Nigel DonnellySee other caravan reviews written by Nigel Donnelly
The Bailey Unicorn Barcelona is a four-berth luxury caravan with a fixed bed and an end washroom, featuring Bailey’s Alu-Tech construction system. It should appeal to couples looking for a well equipped and spacious home from home, although it’s practical enough to also suit families if four
berths are sufficient. It’s the kind of van which makes an instant impression, with its bronze and green graphics,
distinctive front-end styling and full-height front window.
The looks will appeal to some and put off others, but get beyond the individual design and there’s a lot to recommend the Unicorn Barcelona. The specification sheet is every bit as long as you’d expect of an upmarket caravan and, being a Bailey, the price is very keen. Does it live up to its on-paper promise?
Pitching and setting up
Manoeuvring a big twin-axle caravan onto a pitch is always going to be more challenging than pitching a smaller single axle van, but once you are in place you’ll be glad that the steadies are easy to access. They’re heavy duty at the rear. To reduce the noseweight, the gas locker sits just ahead of the axles rather than in the front of the van.
What’s really striking about the lounge is the natural light which the full-height front window allows in, even on a gloomy day. Having 6’ 5” of headroom throughout is a definite plus, too.
Most of the work surface is sandwiched between the fridge and the circular sink. There’s another surface on the other side of the van which could also be used when preparing food, but its lower to the ground and owners may prefer to put a television here. The glass-fronted drinks cabinet is a nice touch and there’s a reasonable amount of storage,
although we’d like a taller, shelf-free space for big cereal packets and the like.
If we have a criticism, it’s that the loo seat is rather hemmed in on one side by the sink, even with a swivelling seat. It’s a sign that although the room runs the full width of the van the space isn’t very deep. Otherwise the Bailey’s washroom offers all the comfort you’d expect to find in an upmarket touring caravan.
There’s a padded headboard, small bedside tables and spotlights overhead for night-time reading. A sliding partition divides the bedroom from the front of the van.
The lounge can serve as a second bedroom with two singles, or you can convert it to a double.
Some will take one look at the Bailey Unicorn Barcelona and make up their minds before they’ve even stepped inside. Those looks may divide opinion, but we think Bailey deserves praise for avoiding bland, ‘me-too’ design with its most luxurious range. Inside, the Unicorn Barcelona reveals itself to be a well thought out, comfortable tourer. The fixed bed is a decent size, and the end washroom takes full advantage of the body’s 7’6” (2.28m) width. The lounge is an unexpected highlight. Even in dull weather the huge front window lets light flood in, and to our eyes the ‘walnut’ finish is warm and welcoming. For such a large tourer the MTPLM is not excessive, and the Barcelona’s comprehensive specification comes at a reasonable price. We have a few minor criticisms, but all told it’s hard not to be impressed by the Unicorn Barcelona.
- Luxurious specification, spacious lounge with plenty of natural light and very competitive pricing
- Fussy dining table storage, toilet is very close to the wash basin and the front end looks are divisive