Week at CentreParcs in France in UK School Holidays for £555 saving 48% or more.
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Week at CentreParcs in France in UK School Holidays for £555 saving 48% or more.

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Found 7th Jan 2014
Well.. this is off the back of the another European holiday deal.. a week at CenterParcs Les-Bois Francs ( in France obviously ) in UK school holidays week of 7th-14th April in a Comfort 4 person villa for £555. Equivalent week at Sherwood is £1378. The key of course is that the French schools are not on holiday that week. I will travel by Eurotunnel so need to add £148 return. Petrol costs I expect to be roughly similar since I live on the South Coast. If you're willing to row or can find a cheaper way of travel your savings will be better. I've been to this site on a day trip and if you switch on the universal translator you can't tell the difference.

Edit:

Having checked you can do even better than me.

Les-Bois Francs £555
Le Lac d'Ailette £540

However, since I will be at Les-Bois Francs.. it may be worth the extra £15 for the opportunity to meet me :-)... especially since I can save you 6 euros on the horse-riding.

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good deal but sadly schools break up on the 11th April in Leicestershire and Warwickshire so double check term dates before booking .

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Lizzie18

good deal but sadly schools break up on the 11th April in Leicestershire … good deal but sadly schools break up on the 11th April in Leicestershire and Warwickshire so double check term dates before booking .



You've made me check.. again :-) I'm in Hampshire...

Easter Holiday from Mon 7 April 2014 to Mon 21 April 2014.

Essex 7th to 21st April too

Northamptonshire are fri 4th April - Weds 23rd April

Cambridge are also the same hols 4th to the 23rd. - good deal!

How do the Centre Parcs in Europe compare to the ones in England?

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Nevyn13

How do the Centre Parcs in Europe compare to the ones in England?



I went to this one on a day trip ( we were staying for a week in the area ). The swimming paradise is identical down to the Tarzan waves and the rapids. Although I didn't go inside one the lodges look very similar. Apparently the activities and cycle hire are cheaper too. There's also the town of Verneuil Sur Avre just down the road if you want off-site restaurants and also a big InterMarche supermarket.

West Midlands Break up on the 11th April too... Shame good price.. Heat added anyway

Different counties break up at different times? Wha..?

thaughbaer

I went to this one on a day trip ( we were staying for a week in the area … I went to this one on a day trip ( we were staying for a week in the area ). The swimming paradise is identical down to the Tarzan waves and the rapids. Although I didn't go inside one the lodges look very similar. Apparently the activities and cycle hire are cheaper too. There's also the town of Verneuil Sur Avre just down the road if you want off-site restaurants and also a big InterMarche supermarket.



We stayed in one in Holland. I really liked it. The accommodation was pretty much all the Comfort level of the UK ones, and there were a lot less scheduled/chargeable activities. You did have to make your own entertainment, though the pool was as good.

The restaurants and bars were a lot less chain/franchise based too, so it was more 'natural'. We liked being able to cycle out of the holiday park as a family and go to nearby towns and villages, so easy at roundabouts etc as cyclists get priority in Holland.

Stayed at this one and Le Lac d'Ailette, also in France. The indoor areas are pretty much the same as you would expect in the UK. Accommodation at this one is in single storey concrete buildings but the insides seem to have been renovated. The one at Le Lac d'Ailette is much newer though if you can get a similar price there.

If you just want some r and r then it's perfect but if you actually want to do anything other than swimming then you need to be prepared to spend way over the odds
Edited by: "cheapskate100" 7th Jan 2014

Try the Newhaven - Dieppe ferry to minimise the driving hours / petrol although overall a longer travelling time?

Thanks. Voted hot.

Do you by chance know of a similar disparity of school holidays in the Summer?

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mkja

Thanks. Voted hot.Do you by chance know of a similar disparity of school … Thanks. Voted hot.Do you by chance know of a similar disparity of school holidays in the Summer?



Looks like the French school summer holidays start early July and back first week in September so you may be out of luck.

There's a really good discount code here dfdsseaways.co.uk/hot…pe/ which I used last year, but doesn't seem to work at the moment. Post if you have any luck using it.

Miles too slow on the ferry, Eurotunnel all the way.
We've been several times to CP in Holland taking advantage of different half term dates, De Kempervennen is only about 3 hours drive from Calais and is excellent. Also has an indoor snow ski slope and a waterskiing cable loop (both pay separately).
Can also recommend Het Heijderbos near the German border, about 3hrs40 from Calais but a really good park.

Great deal, HOWEVER, you can't compare the Center Parcs in France with those in UK because they are 2 totally different companies. UK Centre Parcs have absolutely NOTHING to do with the centre parcs in Europe. I work for Centre Parcs UK.

Edited by: "deanoboi" 7th Jan 2014

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deanoboi

Great deal, HOWEVER, you can't compare the Center Parcs in France with … Great deal, HOWEVER, you can't compare the Center Parcs in France with those in UK because they are 2 totally different companies. UK Centre Parcs have absolutely NOTHING to do with the centre parcs in Europe. I work for Centre Parcs UK.



Two companies offering identical services under the same brand name in different geographies. I fail to see how this prevents me or anyone from comparing them.

We've been to Port Zelande in the Netherlands which was about 3.5 hours drive from Calais. It's smaller than the parks in this country and the swimming pool was much smaller. The accommodation tended to be in terraces rather than the more private groups in this country, and there weren't as many activities as here. However, we like to just use the time to relax and we used the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam for a day trip whereas we would never leave the park in this country. I'd never now go back to paying the extortionate prices that Center Parcs in this country charges in the school holidays.

