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Cellular properties and chalets: how to decide on and what to deliver

Historically, when considering of lodging at campsites, we might suppose at the beginning of tents, vans and caravans. However the improve in recent times, in what are actually absolutely geared up open-air resorts, has additionally resulted in an explosion in self-catering rental choices (like cell properties and chalets). Certainly, in lots of open-air resorts, particularly in France, that is the popular sort of lodging now.

So how can we select the suitable rental choice? What precisely ought to we take with us? What can we afford to go away at house?

It’s generally troublesome to navigate the various kinds of cell properties, chalets, bungalows and so forth. And what precisely is the distinction between cell properties and chalets or bungalows?

Campsited has put collectively a information that we hope will enable you to discover your means across the ever-expanding vary of rental properties. We hope it is going to enable you to to make your best option faster, with full data of the information. After which to pack lighter, as a result of you’ll know what to anticipate at your rental.

The various kinds of lodging

Do you suppose that outside holidays are synonymous with pitching a tent, sleeping on the bottom and cooking frugal meals from a tin, on a range? Or are you unable to journey with out your personal absolutely geared up home on wheels (i.e. your caravan or motorhome)? In both of those circumstances, you’re a conventional camper and also you simply want a conventional pitch!

If, however, you don’t plan to spend an evening anyplace aside from on a mattress, or should you cook dinner ALL your meals as you’d at house, stick with us. This quick information to lodging for hire in open-air resorts is for you.

What’s a cell house?

A cell house is a form of giant caravan that appears like a small home, absolutely geared up. Kitchen, lounge, lavatory, bathroom, bed room(s): the completely different areas are separate. Every of them has the furnishings and tools you would possibly anticipate in such a room. Regardless of its identify implying a sure mobility, as soon as “in place”, a cell house doesn’t transfer for one or, extra usually, a number of seasons. It’s most frequently positioned on stable blocks quite than wheels! Though their age can in fact differ, cell properties are typically pretty customary throughout nations so when you’ve got seen inside one, you in all probability have a good suggestion of what they’re all like.

Mobil-home camping | A mobile home at a campsite

What’s a bungalow?

The place cell house fronts are normally manufactured from PVC panels, what are known as bungalows in European campsites are normally manufactured from wooden. One other huge distinction is that they aren’t movable, though they’re simple to assemble/dismantle.  Bungalows usually have a extra authentic, distinctive structure: greater than the usual structure and inside design of cell properties which are typically the identical in all places, bungalows have a structure and décor that evokes heat nations and, above all, holidays! Lastly, a bungalow rental, with its extra subtle design, is typically costlier than a cell house, with its extra primary look.

Bungalow avec terrasse | Bungalow with terrace

What’s a chalet?

The chalet can be distinguished by its look: manufactured from wooden, it evokes a mountain hut. Certainly they’re most frequently discovered within the mountains or the countryside, much less usually by the ocean. Chalets usually have the identical areas and amenities as the 2 earlier lodging choices, however it’s not unusual for a chalet to have an higher ground with attic rooms, their low ceilings giving that “ski vacation” really feel…

As you may see, the three commonest forms of lodging in open-air resorts are distinguished above all by their “look”. All of them provide the identical forms of rooms, with a larger or lesser variety of beds.

Chalet camping | Chalet at a campsite

Lately, different forms of lodging have appeared. Listed below are some examples:

What’s a canvas bungalow?

Comparable in look to conventional bungalows, their construction is, because the identify suggests, manufactured from canvas. For lovers of conventional tenting… with a bit extra consolation 😉 You possibly can say it’s a glamping tent…

What are tree homes?

Now we absolutely step throughout the brink into the class of “glamping” lodging! A very wood construction, normally with an attractive terrace and a view over the treetops. Usually, glamorous little extras are provided with these thrilling treetop rooms, like breakfast delivered in a fairly basket hoisted on the finish of a rope… Appears like a dream, doesn’t it?! Watch out although: not advisable in case you are afraid of heights, are a sleepwalker OR have a good funds!

What’s a glamping dome?

Domes or carrés d’étoiles as they’re recognized at French open-air resorts, invite you to sleep beneath the celebrities with out having to be exterior. Which means, in a clear dome, so as to observe the celestial vault and rely the celebrities of the galaxy till you fall right into a peaceable, starry slumber. Once more, this lodging is geared toward a sure funds degree. In summer season, ensure that to search out out if there’s a fan, air-con or air flow, as a result of these domes may be fairly scorching if not.

What’s a roulette?

These vintage-looking gypsy caravans provide extra primary consolation, on account of their capsule measurement! However they might make for a really particular vacation for many who dream of a bohemian way of life 😊

Roulotte dans un camping | Vintage caravan in a campsite

By now, you in all probability have a good suggestion of which choices you just like the sound of most. Now, check your reflex towards the standards beneath to ensure it’s the suitable selection.

Assess your wants… and your wishes

Earlier than clicking on the “e-book” button, ask your self these questions:

  • How many individuals can be staying?
  • What number of youngsters?
  • Will we be consuming out or will we have now to organize all of the meals?
  • How a lot do I wish to spend on lodging?

All of those questions have an effect in your selection of lodging.

Are you travelling as a pair, for a brief weekend break? On this case, there’s no level in reserving a cell house or bungalow – go for a one-bedroom rental, which corresponds to your actual wants. Or in case you are planning a romantic weekend for an important day, it’s possible you’ll even wish to push the boat out and go for glamping or uncommon lodging, that gives you a “once-in-a-lifetime” sort expertise.

