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New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

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New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

We are coming to the UK in Sept to travel in the Devon Cornwall area and also Bath and Bristol. We are renting a car. Where is it best to base ourselves to see everything? We have looked at holiday parks and had thought about staying in a few of these for 3 days each as we travel along. We had also thought of B & B's. We are very budget conscience as our NZ $'s will not buy us many UK pounds.

Any hints advice etc would be great.

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1. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

How many people in your party? If just a couple b&b/ travelodges can be cheaper than caravan parks.

Do not consider staying in Bath or taking a car in - it is very expensive and parking is limited.

Where do you plan to pick up the car/ where will you fly into? If flying into London best to train out and rent a car in Devon/Cornwall.

What do you want to see - beaches/countryside/old buildings?

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2. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

thanks for your reply.We are a couple in our 50's. We had planned to pick up a rental car at Heathrow (or can you suggest a company in Devon/Cornwall). We are looking forward to seeing old buildings, villages and gardens

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3. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

I'm afraid I've never rented a car in Devon/Cornwall, always taken my own, so can't recommend a company. I've used holiday autos abroad and they rent in a variety of places. Take the usual precautions when renting any hire car - marking any damage on paperwork and taking photos.I said rent outside London because driving in London is hard enough for locals, you'll be tired on arrival and it can be cheaper.

There are several chains of budget hotels - this is one with several hotels in the West Country http//www.travelodge.co.uk/ If you book in advance you can often get lower rates. They are cheap and cheerful, no toiletries, don't all do meals. They even have Bath hotels at not too exorbitant rates (hadn't realised that). This is another website with good rates http://www.hotelshopuk.com/ or you could look at premier inns.

Most bits of Britain have tourist information centres . They will know the local accommodation providers and may be able to suggest places within a budget. Eating out can be expensive but if you aren't looking for gourmet food Wetherspoons (pub chain) will fill you up cheaply. It's often cheaper to find a cafe for breakfast instead of eating in your hotel.

You may want to join the National Trust as this will give you free admission to a lot of stately homes. Rather than having one base I'd suggest you move around - so maybe stay at a Bath travelodge, visit Bristol and Berkely castle britainexpress.com/articles/Castles/berkeley… then move on to Exeter and visit places like Killerton House www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-killerton , the cathedral, roman walls, go on to Plymouth for places like this nationaltrust.org.uk/main/…

I've stayed at the China Fleet country Club in Plymouth - not as expensive as it sounds and looked a bit scruffy outside but comfortable inside. You could also consider youth hostels - despite the name you get all ages and most now have family rooms. Tintagel Youth Hostel is worth a visit for the amazing view.

Hope that helps a bit

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4. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

I agree with buzzard2000, definitely worth your while looking at joining the National Trust if you like stately homes and gardens.

You could get the train from Heathrow and hire a car in Devon fairly easily if you wished; most of the big companies have branches down here:

http://www.thrifty.co.uk/car-hire/devon.htm

http://www.nationalcar.co.uk/

Travelodge, Premier Inn (http://www.premierinn.com/en/) and Inn Keeper's Lodges (http://www.innkeeperslodge.com/) are all cheap places to stay and big chains over here. You could also try places like Late Rooms for cheap B&Bs and hotels (http://www.laterooms.com/)

Most B&Bs will be approx £30 pppn; the only snag with holiday parks is they very often charge by the week...

How about a few bases during your stay? Welles is lovely, Bristol is a very nice, busy city (and near Bath), and Exeter or Barnstaple in Devon before a visit to Cornwall (or visa versa)?

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5. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

Thank you so much for your reply. Some great advice

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6. Re: New Zealanders travelling in by car in Sept Tips advice?

I agree with all the posters here.

Premier Inn tend to be more expensive than travelodge but I personally think they're a higher standard. Travelodge are in the process of renovatiing some of their properties so may be worth enquiring if you settle on a particular one.

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