Brit stop ? Worth joining? France passion?

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  1. mark and sharon

    mark and sharon Funster

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    Hi guys

    Is Brit stop worth joining? Very new to motorhome. Also France passion?

    Regards Sharon
     
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    BritStops is like Marmite.
    I love it. BritStops that is. I hate Marmite.
    Some people don't love BritStops, because they feel 'obliged' to spend money at the Stop - I don't feel obliged and sometimes don't spend anything, but sometimes it's a weekend treat with a meal (if at a pub), or a convenient farmshop to stock up on fresh food, and last year I did all my Christmas shopping at a craft centre. Some are in fabulous locations and all, so far, have been extremely welcoming.
     
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    Personally I like Brit Stops. Had a few stops at pubs (used one for a meal, other one could use their sports facilities just for staying (for free)) and a vineyard. I don't feel obliged to buy anything but it's a free stop and IF you want, you can spend. It'd probably be the same as a campsite but got meal and/or drinks if you want but absolutely no pressure to do so.
    Use a couple of times and paid for itself.
    Used France Passion but so many Aires then found it pointless. All the Aires, Camperstop etc and all advantages.
     
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    For me, Britstops just works.
    I feel the same obligation to use the pub/farmshop as I would to use a Campsite shop when a supermarket is across the road ie none.
    But if I'm going to open a can of beer - then I might as well have a pint in the pub.
    If I'm going to eat out [which I do because I enjoy it as part of the whole travelling adventure] then it might as well be the pub.
     
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    Britstops works for us. It's my first choice of stopover in the UK.

    We generally eat out whatever type of location we're staying at so it makes perfect sense for us.
     
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    We did a couple of French Passions last year... We liked them, bought some of their produce and wine, and would definitely use them again... I suppose the only downside to the one's we used was that they were off the beaten track a little... Other than that, they were great.. We have signed up to Brit Stops, but alas haven't used it yet..
     
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    Britstops are great for me. I don't feel pressured to have a meal but often do and at the very least I would have a pint or two or make some small purchase. I think it would be very mean to not spend anything at the Britstop one happens to be on, just a drink or two is not much to pay for an overnight stop and it fosters further goodwill to future Britstop users. I think those running the establishment, if someone just drove away without at least a small token could hardly be blamed for not being so accommodating in future. A little give and take goes a long way.

    Similarly for France Passion.
     
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    Not used France passion as yet, but totally concur with the britstop comments above. During our last trip over the summer period, it is a way of stopping over for a night without having to book anywhere and if you are going to eat out, then why not stop in a pub. The only thing is that you cannot relax awning out etc in a pub car park if you arrive early in the day and sometimes the pubs do not have adaquate dog walks from there. But certainly a scheme I will be signing up for again next year.
     
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  9. KeithChesterfield

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    If you go to France a lot and want to find deepest France then France Passion is probably worth considering.

    We've never bothered joining but we have visited one of their sites, more by accident than design, and think they may appeal if you want somewhere miles from civilisation.

    The site was a Champagne makers property, a view of miles and miles of vineyards from our parking place, and it cost us €8 for the overnight stop with hook up, fresh water and waste disposal included in the price.

    The ones who stayed at the same time as us and who were members of France Passion stayed free of charge and had a free glass of Champagne provided by the owner – we didn't get the free Champers!

    The village had no shops or eating establishments and was as quiet at night as the local churchyard.

    I presume the FP members were encouraged by the owner to buy some Champagne, and I did see that at least a couple of people had bought some, but it is up to you whether to spend money or not. Although when you're getting a 'free' nights accommodation including hook up, water and a view to die for it might feel a bit churlish not to buy some produce - especially a bottle/s of Champagne from someone who actually produces it.

    We've used some Britstop sites, pubs with restaurants, and each one was welcoming and ideal for a stopover.

    We bought a meal at them and thoroughly enjoyed the meals.

    Many stops seem to be car parks outside the pub but we never had any noise problems with customers going home late at night as the Pubs usually stopped serving reasonably early and long before midnight all the customers had left and the car parks were empty.

    It's usually sensible to ring Britstop sites to make sure they have spaces, especially Pubs with Restaurants – you don't want to turn up and find there's a Wedding reception in full swing and no spaces available.

    If you go to France regularly it may be worth joining FP but if you only go once a year you'll not get the same benefit – similarly Britstops isn't worth bothering if you don't go out regularly in the UK.

