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The message from travel companies that specialise in France is that there is a holiday to suit all budgets…

The message from travel companies that specialise in France is that there is a holiday to suit all budgets. A family crossing the Channel by ferry to camp or stay in self-catering accommodation is unlikely to incur any additional cost than doing the same in the UK so why miss out on the cultural richness of France? Martin Turner, managing director of Carisma Holidays says their beach-side mobile homes offer great value for money and points out that the main expenditure once families are there is food and drink; items such as wine and beer are still cheaper in France than in the UK.’ Marianne Wanstall of Bowhills adds: Self-catering accommodation is by far the best way to control your holiday spend; you can buy good fresh food at local markets at great prices, eat in – and well – and save cash.’ Eurocamp’s Chris Hilton believes that as well as being economical, when it comes to camping in France, self-catering actually becomes a fundamental and highly enjoyable part of the holiday. Brittany Ferries also confirms France as a great budget option: Ferries offer great value for the family holiday-maker and our peak-season crossings are booking well.’ At the top end of the market, couples and families are more likely to forego their long-haul flights and find luxury and exoticism in France. At The Gascony Secret, we offer a tailor-made service with our carefully selected rental properties,’ explains Karen O’Malley, co-owner of the company. You can rent your own ch�teau that comes complete with an optional personal chef who will even do the dishes.’ directCorsica is similarly excited about introducing a new audience to the wonders of the French island where they not only offer luxury villas to rent but also simple apartments and village houses that you can get to with an easyJet flight.

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