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We're thinking of venturing to France with the van!! We normally only travel 50 miles from home and end up in the New Forest (which we do love) but this summer holiday we thought Northern France would be nice, we have never been to France, never driven in France and can't Speak a word of French!!

Ideally we'd like to get off the ferry (Portsmouth to ???) and have no more than a 2 hour drive and be on a site (cheap ish!!) has anyone any suggestions??

 

Thanks

 

Stuart

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We always use these and book everything through them. They send out route planners and lists of overnight stop sites

 

http://www. eurocampindependent. co. uk/

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We're thinking of venturing to France with the van!! We normally only travel 50 miles from home and end up in the New Forest (which we do love) but this summer holiday we thought Northern France would be nice, we have never been to France, never driven in France and can't Speak a word of French!!

Ideally we'd like to get off the ferry (Portsmouth to ???) and have no more than a 2 hour drive and be on a site (cheap ish!!) has anyone any suggestions??

 

Thanks

 

 

Stuart

Can recommend this site which is only 40 minutes easy drive from Cherbourg www. etang-des-haizes. com and has good facilities for children

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Hi, don't worry about driving in France, if you are confident over here, then France will be a doddle ;) As for talking the lingo, basic manners, please and thank you, and trying the language is all part of the fun. We don't speak French and had no issues.

 

Also it is a good place to visit the normandy landings - plan it well and you will be humbled, informed, proud and full of admiration. It was great for the kids too as it is living history!

 

We have stayed at a few places in France and highly recommend these. ..

 

Cote de Nacre in Saint Aubin sur mer, a lovely smallish site with a great pool and bar. A short walk into the town with good shops and restaurants.

 

Lez Eaux in Granville, a Castell site set in fabulous surroundings. Not much in walking distance but plenty on site, huge indoor pool and lots of activities. Local town a 5 min drive.

 

Camping Haliotis A lovely site near Pontorson, same facilities as above (seems pretty standard in France) Lovely surroundings and a 3 min walk into a good town with plenty of choice. Good local supermarkets close by. Pizza van comes on site 2/3 times a week highly rated!

 

Domaine des Ormes Just south of Pontorson. A huge site that has a huge feel to it. There is everything you could think of including golf, boating lake, zip wire and forest rope course. My only advice is that you get the full spectrum of visitors to this place so be prepared to broaden you social skills - from Daily sport to Telegraph readers ;)

 

La Dune des Sables Just North of La Rochelle, Vendee. This is literally on the beach! It is a good few hours drive down but worth it if you want the better weather. Again a pool and facilities are here. A walk into town is 10-15 mins.

 

Hope these help and ask away about anything else :D

 

H.

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I would also recommend Camping Etangs-des- Haizes at La Haye-de-Puit and Camping Haliotis at Pontorson. My preference would be Camping Haliotis. If travelling within the appropriate period both take Camping Cheques. If you land at Cherbourg Camping Etangs des Haizes is, as already mentioned, approx a 40 minutes drive from the port and Camping Haliotis is approx 90 miles from Ouisterham (Caen). Bon chance.

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If you use a Portsmouth ferry look at the afternoon crossing to Caen, caravans go free and it is much the cheapest way. There is a site 5 mins from the docks Camping Les Pommiers that stays open for the evening arrivals, the site is nothing to shout about but fine for first and last day. Day sailings back (8:30) departure are also caravans go free. Dont entertain the night crossing to Caen, it leaves Portsmouth too late for any meal on board and arrives very early. If you want a night crossing St Malo is much more civilized. Return can always be via Caen as it is ok to mix and match BF . You don't say when you plan to go but if it is outside peak season look into the deals that the caravan club do combining Camping Cheques with the crossing, it reduces the fare AND you get the cheques.

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http://anse-du-brick. com/ - a castells site.

http://www. chateaudegalinee. com/en - excellent sit.

 

Enjoy France - its great in the van - I go every year with a young family for a couple of weeks - taking the van to Eurodisney this summer for a week and then back to a Ansee-du-Brick for a week at the beach before coming home.

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When are you planning to go? There are several discount schemes, one of which offers free places for children under 6, on about 300 campsites in France.

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Totally agree with the posters who recommend Les Pommiers in Ouistreham as the overnight stop and Chateau Galinee. St Cast has a lovely sandy beach. The other advantage of Les Pommiers is it is only ten minutes or so from the ferry for getting there for 7. 30a. m. booking in next morning.

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In fact, you trip up over the amount of sites in Northern France ;)

 

You would be hard pressed to not find something that ticks the boxes for you! How old are the kids? Are there any other things that you want from your trip?

 

H.

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+1 for Camping Haliotis. ..

+ one more, great site and cyclable to mont st michell have a look at these links, especially if you can go out of season.

 

have attached a kit you may like to, use.

 

cheers rodders

http://www. campingcheque. com/camping-cheques_10. php

http://www. campingcard. co. uk/gb/en/home/uc33-l2-n253/

http://camping-municipal. org/

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Wow thanks for all the replies, we're going the 2nd week of August, I'll have a proper read though the replies when I get home rather that trying on my phone!

 

Thanks again for replies keep them coming!!

 

We're trying to make it as cheap as poss so will have to look out for cheapest crossings and ferry deals

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Found this site http://www. campinglebrevedent. com and it seems cheap and the reviews all seem good on UKCS/sites/reviews. asp?revid=6938

 

 

 

We worked that out wrong!! It's not as cheap as we first thought!!

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Just had a quick look at the Haliotis site tariff page, around 35 euros per night for family of 2+2.

 

Not a huge price to pay considering the facilities on offer.

 

H.

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We stayed at Camping caravaning Le Vieux Chêne - Baguer-Pican

 

Was good for the kids and plenty to do in the surrounding area -nly downside was it was a bit dusty

 

http://en. camping-vieuxchene. net/

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Found this site http://www. campinglebrevedent. com and it seems cheap and the reviews all seem good on UKCS/sites/reviews. asp?revid=6938

 

 

 

We worked that out wrong!! It's not as cheap as we first thought!!

 

The areas pretty nice and convenient whilst being in the country a such. We have stayed and are going back for a cheeky half term week this year to Camping le Colombier a few miles from there and enjoyed it.

What I would say is from that are you are max 4hrs or so from Calais towing (about 190 miles) so its worth checking out Calais Dover prices as you may even with extra miles and some tolls (not much) do it cheaper that way. The drive is very very easy.

 

if you are member of the CC check their travel service out as well. it worked out cheaper slightly to book ferry and Le Colombier via them than direct this year

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