Busting the misconceptions: our Siblu holiday in France

As you might be able to tell if you’ve read the previous posts, our week in France flew by and we were all reluctant to leave when it was time to go.siblu domaine de kerlann pool

So I started to wonder why we hadn’t done this before? What stopped us from considering a mobile home-type holiday like this before? And how did that stack up against the reality we discovered?

The cost – I think we all assumed that a holiday abroad would inevitably be pricey. However the cost is on a par with UK self catering accommodation (and sometimes less than that), and the current exchange rate means that you get more Euros for your money. Plus we decided that the best solution to the thorny problem of being vegetarian in France was not to eat out much, which saved us lots of money which we then spent on wine.

The travel – We’ve had a few exceptionally hairy drives through Paris and Rome, and this had mentally translated for us into All of Europe is Hard to Drive in. But that wasn’t borne out by our trip to Brittany. In the main the roads were not especially busy once you got past major towns.

The accommodation – The thing that had put us off here was an over-priced weekend in a UK holiday park in a fairly grotty cabin. So that for me had set the template. But the Siblu mobile home we stayed in was a world away from that – it was very clean and well-equipped. I didn’t see one tatty looking place here – a lot of them are owner-occupied, with pretty gardens and attractive facades.

 

siblu domaine de kerlann FranceNoisy euroteens – I was worried that our nights would be disturbed by boisterous teenagers. But whilst Domaine de Kerlann is a truly family friendly camp – I didn’t spot any groups of singles – there were many more young children than teens. Hence it had a nice friendly and happy but peaceful atmosphere, and the kids had all conked out by night time. I think all the swimming helped in that respect.

 

What we didn’t like

The mini golf could do with a refurb.

They put ham on our pizza by mistake.

Er…that’s about it.

 

So the moral of the story is, leave your misconceptions at home and go in with an open heart and mind and you might just like what you find.

And by the way we weren’t the only bloggers on a review trip to a Siblu holiday park recently – you can see some of the other posts about a variety of parks over here on the Siblu blog.

 

 

  • Totally agree – I was worried that because it’s so cheap, it would be cheap and tatty; but it was great.

    To be honest I was really glad I got the chance to review it, because I wouldn’t have risked my family’s holiday on it. SO GLAD I did.

    I think that what we would do is go down south to yours or one of the others that were reviewed by bloggers, and then head up to mine for a relaxing last 5-7 days.

  • Thank you MW. It’s funny, I don’t think it would have occurred to us either to book into a holiday park like this, now I’m wondering which one to book for next year. Obviously the weather helped a lot for us, but it’s not like there was a shortage of things to do if it hadn’t been so sunny.

  • Michelle Twin MUm

    Sounds fab, but how long is the drive? That and the cost of passports does put me off somewhat.

    Mich x

  • Hi Michelle – I have a whole post about the driving! From the port at Caen to the site in Brittany took 5 hours. Obviously this would change depending on which port you go in to and which camp you’re heading for. We regularly go to Wales which is a 6 hour drive so didn’t find this too much.

    Yes, passports are pricey aren’t they? I guess it’s one of those things you’ll probably need at some point in your life so you might as well brace yourself for the cost and go for it. Would hate to have to turn down a last minute trip for the sake of a passport!

  • Very well put Joanne, we have done it many times.

  • Been to Siblu several times and we love them and more importantly so do the kids! I had same worries as you before we went first time though!

  • Heather Dove

    We have been owners at Domaine de Kerlann and spend approx 17 weeks a year here, lovely as we treat it as our second home with all the comforts of home, ie sky tv, dvd etc. Our ga we have put in many flowers and plants and enjoy evenings with our British friends here, also the owners lunches, gala evenings and lunchtime aperitifs!

  • Thanks so much for all your comments! I am quite envious of those who have been several times.