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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??

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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. ......

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 :-)

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 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! :-)

lancaster Sat 22-Jun-13 21:37:18

Really interested in the answers to this thread as we are heading off to Chamonix next weekend for 3 weeks. Although the dover calais ferry is cheap it is definitely going to cost us more than 2 weeks in north devon Costs that I hadn't thought of were european breakdown cover, car insuance etc. However the price is all relative as we spent £2500 for a 1 week package holiday in majorca last year.

nkf Sat 22-Jun-13 21:28:44

I'd love to go the Loire, mainly for the chateaux but can you guarantee sun? At the moment, I think the thought of paying for a holiday and it raining would make me vicious with rage.

poorbuthappy Sat 22-Jun-13 21:18:12

For the last 2 years we have gone all the way done and had 2 summers of 40 degree heat. Lovely.
But this year we are only going as far as the Loire. Can't face the mammoth drive this year. confused
I am hoping for sun, but if not, then we'll cope. Actually I will be really pissed off but hey ho

chicaguapa Sat 22-Jun-13 21:10:36

In an ideal world I'd like to spend £100 in Pembrokeshire and have sun for a week. wink I don't have a budget really, but think I might spend whatever it takes to get some sun. We went to Mallorca at half term and barely got any there either.

Hattieboo Sat 22-Jun-13 21:03:40

Hi chicaguapa. How much u wanting to spend? :-)

chicaguapa Sat 22-Jun-13 20:58:20

We can't decide what to do now.

The cheapest ferry I can find with a trailer (we have a folding camper) is £154 rtn from Dover. Plus camping costs at the municipal sites. Plus petrol driving to find the sun.

Or we can go to Pembrokeshire for a week for £100. But it'll rain, probably. confused

nkf Sat 22-Jun-13 20:45:33

But, if you want serious heat, don't you have to go to the Med? Really far down.

Hattieboo Sat 22-Jun-13 20:42:14

What's your budget for ferry, camping and fuel? How long do you want to go for? We went last year on shoe string, so may be able to help! It was our best holiday ever! Doing it again and can't wait!!!! :-)

HolidayArmadillo Fri 14-Jun-13 19:44:14

Should take around 6 or do hours I think from Calais. Really looking forward to it. Going here a Dutch run site. Looks great.

fedupwithdeployment Tue 11-Jun-13 15:13:29

Stay away from big name resorts. Cost of life can rocket in trendy places. Eg beer in small market town €2.50 but can be 3x the price in a resort.

We go to southern French alps in August and the weather is almost always fab...counting the days grin. But it is a long way. Buy petrol off the motorway, supermarket usually best.

thonah Tue 11-Jun-13 12:49:11

I maintain that anywhere south of the Loire has much better weather than the UK. That's about 1/3 of the way down France, say 200 ish miles from Calais (1 days drive with a trailer). If you want to keep the costs down keep away from the coast and main tourist areas and head for central France. We've found even high quality campsites with pools/ children's clubs etc are significantly cheaper away from the coast. Obviously using municipals will cut the cost again. Food in supermarkets costs pretty much the same as in the UK - some items are cheaper, others more expensive. Local markets can be cheaper. If you are flexible on time, a lot of french sites reduce their rates in mid-late August, so right at the end of our school holidays it is cheaper.

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 12:53:49

We haven't booked our ferry ticket yet as we'll do this nearer the time or when I find a good deal. We will have a trailer which always puts the price up. Then if the weather looks like it might be ok in the UK, we might stay here and spending the ferry crossing on eating out.

We'll be over there for just over a week this time, but if it goes ok, we'll go for 2 weeks next year.

forevergreek Sun 09-Jun-13 20:03:10

What about the Netherlands? 2-4 hour drive from Calais depending on where you go, and great sandy beaches. Usually great weather in the summer ( but this summer does seem bad for whole of Europe).

MinimalistMommi Sun 09-Jun-13 19:50:24

That's great to know where, be got to check weather.

WhereDoesPerryKeepHisHat Sun 09-Jun-13 18:50:25

We go early August and book tickets 3 - 7 days before we go. Never had a problem. Price doesn't seem to go up either.

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