A Review of Our Eurocamp Holiday at La Croix du Vieux Pont, France

We were thrilled to be reviewing Eurocamp over the Easter break. Choosing the destination was the problem as there are so many to choose from. Having never been to France, we finally decided to narrow it down and then decided on one near Paris so we could visit the city.

We had opted to take the car and use the ferry.

On the morning of our trip, we awoke early, all set for the seemingly long journey to France. We were pleasantly surprised that the day did pass quite quickly and we were at La Croix Du Vieux Pont by about 3pm. With getting used to driving on the opposite side of the road and all, it was quite good time.

The drive from Calais to Eurocamp is a pleasant one with scenic views of the French countryside. It took us about two and a half hours to drive from Calais to the campsite.

The campsite is tucked away in a little village – Berny Rivière,  but offers all the facilities you could want.

The Accommodation

We were staying in a 3 bedroom Vista mobile home with decking. I was quite surprised to see that our home for the next week was quite deceptively spacious. The rooms were not huge but they were not tiny either. It is a self-catering accommodation so it contains a well-equipped kitchen that contains everything you need to cook your meals if you choose to do so. There is also quite a lot of storage.

One of the bedrooms had a double bed, one had a bunk bed and one had twin beds. The sofa can also be converted to a bed.

The accommodation is provided with duvets and pillows but you will need to hire bed linen or take your own. I think it is easier to hire. The bed linen consists of a pillow slip, duvet cover and a towel which is pretty handy.

You can also buy a welcome pack for £12 which contains things like tea, coffee, crisps, biscuits, sugar, salt and pepper etc. I would also recommend the essentials pack for £4 that includes a box of matches, cleaning products, a tea towel etc. You can find out more about this here – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/travel-and-extras/holiday-extras/welcome-pack

The accommodation is provided with a barbecue as part of the package and I was extremely pleased with the service as our barbecue refused to light up and we were provided with another one within minutes.

The day we arrived saw a huge group of people descend on the camp but I must say that the Eurocamp Couriers managed efficiently. We were visited by a Courier later that very evening even though we didn’t expect it as it was so busy. They checked if everything was okay and went out of their way to answer queries related to our trip to Paris.

The Facilities

The campsite is well maintained  and there are many facilities onsite like swimming pools, Ping Pong tables, canoeing, cycle hire as well as Kids Clubs run by Eurocamp.

The children enjoyed themselves in the pool especially on the slides in the swimming area. We even hired a paddle boat and this was so much fun.

There is a lagoon lake as well which features a beach and the camp has 2 restaurants and a bar. An onsite mini market that sells everything from food to bath products is also on site. There is even a bakery which serves up freshly baked bread.

We had an amazing time and I shall be writing about our trip in more detail as there is so much to write about and I would strongly recommend this location of Eurocamp to anyone visiting France. It is about a little over an hour’s journey into Paris and ideal for a trip to Euro Disney too. Although we didn’t visit the Disney Park.

There is a Eurocamp office on site and there is always someone available there during office opening hours. You can also borrow badminton sets, Ping Pong sets and other games to keep you occupied.

There is a shop onsite too where you can buy souvenirs, toys and even swimsuits and swimming products.

While on a Eurocamp holiday, you don’t really need to spend money touring as there is so much to keep you occupied within the campsite.

The Surrounding Area

This campsite is located a short walk from the nearest village Vic-Sur-Ainse. It is a charming little town that houses some shops, restaurants and post office as well as a petrol station and an Intermarche – a supermarket where you can pick up all your requirements.

There are towns that are just as beautiful further afield like Soissons, Pierrefonds, Compiegne and of course Paris. You can drive to all these places. I highly recommend Pierrefonds.

And of course, Paris –

Our Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our Eurocamp break. We found all the staff from the time we booked our stay to the end of the stay very professional and friendly and eager to help. Their mission it seems is to make every holiday as memorable as possible. Considering that the stays are quite inexpensive, the entire experience was very good value for money. We would wholeheartedly recommend Eurocamp to anyone looking for a family holiday filled with fun and memories. We ourselves look forward to visiting again.

If you would like to book a Eurocamp holiday or for more information check our their website – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk

Here’s a short video tour of the Vista, 3 bed accommodation –

Our Family Holiday at Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, Wales

We’ve visited Wales before but had never been to Cardigan. When a rather exciting email dropped into my inbox with the opportunity to review a short break in Croft Farm, I was thrilled but a bit worried about the long drive there from London.

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages is in Molygrove in Wales. It is about a four and  a half hour drive from London.

Set amongst stunning Welsh countryside, there are 10 self-catering cottages available and each have different capacities. The establishment is run by Andy and Sylvie, a lovely couple, who ensured that we had a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

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We were booked into Meadow Cottage, about 1 mile away from Croft Farm (where the other cottages and the farm and leisure centre are) but it is a beautiful cottage with stunning views from the living room and back garden.

