the light coming from the small kitchen window.
A deep cutlery draw scores points, and locating the fridge at the rear end of the galley means it can be accessed while someone is doing washing-up. The sink itself isn’t very deep, but it will be fine for doing two people’s washing-up.
The separate shower cubicle, entered via a bi-fold door, has a rooflight and corner storage, and looks well sealed. In the centre of the rear wall you’ll find a vanity unit incorporating a basin and a mirror.
There’s shelf space either side of the basin, which is quite deep, and there’s a task light above the mirror, while a small window also offers some light.
Being ceiling-height and wood-framed, the mirror looks impressive but it’s a shame it’s only 20cm wide. A smart mixer-tap, toothbrush and drop-in carpets complete the upmarket look.
In the lounge, the seats convert easily into a double bed that’s 2.1m long. Pulling the sliding slats frame into the middle of the gangway and rearranging the cushions takes no time at all.
Kitchen storage is good, too: as well as the two cupboards there’s a bespoke cutlery drawer and two more underneath. Turn 180 degrees and a low-level cupboard offers two deep shelves and a worktop for gadgets – there’s a mains point here to power them.
Particularly unusual is that there is no bed box under the fixed bed. Instead, half the under-bed space is a locker that can be accessed from outside; the other half has been left open so you can pop shoes or boxes under there without having to lift the bed.
The double-doored wardrobe offers hanging rails at shoulder and knee height, and two diagonally-mounted shelves.
One of the dinette bed boxes is also home to the folding-leaf table and loses a chunk to the shoe cubby by the door; the other box gives some space to the consumer unit. The washroom has both a small toiletries cabinet and a large cupboard underneath the mirror.
The Serenity offers fresh thinking for the popular fixed-bed, end washroom layout. Contemporary, domestic-looking styling and some clever practical features are all packaged in a single-axle caravan, priced at just under £20,000 at its launch.
- Contemporary domestic-style home-from-home.
- Fixed bed with no cut-away
- Plentiful storage options
- High specification
- Function is lost to form here and there
- Narrow access between the wardrobe and full-width bed
- The control panel is at the front of the lounge instead of by the door