Also bear in mind, that if you're booking more than 6 months in advance you get an automatic discount of up to 20% and there are other discounts available (family or young children) for some dates and accommodation.

thaughbaer

You've made me check.. again :-) I'm in Hampshire...Easter Holiday from … You've made me check.. again :-) I'm in Hampshire...Easter Holiday from Mon 7 April 2014 to Mon 21 April 2014.


Our school Easter hols 31 st march to 11th April

Heat despite ferry/tunnel and fuel costs cancelling out some of the savings compared to UK parks.

We (family with 3 young kids) went to Le Lac d'Ailette summer 2010 for the midweek slot after doing w/e at Disneyland Paris. Overall was easily as good as Whinfell, Sherwood & Elveden which we've been to loads. Some things a little better and some worse than UK, but overall I'd say no better no worse. Overall it also had that 'Center Parcs' feel to it. So if you like UK parks then you should be similarly happy with this. Park similar size to UK ones, i.e. big. Pool size and number of slides etc similar, sport/leisure/restaurant/shop facilities similar, accommodation looks much more pretty on outside than that in UK and on a par inside. Landscaping etc felt similar with lots of lakes, trees, landscaped areas etc. Lake's beach was really good. Village centre was very picturesque with it's painted yachting theme wooden buildings, lighthouse, lakeside decked promenades, beach, etc. Good for easy cycling as I recall it was generally flattish with a few gentle hills. The acid test was that we came away very impressed and loved our holiday there, but we were lucky with the weather which was wall to wall sunshine so that also helped the feel-good factor

By the way, what does this "OP" stand for that everyone keeps calling each other ?
Is it like some sort of secret hotukdeals handshake ?
Edited by: "amofwp" 7th Jan 2014

OP is original poster.

Banned

Trouble is there will be French people there.
Edited by: "Musician" 7th Jan 2014

I went there in 2006.

The villa had a Lounge with fireplace and television. Beds made with duvets 2nd television and dressing table in the bedroom Rosewood furniture in lounge. 2 bathrooms: one with a hydrojet bath and double basin, the other with a sauna for 2 persons and adjacent shower (bathroom towels and accessories included) Dishwasher, toaster, Magazines, Daily room service (free upon request)

I also paid for bike hire for 4 and cancellation insurance - total cost £410
The ferry cost £60 and I will also paid for 2 nights in cheap hotel either end of the trip

A VIP villa for the same date at Longleat cost about £1250 including bike hire and insurance at the time.

What I wasn't told when I booked was that the sports centre was closed for refurbishment, complained and got a £200 refund. Would I return. Yes

alisonmore1

Our school Easter hols 31 st march to 11th April


Easter this year is late, Mon 21st is Easter Monday

thaughbaer

Looks like the French school summer holidays start early July and back … Looks like the French school summer holidays start early July and back first week in September so you may be out of luck.



Ah, shame, thx though

We went to De Kempervennen for May half term last year. A whole week (we went Monday - Sunday but booked Monday - Monday) was much much cheaper than just a midweek break at Longleat for 5 of us, even after we'd added on the travelling, skiing lessons, scuba diving lessons etc. We used Tesco vouchers for Eurotunnel and can't imagine ever going on the ferry again! Bike hire was included as we'd booked a couple of months in advance, and the small access roads are actually locked to cars apart from on changeover days. I did find the kitchen very basic in the ("premium") villa but overall we had a great time.

It is definitely recognisable as Center Parcs (even if the UK ones are managed by a separate company; the origins are clearly the same). Read the reviews on trip advisor as they go into more detail for each parc.

Great find on the French/Anglo school holiday dates, OP.

Just booked a week in a Premium cottage at Le Lac d'Ailette for approx. £625, including 4 bikes, cancellation insurance and picking a specific cottage from the map. Add on approx. £155 for Eurotunnel return, approx. £150 or round trip fuel from Surrey, and its £930.

The same week, in a Woodland Lodge at Elveden Forest, is £1680, or £1800 for an original executive, or £2080 for a new style executive. No contest!

Also noticed, if you book a week at a French CP, every adult that takes a restaurant meal, a child under 12 eats free..... unthinkable in the UK parks!

Excuse my ignorance but never been to Centre parc's do you pay for swimming ? What is the difference between them and the likes of a key camp site in France ?

jopsey

Excuse my ignorance but never been to Centre parc's do you pay for … Excuse my ignorance but never been to Centre parc's do you pay for swimming ?



No, it's included in your holiday price.

Not been able to do this. cheapest is around
£1000 for basic accommodation

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jon19783

Not been able to do this. cheapest is around £1000 for basic accommodation



What week and what site location ?

thaughbaer

What week and what site location ?



Thanks. Think I sorted it. Just had France in location but when I selected individual parks they seemed cheaper.

Can I just add that I often rent a house in the woods next to the parc. It's a fantastic resort in a very quiet, secluded, area. The château in the grounds is lovely and the facilities are all nice and clean. The local town is beautiful (please take the time to view the medieval wall paintings in the church). There are 2 larger supermarkets within 10 minutes drive. Just beware that the drive down is 3 x hours from Calais and there are a lot of speed cameras. Also invest in a toll card (which can be mounted in your windscreen) as we saved a fortune on tolls and the journey was a lot easier..

deanoboi

Great deal, HOWEVER, you can't compare the Center Parcs in France with … Great deal, HOWEVER, you can't compare the Center Parcs in France with those in UK because they are 2 totally different companies. UK Centre Parcs have absolutely NOTHING to do with the centre parcs in Europe. I work for Centre Parcs UK.


Can I ask if you work for the company why do they rip off customers just because it is the school holidays. The same holiday the week before and the week after is 499 school holiday week is 1099. That is absolutely disgusting
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