The cottage is equipped with everything you need to make a family stay comfortable.

The accommodation was perfect for 5 of us, with 3 bedrooms, a living room, well-equipped kitchen a bathroom and a separate shower room. The cottage was in tip top condition.

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On arrival, there were Welsh cakes and Mead ready for us. I was quite happy to see that the bathrooms had handwash and shampoo and the kitchen contained washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin bags for food waste, recycling and general waste, scourers for the dishes, a few tea bags, coffee sachets and sugar sachets too. There was also a small jug of milk in the refrigerator. Perfect welcome.

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The highlight of the trip was the hot tub in the back garden – Pure bliss!! We used it everyday – but obviously!!

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There was a barbecue grill provided too so we enjoyed a lovely barbecue meal one evening.

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The cottage caters to families as was clearly visible by the booster seat and the board games in the cupboard. There were also plastic cups and plates and children’s cutlery. A travel cot and a high chair was also available (though we didn’t require them)

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I was pleased to notice that there were 2 fire blankets and extinguishers in the cottage as well as a first aid kit and a rechargeable torch.

Croft Farm in Cardigan is near many beaches and there are a few attractions around too so there are many places of interest to visit. The farm itself has a leisure centre which has a swimming pool, a play barn which has many games for different ages. And then of course, there is the farm itself where you can get involved in feeding the animals everyday at 9.30

There is also a playing field that has slides and swings and a place to run around.

What I liked about the place is that there seemed to be a great sense of community and as Sylvie said that a lot of families interact with each other and then head down to the beach together and it’s great for children to get to know and play with other children.

The kitchen contains contain everything you need to cook a family meal and then some – ingredients excluded of course. 🙂

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The part we enjoyed most was being able to get away from it all and spend four peaceful enjoying nature. There were sheep in the fields just beyond the garden and it was great to relax in the garden in the evenings (with a glass of Pimms or two) and wake up to the stunning views in the morning.

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The children played out all the time that we were in the cottage and didn’t once ask for their devices and gadgets which was the best part of the holiday. It was a holiday of family bonding and pure unadulterated fun.

We left with heavy hearts as we didn’t want the holiday to end. The children enjoyed the farm the most and you can read all about their day out here.

You can check out the rates and availability for Croft Farm on their website.

Disclaimer: We were provided with 4 night’s complimentary stay as an Approved Family Friendly Blogger. All ideas and opinions are my own and have in no way been influenced.

Our Weekend Getaway at Travelodge Burford

I have long since wanted to visit the Cotswolds and 2 weekends back, I was able to put myself at rest.

The weather for the weekend was as usual forecasted to be horrible but then the following weekend was worse.

We were offered an opportunity to review the Travelodge (which is a budget hotel) , in particular their newly refurbished rooms and the Travelodge Burford suited everyone to boot. We were given 2 nights stay at the hotel.

This was our first ever family holiday together and we were not going to let the weather get us down.

So, we picked the children up from school and headed off for the weekend to Burford in the Cotswolds.

The Travelodge, Burford is literally down the road (or should I say up the hill?) from the town centre and is very convenient if you are visiting places like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and obviously Burford.

When I was making arrangements to visit, I thought the picture of the Travelodge was charming and we could not wait to visit.

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From home (just out of London), it took us about 1 hour 40 minutes to reach Burford.

On arrival, the hotel was as charming as it looked. We were met by the Manager who was really sweet and helpful as she checked us into quiet rooms. Not so sure if the children were quiet though as they were extremely excited. This was Ethan’s first time at a hotel and he wanted to know where the living room was.

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Our rooms were of a decent size and we had one family room and a double room as due to health and safety reasons, you cannot have more than 4 people share a room. Although having said that, we could have all stayed quite comfortably in the family room as it contained a king size bed and two single beds.

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There were facilities to make coffee or tea as there was a kettle and tea bags and creamers. Adequate provisions were available to hang clothes and coats. The bathrooms were clean and of a good size too. There is also a television in each room.

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The Travelodge has recently refurbished their rooms and put in super-comfortable mattresses on their ‘Dreamer beds’. They were a dream to sleep on. Now I am not the kind to put towels, hangers etc from hotels into my bag but I can tell you, I was tempted to take the mattress for my own bed! Of course, the sheer size of it stopped me!

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We were also provided with breakfast the first day and since the hotel does not have a Cafe Bar, we had the choice of a Breakfast Box or a few other hot meals. We ordered Breakfast boxes for the children and Hubs and I ordered the mozzarella and tomato Panini.

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The Breakfast box contained – a muffin, yogurt, a cereal bar and orange juice and was more than adequate for the children.

Our Paninis were served hot and were quite delicious.

