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COVID-19 UPDATE 19 March 2020

Covid-19 update from Spring Harvest Holidays 19 March 2020   As the crisis situation in France and the UK continues to escalate, we are reviewing the viability of delivering holidays in May and June. We are taking into account the “lockdown” situation in France, travel restrictions and FCO notices which might invalidate our guests’ medical and travel insurance.   Along with many people around the UK and beyond, we continue to pray for an improvement in the situation and hope that changes for the better will come soon.   A full statement about May and June holiday bookings, together with[…]

The Pinewood Story – Part Three

I really wanted to include some video in this post, but the weather in December, when I last visited LPO, was rather grey so I will spare you the viewing experience. Rather more exciting than the weather, which continues wet and windy as I write, was the sight of nearly all our new Pinewood mobile homes in place around the park. Although there are no steps to the doors, no furniture or soft furnishings in place it was great to see the quality and size of these lovely new accommodation units. I was reminded that the bedrooms all have a[…]

The Pinewood Story – Part Two

Our CEO Steve May-Miller visited LPO last week and was able to view the area we call Le Village –  home to most of our Pinewood mobile homes – with over 30 empty emplacements. The old has gone, but the new has not yet come. Until now, that is. The first batch of our shiny new mobile homes has been delivered. They are being manufactured at the O’Hara factory at Givrand, a large industrial estate on the edge of St Gilles.  They won’t get travel sick en route to LPO – the distance is less than 10km, meaning a lower[…]

The Pinewood Story – Part One

Pinewood mobile homes have been the mainstay of our luxury mobile home offering since we opened LPO in 2003. They were manufactured by IRM, the biggest mobile home manufacturer in France at the time – in fact 16 years later some models still boasted a fading sign on the exterior “No1 fabricant en France”.   By 2017 the management and Board were planning to update this range of 40 two and three bedroom units but Brexit uncertainty put things on hold. Fresh research was conducted in Spring 2019 by our new site management team and the decision was taken in[…]

Brexit FAQs

UPDATED FEB 1st 2020:  Now that the UK has officially left the European Union, will anything change for my holiday in France? We put some FAQs to Spring Harvest Holidays CEO Steve May-Miller. Will I need a visa to visit France this year? The EU & UK have confirmed we’ll continue to have visa-free travel this year at least. 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, even in the long term. There[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Cycling at LPO

Vendée Velo Cycling

The Vendée region is very flat with a growing network of cycle paths, making it a great place to see by bicycle. Every season hundreds of LPO guests set off in groups and explore the local area. There is always a tremendous atmosphere, and many people have overcome their fears that cycling is only for the most fit. Whoever you are, you will always find someone riding at your pace. We suggest getting a group together and beginning your day with an early morning ride to Sion Sur L’Ocean for a fresh coffee. Leaving at 7:30 am will give you[…]

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