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As there has been a lot of debate about the costs of French holidays I thought some folk might be interested in our expenditure this summer. We were 2 adults and Max the collie in our Kia Sorento Titan (07) automatic towing our Bailey Senator Arizona (5 series/06).

 

This is a list of our expenditure for our summer holidays in Brittany. We have to go in the Peak season of July/August as we ae both teachers. We were away for a total of 38 nights, including 2 in the UK from 23 July. We used Lidl for as much Food shopping as possible. We took quite a lot of food with us including some tinned meats, etc for meals whilst travelling. We ate cereal or croissant for breakfast, bagette and cold meats for lunch each day and cooked our own meals most nights. We only ate out once, pizza, and don't go to bars, etc.

 

We drove down from St Helens to Folkestone and then crossed to the Continent using Eurotunnel. After 2 nights at Camping La Chaumiere, near St Omer, we drove down to Camping de Port La Chaine in northern Brittany. We stopped at Camping Pont Farcy for one night enroute. After 2 weeks we drove on to Camping Du Letty, Benodet where we spent 15 nights. We then drove back to La Chaumiere for a 3 night stay stopping another one night at Pont Farcy again enroute.

 

The following gives some idea of our expenditure. We used our Post Office Credit Card(Commission free), took 220€ with us (from the PO in the UK) and took out another 100€ from a cash machine in France (Nationwide debit card) but we brought 40+€ home with us.

 

Eurotunnel (+Tesco Vchs £190) inc dog £60. 00

Red Pennant Insurance £289. 50 £7. 60 Insurance/Day

Food Shopping £438. 70 £12. 73 Food/Day

Cider for home use (55 bottles) £73. 00

Meals out(Inc Take-aways & ice/cream) £82. 06

Diesel £571. 00 £15. 03 Diesel/Day

Tolls(Inc 2xM6 Toll) £50. 04

Vet (Dog's Pet Passport - St Omer) £37. 38

Cmpg/Nt

Cmpg La Chaumiere(5) £97. 68 £19. 54

Cmpg Pont Farcy(2) £19. 10 £9. 55

Cmpg Port La Chaine(14) £388. 08 £27. 72

Cmpg Du Letty(15) (+2x30% Dy Mirr Vch) £447. 19 £29. 81

Wyatt's Covert CC(2) (+£5CC Voucher) £44. 42 £22. 21

Est cash exp (Not included above) £100. 00

Total £2,689. 13 £71. 00 Overall/Night

 

 

£996. 45 Campg Total(38 Nts)

£26. 22 Campg Average/Nt

 

I hope these figures may be of interest/help to others.

 

Tim

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Thanks really useful as we are planning this type of trip for next year. This years was a failure as van got written off on our way south. We have two German Shepherds and were wondering how dog friendly Municipal Pont Farcy was in terms of a good dog walk?

Cheers

Seesaw

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Hi Seesaw

 

Sorry to hear of your big problems with your 'van - I hope you get it sorted out. It must have doubly upsetting to both loose your 'van and miss your holiday.

 

Pont Farcy Cmp is quite a long site so you could probably walk your dogs along the length of the site. Alternatively there is a public "park" (not the neat and tidy sort) area on the other side of the river, near the Bailey bridge about 15 minutes walk away. If you have a look in "campsite reviews abroad" on this forum you can see my reviews of most of the sites we visited including Pont Farcy.

 

Glad my figures are useful to you. We found France a bit expensive for food shopping, meals out and bar drinks but diesel was cheaper than the UK at c£1. 14/litre. Our Sorento is a bit of a fuel guzzler. Home and back again we did 2174 miles and used 478. 07 litres of diesel an average of 20. 67 miles/gallon.

 

All the best for next year.

 

Tim.

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Hello Tim, can I just say thank you for this, it really helps to have an idea of the cost.

 

I'm saving up and hope to go in 2013 (we've got a 3 week Florida Holiday next year, so not much caravanning in 2012). I'll be going with a collie and a poodle. Was it hot, how did your collie cope with the weather?

 

Cheers

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Hello Tim, can I just say thank you for this, it really helps to have an idea of the cost.

 

I'm saving up and hope to go in 2013 (we've got a 3 week Florida Holiday next year, so not much caravanning in 2012). I'll be going with a collie and a poodle. Was it hot, how did your collie cope with the weather?

 

Cheers

 

Hi Dalel

 

I'm glad my figures are useful to you. Max our collie is estimated to be 16-17 years old now so he mainly sleeps wherever he is, and walks as little as he can, LOL. He did seem a bit unwell one occasion and we wondered if he had maybe got too hot but mainly he was fine.

 

The weather in Brittany was generally warm and pleasant, ie, warmer than the UK but not really hot. We had a couple of rainy days at both of our main sites and Port La Chaine was windier but then it was more exposed than Du Letty.

 

From 1 January 2012 the Pet Passport regulations are going to be eased quite a lot so it will be easier for you to take your dogs. I don't know if Max will still be with us by next summer due to his age.

 

I hope your Florida trip goes well - we've not tried that - we can't find a suitable ferry!!??

