Canvas Holidays (Wyndham Vacation Rentals) has many beautiful and well located sites through Europe. I think when I first heard about Canvas Holidays, I actually thought it would only be tents. Now I know this is a really popular way of seeing Europe, and facilities in European campsites are said to be amazing. Canvas Holidays are so much more than a camp site though, amazing variety of accommodation is on offer, with facilities to match families and couples holidaying. They offer nearly 50 years of experience too. That really did show when I visited the French la Croix du Vieux Pont site on a Canvas Holidays trip in June.
So, as we were a (gorgeous blogging) group coming from different parts of the country, we choose a central place to meet – St Pancras. We caught a train from St Pancras to Dover (1 hr 10mins) then hopped onto DFDS Seaways Prices start from around £40 for a family of four with a car (2 hours) ferry – Dover to Dunkirk.
Please note, this is not the merry gaggle of bloggers on the trip.
This part of trip flew by. I was surprised how quiet the ferry was. We spent the time grabbing lunch (A hot meal for less than £10 per person) and a drink, we wandered about, and took photographs on deck.
We had a minibus to take us from Dunkirk to the Canvas la Croix du Vieux Pont site (2 hrs 10 mins) which got me to thinking really this is most suitable for someone who travels on the ferry as a car/bus passenger, rather than a foot passenger. In actual fact, I think most people would bring a car, because of the amount of packing they tend to do for this kind of holiday and getting out and about whilst you are there, but definitely something to consider.
At this site (as is the case at all the Canvas Holiday sites) there are lots of different accommodation choices. Everything from 2-3 bed mobile homes, Delux 2-4 bed lodges (exclusive to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière) and Maxi and Safari tents. We stayed in the largest of the Delux Lodges, a 4 bed wooden detached house. It had an outside front area, complete with lounges, a huge wooden table and chairs and a BBQ. Every Evening Kate (Wit Wit Woo) and I, sat on the balcony enjoying an evening drink, as the evenings were lovely and warm. It was so peaceful. I took myself off one morning, leaving my lodge partner to take advantage of the peace ( we didn’t stop talking whilst we were together) and quiet. I wandered around the site, it had a lovely community feel. I thought everything was well spaced, but close enough not to make you feel alone.
The grounds are well established with hedges and garden areas.
The four bedroomed lodge that we stayed in, comfortably slept 9 people, so perfect for larger families, extended families or if two families wanted to share. It functions just like a house with bathroom, and heating so perfect for a non camper like me. Nadine (Juggle Mum) and Amy (and one more means 5) also had a 4 bedroom lodge but one that overlooked the gorgeous lake. These are available a an extra cost. However Mark (Sonny & Luca) , had the luxury of a two bedroom lodge all to himself.
This is the details of our four bedroom lodge:
- Kitchen: Fully equipped kitchen with cooking facilities, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster and fridge-freezer.
- Living room: Spacious lounge area with sofa bed and dining table chairs, plus stereo, monitor and DVD player. Stairs lead to the second floor.
- Bedrooms: 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin room and additional bedroom sleeping 4.
1 double room has door leading to upstairs balcony.
- Bathrooms: Bathroom with bath and shower plus separate toilet, plus second shower room and separate toilet upstairs.
Clean, well equipped and boy did I sleep well, great accommodation!
The Berny Rivière Site
There really has been so much thought put into the site. Tree, and flower lined pathways, indoor and outdoor pools.
A beautiful lake, with swans, and area to sit, great place for a morning coffee, I think!
A man made beach area, right by a restaurant and bar.
It’s so picturesque!
Activities and Fun
How cool to play table tennis by the lake.
Paddle-boats and canoes on the lakeside.
If you go to the Canvas website, you can see the many different activities and types of holiday available including golf and water sports, that’s on top of the activities that are based on each of the Canvas sites.
Late night beach volleyball anyone?
Discos, Karaoke and live music, if you want something more lively in the evening, they have that too!
We also got to experience just a few of the many FREE Family extra activities. This programme runs at this site from 24 May to 31 August.
I’ll never forget the Water Walkers, but also the games and fun that they have with the younger children. The entertainment staff are excellent, and I can imagine my children really loving the programme.
If you just want to stay on site there is everything available you could want with a supermarket, a restaurant, bar, and a beach side bar and restaurant. There is even a takeaway for things such a pizza and a bakery.
You can also download information on the Canvas holiday site about for local markets, restaurants and supermarkets. I think if I were to go again (for longer next time) I would definitely spend some of the time exploring the area. With the local delicacy’s being tureen’s in pastry, ham, gingerbread, and champagne-based mustard. Or a favourite of mine, local cheeses, especially Brie. As well as vineyards in the Reims, which produce the infamous Champagne grapes, Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay Blanc.
We did have a wander around a lovely French village, and take a trip to Disneyland Paris, which is only an hour or so from the Canvas site. I’m going to show you the photographs of that though in another post.
Prices start from £299, but to give you an example there is currently a 12 night break (5th July) in a select plus home at the same site that I stayed (sleeps 8) for £1199.
Overall, I had an amazing short break, and the whole time I was there I was picturing myself with my family, and I just know that it would work for us. I would definitely recommend The Canvas Holiday Berny Rivière site, to sum it up in two words…beautiful and fun!