Anyone hired an electric BBQ for south of France camping?

Hi All.
We're heading to France next week (Domaine la Yole, near Beziers on the Med) staying in a holiday home type place and had planned to BBQ and sit outside most nights. However the campsite bans any gas or charcoal BBQs and only electric are allowed. I've checked with the site and they don't rent out electric ones. We're flying so don't really have the option of taking one or buying there and bringing one home, so I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a hire shop for these? BBQing outside is one of the great joys of camping holidays so i would have thought loads of people would be in the same situation, but I can't seem to find anything online.
Using the kitchen in the evenings isn't a good option as we have a small baby who'll be asleep, so at the moment the best plan is to buy an electric BBQ from a hypermarket then leave it there when we leave. Seems extremely wasteful!
Surely we can't be the only ones with this problem? Any advice?


  • NoodleDoodleMan
    NoodleDoodleMan Forumite Posts: 3,060
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    Why not contact the site and ask - local knowledge is great intelligence.
    Offer to bequeath it to the management on departure - that should help, maybe ?

  • Wonka_2
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    I suspect one of those times where a localised FB group will be the answer - there'll be loads of expats in the region who'll tell you the easy retailers to get one from and, potentially, where to offload it afterwards 
  • DullGreyGuy
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    An electric BBQ is just a griddle pan heated with an electric element and a lid.  Can produce a very similar effect with an induction hob and pan which wouldnt be too heavy and a lot less bulky.
  • Nebulous2
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    Well that is confusing - which isn't unusual in France. 

    I've looked up the campsite rules, and it talks about enjoying a barbecue. It also says that barbecues aren't allowed, except electric ones. Then to top it all, when talking about electric supply it says electric ones aren't allowed.

    You need to find someone who has been to ask their advice. 

    I've never been to that site, but my experience, in the South, is that barbecues aren't allowed on individual pitches, but there are large communal facilities, with half a dozen barbecues. There can be a queue to use these at busy times, and you'll have to wait your turn. 

    That area in the South of France is probably my favourite. I think you'll have a great time, regardless of barbecue facilities. 
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