The twin-bed, end-washroom 2013 Coachman Pastiche 565/4's upmarket credentials shine in the Practical Caravan review – read on to find out more
The twin-bed layout has long been a popular fixed bed option on the Continent and is now hugely popular in the UK market, ranking as a best seller for UK manufacturers who have included the floorplan across their ranges. Twin beds are usually accompanied by an end washroom and the two make a winning combination as luxury accommodation for two or for families whose children have outgrown bunk beds.
The impressive design of the Coachman Pastiche 565/4, launched in 2012, is bolstered by Coachman’s reputation for high-quality build and attention to detail.
Pitching and setting up
Al-Ko’s ATC trailer control system and shock absorbers promote safe towing, while heavy-duty corner steadies site the caravan firmly. A deep front window line restricts the size of the gas locker door, but access inside is fine.
The polyurethane-frame door is generously sized and the stronger one-piece construction and double sealing system make draughts and water ingress unlikely.
Coachman pioneered Truma’s Combi dual-fuel heating and stays with it this year, stating that it is lighter and heats up quicker than the popular Alde radiator system. The TV stand is by the wardrobe and a second 230V socket is on the offside seat base.
The high level of equipment includes the latest Thetford fridge, which has auto energy selection, easy touch-screen controls and an interior light. A microwave oven, 230V hob and two 230V sockets provide plenty of opportunity to use the site electricity supply, and there’s an Omnivent fan in the roof.
The large Belfast-style washbasin, good-quality fittings and Roman blind over the rear window add to the luxury. There’s worktop around the basin and shelf space abounds. However, shelves between the basin and the shower take up space that could have been used for a larger shower cubicle.
Despite the comfortable sprung mattresses of the fixed singles, their sturdy metal bases and the gas struts for easy access to the storage spaces, they are only 1.88m and 1.83m long – standard domestic beds are 1.9m.
There’s lots of natural light from a ‘Midi-Heki’ rooflight, while LEDs above the roof lockers and two well-placed reading lights provide night-time illumination. Two extra speakers for the sound system and a TV bracket serve the room. At locker height are shelves for books or magazines, but there are no bedside shelves.
The front lounge converts easily with an extending seat base to create a double bed that is 2.11m long but only 1.08m wide.
The lounge and bedroom each have six roof lockers, of which two have shelves; that’s generous even for four occupants. The wardrobe has sufficient hanging space and five drawers can hold small items.
The kitchen has two overhead lockers, surprisingly without catches, but little lower cupboard space. There’s plenty of storage area elsewhere, though, in the Coachman Pastiche 565/4.
The Coachman Pastiche 565/4 is a very nice looking caravan from a highly repected manufacturer. This Pastiche is marginally wider and longer than some rivals, which, along with its complex roof and good kit levels, could account for it being a little heavy.
The size and complexity of the Pastiche bodyshell, plus its high kit levels, also play their part in its higher price.
The Practical Caravan review team felt that the Pastiche loses points for its shorter beds, however otherwise its interior is superb and the exterior is one of the best in its class. We also liked the sunroof and fittings such as the Seitz door and pleated blinds. But it all comes at a price, both in weight and cost.
- It has an attractive interior
- It is well-served by Truma heating
- Storage is good
- The fixed twin beds are shorter than those in rival caravans
- The front double bed is narrow
- The separate shower could be larger