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am i fooling myself? Can we go to france for similar (less) than UK

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needtoleaveukforsunshine Thu 06-Jun-13 13:23:56

Started a thread a while ago because wanted to go france as not confident in weather here for camping again. I know it has been warm this week but I think this could be the beginning and end of summer (voice of experience/doom).

Having said that - I am now thinking that going to northern france/loire/vendee is going to be costly. The campsite prices seem less but when I factor in all the travelling and tolls it is going to go up quite a lot.

Does anybody have any suggestions to keep costs down? I am thinking that if we do cheap dover/calais crossing and then only drive for couple of hours we shouldnt incur too many travel costs - but then the weather could also be awful. Maybe I should just book somewhere in devon/cornwall and spend the next month or two with my fingers and toes crossed. What do you all think??

Hattieboo Sat 22-Jun-13 21:50:00

It cost us about £700 for 2 1/2 wks (including ferry, campsite and fuel - not living money!) The campsite was wonderful and weather fantastic in the dordogne. From door to door on way down it took 21hrs, including breaks and 4hr sleep break with caravan in an aire. Felt pretty yuck at time (air conditioning decided to die at Dover and then it was 30 degrees for most of journey) but we're doing it again this year!! We've spent £2000 plus on holidays to balerics etc and we loved this holiday most of all! :-)

chicaguapa Sat 22-Jun-13 21:55:33

the thought of paying for a holiday and it raining would make me vicious with rage.
This is our dilemma. We know its going to rain in Wales but if it rains in France and we've paid more to go there... What if it's raining all over France in August? <curses jetstream>

Hattieboo Sat 22-Jun-13 23:02:48

Gosh you sound EXACTLY like me last year! I guess our lovely holiday has softened me!!! But I agree completely and will just keep my fingers (and toes!) crossed :-)

MrsMc82 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:56:14

Just a note on ferries, we're going southern Brittany next week (so expecting warm but changeable weather).... but the ferry crossings have gone up quite considerably since I first looked at prices a few - I totally forgot to book them till last week. .... still only costing 70 odd quid return but it would have been less than 40 uf had booked when planned. ..... so the ferry prices do go up so maybe just book ferry crossings and sort where you go later. ......

heavenstobetsy Sun 23-Jun-13 10:00:35

Do you have any tesco vouchers? You can exchange them for triple value and use them towards a eurotunnel crossing which could help to reduce the cost

needtoleaveukforsunshine Sun 23-Jun-13 11:23:44

feeling a bit guilty as i started this thread and then forgot about it/got sidetracked/spent too much time looking at uk campsite reviews blush

Glad to see that others have contributed.

We are still undecided. I have been looking at Treen Farm in cornwall and at a campsite at corfe castle in dorset but with going mid/late august I have a feeling that we could be increasing possibility of being cold and wet.

Now - Hattieboo - your messages are pointing me back to France. How on earth did you do that length of hols for £700 with a caravan? I thought ferry costs rise a lot with caravan. I put a quote in for trailer and that increased prices a lot. Would you be willing to say which site in the Dordogne you went to?

I would leave it to the last minute but I am worried that we wont get anything decent in this country or france. Still dithering grin

dreamingbohemian Sun 23-Jun-13 11:30:40

We live in the Loire Valley and we've had exactly the same weather as England all spring and summer. Very depressing!

The Vendee is usually better but not so much this year, at least so far.

But it's been very very changeable so who knows what August will be like? In the past we've indeed had more sun than the UK.

My ILs live near Limoges (Limousin) and they've had lovely weather. I think it's less trendy than some other areas and supposed to be really nice.

TwasBrillig Sun 23-Jun-13 11:37:43

We've camped at corfe castle and had a lovely time. Not sure that helps your dilemma though!

MinimalistMommi Sun 23-Jun-13 13:30:05

Which campsite at Corfe? I can highly recommend Downshay just outside Corfe, it's a great campsite!

MinimalistMommi Sun 23-Jun-13 13:30:46

We're still hoping to go last minute to France, we're going to sit to book ferry though so we can check forecast.

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