Charles Alexander, the Vendee Mobile Home Holidays specialist, is pleased to unveil a new mobile home model on Le Clarys Plage Holiday Park – the 2013 Aventura design, designed and built by IRM, will be available this season.
The new mobile home model has three bedrooms (1 double, 2 twin rooms and with a pull-out bed in the lounge). 2 bathrooms, a fully-fitted kitchen and a spacious central lounge area.
For more information on Charles Alexander holidays, please visit http://www.charlesalexander.co.uk/
With Christmas and New Year celebrations truly over now, we thought we would bring some cheer to an otherwise blue January and get you looking forward to your holidays. Camping or otherwise!
The competition prize is a Kindle Fire, the much awaited update to the original Kindle e-Reader, worth £129 and all yours if you are lucky enough in our January competition prize draw.
One of the great things about camping is that it is open to everyone; disability is not a barrier. I thought I would highlight the effort campsites and holiday parks go to, either because of statutory requirement or because they want to ensure everyone is welcome, in this blog post.
I know this applies to UK camping holidays just as it does to French, but I want to focus this blog post on the facilities and services that are made available on sites and parks in France for people with disabilities.
For French campsites and holiday parks who offer camping holidays for the disabled they need to adhere to requirements that cover a number of areas across their grounds as well as in their own marketing. These are the key points:
Staff Training and Awareness : There is a requirement for permanent reception staff to be trained on how to welcome customers with disabilities.
Topography: Where it is difficult to access all areas of the site, because of the location, 1 in every 50 pitches must be made accessible.
WCs: Here it depends on the site’s star rating. A 1-star site needs to have 1 disabled toilet for every 200 pitches, for a 5-star site the need is for 1 in every 160 pitches. The requirement applies to providing showers and laundry facilities too.
Marketing: Specific information about the holidays for disabled people on the campsite or park, needs to be made clear on brochures, leaflets, the website, etc. This includes providing detailed information of any pitch or rented accommodation labelled as being specially adapterd for people with disabilities.
Provision of portable magnetic loop: A site should make available a portable magnetic loop to assist those hard of hearing.
Provision of a wheelchair: It is necessary for the site to own or, at least have access to, a wheelchair for use by its clients if needed. In addition, the wheelchair(s) must be adapted to the environment (beach, mountain, …) and provide equipment to aid access to certain facilities, such as a swimming pool.
Keys with tactile writing: Where a site offers rented accommodation such as Mobile Homes, the keys to the home must also offer any text written on the key fob in a tactile writing system.
Provision of television: Where a TV is offered, the remote control must have large buttons and contrasting colours.
Provision of a telephone: Where a telephone is provided within the accommodation, it must have large buttons.
Please see the I Spy Camping website for more information on camping holidays in France
You will have come across Camping Pods before, if not on a campsite, at least on this blog. My family and I have over the last couple of years stayed in a camping pod on numerous occassions. So I thought it was time I devoted a larger piece to the Pod that in my mind has done more to expand the camping season and appeal of camping to more people than anything else in recent times.
To discover more, I met with Andrew Lock from Newfoundland Lodges one blustery evening in North Yorkshire.
Who was the brainchild behind the Pod?
Ian Bone is the designer who created the Pod as an experiment in design during some down time at his luxury lodge building facility in the Lake District. A keen mountain biker Ian often wanted to spend a full weekend away cycling but could never find affordable, secure accommodation.
Who is the Camping Pod aimed at?
Pods are designed to appeal to families, couples, walkers, ramblers, cyclists and tourists alike, anyone who loves the great outdoors.
What would a family staying in a Camping Pod need to bring with them?
Simply take all for a camping holiday, minus the tent
How many campsites currently have Pods now?
Over 80 in the UK and Ireland with many more in France, Switzerland, Holland and Germany
Can you tell us more about your new developments?
Our latest model is the Mega Pod which is the height of glamping luxury! Fitted beds, a kitchenette and wet room elevate the humble Pod to luxury status. Look out for them being rolled out in 2013.
Back in 2011 we wrote a piece on I Spy Camping that helped to introduce new families to Mobile Home / Static Caravan accommodation on campsites and holiday parks in the UK and across mainland Europe. I thought it would be of interest to highlight the article on the blog for new UK families considering staying on a holiday park in 2013.
The article’s first objective was to clear up the terminology used by operators; a mobile home for the purpose of being used as luxury holiday accommodation is the same as a static caravan. Operators who specialise in European camping holidays tend to refer to them as ‘mobile homes’; UK holiday park operators tend to call them ‘static caravans’. There is no difference.
The second objective was to explain why these holiday homes are ideal for family holidays. To read the full article please click here Otherwise, below is a snapshot…
Popular Holiday Accommodation
The popularity of using these homes as holiday accommodation has increased substantially in the past 30 years and is marketed by today’s operators as ‘contemporary camping’ or ‘luxury camping’. The homes ideally suit family holidays, because they offer families home-from-home luxuries and the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor environment with enough space for children to run around, make new friends and enjoy the child-friendly facilities available.
This video was produced by Siblu Holidays and is a great example of the types of mobile homes / caravans that are available.
Homes are classed as self-catering accommodation, as each offers fully-equipped kitchens suitable for cooking three-course meals (please note some homes styles include a microwave oven and instead of a conventional oven). Each has the usual amenities of hot and cold running water, gas and/or electricity.
They can sleep from 4 to 8 (1o on some parks) people in 2 or 3 bedrooms. The living area is spacious and contains corner to corner sofa seating, on some homes, a section of the seating area will convert into a single or double bed. Some include a TV/DVD unit with Satellite. Table and chairs are provided for eating meals.
Just like our everyday residential houses, mobile homes are available in many different designs. The exterior look varies, along with the colour, although modern models tend to be white. The interior design also varies, but the common factor is that the majority have an open plan layout.
(Featured image = Bideford Bay from Park Resorts)