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Message posted by Ewen c28/1/2018 at 6:05pm
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Another two sites booked today. 4 still to be booked, if possible. It looks like one municipal can be booked so I will email later. The other three look like a turn up and hope. We had looked at some airb&b but the prices were extortionate. We are have three hotels and 8 campsites for our trip. Many aren't on UKCS so reviews will be forthcoming.
Why do so many French sites require a cheque for a deposit? I haven't had a cheque book for over 20 years. Also, waiting for SNCF to release advanced booking for the two TER journeys we need to make.
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Message posted by oxter28/1/2018 at 7:53pm
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You are booking for June?
Surely that’s not necessary? Should be very quiet until nearer August.
Most of us just turn up (with ACSI Card for cheaper prices)
Only really popular sites in busy tourist areas during high season need to be booked.

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I`d agree with Oxter, certainly no need to book in June.

The reason for the cheques is that most of the French still use them in everyday life.

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I must say Ewen, I have never booked a site in advance in France. We only go out of the main season.

Not booking does give you a little more flexibility.

Sounds good though. 😀👍

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Message posted by Mucker188428/1/2018 at 9:52pm
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Is this for your "walk" (to put it mildly!) or am I mistaken?

With a route to follow, destinations to be reached, and itineraries to be adhered to, it does seem to make sense to book where possible.
Good to have a plan, under those circumstances.

Must say, I'm looking forward to the full on report and pics when you get back. Hope it all goes well.

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Message posted by Ewen c29/1/2018 at 6:09am
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As Mucker said, we don't have the flexibility of personal transport. If a site is complet we have to go to the next one or retrace our steps.
The biggest headache has been accommodation in Genets. We were going to book airb&bs but what was available two weeks ago is now all booked up. That is for the week before Bastille day. The only accommodation left is the site and we need to be in Genets to book a guide to take us across the bay at low tide. We are actually starting the walk in the last few days of June. Past experience has shown that many sites are filling up and acsi is not taken as the last week is seen as the beginning of high season.
If we had a car or MH it would be no problem but on foot we really need to book to ensure accommodation, even if it is only the day before. An extra 10km when you have already walked 15 or 20 is no joke so booking is very worthwhile.
It is a walking holiday, not a yomp.

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Message posted by Old Bean29/1/2018 at 6:28am
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Which site are you trying to book, Ewen? There are two in Genets, La Perame, or Les Coques d'Or?

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Message posted by Ewen c29/1/2018 at 6:37am
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The Coques d'or. The other one is further from Bec D'Andaine closer to Tissey. We didn't want to stay at les Coques but we have it booked now. We are sending them a eurogiro....for 12 euro. I will have to get it organised on my lunch break.


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Message posted by Francais29/1/2018 at 9:40am
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The OP mentions cheques, it is quite odd in this modern age when you often see folk in the French supermarkets scribbling out a cheque at the tills, I might just do the same next time I go down to my local Tesco, and see what reaction I get.

As for ACSI we are lucky enough to have found a 3 Star campsite that gives the 13€ ACSI rate up to 4th July down on the Cote d Azur.

We always book, mainly as I think it courteous to do so especially as we are to be at the campsite for a fortnight or more.

In the past booking has been a faff, the first time I had to bank transfer 100€ and you can't do that with an app from here in the UK it was a case of going into my bank to have my trousers pulled down!

In later years we would just leave a 100€ In cash with the campsite owner, as a deposit for the following year.

But then this year thanks to the wonderment of the interweb, and the campsite updating their website, we can simply book online directly with the campsite including paying the 100€ deposit.

Happy days!

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I don't expect municipals to have online booking but I would expect the larger commercial sites to be able to pay a deposit by card. Camping de la Vanlee in Brehal waived our booking fee which was a nice gesture and I paid the deposit by card. Led Coques d'or in Genet's require a cheque as do the municipal in St Jean le Thomas. The other two municipals don't do bookings. Haliotis was very efficient and Camping l'ermitage in Granville didn't take a deposit for our stay.

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Message posted by Francais29/1/2018 at 3:27pm
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Yep Ewen, when I came to book the campsite for this year, I had to pay the 100€ deposit online to complete the booking process.

I had pretty much kissed good bye to the 100€ cash that I had left with the campsite owner back in 2015!.

But hey, and the basis of if you don't ask you don't get I dropped an email to the campsite owner.

And much to my surprise he remembered the 100€ cash that I had given him back in 2015, and was even apologetic that his system would not allow a refund of the 100€ that I had paid online.

So the campsite owner said that he would simply deduct 200€ from my campsite bill when we depart.

Which in effect means he will be giving me 12€ back in cash on our departure.

Happy days indeed, and what an outstanding French campsite owner he is.

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Message posted by Ewen c29/1/2018 at 3:46pm
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Yeah Francais it is always nice to come across the good guys. Of course I always treat the way I want to be treated myself. Being reasonable goes a long way.

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Oops a duplicate post.
Another advantage of booking is that it is an added incentive to keep going. We might need that as the surroundings will be a bit different to our usual mountain haunts. Cafes and the ready availability of cidre en route may make for slow progress.

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Message posted by Mucker188429/1/2018 at 6:09pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 29/1/2018
Yep Ewen, when I came to book the campsite for this year, I had to pay the 100€ deposit online to complete the booking process.

I had pretty much kissed good bye to the 100€ cash that I had left with the campsite owner back in 2015!.

But hey, and the basis of if you don't ask you don't get I dropped an email to the campsite owner.

And much to my surprise he remembered the 100€ cash that I had given him back in 2015, and was even apologetic that his system would not allow a refund of the 100€ that I had paid online.

So the campsite owner said that he would simply deduct 200€ from my campsite bill when we depart.

Which in effect means he will be giving me 12€ back in cash on our departure.

Happy days indeed, and what an outstanding French campsite owner he is.




That'll be the same €12 I left there when rounding my bill up, in Sept!   

Good of 'em to still accept the deposit you left them 3 years previous.... but not exactly surprising, to anyone who's stayed there, of course!   

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Message posted by Francais29/1/2018 at 7:33pm
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Yep, Mucker although we do always leave Madame a nice bouquet of flowers on our departure.

Although I did steal that one from Stuart!


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