Friday, 27 April 2012

Family Holidays - Keycamp

Morning! Hope you're all well and I am sure are glad it's Friday.  After all the rain I thought for this weeks family holiday post I would head off to the warmer climes of Europe. With news of a double dip recession I am sure many of us are revising our travel plans this summer but this doesn't necessarily mean we have to stay in ol' blighty.  Keycamp offer affordable family holidays in nine European countries.  Personally I would choose France but there are what look to be some great campsites with Keycamp in Holland, Spain, Italy, Potugal, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia aswell.  They can also be found in the USA. 

Swimming pool at Les Chateau des Marais

Keycamp offer comfortable accomadation in a variety of campsites and apartment resorts.  We have stayed at Le Chateau des Marais, nearly five years ago, which is a small campsite in the Loire Valley, very close to the beautiful chateau at Chambord.  Due to the size of our family we stayed in a three bed Villagrand Deluxe, which meant we had two bathrooms, decking, a gas bbq, full sized fridge freezer, cooker and microwave.  Even with five children this caravan was sufficent, especially when we spent most of our time exploring the Loire Valley or in the swimming pool at the campsite.  There is also a shop, bar and restaurant on site aswell as tennis court, bike hire, kids club, playgrounds and an information centre.  The main reason for us choosing this particular campsite to the others in the Loire Valley is that it is small.  With under 200 pitches this meant that the pool was never too busy, the campsite didn't seem crowded.  We actually went a week before the schools were on summer holidays, however there were still families holidaying at this time, but I am not sure if it would feel busier at the peak of summer hols in August.

Treehouses at Keycamp

Perhaps you don't really fancy a caravan holiday, well Keycamp offer other options for you aswell.  They have treehouses at eight of their campsites and I have to admit they do look like a lot of fun!  Sadly my family are too big to enjoy this type of accomadation as the treehouses sleep a maximum of six people.  Alternatively they have Lodges at two of their campsites or Mountain Lodges at one of their campsites in the Pyrenees.  For an even more affordable option you could book a Supertent, which sleeps up to six people and has cooking facilities (oven and hob), full sized fridge and foam matresses.

Mountain Lodges at Keycamp

Having stayed at a Keycamp campsite I would personally choose a small site over a large site, which does limit us slightly and many of Keycamps smaller campsites don't have large enough accomadation for our family of seven.  Yet this does not put us off holidaying with them again, as they are affordable, with prices including eurotunnel or ferries, sometimes with small additional cost.  Sadly I am unable to workout the cost for our family as you can only have up to 4 children when using their website to book, but at £924 for six people for 7 nights 24-31 August at Les Chateau des Marais I think you will agree that is fairly reasonable.

Have you stayed at a Keycamp campsite before? Were you impressed or disappointed?  Do you prefer the smaller or larger campsites? I woud love to know your thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,


Courtenay said...

We have done keycamp's before and I have to say although initially sceptical, that they do provide great holidays for a very reasonable rate. The sites are always very well maintained and the staff are unfailingly helpful :-)

Zoe Grant said...

I think there is always scepticism with caravan holidays, but Keycamp sites are clean and the staff are incredibly helpful, one dashed off to find us a frying pan when we realised we didn't have one!

Pleased you enjoyed your holidays with Keycamp Courtenay :)

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