Christmas in the MH?

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  1. Toffs-G

    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Thinking of going away for Christmas in the MH (haven't had it long) anyone know of a good campsite in the South/South West that has a restaurant serving Christmas lunch

    Or any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks:thumb:
    Gary
     
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    Come over to the sun have your Christmas dinner on the beach a lot do:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hmmm now you've got me thinking - any suggestions as to where?:thumb:
     
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    Bagwell Farm, Weymouth is open all year. :thumb:

    It has new hard standings for R.V`s & Motorhomes, right by the toilet block.

    Gets busy xmas time and I am not sure if they open the restaurant for xmas, but it is closed normally out of high season.
    But a frequent bus runs from the site into Weymouth Town centre. (Approx 3 miles away).

    The site is set in a valley with beautiful views across chesil beach and the fleet lagoon.

    Being where it is it is fairly sheltered from most prevailing winds, which you get a lot of on this coast in the winter. (And any time come to think of it :BigGrin:)
     
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    Well Kenspain has really got me thinking and so I have just emailed Marjal - fingers crossed (my 78 year old mother is already packing:Rofl1:)
     
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    Go for it. You know it makes sense.
     
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    well , it all depends on how important christmas dinner is to you :Smile:

    somehow , in the sun , a traditional english christmas dinner doesn't appeal to me , lighter fare seems much more appropriate !

    now you just have to pick a route ....how long have you got?
     
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    I would have though most campsites that are open will be fully booked.
     
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    I know what you mean, although I was born in South Africa to English parents so I got used to my mother insisting on the full traditional lunch but eating it by the pool sitting in shorts (that's us sitting in shorts not the pool):Rofl1:

    Plan is 2/3 days to get there 4/5 nights there then 2/3 days on the way back, Mappy.com puts the route at Calais (we only use the tunnel after the dogs got so stressed out in the car on a delayed ferry crossing) Lille - Paris - Narbonne then along the coast, don't know if that is the best way - Superior knowledge would be greatly appreciated:Smile:

    Thanks:thumb:
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    well , for that sort of timing you will need motorway nearly all the way unless you want to arrive stressed out

    but the best route from the tunnel is abbeville , rouen , chartres ,orleans , clermont ferrand , A75 to the med via millau then down the coast as you say ; wouldn't consider the route you mention even in summer...funnily enough I have just done it on the way back from england as I detoured to visit in belgium and then had to go to Lyon !!!

    the A75 is free except for the millau viaduct and has the advantage that , despite being fairly high , it has never been shut in adverse conditions whereas routes like the rhone valley DO get shut from time to time

    don't worry if you don't get a booking ...apart from benidorm there is always somewhere available with friendly faces about , especially if you speak afrikaans , the dutch are everywhere:Smile:

    clearly you will just need somewhere safe for your overnight stops , give us an idea of your schedule [ like morning train or late evening or ...well you get the idea ] and will suggest some suitable places ]
     
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    Hi Thanks for that:thumb:

    I hadn't thought about the Peripherique best to avoid:Doh:

    Have just called Marjal and booked in from 24th Dec to 2 Jan, it is my mothers 79th on 1st Jan so thought it would be a good idea.

    I am looking at the Eurotunnel and will go over on the evening of Monday 21st Dec stay at the Calais Aire then stock up following morning at Auchan and hit the road.

    Do you think that 2 days is sufficient?

    So looking forward to it because the Dordogne holiday we had booked didn't happen

    Thanks
    Gary
     
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    Does mother like the idea of a Spare driver?:RollEyes:
     
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    with one driver I certainly would regard that as a big stretch , if you have 2 it would be ok , 2 hour stretches eat up the kilometers

    failing that couldn't you get away over the weekend ? even crossing on sunday night would make a difference , give you a little slack in case of unforeseen events

    and frankly shopping before leaving calais sounds a bad idea , you would lose a big chunk of the morning , bound to be something open late night ...... my objective would be to make pezenas for the night with your schedule [ just north of beziers ] , excellent spot for the night and back down at sea level , must be 800 Km though ; after that sea level all the way , give or take
     
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    If any of the merry band of funsters is still standing on the 1st we'll raise a glass.

    I'm surprised you chose somewhere as obvious as a sunny beach in Spain when a nice wet field in Cheshire was on offer.
     
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    Thanks

    Indeed the toss up between the beach and the wet field was difficult:Rofl1:
     
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    Just one driver:Sad:, unfortunately I am tied up Monday morning otherwise would definitely get away Sunday, I should be able to get away Monday just after lunch so will probably go as early pm as possible and then do the shop that afternoon, then at least try to get 100-150km under our belt that evening it should help a bit.

    Cheers
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    would make a big difference if you just got as far as abbeville , if you wanted to shop there you will find a hypermarket [ geant if I remember correctly with cheap diesel ] and a lidl if you go into the centre
    I have spent the night there a couple of times but I can't remember where , could have been the lidl car park ; thing about france is ,of course ,any quiet corner where people are living will do for the night so long as you are discreet ; wouldn't suggest on the autoroute , that is for sure

    pezenas would be the ideal next stop ;I have never met a french motorhomer who hasn't stopped there at least once ! just drive into the town centre and you will find an elevated promenade on your left ; first comes the bus station , then the car park under the trees , at the far end up the ramp is where the motorhomes park by the boule club

    if you can't get that far for whatever reason , exit 38 on the A75 leads you into marvejols [ twinned with cockermouth of recent fame ] as you come to the town centre you arrive at a roundabout with the old town walls in front of you where you turn left , straight on at the next mini roundabout and you are beside the small river ....anywhere along there is just fine

    or further south if you turn off just as you come to the peage gate for the millau viaduct you go down into millau and there is an aire just near the gendarmerie in the town centre ; when you get to the top of the town there is a roundabout beside a big shopping area , into that but drive straight through , roundabout at bottom of hill , turn right , left at next roundabout , then right at following roundabout , second exit , aire is on a small road to the left before the gendarmerie

    bonne route
     
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    Thanks so much for this info:thumb:

    I must have just been lucky before when staying on the Autoroute, won't do it again:Eeek:

    Will print this off and take with me

    Merci - Bon Noel:thumb:
     
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    Hi Gary!

    Just a little warning: keep in mind you might find snow in Millau area, which could slow you down a bit (not doubting you're a great driver on snow ..... but french are not that good!)

    Pezenas is great!:thumb: i used to stop there with my parents when i was a child and still does just for little pause when going to the sea side!


    Bon voyage! et... Joyeux Noël !


    Amicalement


    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    Anybody still looking for a site in South West. Herston Caravan Park at Swanage still has a few spaces and Xmas dinner in their own Bar / Restaurant is £27 a head.
     
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