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Brexit FAQs

We’re aware that Brexit is causing some concerns about travel to France, so we put some FAQs to Spring Harvest Holidays CEO Steve May-Miller. Will I need a visa to visit France next year? Even in the case of a “no deal” Brexit, the EU & UK have confirmed we’d continue to have visa-free travel this year and next. There are seventeen million visits to France by UK residents each year and France is keen to retain our tourist business – so it’s pretty unlikely that France will impose any significant barriers to entry. There is a lot of talk[…]

What do you do at LPO in the winter time?

You might think that once all the guests, speakers and couriers have gone home, there’s not much to do until the next season starts. But that’s a long way from the truth! We thought you’d be interested to know what the team are up to at this time of year. As well as “winterising” 140 mobile homes, packing up 60 tents and inventory, running stock checks and end of year accounts and taking some holiday, here is just some of what the team is doing: Refurbishing the swimming pool flume Refurbishing the swimming pool changing area and showers Installing a[…]

Top Tips For Your Holiday In France

If you want to head to France with the family this summer, here are some tips from Spring Harvest Holidays. How long can the family survive in the car before World War 3 breaks out? Think about in-car entertainment – not just DVDs but good old “I Spy” and learning about the new areas you’re driving through Dover-Calais is short and quick, but consider a longer Western crossing to St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg to shorten your journey time once you are in France Break your journey! Sleep overnight in a comfortable Brittany Ferries cabin, or stay in one of[…]

Best dates and deals for your LPO summer holiday

I thought it would be helpful to give a quick overview of the best availability and prices for the summer season. So here goes….. First of all, half term. For almost everywhere in England and Wales, this is Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June. You can arrive on Friday, Saturday or Sunday: the full programme of activities starts on Sunday and ends on Friday. Prices are ridiculously low at half term – starting at just £340 for a family of four including a ferry crossing. We still have tents and mobile homes available – plus a three bedroom house[…]

2017 bookings now open!

For me, it’s always an exciting time when we start taking bookings for a new season. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve starting confirming the hundreds of 2017 reservations made by guests during their 2016 holidays. We’ve also spread the word by email, post and social media that “booking lines are open”. The new brochure has a few changes, including more information about the various accommodation options. We’ve made new floor plans for everything from compact tent to the largest villa and you can check out the full range on the accommodation pages of this website. You’ll find that[…]

Get the most out of your time at LPO

A holiday at LPO offers lots of opportunities to relax, spend time with family, visit the local area and more. To make sure you don’t miss the best bits we’ve compiled some top tips. 1. There is nothing quite like fresh baguettes and croissants, pick yours up every morning from our onsite bakery 2. The Vendée region is cycle friendly and has a growing network of cycle paths as well as guided tours to St Gilles and Apremont during the week. We have a range of bikes available to hire onsite 3. Every Sunday we eat together as one big[…]

A website inspired by you

Spring Harvest Holidays CEO Steve May-Miller writes: So the all-new website has been developed with you in mind. The work has been done by people who have visited LPO and understand our values. The fresh, responsive design is easier to use on your phone or tablet and we think you’ll find it simpler to navigate. We want you to be as positive about the website as you are about your holiday. So we’d love to know what you think: please tell us if you think there’s something we could do better, what you need or don’t need and what you’d[…]


Operations Manager Based in Western France Le Pas Opton is a Christian holiday park in Western France with a vision to provide excellent holidays with optional spiritual content in a high quality environment. We are seeking an operations manager with spoken and written French and English, excellent management and administrative skills and an understanding of French life and culture. This role holds an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a committed Christian. A draft job description is available below. A detailed job description will be agreed in discussion with qualifying candidates. Download draft Operations Manager job description For more information contact[…]

Educational Visits

Education visits

Situated on the western coast of France, just four and a half hours’ drive from western ferry ports and with east access to beaches, a historic market town and a multi-award winning educational theme park, Le Pas Opton offers the perfect educational trip for your school. Benefits for your pupils During your visit at LPO, children will: Sample French culture, through interaction with our bilingual staff and (subject to prior arrangement) a trip to a local French school Benefit from a creative programme that meets your key stage 2 learning objectives, run by our enthusiastic team Visit local treasures, choosing[…]

Driving in France

Driving in France

A few weeks before your holiday, we’ll send you a travel pack. This includes helpful information on how to reach Le Pas Opton. Here are a few things to get ahead on in your planning. Requirements for driving in France Be prepared – you’ll need to carry these items in your car at all times: Driver’s licence Insurance certificate Head light deflector stickers (buy in the UK at Halfords, or similar) First Aid Kit Spare bulb kit Red warning triangle A disposable breathaliser device (law not currently in force) Tips for driving in France The secret to driving in France[…]

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