A holiday like centre parcs but... not

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I am a terrible, terrible, terrible flyer. Even typing that gives me the jitters.
We're looking for a family holiday for 2014 given we didn't get any time off work/school as a full family unit until Christmas.
I am okay doing the ferry to France/Ireland/Jersey etc.
I have two children, with a fairly big age gap so not interested in the same things. One is eight, the other nearly three.
In my head, I'm trying to find something kinda like "Cheaper By the Dozen 2" or "Grown Ups" where they stay in a cabin and there's a lake and stuff. DH is not keen on the lake district or the peak district. He is also not keen on Scotland as we're going there in the summer for a few days for a family event. We'd like to be near the beach. We'd also like the holiday to not cost the same as a small house :D
Any ideas of location areas? Previous holidays have been on the East coast, Yarmouth, Wales and Cornwall.
Where is good to stay in Ireland?
What is Jersey like - will I have two bored children?

OOH, this is interesting. Am thinking I might go away without DH this year - or for him to join us for a bit of it. Those of you who've been to Bluestone - a good, relatively stress free, place for one parent of 2yo twins?
My only fear is that we'd be paying a lot for the pool, which I wouldn't be able to use much on my own with two of them. Hmm.

JanicefromFriends Sat 11-Jan-14 21:08:54

We've been to 2 Dutch CP's and 1 in Belgium as well as Elveden CP quite a bit as its only 45 mins from home but I think foreign ones are much better value than the English ones and there are proper cycle paths outside the parks to explore.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 11-Jan-14 21:05:20

5ft5 we are going to the yorkshire site we are dead excited!

5Foot5 Sat 11-Jan-14 18:08:40

Oh we did Forest Holidays a few years back and the cabin was lovely. Which site are you going to?

Bambamb Sun 05-Jan-14 08:32:49

Forest holidays is lovely, you'll enjoy it.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 04-Jan-14 13:13:42

eeeek we have just booked to go on one of the forest holiday sites for easter.

Brilliant thanks ladies

Kelling Heath is supposed to be really good.

Debs75 Fri 03-Jan-14 22:25:31

Enjoying this thread. We did centreparcs a few years ago and loved it. So nice to see some good alternatives which are generally cheaper. One of the Holland centreparcs is £400 cheaper and has an extra bedroom. We may have to start saving

BendyBusBuggy Fri 03-Jan-14 22:10:02

Oops, Lynette already posted the same

BendyBusBuggy Fri 03-Jan-14 22:09:25
NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 03-Jan-14 22:06:05

OOOh I so wish it wasn't a 6 hour drive to that bluestone place...
It looks perfect!!!

VinoEsmeralda Fri 03-Jan-14 21:51:17

cp in Holland is very good especially round Easter time as one week is off peak during UK break. we are going to the Kempervennen and think if you book more then 5 months ahead you get 20% off. We paid £800 for a week with free breakfast and wifi for the week and 5 free activities ( this is in a top end bungalow with sauna and lake view). Great for young and older kids.

Mandy21 Fri 03-Jan-14 21:50:19

Another vote for Duinrell. We went earlier this year. We have also stayed on Les Castels campsites (France) which generally have fishing lakes etc and lots going on. Friends used Huttopia this year (wooden huts), also in France, which they said was great.

SimLondon Fri 03-Jan-14 21:41:59

Might have been seat51

SimLondon Fri 03-Jan-14 21:31:14

Have you checked out themaninseat52 it gives non flying train routes from the uk to everywhere. I've taken the train to the south of France and also the south of Spain using info from that website.

ChineseFireball Fri 03-Jan-14 20:35:59

Another vote for Bluestone grin

Newsofaarrived Fri 03-Jan-14 20:20:09

We did Duinrell a few years ago - had great fun! Look at the Dover to Dunkirk ferry as this was the cheapest we found.

I am just looking at Holland now smile

Middleagedmotheroftwo Fri 03-Jan-14 20:16:38

You want Bluestone in Pembrokeshire. Sounds just what you're looming for.

Groovee Fri 03-Jan-14 20:10:57

What about CP in Holland? You could get the ferry

nancerama Fri 03-Jan-14 20:09:56

Center Parcs or Duirell in Holland could be great alternatives. On the coast, the bike hire you can use to explore the local countryside (not just the compound) and cheap public transport to explore nearby cities.

I love the bluestones one, but DH thinks its too expensive for this year given we are restricted to the school holidays.
Maybe next year!!

Am still looking around at the other suggestions smile

noramum Fri 03-Jan-14 13:54:49

The .european centre parcs are cheaper during our half-terms. We just got €660 quoted for a midweek stay end of May in France compared to £2000 for a UK parc.

mummy1973 Thu 02-Jan-14 21:39:27

sandy balls in the new forest?

Fridayschild Thu 02-Jan-14 21:25:39

Try centre parcs in holland for a bit of variety.

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