Caravan & Camping Club - 3 nights minimum stay policy

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  1. Touchwood

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    The last few times I've looked to book at Keswick Club site, I've noted that there is a three night minimum stay policy. I've just spoken with the site re. a potential trip later this month, and been told that though they do waive this to two nights during October it is C & CC policy.

    This I would suggest is not serving the need of motorhome owners like myself who like the freedom of moving on frequently - if I was happy to stay in one spot I'd have bought a caravan.

    I'm planning to complain to the C & CC, with the prospect of terminating my membership if I don't get a satisfactory response, but before I do I thought I'd canvas the views of you lot. Do you agree with me? Or am I being unreasonable?
     
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  2. Theonlysue

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    It tends to be weekends, sometimes a pitch is wasted as someone only wants One night.
    You are better off speaking to the site directly for bookings.
    They will be more flexible than the computer at central bookings.
    It's still better than the caravan club, where members book several sites on the same weekend, as no deposit is requested, and then choose at the last minute, again, stopping others from booking up.
     
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    On the basis all the sites I want seem fully booked always, Keswick being one of them, they'll just say "so long, close the door when you leave".

    Yes, it is a pain in the bum.
     
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    Not just the C&CC, this is common policy with commercial sites in peak periods .. and not just the UK

    I see it from both angles.. the site don't want on a single night booking if someone else wants 3 or more..

    I think there is a strong case for sites having overnight spots.. the same as CC have early arrival pitches at the gate.. also see that abroad.. an aire next to a site..

    For single nights a CL / CS is probably the best
     
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  5. Touchwood

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    You're right of course, they won't lose much sleep over me leaving - but I did sort of hope that if I could get enough support on this forum for my views then maybe we could apply a little pressure?
     
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  6. Touchwood

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    I could accept it more easily if it were just peak periods, but at Keswick at least it seems to be all year round. Overnight spots are OK, but I really want the option to book for one or two nights.
     
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  7. BillyS

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    Totally agree with you Touchwood. Why should I be dictated to, as to how many days (minimum) I can book? If I only wish to stay for one night, then why shouldn't I be allowed to do that? Another case of Rip off Britain comes to mind. That's one of the reasons we very rarely use CC, or CC&C Sites. Total rip off. It has nothing to do with their profits, just greed.Whether it's a Bank Holiday weekend or not. If I wish to stop for one night, then the other 2 nights should be free for someone else to book. Another thing comes to mind. The same goes for booking for Christmas and New Year Meals. The prices virtually double. Another big rip off. Let me explain.
    I have a brother who lives in Germany. A few years ago the wife and I spent Christmas over there at my brother's place. We went out for a meal in a Greek Restaurant over the Christmas period.Did we have to pay extra ??? No, we didn't. We just paid the normal prices. I explained to my brother how we pay virtually double over the Festive Period over here. He looked at me, and simply said," If they tried to do that over here, nobody would go out for a meal over the Festive Period. Says it all, really, about Rip off Britain. We must just be glutten for punishment.
     
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    That has definitely done it then , never stay more than two nights anywhere, although must say I've never come across it as we don't use the campsites, you can even have two nights at haven , maybe one ,didn't try.
     
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    As far as the minimum number of nights policy goes, it's the same as any other business. All businesses sink or swim by their ability to attract customers and if their terms are wrong they will sink.

    I agree that the 3 nights/5 nights minimum policy does not serve the needs of motorhome owners who like to move on after one or two nights but the C&CC as a business has to look at the whole picture. Previous posts seem to be saying that Keswick is difficult to book all year, which would indicate that the current policy is working and that changing it may actually result in less nights being booked in total. The Devil's Advocate in me asks "why should they change if that is the case?".

    I wouldn't terminate my membership over that policy though, but that is because we retain our C&CC membership purely for the rallies/THSs (which are worth the membership fee alone) and occasional use of CSs. We've never used a C&CC main site.
     
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    The CC "extra" pitches are for late arrivals rather than early arrivals aren't they? I thought they still officially discouraged arrivals before noon.

    It would be nice to have overnight spots but I don't think there is a strong case for sites to provide them. If there were a sufficient market then sites (especially commercial ones with profit as their main aim) would be falling over themselves to provide them wouldn't they?
     
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    correct.. I meant early in the evening :D
     
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    On the odd occasion we've wanted to stay for one night (not at a peak period) we just call the site direct. Never had a problem
     
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    I agree that the 3 nights/5 nights minimum policy does not serve the needs of motorhome owners who like to move on after one or two nights but i wouldn't cancel our membership though through it. must say they have been a great club for us giving Amanda a free membership plus we both get our over 55yr consession .
    We have also used their sites for just one night if we have been passing through the area usually by just dropping in at the site and asking if they could accomodate us for one night i have always had a back up site such as a cl site incase the answer has been no but to date we have always managed to get in :)
    Kate
     
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    I'm pretty sure that you can only book one site for each night with CC - in the past, I've accidentally tried to overlap bookings and been refused until I've realised what I'd done.
     
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    Went to Keswick last week we stayed at castlerigg hall very nice site they have single night and 3 night prices
    Jim
     
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    Yes ,they stick together, When the government introduced no smoking on train platforms no one smokers/non-smokers went to work until they backed down & introduced the 2m x2m painted box, allowing smoking.:LOL:
     
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    Surely it says more about Gullible Britain (or Britons) than Rip Off Britain doesn't it? If people are willing to pay higher prices even if they feel they are being overcharged then that is their fault isn't it? If Germans have the common sense to boycott restaurants which they feel are overcharging then why shouldn't British people have the same attitude? Their fault if they don't.
    Do prices really double at Christmas and New Year or is it simply a matter of a different (higher cost) product being sold at a time when staffing costs are higher?
     
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    So GJH, if you go and buy a pint of Milk, or a loaf of Bread in Asda, on a Sunday, should the price of Milk, or Bread go up, just because you buy it on a Sunday???
    The Staffing costs in Germany, France, or wherever, will also go up over a festive period, just the same as over here, but their prices don't double
     
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    Why call itself a CLUB then if its a business. I cancelled my membership after a year when they seemed to decide not to let you know the price until almost after you booked

    Don't feel I am missing out on anything !
     
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    Why not. Anyone got any ideas how we can stab them in the eye ? It's a sort of petition job. This looks like one for Jim.
     
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