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  1. Gandhi

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    Considering buying the Britstops book. A couple of questions -

    1. Has anyone bought it and never used (seemed like a good idea at the time type of thing)
    2. Am I the only one who might find find it embarrassing phoning someone up and asking to park in their car park overnight?
    3. Is it popular? Do you turn up and often see others there?

    Cheers folks.

    paul
     
  2. sdc77

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    1. have used it.. Suits us
    2. You would be in a minority.. They are expecting phone calls., it's like calling a site
    3. Some are more popular than others..

    We use them to break up journeys.. Nothing more than that for us
     
  3. NickNic

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    I have it. Was intending to use one this weekend but not going away now :(
    Don't be embarrassed about phoning them - they are used to it and appreciate it.
    There is a Facebook group for Britstops users that seems quite lively and will probably answer your questions in a lot more detail. Don't know if @Jim will mind a link to it here or not so I won't put one but search Britstops UK in the Facebook search and you will find it.
     
  4. chaser

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    Britstops bloke is a member on here
     
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    I know. @BritStops
     
  6. scotjimland

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    Just ordered a copy yesterday .. (y)
     
  7. BritStops

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    Brit Stops bloke here!
    Answers to your questions, Gandhi:
    1. Yes, some don't ever use it - fatal flaw! :doh:
    2. You don't have to phone them all up, some ask for a call, others it's not necessary (noted in the book)
    3. Bit of a "piece of string" question! The places in more popular areas are busier than others, and it's busier in the summer generally. Having said that, check out the photos on our gallery and you won't see many with more than one van in.

    Any more questions, fire away. Happy to answer via pm to avoid spamming up the forum.

    Steve :)

    Edit: sorry, can't answer about the feeling embarrassed bit, and others can obviously flesh out my answers with personal experience!
     
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  8. Stroppy Bird

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    Well almost. We bought a Britstops when we bought our first self sufficient van. Unfortunately our very first attempt at a Britstop sort of put us off.
    We called into one of the places, thought we'll have coffee here and then ask about staying over. The customer service was so bad we decided not to bother. Admittedly I think it was a staff member rather than the business owners but it just left us feeling really uneasy. So we decamped a mile up the road to a lovely little CL that was run by a lady who was very welcoming.

    We did give it another go and stayed at one more place that year but didn't bother with it after that and have decided to stick with staying at CL/CS.
     
  9. DanielFord

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    1. No, bought our first one in 2014 and used it loads. We really only get the weekends where both my wife and I are home, and we like to take my daughter out and have family time. It gives us much more freedom, because we can go further afield, and we don't have to worry about who's going to drive home!

    2. Don't be embarrassed, the hosts are really nice people, and they signed up to the scheme, so they are expecting your call. I usually book a table if we are going to be eating at the establishment, then we can mention the Britstop thing.

    3. Only ever been at a stop where someone else was there, that was near Oxford, they left early before we were awake, and they were in bed before we got back to the van, so never got to say hello to them.

    Obviously some stops will appeal to some but not others, but that is the fun. Incidently we are britstopping all over the coming bank holiday weekend, got 3 in mind to stop at, and one of them is a vineyard, we have exhausted our supply from our last visit there :D
     
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    bought mine around 6 weeks ago and have stayed at the around 6 stops now all been really good if not a bit on the expensive side if you doine in them (the 1's i've used at least)but seeing i saved a packet by not going on a campsite the price was around the same including food and drink so for me they are great
     
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  11. Easyliving

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    We have used Britstops a few times and are planning several stops when we head for Devon next month. Don't forget the hosts are in the scheme because they want you park up in their car park overnight in the hope that you might spend a few quid that they otherwise wouldn't get.

    I notice that one of the farm shop Britstops (number 069 if you have the 2015 book) has started selling 'camper hampers', a selection of their products especially for motorhomers. We will be sampling one in a couple of weeks time.

    Paul
     
  12. DanielFord

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    We stopped at a brilliant one in Devon, don't have the number to hand, because the book is in the van, but it's in the low 40's I think. Just underneath the castle, walked the dog around the area and ended up having lunch and tea in the restaurant. And maybe a couple of beers in the bar - which had the log fire going (it was snowing on our visit!)
     
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    The way I see it, for an overnight stop they will be great.. even if you spend £20 eating, at least you have had a meal.. something to show for your money..

    Lots of CLs are now £12 or more.. long gone are the days of the £2.50 to pitch on a field .. there are a few exceptions, but by and large they are not cheap.. cheaper than a commercial site certainly... but not as cheap as a French aire .. ..

    I did find a CL in Kent with toilets and EHU for £9 .. (see other thread) but that is the exception rather than the rule.. around Suffolk we are struggling to find anything that cheap.. I called Church Farm Site in Aldeburgh to stay this w/e .. £22 for a no facilities pitch.. just a grass pitch.. and £30 with EHU :eek: .. no thank you ..

    In saying that, for more than one night I prefer a CL or site..
     
  14. Allan & Loren

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    Web ought 2014 book and now 2015 and love them, it just depends on how you use your mh. They for us are like ronseal .... do exactly what they say on the tin. Highly recommend.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg We stayed here a while ago. The Greyhound in Flempton near Thetford. Very nice stop. Quiet, great beer and food!!!
    Phoning before arriving can also be helpful to you as if they are full you can plan another stop:giggle::giggle:
     
  16. reckless

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    Our first year and like stroppy bird our first experience wasn't good. We were asked to park next to a barn full of junk and wheelie bins which seemed to be communal for all the local establishments. Hubby was worried we'd pick up unwanted 4 legged guests, not willing to take the risk. We made our excuses and moved on. Next two we tried were very good and we'll definitely use it for stopovers on longer trips.
     
  17. Motorhome Muppets

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    Bought the book for the first time this year. Used twice already. We love pub grub, so we can eat and get a free stopover as well. There is usually a web site, so you can check the site out (and menus) before deciding. I prefer the sites where you phone first, as I would not like to turn up to find it was not convenient to stay.
     
  18. Langtoftlad

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    BritStop book... My first accessory (y)!
     
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  19. Mikey RV

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    To Britstops, is there any plans to do a online version. (y)
     
  20. DanielFord

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    Not sure about online, but perhaps the guide could be bound (similar to the travel log that you can buy on here) so it lays flat. And perhaps an area in the book to log ones visits?
    Just a thought @BritStops
     
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