Brittany Ferries offers up to 25% discount on French cottage holidays

Brittany Ferries Holidays has announced a promotion on self-catering holidays to France and Spain this summer.

According to a release by the freight service company, more than 110 French cottages and 30 Spanish casas are on offer, with discounts of up to 25 percent on the company’s ferry-inclusive prices. Discounts are available throughout the summer season, including the school holidays, and until the end of 2016.

‘We are offering all sorts of accommodation, from rural retreats and coastal resorts to properties in villages and town centres,’ said Christiane Barker, general manager Brittany Ferries Holidays. ‘Clients can choose between France or Spain and our ferry-inclusive pricing makes this excellent value for money, particularly for families. You can secure your holiday now with a deposit of just £40 per person. The balance is payable just six weeks before departure.’

Gite and French cottage locations are offered in Brittany, Normandy, Poitou Charentes, the Loire and beyond. In addition, Spanish casas are available for holidaymakers looking for a taste of real Spain. Spanish properties are located in the region of Asturias with its beaches, fishing ports and mountain scenery. Also on offer is Cantabria, a region in the seaside town of Santander with attractive inland villages such as Santillana del Mar.

Holidaymakers looking for a break this summer can take a crossing on Brittany Ferries’ premium cruise ferries, with departures from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth. They can go for a crossing to arrive at one of five destinations in France, or choose an overnight sailing through the Bay of Biscay, which carries passengers to either Bilbao or Santander.

Set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth, Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. Originally established to transport French agricultural products to a wider British market, the service soon developed into an operation carrying British tourists.

Today Brittany Ferries is a market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain.

Brittany Ferries offers two night Spring break in France

Leading car ferry service Brittany Ferries will offer UK holidaymakers a selection of 26 short breaks to France in April and May.

Starting from £109 upwards per person, the holiday package includes ferry crossings and two nights in selected hotels in Normandy and Brittany, destinations which are served by five ports of arrival in France. The package includes a variety of destinations in France such as the medieval town of Dinan, Bayeux and the historic city of Orleans.

For those looking to relax and enjoy coastal walks, the package offers the seaside resort of Dinard or the fishing village of Cancale, known for its oysters.

The offer is available for trips taken between April 1 and May 27. In addition to crossings with a car and hotel accommodation, breakfast is included in the package. A 15 percent discount on on-board accommodation is also offered.

‘For the price of a meal for two in London, we are offering a two night Spring break in France at some truly gorgeous locations,’ said Christiane Barker, Brittany Ferries Holidays Manager. ‘Many of the deals are for carefully selected hotels close to our ports of arrival, such as in St Malo and Roscoff, so travellers can choose to stay close to the coast, or perhaps venture further inland with their cars.’

A two-night stay will be provided at Hotel de l’Univers in St Malo, and at Hotel du Centre in Roscoff. The Hotel de l’Univers is Brittany Ferries’ most popular hotel with British guests. Located only 1km from the ferry terminal, the hotel is also near to the attractions of Intra Muros (the old city), golden beaches as well as fine restaurants.

Situated in one of the central spots in Roscoff, Hotel du Centre faces the old harbour, offering guests a panoramic view of yachts and al fresco dining, with seafood served as a speciality.

Both St Malo and Roscoff are served by direct sailings from Plymouth.

Brittany Ferries offers more ‘economie’ sailings to Le Havre and Bilbao

Ferry and holiday company Brittany Ferries has announced it has chartered a vessel, which will operate under its ‘no-frills’ Brittany Ferries economie brand, starting May 2015.

The additional ship will serve the Portsmouth to Le Havre route (four times a week) and the Portsmouth to Bilbao route (once a week).

Launched last March, the economie brand is aimed at customers who wish to travel to France or Spain without the cruise-style experience typically provided by Brittany Ferries. One-way fares for a car plus two this May start from £79 to France and £209 to Spain. Bookings for the additional ship will open in early February.

The new vessel is currently named ‘Sirena Seaways,’ although she will be renamed on entering service with Brittany Ferries. Facilities and space on board are limited compared to Brittany Ferries’ cruise-ferry services, but will include a cafe, bar, boutique and restaurant, as well as free Wi-Fi internet access and a reading lounge.

Brittany Ferries also said that customers can mix and match economie sailings with the company’s other cruise-ferry and high speed sailings to Normandy, Brittany and northern Spain, travelling out by one route and returning by another. In total there are 10 routes and up to 142 weekly sailings, giving customers a degree of added flexibility and choice.

Mike Bevens, Group Commercial Director, said: ‘We have been really pleased with the demand for our new no-frills service so this additional ship will provide a welcome boost in capacity and provide our customers with an even wider range of sailing times. Furthermore, it now brings the total number of services to Spain to seven a week, again providing more choice.’

The ship is certified to carry 610 passengers, but Brittany Ferries has said that it will restrict the numbers well below so that passengers have enough space to enjoy the journey. There are 196 cabins, of which 14 will be pet-friendly. Portsmouth-Le Havre remains the only route between the UK and France to offer this feature, aimed at meeting the rising demand for cross-Channel pet travel.