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Staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco Holidays

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October 30, 2018

Over October half term we headed to France with Al Fresco Holidays to their fabulous park La Croix du Vieux Pont, which is the perfect base for day trips to Paris and Disneyland.
We opted for their package holiday option, which included ferry travel with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen.
I have to admit, there was a certain amount of trepidation for the ferry journey, as our last one back in 2016 was a real baptism of fire as the weather was terrible. Thankfully we took our own advice on preparing for a ferry trip with kids and were ready for all eventualities.
Brittany Ferries
Thankfully, things could not have been more different to our last trip and we breezed the journey, thanks in part to the provision of a children’s play area, a children’s entertainer and family fun to keep us all occupied on the five-hour journey.
Brittany Ferries
The ferry port of Caen is 210 miles from the campsite and takes just under 4 hours by car. Having driven in France before we were quite confident of the roads been fairly quiet, but as the journey took us around the outskirts of Paris, not only did we hit rush hour (think M25 busy), but we also used 5 toll roads, which was a bit of a learning curve.
Toll Booth
Highway tolls may be paid with euro’s (coins and notes) or by credit or debit cards, which we found easier as you literally just pop your card in the slot and then the gate raises. On some toll routes, when you join mid-way along the route, you take a ticket when you enter, and insert the ticket in the slot and pay the toll when you exit. If using your debit card, please be aware that you will also be charged a conversion rate.
Al Fresco had text us earlier in the day to give them an estimated time of arrival and we finally arrived on site at about 8.30pm. The site was very dark and it took around 10 minutes to find the Al Fresco office to pick up our keys, which was not ideal but we unpacked the car and headed off in search of a restaurant to get the kids some food.
La Croix du Vieux Pont is nestled in the Royal Compiégne countryside, close to the sleepy town of Vic-sur-Aisne, and offers plenty of facilities including restaurants, a supermarket, bars, plus live entertainment.
La Croix du Vieux Pont
We stayed in a Vivaldi Lounge mobile home, which offers a large lounge decking area, perfect for al fresco outside, 3 bedrooms (one double and two twin rooms), bathroom, toilet and kitchen / dining / living area.
Al Fresco Vivaldi
The kitchen was well equipped with everything you need to cook your own meals and there was even a barbecue outside and the tools to use with it.
BBQ
We booked linen packs and towel packs to save room in our car, but in hindsight I wish we had taken sleeping bags with us too, as we were provided with two sheets per bed and a fleecy blanket which isn’t enough to keep you warm overnight. There was just one heater in the mobile home which didn’t cope with the freezing nights.
Misty Beach
Thankfully the days were much warmer and we were sat overlooking the beach area, which the kids loved, as it was still warm enough for a paddle.
Beach
La Croix du Vieux Pont has lots of things for the kids to enjoy, including a covered pool complex with water slides, a water chute and splash park area. The weather was so good, that they even pulled the roof back on a couple of occasions.
Swimming Pool
For sporty families, there is a lake for canoeing, or cruising by pedal power, sports courts, a climbing wall, zip line, bungee trampolines and bike hire, but be aware that most cost extra.
Kayaking
The reps lay on lots of activities for the kids to try, if they want organised activities, or you can just explore the park at your leisure, playing in the park and meeting the wildlife.
Park
October half term is the last week of their season, but the park was packed full of people, many of who decorated their accommodation for Halloween, which the kids loved looking out for.
Halloween
There is a fabulous buzz about the site, with lots of English families staying giving the kids the chance to make friends and head off to play safely. Evening activities included a halloween disco, family quiz and karaoke for both kids and adults.
Archery
The site also arrange day trips via coach to Paris and Disneyland which are very reasonably priced. We chose to take their coach to Paris as didn’t fancy driving and were dropped centrally and given a good amount of time to explore.
Paris
Al Fresco has 74 parks in France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Holland, and Austria. All their parks offer great options for families with Kids Clubs, live entertainment, fantastic food, and opportunities to explore the local region.
The price is for a week’s stay for up to six people from £315 in May 2019. For more information or to book visit www.alfrescoholidays.co.uk
Disclaimer: We were hosted by Al Fresco Holidays for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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21 Comments
  1. Reply

    Treasure Every Moment

    October 30, 2018

    Oo this looks like the kind of holiday my daughters would love – so much for children to see and do 🙂

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    Fiona Maclean

    October 30, 2018

    Gosh, you are brave – I’m guessing from the pumpkin you went in October! We used to camp when I was little – I do think it’s a fun way to holiday with kids!