 

Regards

Tim

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Hi Seesaw

 

We found France a bit expensive for food shopping, meals out and bar drinks but diesel was cheaper than the UK at c£1. 14/litre. Our Sorento is a bit of a fuel guzzler. Home and back again we did 2174 miles and used 478. 07 litres of diesel an average of 20. 67 miles/gallon.

 

All the best for next year.

 

Tim.

 

I think cost of living where you live is far cheaper than in Kent!! we find for fruit & veg in France (not organic) price per kilo in France is the same as price per pound in England. as is coffee, wine and a lot of every day to day neccessities.

 

We had 3 weeks in France this year, Towed for 1700 miles @ 32. 6 MPG @ average speed of 52. 7 MPH.

 

Think you need to go further south in France, Brittany was English,?? stop at Calais it is Quite cheap there, we shop there once a month for general groceries, fill up with fuel,

have a meal, and it is still cheaper than Aldi.

 

Get to the Med you can live for half the price buying locally.

 

Sorry forgot to Say we will only buy free range or high welfare products

 

think you need to look at where you are going & what you buy there!

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Thanks for that Tim - really helpful as we were contemplating going to France next year for the first time.

 

I'm sorry to say that it seems quite expensive when broken down like this - we're used to CL sites, no ferries, tolls etc so it was a bit of a shock as to how much things cost. Maybe we need to get in the real world otherwise we certainly won't be going next year! Like the idea of the Eurostar though, best start shopping at Tesco :D

 

Not sure whether we'll do it yet - bit of a scaredy cat if I'm honest - tell me is it really worth it for a fortnight? (I notice that you were there over a month)

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tell me is it really worth it for a fortnight? (I notice that you were there over a month)

 

 

We went down to the Perigord for 2 weeks including travel and in total it cost about hmmm £1500 - 1600 . ..but . .. we have an even bigger thirstier car so you can knock a bit off the fuel costs, we spent quite a bit on eating out and quite a bit on wine! We also took in a good few places and went down to Bergerac for the . . erm ok wine again! :)

 

Was it worth it? OH yes indeedy every bit worth it, the holiday was great, it was relaxing, peacefull, we had a good look around and even went canoeing at Brantome . .. for everything else there's Mastercard :lol:

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This got me thinking so I went back over our 10 week trip to France.

 

Out 27/4 back 8/7 so 71 nights.

 

Visited Twin Lakes, Montendre, Camping Larrouleta, St Jean du Luz, Camping La Foret, Arcachon, Twin Lakes (yes we liked it that much the first time) and then 6 week at La Tranche sur Mer and one night (pre Ferry) at Dinan.

 

Base holiday (ferry (Ports -> St Malo) + 6 weeks at La Tranche) with Eurocamp Independent was £952.

 

Insurance (Red Pennant) £255.

 

29 site nights pre La Tranche on ACSI and cash £385.

 

Diesel for £1800 miles £414.

 

Food, wine, beer etc etc (we did not eat out and as others had cereal for breakfast (Ok the odd pain de chocolate!!), bagette and cold meat, pate etc for lunch and BBQ most nights). £2312

 

Duty free on ferry (2 x 1 ltr Gin for moi and fags for family looking after house, garden and cat) £75.

 

£4393/71 nights = <£62 a night.

 

Ferry and 71 nights on site = £1337 @ <£19 a night.

 

Food and provisions £2322 @ £32 a day.

 

Red Pennant. . @£3. 59 a day.

 

Average 25 mpg towing more solo. ..

 

Fuel £414 for 1800 miles at £0. 23 a mile or £5. 83 a day.

 

Well I found it an interesting exercise!!!

 

G.

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Thanks for that Tim - really helpful as we were contemplating going to France next year for the first time.

 

I'm sorry to say that it seems quite expensive when broken down like this - we're used to CL sites, no ferries, tolls etc so it was a bit of a shock as to how much things cost. Maybe we need to get in the real world otherwise we certainly won't be going next year! Like the idea of the Eurostar though, best start shopping at Tesco :D

 

Not sure whether we'll do it yet - bit of a scaredy cat if I'm honest - tell me is it really worth it for a fortnight? (I notice that you were there over a month)

YES! YES! YES! I would agree with all CraigD says about a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Another bonus is the much better weather than the UK, even in Brittany. I only wore shorts and short-sleeved shirts until we got back to the north of France.

 

I think that many people do not realise the true costs of their hols but I was able this year to keep a check quite easily as we used our Post Office Credit Card (Commission free) for EVERYTHING possible - even Lidl take credit cards in France!! In previous years when Nationwide Credit Cards were commission free we used a mixture of 2 of them and the PO one so it was harder to keep track. I always keep an excel spreadsheet of our car figures anyway so I just ocntinued this on our hols.

 

It is possible to go to France on a budget. As you can see from my costs for Municipal Camping Pont Farcy it is possible to get sites for under £10/nt, even in August. Pont Farcy was a lovely, peaceful riverside site and I would have been happy to stay longer. (See my review in the overseas reviews on CT) Of course the fact that our work in education means that we HAVE to go in July/August, if at all, certainly bumps up the campsite costs considerably as we cannot use Camping Cheques, ASCI cards, etc for a discount. Diesel is cheaper, although our car is very thirsty. There are lots of Lidl, Aldi and Netto stores in France. Although we did use the tolls on our outward trip in France, about c£25, on the way home we only used on short stretch at a cost of c£6.

