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Key Camp - anyone been?

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Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 17:09:59

We are considering, as part of our summer holiday, going and staying at a KeyCamp place in the south of France.

What are they like?
DD will be 3yo - will is be suitable?
What is the accommodation like?
Anything we should know?


Other plans are:
- fly to Nice; collect 14 day hire car
- Key Camp (or similar) for 7 days
- 4 nights somewhere between Nice and Paris - not yet decided
- 3 nights in Disney Land Paris (for DD )
- Fly home from Paris

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 17:10:46

Oh, and what type of accomodation - tent or mobile home? What do you reccomend?

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 17:11:03

yes yeyes
I love it
we went to bonne anse plage


more later

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 17:13:45

Not been to a site at or near Nice, but we have done Keycamp and Canvas several times. I know that other MNs have also done Eurocamp and say that it is cheaper....that said I have other sources who say the tents with eurocamp aren't as good as with Canvas.

All types of companies are great for trips with kids. You can siut yourself and not worry too much if the kids are yelling (always a worry for me in hotels)

Are you thinking of a tent or caravan, I can help with both?

Your dd witll love it, loads of other families and kids to play with and great facilities, pools parks etc

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 17:17:31

Just xposted. We did our firt in a tend and it rained and rained and rained. ds was 18 months and teathing and I had my MIL with us as well.....I love her to bits but she was as much use as a choc fireguard on that holiday. Have since done a caravan, but in the rain but can get v hot....nice to have your own loo and shower. The caravans are very good, excellent equipment, just like the pics in the books. We did disney from the one on the west of Paris, had a 40 minute train ride which my ds loved almost as much as Disney.

Have now gone the whole hog and got our own tent! Have sold this type of holiday to our mates, it is the best with kids without a doubt! Have done it the last 2 holidays and wouldn't think of any other sort for a good few years

AuntyQuated Sat 15-Jan-05 17:18:58

yes, would say caravan reather than tent as tents can get very hot

kidsclubs cater for 3 year olds some sites even do tumbletots but not sure of age range tho'

french sites are always good, - clean well looked after etc etc

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 17:19:42

Thought the kids clubs start at 4? they do with Canvas.

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 17:22:39

oh yes dont do wurocamp
keycamp deffo better
we ahd a three bed one but wodul deff go seperately to inlaws

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 17:26:34

I was worse than that cod, we were in a tent! And she only baby sat once! I do love her tho!

The three bed caravans are rather nice. We were in a two bed this last summer and have booked a three bedder for holland at easter.

AuntyQuated Sat 15-Jan-05 17:26:55

keycamp kids clubs go from 12 months but the littlies have to be accompanied by an adult but still has advantages

AuntyQuated Sat 15-Jan-05 17:28:02

you've got me all going now ---off to search out brouchure

coddy - how long did it take you to get to Bonne dooo dah

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 17:38:41

Cheers - just looking now. Will definitely look at a caravan as I do want my own toilet. Can't hover for a week . DD will be 3 when we go, but I am not sure we would leave her in a Kid's club on her own as we tend to do stuff together on holiday. But there again, she might have other ideas. Pool is important for us though.

Slinky Sat 15-Jan-05 17:45:11

We've done Keycamp for the last 3 years (2 in Brittany, last year in Loire).

This year, we're going back to the Loire but with Eurocamp as I preferred the caravan that my friend had with Eurocamp rather than my Keycamp one.

Ameriscot2005 Sat 15-Jan-05 18:22:49

The other option for the South of France is Cap Esterel. It's a fantastic resort, but with built accommodation rather than mobile homes or tents. The pool facilities are great, and there are also children's clubs and plenty of other activities.

There are also lots of independent campgrounds in the South of France that have pools, children's clubs and bars/restaurants.

We've been to the South of France twice with children - one time we took the car on the train to Nice (expensive but convenient) and the other time we took 3 days to get there. We've spent a week in a resort, then a couple of days in the Italian Riviera and a day in the Alps (Courmayeur or Chamonix) on the way home.

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 18:26:25

Pools are always good on these sites Hula, I can recomend a few in the Vendee and also Britaney

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 18:41:16

Just looked at Cap Esterel - looks great and really good value. Especially as you can do accomodation only - saves oner £100!

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 18:44:57

So, what are the others like? Canvas and Eurocamp? And are there others to look at? Never done this type of holiday - can you guess!

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 18:57:47

the type of caravan all depends oon which compay have updated theirs most recently
IMo
our three bedder was almost brand new and the ewrcamp ones werent on our site

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 18:58:42

also H*la
dd can learn to ride a bike
ds2 binned his stablilsers there


theres a very nice ite itthe south west I wodul go to if I flew - will llok

happymerryberries Sat 15-Jan-05 19:00:12

Canvas are very good, smaller than Keycamp and with less choice in the number of sites they offer. The kit is everybit as good as Keycamp and I have tended to find the staff slightly more helpful (both on site and when you book), so we tend to go with Canvas. Never done eurocamp. We are going with canvas at easter in a Centuary....been in one before and they are fab, almost more like a chalet than a caravan

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 19:00:19

here, theer are no cars on site and the ppol complex looks great

lowcalCOD Sat 15-Jan-05 19:00:44

yes they also do tses villas dont hey most companies

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 19:02:29

It looks like we are flying to Nice, and picking up an Avis rental car from the airport there. So want somewhere relatively close the there.

Hulababy Sat 15-Jan-05 19:03:59

Keycamp and Canvas appear to only do costings which include ferry crossings - meaning that we are spending a good £100 and more on an unwanted crossing. Anywhere, other than Cap Esterel, so accommodation only prices?

Slinky Sat 15-Jan-05 19:05:15

this is where we stayed last year, going again in Augusthere


And this is our caravan for this yearthis

This site is small (only 201 pitches) and is incredibly spacious. Grounds are lovely, restaurant is wonderful, and the owners will bend over backwards to make sure everything is OK.

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