As mentioned we stayed there 2 nights so after going out for the day and returning to the hotel, I was most pleased to see that the tea bags, sugar and creamers had been replenished and the beds turned down and the room cleaned.

It was a comfort to come back to that as the weather had not really been that great during the latter half of the day.

The Travelodge Burford is really great if you want to visit the Cotswolds. There are many places to visit around there like the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Birdland and the beautiful, little towns that are all easily accessible. There are pubs and restaurants very near with a Little Chef restaurant right next door.

Besides the rooms, I absolutely loved the service provided by the staff at the Travelodge, Burford. The manager was friendly and ready to help with ideas of places to eat, visit etc. It was a very homely feeling and great to visit with children.

In fact, we loved it so much that we are planning to visit again in the summer.

I think the Travelodge is a budget hotel that offers great value for money.

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Travelodge is currently undergoing a £77 million refurbishment programme across all of its hotels and to date, 210 hotels have been totally redesigned. So, why not try out the new Travelodge room and experience the Travelodge Dreamer bed which is deemed as the Rolls Royce of beds. Most city centre Travelodge hotels have been refurbished, locations include London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff.

There is also a Spring offer of 400,000 rooms for £25 or less which runs across stays from 1st March to 30th April (excluding Central London).

Disclosure: We were provided with 2 nights’ stay at the Travelodge, Burford for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are completely our own. 

Why I recommend hiring a car to make the most of your Italian holiday…

When the moon hits your eye,

Like a big pizza pie….that’s Amore!!

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I love Italy and I am sure if you have visited once – you have definitely thrown that coin in the Fontana di Trevi so you could go back to visit again.

I am lucky to have visited Italy on many occasions due to my sister being there and living in a gorgeous town called Bracciano. Aren’t I lucky? I save on hotels in a big way.

I have visited Rome, Capri, Venice, Naples, Assisi, Florence, Padua, Pisa, Amalfi and Sorrento to name a few.  All these places are absolutely out of this world. When you travel in Italy the scenery is mind-blowing. There is a vibrancy coupled with old world charm that makes you want to visit again and again.

When I visited there, I travelled mostly by train as there are links to major cities but I wish I had hired a car instead as though the trains connect cities, often, there are cancellations. By cancellations, I mean the trains do not move so if you have booked hotels, you are most likely to lose money. There have also been instances where the train has suddenly terminated in one station and we have had to wait over two hours for a replacement train with no proper information about when it was due to arrive.

One extremely good reason why I would advise hiring a car in Italy when you are there on a visit is to ensure that you are not pick-pocketed. I can give you a first-hand instance of this.

We had reached Naples station and needed to go to the hotel so we went to the bus stand. The bus we required was there and ready to leave and was super crowded. Some friendly locals (or so we thought) helped us into the bus and pushed us in so we could make it. In fact, they stopped the bus for us. Only we were quick to realise that they were being friendly only to try and pick our pockets. I could literally see a hand un-zipping my handbag and my husband (then fiancé) actually held onto the hand trying to get the wallet out of his back pocket. We jumped out of the bus and hailed a cab which proved quite expensive but well worth it as we had our wallets and purses intact.

If you are travelling with children, it is easier to travel by car as you will have everything handy in it. Remember in Italy, quite a few places are closed in the afternoon for the siesta.

Of course, to give your eye a visual treat, it would be ideal to travel by car around Italy. The roads are gorgeous and winding and the views are spectacular. The views on the Amalfi coast are breathtaking as you drive on the road that has the mountain to one side and the steep cliff, the other. Make sure you don’t look down if you suffer from vertigo. Although the Lemoncello when you reach Amalfi will ensure that your fear of heights is not any issue.

I love Rome and all of the other places I visited but I fell head over heels in love with Venice. It is an awesome city – the gondolas, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto. I can remember each moment of my time spent there. If you are driving from Rome to Venice, there are many cities that you can visit on the way like Florence, Padua, and Bologna so again it makes sense to travel by car so you can make stops where you like. Plus, driving through the small towns will really keep you entertained – with the Piazzas in the centre of the towns, the beautiful churches and cathedrals, fountains, cobbled streets and if you happen to chance upon one of their weekly open markets, you can shop for the things from clothing to food to household items and you can haggle.

Yes, I have been privileged to visit and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and The Vatican Museum and many other places in Italy that have left me with a lifetime of memories. Every time I go, I throw a coin in the Fountain and hope to go back.

Writing this post as also made me want to visit again and this time I will definitely be hiring a car to make life easier and to be able to stop at the bars in the towns which serve coffees, ice creams and non alcoholic drinks so you will find families there too.

The food in Italy is amazing with freshly served pasta and vino served by friendly waiters.

I may also decide to drive there from the UK – it will definitely be a trip of a lifetime. I’d better make sure I have my car insurance and MOT taken care of.

So….Cappuccino anyone?

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