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Thomson Al Fresco – Altomincio Family Parc

publication date: Jun 16, 2011
author/source: Anne Coates
Rossini Mobile Home

Thomson Al Fresco
certainly seem to have thought of most things a family would need to feel comfortable  on holiday in one of their mobile homes. We stayed in the Rossini version which is perfect for small children and toddlers – all the electrical sockets are well out of reach and the kitchen area is set out so that anything in a cupboard that could be opened by a small hands contained nothing breakable.

The Rossini has two bedrooms: one double and a twin plus there is a sofabed in the living area. Olivia and Harriet shared one room (the second single bed slips away under the first to make room for the cot). A point to note here there were no bedside lights in the twin room so if you're with children who like to read before they go to sleep, bring torches (there is one already in the chalet).

Although the Altomincio parc description on the Thomson Al Fresco website says "car essential" we proved that is not so! We flew to Verona and had a taxi to the parc. As we had to travel with no baggage allowance for Harriet we arranged for the linen packs which can be hired. This contained only one towel per person and you really do  need more. We had brought towels for use at the pool but another time I'd bring more.

The booking in is at 3.00pm and we arrived somewhat earlier. If you were hiring a car or driving to the parc you'd obviously stop off on the way and stock up on essentials like loo rolls and food. We had to wait for the parc supermarket to open at 4.00pm. The welcome pack contains tea bags and sachets of coffee and sugar but no milk – two beers and an orange drink in the fridge – so if you arrive before 4pm you'll not be able to buy milk.

AltomicioHaving said that we had a wonderful time. Both Olivia and I were impressed with the layout of Rossini and the contents: microwave, fridge/freezer, BBQ, decked veranda with another table and set of chairs plus a clothes airer. In front of veranda we had lawn and plants plus sun loungers and reclining chairs.

Back inside, the loo is separate from the shower room (plus point) and our baby pack included a baby bath plus travel cot, safety gate and a high chair.

The standard of accommodation is excellent with plenty of storage space. Safety is taken care of as well. In addition to the smoke alarm there's a carbon monoxide detector and a fire blanket. As well as being able to pay for air con there were electric fans for each room.

Harriet loved tottering around, waving to passers-by and falling in love with her image reflected on the oven door! We all felt very relaxed with no hazards around for infants and small children. Just what you need for a good holiday.

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥

Fact box
  • Thomson Al Fresco offers high quality, mobile home self-catering accommodation on some of the best parcs in Europe.
  • Prices are from £378 for six people staying in a Vivaldi mobile home at Altomincio from 1 May for seven nights.
  • Prices are from £600 for six people staying in a Rossinimobile home at Altomincio from 7 June for seven nights.
  • All parcs have a range of entertainment and facilities.
For more information or to help find the perfect parc and to book, please visit www.thomsonalfresco.co.uk or call 0871 971 0600