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.
What a wonderful place! We stayed 5 nights, and were sorry that we hadn't booked for a longer stay. A tiny piece of paradise nestled into the Loire countryside - we are so pleased to have found it. Stu and Syb, the owners, are hard-working and the efforts they make are certainly worthwhile. We were impressed with everything; the site was level, clean, picturesque, spacious; play area central, and the site safe for children to explore; toilets/showers clean; facilities in the kampers kitchen useful especially for freezing ice blocks and chilling that wine! Stu and Syb encouraged their guests to recycle and made it easy to do so with their assorted bins! Free wifi was a bonus too.
We joined our fellow campers for a shared meal which Stu and Syb prepared, and pizza night(baked on the super outdoor oven), which encouraged everyone to get to know one another - the food was great too! The site was quiet at night, but this didn't preclude campers from having fun and socialising in the 'barn', although those of us with younger children did feel that we had missed out, what with earlier bed times!
Our children loved Le Chant d'Oiseau, even after visiting another site with more facilities, they preferred this one. We will certainly be visiting again - thanks for a great stay.
We have had a 14 night stay here July 2010, our party consisted of 2 caravans a twin axle and smaller caravan with awning and bedroom annex and 6 adults. This is not our first visit; we stumbled upon it in 2007 staying for 8 nights, then again in 2008.
This English owned site will not appeal to all, it’s like a CL site with 10 pitches situated in the front grounds of a very old farm house, with the outer buildings converted into 3 Gites, a small one suitable for 2, then a mid size one for 4 and a very large one which can accommodate up to 8, which are all to a high standard. Suitable for non camping family & friends.
It is in the middle of a forest, ideal for the chill out type holiday and will appeal to walkers, cyclists. Nearest small town with supermarket, butchers are about 5 miles away.
This site is surrounded with a good maintained fence making it ideal for children. It has a central play area, with slide, swings, tree house. The pitches are around the perimeter edge of the fence? Some without electricity and the rest with, this is reflected in the tariff. It also has a small elevated, dip pool which is not manned, but if children are on site the steps are removed as a safety precaution and an adult must ask for them to be reinstalled for use.
The facilities have had a makeover for this season, consists of 1 WC (also used for chemical waste disposal), 1 Shower, 1 combined WC/shower, also 3 partitioned wash hand basins, with individual mirrors. Perhaps another shower, would be welcomed, as in peak times it could represent a problem, or use your own in the caravan, if you have one?
New for this season is a fully equipped Campers Kitchen, which has a sink for vegetable preparation, fridge/freezer, microwave, gas cooker with oven, washing machine; it is also used as the information centre, book & magazine exchange. The kitchen is free to use, between 08:00hrs & 22:00hrs, but there is a charge for washing powder for the machine. On one side of this are the recycling bins, plastic, glass, and cardboard/paper. On the other side are 2 Belfast type sinks for washing up, cold water only? But you can get hot water from the toilets if needed, with supplied bowl. Also general waste and fresh water supply. The owners offer 3 meals a week if there are enough campers who want to take part, this is chargeable, and is a good socializing event, a Sunday brunch serving local foods, and two 4 course meals with drinks on a Monday and Friday evening.
The surrounding area is full of history, from chateaus, museums, vineyards, zoo’s etc. As above this area is not the get up and go type holiday, but a step back type holiday when, there is always tomorrow to do things?
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