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    Olivia Jade

    October 30, 2018

    This is such an awesome opportunity, I like that it’s open until the end of October as it allows to enjoy the Halloween festivities too. That drive sounds long but at least you were prepared for it!

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    Sarah Bailey

    October 30, 2018

    This sounds like such a fun place to go and stay. I love that there is something for every type of family and you can have days onsite and days out exploring France. Plus it is always great to find somewhere with an great atmosphere

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    Rhian westbury

    October 31, 2018

    That’s good that you had a better ferry journey than last time, it sounds like a good trip x

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    Dean of Little Steps

    October 31, 2018

    We stayed there too when we took T to Disneyland when she was 4. We really loved how close it was to Disney and Paris. So much lovely memories and looks like you guys enjoyed it too 🙂

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    Emma Raphael

    October 31, 2018

    So glad you had a smooth crossing this time! It looks like a great place to use as a base for Disneyland and Paris itself, especially if you have a family! 🙂

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    Laura Dove

    October 31, 2018

    Oh how gorgeous! We have been looking into staying somewhere like this as we really want to do Disneyland Paris next year!

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    Lauren Porter

    November 1, 2018

    Sounds fab! Sounds perfect for a family holiday – it is definitely something we want to do as I don’t do tent camping, but those mobile homes look a great option.

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    Rachael Phillips

    November 1, 2018

    i love the look of that! the little chalet is better equipt than my house!
    kids looked like they had a ball 🙂

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    Beth Sachs

    November 1, 2018

    Looks like you had a fab time. I’m not good on ferries either but as we live in Cornwall we always go the Plymouth Roscoff route which is unfortunately 6 hours (or 10 hours overnight)!! I always pray for calm seas!!

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    Melanie williams

    November 1, 2018

    Looks like you had a fab family holiday away. Love that they have a covered pool complex too xx

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    Helen

    November 1, 2018

    I hadn’t heard of Al Fresco before but it sounds a great company. There’s so much to do onsite no matter what kind of family you are. It’s great that they offer transport to Paris and Disney too, I’m not a fan of driving abroad so it would be perfect for me.

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    Bella at Dear Mummy Blog

    November 1, 2018

    I wish we’d known about this place before we went to Disneyland it looks like a fab base! You were lucky to explore outside the park too x

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    Everything beautiful

    November 2, 2018

    Sounds like you had an amazing time. Love the pictures and most especially the fact that it’s kids friendly

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    kirsty

    November 2, 2018

    It sounds like the best way to enjoy the half term. I’m glad it was still warm enough for your children to have a paddle as the lake does look beautiful. Shame you arrived a little bit late but it looks like the site more than made up for the journey.

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    WhatLauraLoves

    November 3, 2018

    What a fabulous place to go on holiday. Its a shame you didn’t get there when expected but what a fab holiday regardless. So much to do! xxx

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    Elizabeth

    November 3, 2018

    Oh wow, it looks like you guys had a rather fantastic time! I really should do something like this with my kids next summer.

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    Michelle Twin Mum

    November 3, 2018

    The covered pool sounds really good and needed as the weather gets more chilly. Nice that you can travel into Paris pretty easily too. Mich x

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    Madeeha

    November 3, 2018

    It sounds like an amazing holidays. It is great that you had much smoother journey this time. Will keep the company in mind if I decided to go for holidays.

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    Olivia Jade

    November 5, 2018

    France is a great country to visit and I’m glad to see you all had a great time 🙂 xx

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