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Subject Topic: Camping in France - who do you book with?
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30/8/2008 at 12:37am
 Location: Surrey
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Angela Bird has webpages too if you want to save some more pennies!


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30/8/2008 at 8:37am
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The alan rogers guide is good but the reviews on this site are more thorough because in lots of cases they are the views of many users. I tent to trust what I read here, ie fellow campers, above all others.

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John

May....Le Port De Limeuil, Dordogne
Aug....Trinite sur Mer, Sth Brittany


30/8/2008 at 10:16am
 Location: None Entered
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We've used select sites and booked ourselves. I reckon it's chepaer to do it yourself if you're doing Dover to Calais but on some Brittany Ferries routes Select Sites seem to get big enough reductions to make it about equal (with a little more peace of mind for free).



02/9/2008 at 2:54pm
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book it yourself, we met a family at La Ravoire nr Annecy last week who thought they had a bargain, they had paid 660, 10 nights, tent pitch, 2 adults and 1 child and the ferry Dover/Calais,  I didnt like to tell them that booking direct would have cost less than half that!!! (272 for site if booking direct)

We used the tunnel with Tesco vouchers and the some of the nights at La Ravoire for 11.30 with camping cheques, it does pay to shop around. I can see the attraction of using eurocampindependent on a site that runs kids clubs but not on the sites that dont if that makes sense. Mind you it would have to be a blooming good kids club to pay that much extra!! Another bonus if you book direct is the ability to pick your own pitch as the site will usually send you a site plan before booking.



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Thistledown Easter
Nantcol June
Domaine du Verdon Castellane and Etoile d'Argens Frejus Aug


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02/9/2008 at 3:10pm
 Location: Cambridgeshire
 Outfit: Disco5 & Elddis Crusader Supersirocco
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We booked everything with the Caravan Club - ferry, Red Pennant Insurance, all the sites and we saved alot of money compared to the rates at the sites on the internet.

We have just got back from the Vendee and its quite nice but very English.



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03/9/2008 at 5:12pm
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We have always had to pay the balance of our booking on arrival...thats one of the reasons we are thinking of not booking next year so that we are not committed to stay if we don't like it.


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03/9/2008 at 8:36pm
 Location: Hants
 Outfit: VW Trooper
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We've used Select Sites for last two years. Before that we were Canvas Holidays fans! Now with own camper van it's been good to get the hassle taken out and i think good prices with Brittany Ferries as mentioned. Does mean you're restricted and can't go wandering if the weather changes so next year we may do it ourselves. it's really what you feel happiest with.

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05/9/2008 at 10:43am
 Location: Cheshire
 Outfit: Outwell Vermont XL
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A big thank you to everyone for all the great advice. I've been doing lots of research (to the point of obsession!) and feel confident enough to book it all myself now. Just waiting for Brittany Ferries to release their 2009 fares and bookings so I can take the plunge. The only depressing thing is looking out of the window at this dreadful weather we're having and knowing that it's another 11 months before we'll be off to the Vendee. Still, we all need something to look forward to. And there'll always be the opportunity to christen the new tent in the spring.

A bientot!



05/9/2008 at 7:07pm
 Location: london
 Outfit: Eriba Puck plus 6 tents!!
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Good luck and enjoy, we have always booked ourselves,usually with Castels or Yelloh sites over the internet, with Castels you pay the balance when you get there, and with Yelloh you send them your card number on the form they send you in the post,after you have paid the deposit.All the sites we have been to with both have been lovely, and although more expensive than a smaller independant site,we have had a great time. We book the ferry sometime after xmas,and go for the cheapest possible crossing, with the 1st night within 3 hrs drive. We have been to the Loire, Lake Annecy and Brittany, but my favorite site ever was Chantelope at Le Mans. Deciding where, and how far to drive is hard.

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07/9/2008 at 10:37pm
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We did mobiles for 2 years with Eurocamp and this year camped at L'Etang de la breche with Eurocamp Independant.  I used them as it was the first year my younger child could use their Kids Club, a moment I have been waiting for!  I suspect they were about 200 more expensive over the 3 weeks.  As it turned out both sons  much preferred the French kids club. 

In addition the pitch Eurocamp told us we were having was the worst on the site (despite having booked in Aug last year).  When we got there I was relieved  to discover we had been re-allocated.

On the plus side we used Eurocamp ready tents as overnight stops on the was down, which worked well (especially as I didn't want to leave our trailer in a hotel car park) and gave the kids more of a chance to stretch their legs than hotels would have done.

NB Having looked at Select Sites recently, haven't they been taken over by the company that owns Eurocamp?

 

 



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07/9/2008 at 11:29pm
 Location: Hants
 Outfit: VW Trooper
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Yes I thought they(Select Sites) had been taken over earlier this year/late last year by Eurocamp et al, but our booking was still through them . They're still very helpful with good knowledge of the sites in the bookings team.Be interesting to see if their 2009 brochure mentions the takeover/looks different. They still have a seperate website.

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08/9/2008 at 10:55pm
 Location:  Whitchurch shrops
 Outfit: Swift conqueror 480
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lots of replies here .

my advice would be have a look at the camping and caravanning club  on line ask for a carefree brochure to be sent to you or phone them and ask for one. have a look at the all inclusive deals . we have found these very good value and they take the worry out of booking. their sites are excellent. i dont think you can go wrong with these.

if you want to book with them you would need to join but i think they are worth it.

good luck.

 




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