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Message posted by sammonp on 01/9/2014 at 11:58am
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Here is my campsite review of the camping facilites- which I'm sure the admins will move to the review section in due course.

I concur with the other reviewers view of the shared facilities – pool, beach etc which are really good for young families.

So in summary – In peak season, I would avoid La Croix, unless a beach or under the tunnel pitch was available – if these pitches were available, then la Croix would a very good option.

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I did my research and was advised to request a pitch either by the "beach" or the "new under the tunnel" section - I would STRONGLY advise other campers to do the same. I left my request too late, and in February was advised by the site that only "le Parc" was avaialable.
After discussing this option with La Croix regulars on this forum, I went ahead and made the booking with the caveate "not near the river".
On the 10th August we arrived for 14 nights, and guess where we were offered? Le Parc - next to the river !!!
I pointed out my reservation stated “not next to river” and was offered a couple of other options, which were sloping, and many meters away from the electric point.
So I took the river pitch.

I would caution against Le Parc pitches – they are dark – most under trees, prone to flooding, when it rains heavy the rain puddles, and due to lak of light, it stays around. The others nearer the Chateau, are quite sloping.

One further irritant was that the pitches in le Parc are not marked, and the site appear to allocate campers to “spare ground” and really cram us in. We arrived back from Soissons one day to find a tent pitched 1m from our awing – there was a lot of pitches/space available elsewhere – the tent owner apologised, stating that was the best offer from a bad lot that the site gave him !!!!



The facilities near Le parc are a very big let-down – I understand le parc is just used as a summer overflow, but the facilities nearby are very tired. For example the toilets have no seat lid, and when flushed the some water “sprays” out onto the floor – for a 5* site, this is unacceptable. When it rained, it was impossible to keep these facilities “clean”. Surprisingly, there are Canvas serviced tents just outside of Le parc, which also share these facilities, I am surprised Canvas have not influenced La Criox to upgrade these facilities.

There are modern and very good facilities elsewhere – specifically, under the tunnel, near the beach and near the tree house.

We used a mixture of these facilities. The facilities were cleaned regularly, but the cleaners job at the older facilities was a thank less task!!!

If you had a tent, the walk to the better facilities (for number 1s) would be an absolute pain in the backside.
Here is my campsite review of the camping facilites- which I'm sure the admins will move to the review section in due course.

I concur with the other reviewers view of the shared facilities – pool, beach etc which are really good for young families.

So in summary – In peak season, I would avoid La Croix, unless a beach or under the tunnel pith was available – if these pitches were available, then la Croix would a very good option.



I did my research and was advised to request a pitch either by the "beach" or the "new under the tunnel" section - I would STRONGLY advise other campers to do the same. I left my request to late, and in February was advised by the site that only "le Parc" was avaialable.
After discussing this option with La Croix regulars on this forum, I went ahead and made the booking with the caveate "not near the river".
On the 10th August we arrived for 14 nights, and guess where we were offered? Le Parc - next to the river !!!
I pointed out my reservation stated “not next to river” and was offered a couple of other options, which were sloping, and many meters away from the electric point.

So I took the river pitch.

I would caution against Le Parc pitches – they are dark – most under trees, prone to flooding, when it rains heavy the rain puddles, and due to lak of light, it stays around. The others nearer the Chateau, are quite sloping.

One further irritant was that the pitches in le Parc are not marked, and the site appear to allocate campers to “spare ground” and really cram us in. We arrived back from Soissons one day to find a tent pitched 1m from our awing – there was a lot of pitches/space available elsewhere – the tent owner apologised, stating that was the best offer from a bad lot that the site gave him !!!!



The facilities near Le parc are a very big let-down – I understand le parc is just used as a summer overflow, but the facilities nearby are very tired. For example the toilets have no seat lid, and when flushed the some water “sprays” out onto the floor – for a 5* site, this is unacceptable. When it rained, it was impossible to keep these facilities “clean”. Surprisingly, there are Canvas serviced tents just outside of Le parc, which also share these facilities, I am surprised Canvas have not influenced La Criox to upgrade these facilities.

There are modern and very good facilities elsewhere – specifically, under the tunnel, near the beach and near the tree house.

We used a mixture of these facilities. The facilities were cleaned regularly, but the cleaners job at the older facilities was a thank less task!!!

If you had a tent, the walk to the better facilities (for number 1s) would be an absolute pain in the backside.


During our stay we also looked at a number of the pitches with the stone BBQs and chatted to their occupants – the pitches would really struggle to host a large 6 berth with awning/annexes.



So key pitfalls to avoid are a bad pitch on Le Parc (ideally avoid completely) , and the facilities near Le Parc

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Message posted by dolly21 on 02/9/2014 at 3:19pm
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We have just spent a couple of nights here and tourers are definitley very low down the pecking order.  We were shown a 'pitch' on the plateau.  This was basically a small field completely surrounded by statics.  No demarked pitches at all.  We refused it and ended up near the football pitch.  Again the pitches are not marked by planting in any way - as is normal in France, and we were very close to our neighbours at either side.  we were told how to arrange our 'van - in a manner we couldn't have managed without a mover.  Fortunately we had an open outlook to the front, so plenty of space.  Some of the pitches were extremely wet and dark under the trees. 

The facilities are very good, but it is so far removed from a french campsite that I don't think we'll be making a habit of visiting.

 

 


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Hiya dolly21, don't forget to submit your site review for all to find and read when you have five minutes please.

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Message posted by WilliamMcBeard on 21/9/2014 at 3:15pm
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Having been to LCdVP twice, and now having come back from Cote D'Argent, I can concur that the former really does cater for th British tourist and is fairly removed from a genuine French experience. Great for a first time trip or short break.

We had a pitch in Le Parc- next to the tennis courts at the bottom of the hill right next to the huge fir tree. A fantastic pitch if anyone is thinking of going. I think there are photos of our pitch on my review but feel free to ask for them if they aren't there.

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