In case you are planning a big household or a weekend with buddies, you should have no selection however to go for a cell house or bungalow with 2 or 3 bedrooms. And it would simply be probably the most sensible choice anyway.

The query of meals can be essential: should you prefer to cook dinner and/or it’s a must to watch your funds, you’ll have to put together AND eat your meals in your rental. The living-dining room space can rapidly grow to be cramped for greater than 4 folks. That is the place investing a bit extra in a single with a terrace pays its dividends!… A cell house with a lined terrace, which lets you have your meals exterior regardless of the climate, will improve the value much more. Nevertheless it’s in all probability value it: the ratio of the value of the terrace to the financial savings on meals eaten out is hardly open to debate. Consuming meals you’ve ready in your rental will prevent some huge cash (see our article on protecting the vacation funds down right here).

What to pack / what to take

Now let’s look in additional element on the completely different amenities accessible in a rental property, to see

  • how one can affect your funds;
  • what it’s best to take into consideration taking with you.

The beneath is basic recommendation primarily based on our expertise. However don’t overlook that you just the checklist of facilities accessible in every lodging must be accessible inside the description of the lodging… And from you can inform what will not be supplied and what it’s possible you’ll have to take with you.


The query of the composition of your group is crucial. It’s crucial factor, as it is going to decide the variety of bedrooms you will have and subsequently the scale of your cell house/bungalow. The extra rooms you’ve, the upper the value can be. In most cell properties, there’s a couch mattress which is able to sleep one or two folks within the dwelling space, however it’s best to suppose forward about whether or not all people goes to mattress on the similar time and will get up on the similar time within the morning and subsequently whether or not this can be a handy resolution for the entire length of the vacation.

Generally, cell properties with one bed room have a double mattress for a pair. When you’ve got multiple bed room (2 or 3 bedrooms), you should have one bed room with a double mattress and one or two bedrooms with two single beds every (which can be bunks).

Duvets and blankets are supplied. Nonetheless, typically, you’ll have to pay a major complement for sheets (and towels). It can save you cash by not selecting this selection when reserving, and bringing your personal mattress and bathtub linen. In probably the most luxurious lodging, mattress linen and towels are included within the rental worth.

In most of the prime campsites (4 and 5 stars), you can too select to have your beds made up on arrival. In fact, it’s all the time good to reach in lodging that’s absolutely ready, particularly when it’s late and also you’ve had a protracted drive. Nonetheless, understand that this “made beds” choice additionally entails a further value.


Right here once more, the costlier the lodging you hire, the higher geared up it is going to be. Probably the most primary cell house or chalet may have a fridge, hob, microwave oven, sink, kettle and low maker. Not forgetting crockery and cutlery and the essential issues you should put together your meals in a really sensible and cozy means. Nonetheless, when you’ve got particular knives, chopping boards, mashers, peelers, blenders, and so forth. that make meals prep simpler for you each day, you’d do effectively to pack and take these with you.

The extra you progress upmarket, the extra tools is added: dishwasher, washer, espresso machine, further kitchen utensils and so forth. Usually one dishwasher dose/paste is supplied, however in case you are a big group and/or staying for a number of days, this may clearly not be sufficient; you’ll have to purchase some or plan to take some with you. Likewise, it’s best to verify what kind of pods or espresso the espresso machine takes to pack the suitable kind.

In case you are travelling by automobile and have the area, it’s additionally a good suggestion to deliver small containers of herbs, spices and oil, in addition to long-life food and drinks provides with you. You’ll in fact discover supermarkets and you should buy your contemporary meals on the native markets, however having some necessities will scale back your vacation time spent looking issues out in a unfamiliar grocery store.


As we have now seen, towels are sometimes an elective additional, however generally they’re included. However, luxurious lodging or not, you will have to deliver your personal cleaning soap, bathe gel and different toiletries and sweetness merchandise as a result of an open-air resort will not be a resort! Additionally, though a roll of bathroom paper is usually included in your arrival package, it won’t be sufficient if there are lots of of you and/or you might be staying for a number of days…


Whether or not lined or not, you can be supplied with backyard furnishings: desk and chairs. You have to to confirm if there are loungers or deckchairs for extra consolation, or it’s possible you’ll want to deliver your personal, or your hammock, for afternoon naps. You would possibly prefer to deliver some candles and matches or an oil lamp for evenings on the terrace.

Des amis prennent un verre sur la terrasse d'un mobile home. |Friends having drinks on the terrace of a mobile home. |


Most cell properties are geared up with a TV however this isn’t all the time the case. If it’s vital to you verify the stock of your rental earlier than reserving. Typically a TV may be rented from the reception after your arrival (day or week bundle), however it’s best to reserve this prematurely.


Wifi is an increasing number of usually included within the primary worth… besides when it’s not! A free “Wifi level” is supplied within the overwhelming majority of campsites, most frequently on the reception or close by. Nonetheless, it’s not essentially included and even accessible in all lodging varieties – so verify, if you’ll want or need it!

Cleansing merchandise

In high-end leases, the ultimate cleansing, i.e. once you go away, is included within the worth. However this isn’t all the time the case: it’s possible you’ll have to deliver some cleansing merchandise to go away your cell house in the identical situation as you discovered it on arrival. Word {that a} sponge is usually included within the cell house welcome package.

At Campsited we wish to give you as a lot info as potential that can assist you make your choice. By checking the inventories of the lodging choices which have caught your eye, you can also make a completely knowledgeable selection, and e-book with full peace of thoughts.

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