 

With regard to the crossing this was the first time that we had used the tunnel. We don't do all our shopping at Tesco but over the years had accumulated enough to nearly pay for this crossing and decided to use them this year as the redemption value was changing for 4x to 3x the face value. In recent past years we have used Norfolk lines - only £78 return booked through the Caravan Club, or less, for the return crossing for car, 'van and us, extra for Max the collie. We did not really like the shuttle too much, although it was a bit quicker. In past years when I have settled down in a good restaurnt seat overlooking the bows of the NLine ferry I feel my hols have begun!!!

 

I hope you manage to make the Continent next year - I would highly recommend it.

 

Tim

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Tim, Glad that you enjoyed Brittany, It is normally our first trip to France each May/June time. This year we were at site 1 site 2 both of these camps are ASCI sites and we stayed at each one for ten days. our costs for camping over this period was far less than yours but that is to be expected for the time or year that we were there. As we are retired time was our own so we meander there with no toll charges (once in Brittany there are no tolls on the Autoroutes anyway) As you probably know there are no large Auchan supermarkets in Brittany :( so this can be reflected in the slightly higher charges in the smaller group shops but we found that Casino, and L'Eclerc prices on fuel and produce were not expensive ;) . We aways try to use our Tesco points for the crossing and we have a yearly insurance for the car and van while in Europe so the various trips that we make throughout the year work out to be far cheaper on an individual basis. When our kids were young and trips had to be made during the school holidays as you we had no options as to the time we went, But today we look around and can plan some very inexpensive trips. Good luck mate. :D:D

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Thanks for that Megladon

 

We love Brittany too.

 

I'm 58 now and Cary is 55 so we hope to be following in your footsteps for some, even LONGER, OFF-PEAK hols in just a few more years - God willing.

 

Regards

 

Tim

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We went to the Vendee (us and 2 kids) in August, staying at La Garangeoire. We mostly had lunch in the van and cooked about half the nights, others were meals out or a take-away. One or 2 beers (literally) on most nights in the on-site bar. We took the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk (£85 return) and autoroute all the way to the site (c. £140 return in tolls, I think, although I can only find £75 on my bank statements :huh: ).

 

Campsite cost = £550 (12 nights)

Ferry = £85

2 x overnight stops = £20

Food, tolls, petrol = the rest (sorry, just taking off bank statements, didn't record it in detail).

 

Total: £1,870

 

Pretty reasonable for a 2-week holiday for a family of 4 in school holidays, all-in. B)

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A link some might find of use re shopping over here

 

http://www. gitesandmore. co. uk/Shopping. htm'>http://www. gitesandmore. co. uk/Shopping. htm

 

 

Thanks for that link Dave

 

I've bookmarked it for future use and will take it with me on my laptop when next visiting France.

 

Regards

Tim

 

A link some might find of use re shopping over here

 

http://www. gitesandmore. co. uk/Shopping. htm

 

 

Thanks for that link Dave

 

I've bookmarked it for future use and will take it with me on my laptop when next visiting France.

 

Regards

Tim

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Big Tim you got me thinking about the cost of our holiday in Italy, we went for 44 days

A break down of our holiday bearing in mind we took a lot of food with us as we don't like to spend to much time shopping, buying steaks and such like when on offer and putting as much in the freezer part of the fridge as we can get in,we also take a small fridge to use on site.

Red Pennant £186

Insurance to have fully comp in Europe extra £88

Ferry Norfolk Line£78

Diesel £510 including £68 in England

Tolls

Swiss Vignette £62 +£14

Campsites £1120 in £s

MAMER LUXEMBURGE, 1 night £14

CAMPING de VALLY le SEC, France 2 nights £37

See-Camping Burer, Switzerland 2 nights £61

Camping la Breva, Lake Como Italy 6 nights £113

Camping Municipal, Lake Garda, Lazies 20 nights £598

Camping Quai, Lake Iseo 9 nights £235

Camp Kawan Village, Bussang France 1 night £24

Camping les Trieux, Malonne Belgium 2 nights £39

1 night on Norfolk Line car park 1 night 00

Restaurants, coffees, lunches about £450.

Shopping which I don't really count as you have to eat at home £175, and as said took a lot with me did a lot in Lidle.

Plus spending money,WINE!!, admissions, treats, bits and pieces £200.

We did all the Diesel, most camp sites, and restaurants, on the Nationwide card.

All in All about £3000ish, where can have a holiday with views over Lakes, beautiful countryside, wonderful

towns and cities, and the freedom to go where you want for that price. :) :) :D

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A very interesting post and some very interesting replies.

 

One thing we have noticed over the years is that we have more and more people who are stopping for longer periods each year so as to avoid having to change pitches and the drive between destinations who knows where added to which more often than not people are coming and going to the Dordogne in only 2 days whereas in previous years some have done the blat in a single day or some others have been taking 3 or even more.

 

Bonne Chance

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