    For both FP and Britstops you'll need your own facilities as they rarely provide them.

    :france: :france: :france: :france:
     
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    Bear in mind, as newbies, that the key date is around Easter: if you join now, will you get your money's worth?

    We used 4 Britstops on a recent tour of Scotland (and looked at a few others which we didn't fancy/ weren't in the right place at the right time). We bought coffee (£4.50) at a farmshop, nothing at a museum, paid £15 for a view and water (Falkirk Wheel - you don't have to be a BritStopper), £43 for 2 delicious sirloin steaks cooked to perfection with accompaniments & drinks at our favourite farmshop/restaurant in Northumberland (we made a special detour to go there, having been before).

    We have, in the past, had EHU as part of the "facilities" but use it sparingly as it is costing someone else for our benefit.

    We have never felt "obliged" to buy anything but always try to give something in return for our stay. A campsite would cost £10-30 and a meal in the van would be £2-5, with £1 for a beer or £2 for some wine/whisky so we are happy to pay something similar in return for the option to stand still for a night (and we don't have to cook/wash up). I can't remember one BritStop which was noisy/smelly/"unsafe" and I would like to see more BUT it feels like I ought to give something in return.

    Your choice - Gordon
     
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    I bought the Britstops book once, but didn't use it, so have never bothered to buy again. I'm now a member of a facebook group called Campingpubs. Loads of info on there about pubs where you can stay, and I suspect that many of them also appear in the Britstops book.
     
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  12. chaser

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    There's also loads here
    http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=117
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, folks! We're at the NEC this week if anyone fancies a chat and a browse through the book (also selling aires/stellplaten books if anyone needs one!).

    Steve :)
     
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    We bought the Britstops and France Passion books when we bought our van in 2013. We didn't use any of them, so didn't renew membership.
    We spend most of our time in France but the few occasions when we wanted to use Britstops, we either got no answer from the place we wanted to stop or they had no spaces or they didn't do it anymore.
    We never found a place in France that was near where we wanted to stop, except earlier this year when a France Passion site was almost next to a free Aire. We stayed at the aire
    I am sure they are great if you find stops where you want to go, but they aren't for us.
     
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    Don't be surprised to France Passion sites in the middle of 'nowhere', you don't find many vineyards in town centres!! That is their niche....Go somewhere different and enjoy the experience...Most aires are quite similar even if they are convenient.

    By accident rather than design we arrived on a France Passion site last Friday evening, we were looking for a stopover travelling from Italy to Limoges, choices were a free aire or FP site for 5€. The FP site had the better CamperContact reviews...

    At 6pm when we arrived there was nobody else there, the owner was running around dealing with the fermentation of this years harvest so he said to the wife park beside the 'chapiteau', 10 minutes later we're back to see him, what is a 'chapiteau'...Now we know it is a marquee...By 9pm there are 4 vans, and we're all in the barn knocking back his free wine, the French are telling us where else we should visit or asking how easy is it to visit Scotland etc.

    So at the end of the evening we've had a good night and a different experience, for a cost of 13€, we've got a couple of bottles of wine, a stopover with free electric because we bought some wine. Stopover would be free for France Passion members and in busy periods some of the plots would be reserved for them.

    This one had a lounge, toilets and a 'chapiteau' for use by people stopping over, a bar/restaurant and boulangerie within a 10 minute walk.

    My advice 'make the effort to go somewhere different'
     
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    Excellent advice. We like FP and Brit Stops for those reasons
     
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  17. Robert Clark

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    When will Britstops join the 21st Century and ditch the book in favour of a paper free online solution.
    I love the concept but hate a book which is in accurate and outdated the minute it's printed
    Save the planet and go online !
     
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    I like a book. I like browsing (it's just not the same online).
    I don't like using ICT and anyway don't always have access.
    So for me, still living in the 19th Century, I'd prefer BritStops to stay as they are ;)

    (I'm no longer convinced that printed materials are worse for the planet than the detritus from out of date/ obsolete & discarded phones, tablets, laptops & desktops :unsure:)
     
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    I quite like the book too. I think even given the choice I would still use the book in preference to yet another bloody app.


    Anyway an app would be a dream come true for the FLT/general tightwads who don't think they should be expected to pay for anything.
     
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    Why would the app have to be free?
    Plenty of chargeable apps and those which expire
     
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