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When holidays make you want to knock walls down at home

Canvas Holidays Moda Plus

Do holidays ever give you grand designs on your home? Do they make you want to brandish the power tools, or the hammer, when you get home? We had a big sense of that after staying in our Moda Plus with Canvas Holidays, we just lived so easily there. It was really well designed and spacious, and quickly gave us a sense of how easy open plan living can be, so since we have been home we have been full of ideas to:

  • Link indoors and outdoors
  • Knock through living spaces
  • Think more cleverly about storage

The builder has been round to talk about knocking through our two downstairs rooms (playroom and living room) and building a door to the garden from what would then become a giant living room. Our house is Victorian, but we live so differently to the Victorians. Although, one modern trend I can’t cope with is open cupboards – unless you have the time to organise and keep on top of them they are a nightmare –  I’m inspired by all the clever storage cupboards in our Moda Plus though,  I think our floor to tall ceiling Victorian cupboards will stay – they add character too. I want to replace the open toy storage in what used to be the playroom with cupboards with doors.

Canvas Holidays Moda Plus Breakfast bar

We chose Canvas Holidays’ Berny Riviere site, Camping La Croix de Vieux Pont, in Picardy, about an hour from Paris. It was perfectly placed to allow us to get to Paris, Eurodisney and to see my cousin who lives near Paris. It’s a really easy drive from Calais, around 3 hours, on very straightforward, clear roads.

This space really proved how easy family life can be when you have clever storage, plenty of opportunity to move from indoors to outdoors, and open plan spaces. The kitchen diner facilitated easy communication, helped us keep on top of our clutter – the last thing you want to be doing on holiday is running up and down stairs to find things –  and made it easy to relax and be together.

Canvas Holidays Moda Plus Berny Riviere

We loved the doors out onto the decking, having this made us feel as if we were outdoors, even when we were lounging on the huge corner sofa together. The corner sofa is a sofa bed, so in a Moda Plus 3 bedroom you can actually fit 8 in this space, we used it when my cousin visited – Canvas campsites are great places for family to get together.

canvas-holidays-croix-de-la-vieux-pont-berny-riviere decking

I always dreamt of a decking, like you see in American films, big enough to fit a garden swing seat on, and to hang out together. Now I want to extend ours and wrap it round the house…



The Moda Plus on Canvas Holidays was perfect after a busy day swimming, kayaking, cycling, bowling, go karting, or playing at the man made beach. It really was like having your own little house and garden to come home to.

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The bedrooms were compact, but so well designed with plenty of clever storage. Suitcases and shoes under the beds, clothes in the wardrobe, bits and pieces in over head lockers. We had a 3 bedroom Moda Plus, so apart from when family visited, the kids had a room each, which allowed them to spread out their stuff more.


The Moda Plus had a shower, sink and toilet in one bathroom and a second toilet, both were spacious – nothing like a caravan bathroom!

The deck was a great place to hang out as a family and to entertain my cousin and family who visited.


The bar stools were also a favourite place to hang out, and talk nonsense, or to prepare for an exciting day ahead with breakfast. I would love to have a breakfast bar at home. Again, the Moda Plus might be a small ground floor space, but it has everything I want in a house.


Canvas Holidays

Hope you have enjoyed this tour of our Moda Plus on Canvas Holidays. The Canvas Holidays welcome is very friendly, and the wine we were left was top notch.


Canvas Holidays have a wide range of accommodation on their sites, ranging from bring your own tent pitches to safari tents, a range of mobile homes and log lodges – there really is something for all budgets, tastes and groups.

Find out more about Canvas Holidays who have sites all over Europe, bursting with stuff to keep families happy. Read more about what we got up to on site and locally here.

We were guests of Canvas Holidays, opinions and editorial remain my own.



  1. 12/10/2015 / 9:25 pm

    I’ve realised that children love little houses as uch as we do. I took my duaghter to IKEA last week and she couldn’t get over all the little houses. She wanted to stop and play in all of them, LOL.

  2. 13/10/2015 / 8:13 am

    Totally relate to this! We stayed in a similar place and it felt soooo spacious with the open plan living, even thought the entire place was smaller than our own home – it just worked so well. And more recently the 5 of us stayed in a small 2-bed mews cottage, but again the open plan feel and a nice welcoming square hallway, compared to our narrow 1930s one, amazed me and definitely got me thinking about knocking down walls! Clever layouts and good storage are key!

  3. 13/10/2015 / 8:14 am

    I always get ideas for my own home when I go away on holiday. I will study each room and try tot make away as much inspiration as possible. This looks like such a great place to stay – it’s making me crave another summer holiday 😉 x

  4. 13/10/2015 / 12:16 pm

    Yes!! I do this, I’ve taken photos before of hotel bathrooms for future reference!

  5. 13/10/2015 / 1:06 pm

    Storage is just so important, especially if your home isn’t massive. So I’m always on the lookout for great storage tips and inspiration!

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