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Message posted by dk16830/8/2021 at 11:34pm
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I shall be off to Dorset again soon, second time this year at my favourite site, this time at my favourite pitch, at the end of a row, with just one unit as my neighbour.

Pitch fee has gone up steadily through the years, and is 21.50 GBP for a grass pitch with 10A EHU plus a dog for mid-season.

Hopefully, it will be quieter than in April 2021 which was the first week of easing of restrictions. I was on a service pitch in case the facilities blocks could not re-open fully. However, the pitch was next to a path that was used by critters and ankle biters as a skating run. And I was surrounded by other campers, some were small groups. It was not the best trip I had stayed there.

Can't wait!

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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 30/8/2021
Quote: Originally posted by thebiz on 30/8/2021


In June I was due to have a weeks visit to a rental cottage.
   Long story short, the week before we were due, the holiday company cottages.com emailed to say the booking was cancelled because of COVID restrictions.
In fact the cancellation was unnecessary because others in the party were eligible to travel so immediately tried to rebook with their address .
To our disbelief, ‘our’ holiday had gone up by £450, same cottage, same week. So the company had cancelled our booking and hiked the price by £450!!

Needless to say, we didn’t rebook and will never use that holiday company again.
But the happy ending is that, in true Highland hospitality style, a friend arranged a house across from the original booking at mates rates which were less than the increase…….and we watched the house lie empty for the week we should have been there.
Karma !!!



Good one! I love it! Serves them right!




Not camping related but in 2019 we booked to see the Rolling Stones in Edinburgh. Immediately booked B&B. Within an hour I got an email from owners saying they had overlooked the fact that they were on holiday that week and had to cancel our booking. Booked straight away for another hotel only to get that cancelled soon after as well. Both rooms came up when I looked again at an inflated price.   We eventually got a hotel but paid through the roof for it. I was not happy to say the least. They couldn't blame covid for a poor season, that happened later.

Message posted by 664DaveS via mobile 31/8/2021 at 9:19am
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We have used sites from both clubs and not paid any more, in fact the vat being reduced was a bonus. We get the over 60s discount from the C&CC too.
We avoid high season normally.
Last summer and this we went to Rookebury Park so we could see family,as we weren't sure if restrictions would be lifted when we booked. This summer they were but we went anyway!
It was busy lots of kids but OK.
We hope to go out again in a couple of weeks as the schools are back, bliss!
Europe again next year ( fingers crossed!)

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Message posted by Colin2131/8/2021 at 10:31am
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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 30/8/2021
I shall be off to Dorset again soon, second time this year at my favourite site, this time at my favourite pitch, at the end of a row, with just one unit as my neighbour.

Pitch fee has gone up steadily through the years, and is 21.50 GBP for a grass pitch with 10A EHU plus a dog for mid-season.

DK



That sounds just like the pitch we had at the beginning of July. We were on an end pitch, the caravan next to us was obviously a seasonal and only occupied by an older couple for our middle weekend, and the same with the two pitches opposite to us. Very peaceful. We paid £23.50 for a grass pitch with EHU, about our upper limit but it was worth it to get such a huge pitch and the peace and quiet.


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Message posted by dk16831/8/2021 at 11:07am
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 31/8/2021

That sounds just like the pitch we had at the beginning of July. We were on an end pitch, the caravan next to us was obviously a seasonal and only occupied by an older couple for our middle weekend, and the same with the two pitches opposite to us. Very peaceful. We paid £23.50 for a grass pitch with EHU, about our upper limit but it was worth it to get such a huge pitch and the peace and quiet.




I would probably be willing to pay more, depending on the facilities, location and review.

However, I shan't stay at a site that does not provide a single person discount for a standard grass or hard-standing pitch with EHU.

I have already booked 2 sites for 2022, one being a C&CC Club Site for the Easter weekend; and the other an independent site in the Peak District for the first full week of July 2022 before the school holidays; paid a deposit for both sites.

The latter increased their pitch fee from 22.00 GBP for 2021 to 23.2 GBP for next year, which I believe is reasonable.

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- 2022 - 9 sites / 45 nights booked so far
- 2021 - 9 sites / 34 nights
- Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play!

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Message posted by 664DaveS via mobile 31/8/2021 at 12:57pm
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I think the vat reductions are being phased out by next year which may account for the increase.

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Message posted by Colin2131/8/2021 at 1:33pm
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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 31/8/2021

However, I shan't stay at a site that does not provide a single person discount for a standard grass or hard-standing pitch with EHU.

DK



Must admit I have never been camping as a single person, only as a couple or a family, but it does surprise me that any site would give a discount to a single person. After all, many hotels charge single occupants extra. Looking at it from the site's perspective, a single camper is occupying a pitch where they could possibly accommodate a family of 6, so they are already losing money letting to a single person, being as they seem to charge per person these days rather than per pitch as they once did.


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Message posted by dk16831/8/2021 at 2:24pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 31/8/2021

Must admit I have never been camping as a single person, only as a couple or a family, but it does surprise me that any site would give a discount to a single person. After all, many hotels charge single occupants extra. Looking at it from the site's perspective, a single camper is occupying a pitch where they could possibly accommodate a family of 6, so they are already losing money letting to a single person, being as they seem to charge per person these days rather than per pitch as they once did.




I don't usually go on package holidays, and would not pay for single supplement if I were to do so.

When I book rooms using Booking.com, I look for single person rates, whether they already include a supplement I would not know.

I can appreciate why hotels would charge more than 50% of a double room for single occupancy, as they have to make the bed and clean the room regardless whether one person or two people have occupied it.

However, with camping pitches, the same is not true IMHO, in that apart from the pitch itself, I use half the utilities as a couple. Therefore, I believe I should be given a single person discount if a pitch is priced for 2 people.

I do not expect a 50% discount, some discount in the region of 1.00 to 2.00 GBP per night, yes.

DK

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- 2023 - started to plan already!
- 2022 - 9 sites / 45 nights booked so far
- 2021 - 9 sites / 34 nights
- Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play!

Message posted by saxo131/8/2021 at 3:01pm
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Most hotel chains charge the same for single occupancy as double occupancy, they don't add a supplement they just don't offer a discount for single occupancy.
Most have double rooms so there is no reason to discount unless they have rooms specifically designed for single occupancy.
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