keep looking. I find if you phone the operators and speak to someone and tell them your budget they can usually come up with something, even after the initial response of 'that's not enough'. Try direct holidays online as well as they can be quite resonable. Good luck!
How about camping in France, and avoid the delis?
We went to a great campsite in Archachon, SW France, called Dune du Pyla. I didn't see one deli the whole time I was there, amd I was 6 months pregnant when we went.
We usually go to France as we live so close to the ferry port. We're happy to camp too but I see that as being my holidays for the future with two children. This seemed like our last chance to fly somewhere and have a break with dd - who is at a great age. With another one on the way I think it will be off the agenda for a little while. By the time the summer holidays come I'll be too pregnant to fly so it is May half term or never!
Check out Easyjet flights. I recommend Slovenia. Pretty, close, incredibly child friendly. We went at the height of the summer season last year and nver had a problem getting a hotel room. Try lake Bled, a 45 minute bus journey from the capital. We stayed in a lakeside hotel (with indoor pool) for about 35 euro per night. The sluglet, aged 2, just shared our bed and wasn't charged for.
OK - everyone's recommendations were great to give me some ideas. Some of them I looked up and came in over budget for that incredibly expensive half term week. In the end we found a holiday to the Algarve for £1050 with a one bedroom apartment S/C. I was just about to book it and had second thoughts. Worried about amusing DD and ourselves during the day.
I thought I was going to go with my other idea of a city break to Copenhagen but I must just look into this Italian trip first. The accommodation looks loevly and so reasonably priced.
It is very easy to do with a 2yo. Everyone is very childfriendly and the beach is clean, the water is shallow forever and there are lifeguards and everyone has children and they all help look after each other's children. And of course, since it's italy, the food is a child's (and adult's) dream.