Summer Holidays 2012


Susan and I so enjoyed our Xmas together, we wondered if you’d like to share a summer holiday camping with us in France. I know of two wonderful places:

  • Arradon, Golfe du Morbihan, Southern Brittany
  • Collias, on the River Gard, Languedoc

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Here’s a quick summary:


  • the golfe du Morbihan is a huge inland sea, with 365 islands.
  • Perfect to take the Mirror Dinghy
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Near Carnac
  • Half-day drive from ferry



On the amazing river Gard and the Roman Pont du Gard


I have priced both holidays, taking everything into account (except food: we’d have to eat if we stayed home, and food in France is cheaper and better quality). I have priced ferry costs, fuel costs, and detailed camp site costs, and priced on the assumption that we only have 14 days total, and that we would go the first two weeks in July.

I just looked at the Somerhill term dates and got this

SUMMER 2012: Tuesday 24th April – Friday 13th July,
Half Term: Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 10th June

The best festival in the area in the South of France is the Uzès Fêtes Votives. I can’t find a 2012 date, but in 2011 it was 5-9 of August.

Much to my surprise, the South of France holiday comes out much cheaper than Brittany, even taking everything into consideration: per family, Brittany is £570, South of France is £360. I will include the cost breakdown at the end.

Arradon, Golfe du Morbihan

Camping de Penboch
9 chemin de Penboch
56610 Arradon

the Campsite

  • Camping-car service area
  • Baby bath, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Games space for adults and children: multi-sports ground, golf, ball game, ping-pong tables, etc.
  • TV room
  • Game room with snooker, electronic games, etc.
  • Bar.
  • Mini-shop: groceries, camping-gas, bread, croissants, newspapers…
  • Snack
  • Swimming-pool and heated paddling pool: aquatic games, 33-metre chute, Pentogliss “4 water slides”.

The Journey

Brittany Ferries, Portsmouth → St Malo, overnight with an inside 4-berth cabin, leaves Posrtmouth 20:15, arrives St Malo 08:15. (return journey is 10:30 → 18:20).

The car journey from St Malo to Penboc’h is under 100 miles and takes 2.5 hours.

We could go visit Mont St Michel after leaving St Malo, if we wanted. (In fact we’d probably want to: my guess is that they’d like us to arrive at the camp-site after 3pm, but I don’t know that).

The Golfe du Morbihan is an excellent place to sail (I have taken my Mirror there in the past) … provided you get nowhere near the entrance to the gulf (no danger … it’s a long way south) because the tide goes through there at 9 knots!  But it’s fun to watch.

Nearby medieval town of Vannes, can also visit Carnac (a bit like Stonehenge, but with smaller stones and more of them … and you can go right up to them).

Camping Le Barralet ***

Chemin du Grès
30210 Collias
Gorges Du Gardon
Languedoc, Gard, France


Fairly Sheltered Pitches

120 Pitches
 Village 300m
 Tennis & horse riding 800m
 Uzès 9km
 Pont du Gard 5km
 Swimming pool
 Direct access to the River
 Descente des gorges
 Playground for children
 Sport ground
 Volley ball
 Table tennis
 Mountain bike
 Fishing, Canoe


We would go Dover to Calais, drive one day to Vichy, stay overnight in a small hotel (Hotel Premiere Classe … it’s cheap!)

It’s about sux hours from Calais to Vichy.

Next day’s drive is about 4.5 hours to Collias, on the banks of the RIver Gard (or Gardon), near Uzes.

We wouldn’t take the Mirror … there isn’t anywhere to sail, but the canoeing in the river is fabulous, and so is the exploring … the River Gard goes to quite wild country.

Costs Breakdown

mpg 40
Price / litre 1.25 €
Price / gal 5.68 €
£/Euro 0.80 €
Journey miles 193 1354
Touring miles 250 150
Total miles 443 1504
Petrol £50.23 £170.71
Ferry £594.25 £114.00
Camping £468.48 £289.60
Overnight on journey £100.00
£1,062.73 £503.60
Per Family Cost £531.37 £251.80
Camping days 12 10
Emplacements 31.00 € 31.00 €
Extra people 9.00 €
Boat 3.50 €
Tax 1.80 € 2.20 €
Dog 3.50 € 2.00 €
Total / Day 48.80 € 35.20 €
Total 585.60 € 352.00 €
Booking charge 10.00 €
585.60 € 362.00 €
Sterling £468.48 £289.60
Boat Costs
Ferry w boat £594.25
Ferry w/o boat £583.00
Extra ferry cost for boat £11.25
Campsite cost for boat £42.00
Total extra cost for boat £44.85


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