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

Historically, when pondering of lodging at campsites, we’d assume initially of tents, vans and caravans. However the enhance lately, 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 will we select the fitting rental possibility? What precisely ought to we take with us? What can we afford to go away at house?

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

Campsited has put collectively a information that we hope will provide help to discover your manner across the ever-expanding vary of rental properties. We hope it would provide help to to make the only option faster, with full information of the details. 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 assume 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 instances, you’re a conventional camper and also you simply want a conventional pitch!

If, however, you don’t plan to spend an evening wherever apart from on a mattress, or when you prepare dinner ALL your meals as you’d at house, stick with us. This brief information to lodging for lease in open-air accommodations is for you.

What’s a cell house?

A cell house is a sort 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 may count on 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 typically, a number of seasons. It’s most frequently positioned on stable blocks relatively than wheels! Though their age can in fact range, cell properties are usually pretty customary throughout international locations so you probably have 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 made from PVC panels, what are known as bungalows in European campsites are normally made from wooden. One other massive distinction is that they aren’t movable, though they’re simple to assemble/dismantle.  Bungalows typically have a extra unique, distinctive structure: greater than the usual format and inside design of cell properties which are usually the identical in all places, bungalows have a format and décor that evokes heat international locations and, above all, holidays! Lastly, a bungalow rental, with its extra subtle design, is most often 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: made from wooden, it evokes a mountain hut. Certainly they’re most frequently discovered within the mountains or the countryside, much less typically by the ocean. Chalets typically have the identical areas and amenities as the 2 earlier lodging choices, however it isn’t unusual for a chalet to have an higher ground with attic rooms, their low ceilings giving that “ski vacation” really feel…

As you’ll be able to see, the three most typical varieties of lodging in open-air accommodations are distinguished above all by their “look”. All of them supply the identical varieties of rooms, with a better or lesser variety of beds.

Chalet camping | Chalet at a campsite

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

What’s a canvas bungalow?

Related in look to conventional bungalows, their construction is, because the identify suggests, made from canvas. For lovers of conventional tenting… with a bit extra consolation 😉 You may 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 a stupendous terrace and a view over the treetops. Typically, glamorous little extras are supplied with these thrilling treetop rooms, like breakfast delivered in a reasonably basket hoisted on the finish of a rope… Feels like a dream, doesn’t it?! Watch out although: not beneficial in case you are afraid of heights, are a sleepwalker OR have a good finances!

What’s a glamping dome?

Domes or carrés d’étoiles as they’re identified at French open-air resorts, invite you to sleep below the celebrities with out having to be outdoors. Which means, in a clear dome, so that you could 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 aimed toward a sure finances stage. In summer time, make certain to seek out out if there’s a fan, air con or air flow, as a result of these domes will be fairly scorching if not.

What’s a roulette?

These vintage-looking gypsy caravans supply extra primary consolation, as a result of their capsule measurement! However they might make for a really particular vacation for individuals who dream of a bohemian life-style 😊

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, take a look at your reflex towards the factors beneath to verify it’s the fitting selection.

Assess your wants… and your needs

Earlier than clicking on the “ebook” button, ask your self these questions:

  • How many individuals might be staying?
  • What number of kids?
  • Will we be consuming out or will we have now to arrange 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.

If you’re planning a big household or a weekend with buddies, you’ll have no selection however to go for a cell house or bungalow with 2 or 3 bedrooms. And it would simply be essentially the most sensible possibility anyway.

The query of meals can be essential: when you wish to prepare dinner and/or you must watch your finances, you’ll have to put together AND eat your meals in your rental. The living-dining room space can shortly change into cramped for greater than 4 individuals. 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 outdoors regardless of the climate, will enhance the worth much more. But it surely’s in all probability price it: the ratio of the worth of the terrace to the financial savings on meals eaten out is hardly open to debate. Consuming meals you could have ready in your rental will prevent some huge cash (see our article on conserving the vacation finances down right here).

What to pack / what to take

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

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

The beneath is basic recommendation based mostly on our expertise. However don’t neglect that you simply the listing of facilities obtainable in every lodging needs to be obtainable throughout the description of the lodging… And from that you would be able to inform what will not be offered 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 would decide the variety of bedrooms you’ll need and due to this fact the dimensions of your cell house/bungalow. The extra rooms you could have, the upper the worth might be. In most cell properties, there’s a couch mattress which can sleep one or two individuals within the dwelling space, however it’s best to assume 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 due to this fact whether or not this might be a handy answer for the entire period of the vacation.

Normally, cell properties with one bed room have a double mattress for a pair. When you’ve got a couple of bed room (2 or 3 bedrooms), you’ll 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 offered. Nonetheless, most often, you’ll have to pay a big complement for sheets (and towels). It can save you cash by not selecting this selection when reserving, and bringing your personal mattress and tub linen. In essentially the most luxurious lodging, mattress linen and towels are included within the rental worth.

In lots of the high campsites (4 and 5 stars), you can even select to have your beds made up on arrival. After all, it’s at all times good to reach in lodging that’s absolutely ready, particularly when it’s late and also you’ve had a protracted drive. Nonetheless, take into account that this “made beds” possibility additionally entails an extra price.


Right here once more, the costlier the lodging you lease, the higher geared up it will likely be. Probably the most primary cell house or chalet could have a fridge, hob, microwave oven, sink, kettle and occasional maker. Not forgetting crockery and cutlery and the essential issues you want to put together your meals in a really sensible and comfy manner. Nonetheless, you probably have particular knives, chopping boards, mashers, peelers, blenders, and many others. that make meals prep simpler for you day by 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 many others. Typically one dishwasher dose/paste is offered, however in case you are a big group and/or staying for a number of days, this can clearly not be sufficient; you’ll have to purchase some or plan to take some with you. Likewise, it’s best to test what kind of pods or espresso the espresso machine takes to pack the fitting type.

If you’re travelling by automotive 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 purchase 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.

Rest room

As we have now seen, towels are sometimes an elective further, however generally they’re included. Alternatively, luxurious lodging or not, you’ll need 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 lodge! Additionally, though a roll of bathroom paper is commonly included in your arrival package, it is not going to be sufficient if there are lots of of you and/or you’re staying for a number of days…


Whether or not lined or not, you can be supplied with backyard furnishings: desk and chairs. You will have 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 may wish 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 at all times the case. If it’s vital to you test the stock of your rental earlier than reserving. Generally a TV will be rented from the reception after your arrival (day or week package deal), however it’s best to reserve this upfront.


Wifi is increasingly typically included within the primary worth… besides when it isn’t! A free “Wifi level” is offered within the overwhelming majority of campsites, most frequently on the reception or close by. Nonetheless, it isn’t essentially included and even obtainable in all lodging varieties – so test, if you’ll want or need it!

Cleansing merchandise

In high-end leases, the ultimate cleansing, i.e. once you depart, is included within the worth. However this isn’t at all times 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. Observe {that a} sponge is commonly included within the cell house welcome package.

At Campsited we wish to offer you as a lot info as potential that can assist you make your resolution. By checking the inventories of the lodging choices which have caught your eye, you may make a totally knowledgeable selection, and ebook with full peace of thoughts.



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