Living in Cornwall is fantastic, however it does take a bit of time to get any where for a holiday. This
is why we are huge fans of the Plymouth to Roscoff ferry. It’s a brilliant means of travel for us as we can sleep over night and wake up in a different country. On numerous occasions we have taken our caravan and had the opportunity to tour around different areas, which has been enjoyable.
At Easter we are heading off to France again and we have been looking for somewhere to stay. Once we starting looking into the cost of the hiring a gite and taking the car, the prices were starting to stack up, so we looked at taking the caravan instead. This worked out a little cheaper, but not a hugely. After a discussion with Mr P, I decided I would try a Brittany Ferries package holiday (ferry and gite all included the same price). This worked out to be considerably cheaper, our only compromise is that we are starting our journey from Poole and ending it in to Cherbourg….. The gite is in Normandy so this is quite convenient for us and does require less traveling time from the ferry to our chosen destination.
An easy step by step guide to show you how I booked our holiday..
Open the Brittany Ferries home page and in the book online area select the ‘Ferry & Holiday’ check box. Continue to fill in the rest of the information required by using the drop down menus and then hit Search.
A list of potential properties will come up on your screen, with all of the relevant information needed. If you would like your search to be more specific you can use the side bar on the right hand side of the page to add extra information i.e. bed linen included, coastal or rural location, the arrival day (this can vary, most are on a Saturday however I spotted a few with weekday change overs), bedrooms required, activities in the surrounding area, beach, bar, end of stay cleaning fees, pet friendly and many more..
The system is set up to ensure that you can select everything you need to have a fantastic holiday!!
The only thing that surprised me were the extra charges, you can pay extra for a dog, end of stay cleaning, local taxes and a deposit is required on arrival, you may also need to pay for bed linen and towels. This is something to consider before booking as the prices vary considerably from one place to another.
Once you have found your ideal property, you can click onto it to view the property details giving a clear description of the property including photographs, facilities and activities nearby, some tell you about market days and where to go. To find out if the property is available for your chosen dates click onto check availably and select your chosen dates following the availability key. Follow the prompts for duration and occupancy then click the check availability box, once it has been confirmed as either available or on request you can continue to book your ferry. From here you can select your preferred outbound and return ferry routes, method of travel (car/foot) and number of passengers travelling (including pets). The next page allows you to choose your specific sailing times and then onward to you onboard accommodation.
From here on in is the price and booking forms to fill in with you specific passenger and payment details….
I hope you find this rough guide useful and bon voyage with…