We really enjoyed our stay despite it raining heavily for probably half of our 2 week stay.
We looked at loads of sites and decided on this because of the reviews and we were not disappointed. For us the main plus point was the fact that our two kids (under 5yrs) were perfectly safe playing in the central play frame area with the other kids and as its a small site we were never worried for their safety - so it allowed us to relax more than otherwise.
The pitches are all a decent size, the campers kitchen is an excellent idea, the pool is ok but probably not ideal for our kids as it was deep for toddlers and they needed to climb in. This was not so much of a concern as the weather was bad so they did not want to go in it much. The other older kids loved it though.
The food cooked on site varied from chilli, lasagne, paella. We only had the paella but many other campers ate on-site and all said the food was good. Most attractions are a half hour or more drive but this is probably to be expected as France is so vast. What we enjoyed the most was going to a local lake/beach and having picnics and visiting one of the local markets.
We went to Puy Du Fou on one day (around 1. 5 hours) and this was excellent.
Stu and Syb are very nice and helpful also.
I would say there were only two small issues we had. Our pitch was n the corner of the site so is nearest to the covered dining central area, the main through fare for toilets, and next to the inwards track to the site. This meant that it was ocassionally a little noisy at night times as we could hear people up chatting - this was more the case the first week with some guests that were staying. Whilst normally this would not have been an issue, we have kids of 3 and 4 so they found it hard to sleep and so we sometimes had tired kids during the day as they had not slept. We did end up having to ask some people to just try and keep it a bit quiet one evening. Maybe if other guests have small kids it might be well to ask to be situated away from the central eating area to avoid this?
Also, I think it would be great if Stu and Syb could just ask guests to keep some of the older kids quiet after a reasonable time. As parents were having a good time drinking and chatting in the central eating area, some of the older kids were still running around yelling and playing loudly well after 9. 30pm and sometimes past 10pm. As its such a small site some of the younger kids were kept awake by this and us, and some of the other parents with smaller kids had the same issue and had to ask the kids to be quiet (so we knew it was not us being fussy)- I suppose we just wished the parents would have been supervising them a bit more but I know that people are on holiday so want to relax. It just became and issue for us when our kids were still awake at 10. 30pm and wanting to go out and play but completely exhausted.
The toilets were kept as clean as possible considering the muddy weather. I wish they were not unisex and that they could have a separate ladies loo as they did have that mens toilet smell (especially when lots of boys were on site)
Other than these minor things - we loved this site, and thought the owners had thought of lots of things to make campers stay relaxing and peaceful. We would love to return and really enjoyed our stay.
At last we got here! What a find! Stu and Syb are such a welcoming couple, from the cuppa when we arrived to waving us off when we left 4 days later! We got to know everyone on the site, only 7 pitches were taken when we were there and it felt like a large family! The Pizza night was our first night which made us feel very welcome and we also enjoyed the meal night on Fridays, all round one big table with wine flowing and 4 courses all for n12 euros 50 per head! Loved the chickens wandering round, the 2 cats and of course Bracken the dog! Saumur was a lovely afternoon's visit and we were told the market on Saturday is wonderful. Lovely to just take off in the van and meander around the little villages with their lovely little churches. It was very hot when we were there and the splash pool was very welcome. The loos etc were kept clean, with soap and a hand towel which was changed daily. The 2 gites I was shown round were very well equipped and beautifully arranged. Lovely little wooden playground in the centre of the site for children. Will be back!
This is our 4th visit in 5 years to Le Chant d Oiseau, what else can we say. Anyone that has visited this site will understand why we keep returning. We had one week here and our first week in the Vendee at a Castels site. This visit mid two weeks of June. The weather could have been better, but we have no control over it? But when in paradise ‘everything is so good’
The 3 Gites have had makeovers, not that we were in one, but the owner let us have a look at them when they were empty. The meals were as good as ever, put on twice weekly, Monday & Friday, Pizza night on a Wednesday. All chargeable for those that wanted to indulge themselves.
What a great place to spend a few relaxed days (or weeks)! We only had three nights and could have stayed for a lot longer. The site is small and feels intimate but still with plenty of privacy, in part due to the huge trees all over the camping area. We opted for a pitch near to the chicken pen, which gave free added entertainment when they were allowed out to roam- shy they are not! The shower and toilet facilities are great and the kitchen provided for campers was a really useful addition as it allowed us to keep items in the fridge free of charge. There is loads to do nearby and Saumur, which is within easy reach, is a joy to behold. We took bikes and there's some lovely, easy cycling all around the area. There are supermarkets within easy reach and nothing was ever too much trouble for Stu and Syb who have the incredible ability to leave you in peace but appear just when you need a query sorted out! Make sure you try the almond croissants that can be ordered on site, but don't think you'll handle more than one, because they're very, very rich. In all, a fantastic place to stay. If you're in the area and looking for a relaxed 'time out' then this is the spot.
Five years after we first 'discovered' Le Chant, we finally arrived for our first visit. I have no idea why it took us so long! Being met at the gate, and that welcome cup of coffee on our arrival were just the beginning of a peaceful stay in delightful surroundings with excellent hosts. Syb & Stu 'pitch' everything just right - living on site, they are always unobtrusively around somewhere, just in case of any problem, and being caravanners themselves are exceptionally helpful, not to mention knowledgeable about the area around the campsite, which is steeped in history.
There are some electric hook-ups (6amp), so make sure your gas heater is functioning if you are camping early or late in the season as the early mornings can be nippy.
Free Wi-Fi was a bonus, as we were able to keep intouch with the family using Skype.
The campsite is a delight, being well-cared for both outdoors and in, The toilet/shower block, has a heater, and provides an excellent shower/toilet for wheelchair users, while the Campers Kitchen is a most thoughtful addition, housing loads of useful extras, such as the library, microwave, oven, fridge-freezer, washing machine etc. Any safety issues have been thought about very carefully - from the gates which are kept closed (no children rushing out from here), to the excellent playground in the centre of the site and above-ground swimming pool.
You may be unlucky enough to actually see a car on the road past the gate, but there probably won't be another one for an hour or two.
Peaceful, paradise is the best description I can think of for 'Le Chant' - so thank you Syb & Stu for providing it.
There are small shops in the nearby village of Mouliherne, the supermarkets and petrol station are a short drive away. Being in the Loire valley, you are never too far away from an interesting chateau, or vineyard offering the chance to sample their produce. Nature lovers will also find plenty to interest them in this area, from the abundant autumn fungi, to the deer, rabbits, bats which provide an amazing flying display at dusk, and of course those birds which seem to be singing all the time - and of course the owls at night.
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