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Visitor Reviews - La Ferme Des Hauts Frenes

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La Ferme Des Hauts Frenes
6, Voie De Puiseaux
Eaux Puiseaux
Champagne Ardenne   (Browse area)
10130   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 03 25 42 15 04

Facilities:  (Key)
           

Nearby:
5m  5m  5m 

Pitches: 30
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 2 Reviews
              9/10 from 2 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

Reviews:

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bofs 32 reviews from this member

Completely agree with the previous reviewer. This is an amazing little site with the biggest pitches I've ever seen, ranging from huge to enormous, some with a hardstanding area and some all grass. It is well signposted from the N77 to/from Troyes and just a few minutes from the main road. The turn into the courtyard from the fairly narrow road may require care from larger outfits but otherwise access is good.

The site is open all year and has a loyalty card (no expiry date) where after 10 nights you get a free night's stay - though it was only 14 euros a night for outfit + 2 + 10 amp electric anyway!

It seemed to attract a mixture of overnighters and longer stays while we were there, about 50% Dutch and 50% other nationalities, and was probably about half full each night.

It is on the edge of a small village with beautifully restored farm buildings housing the usual facilities and a large room with comfy chairs and settees and a small TV, books to borrow (in a variety of languages) and log-on instructions for the WiFi, which is apparently free for 1 hour's use per day.

The numbered pitches are slightly less obviously divided to the front of the farm while those to the side (newer additions?)seem to be separated by higher hedging. They are so vast, though, that there are no privacy issues wherever you are. Each pitch has electric hook up and there are water points by most pitches. The grounds and garden areas are well kept and there are plenty of trees (the tall ash trees the farm is named after) to provide shade when needed but not enough to detract from the open feel of the site. In this rural setting the predominant sound is birdsong and little else!

Home made jams, saucissons and cider products and a range of crafts and cards are available from Reception, but only bread from a local farm (nice malty flavour but heavy in texture and expensive!) is available to order. There is a new, small Intermarche with 24 hour fuel, a boulangerie and the usual small shops in a village about 10 mins away by car (on the other side of the main road) but for major supermarkets you would need to go to Troyes, about 15 miles away, which is well worth a visit in its own right.

There are cycling and walking routes close by but not for fairweather cyclists like us, I'm afraid - too many hills!

However, if you want a quiet, relaxing few days in rolling countryside, then this site is perfect.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hairywol 24 reviews from this member

Stayed four nights in high season in our Outwell Vermont in this gem of a campsite.

As far as touring is concerned there isn't much close by to drive to visit, but that isn't the point of this completely relaxing site.

Although high season the site was barely half full, which made for peace and quiet. The pitches are huge and grassy and mostly level; most are individually defined by very tall mature hedges which insulate you from neighbours. We had a bit of rain and were pleased to see the pitches drain well and don't become muddy.

Prices are very good value; we paid EU 14 per night with EHU - about 11 per night. There are no surcharges for kitchen tents/awnings etc.

Entry to the site is via a courtyard that contains the site office (which sells wine, local cider and local terrines etc. ) toilet block and recycling centre. Once booked in by the very friendly owner (who hasn't much English) one is free to choose one's pitch - of which I guess there is always a good choice going by our experience. The whole place is well thought out and very welcoming.

Toilet facilities are limited but were never busy, always clean though a little dated (the French equivalent of avocado bathroom suites). Showers are free and are temperature adjustable.

On site is a small children's playground, but a fantastic find is a full-sized maze at the rear of the site - in which I spent a good 20 minutes (the last 5 of which were getting a little panicky :-)).

The campsite is well lit at night until around 11pm when the site lights are switched off - so a torch is useful. While this may be about saving power, the rural setting means there is no light pollution to speak of; we had mainly clear nights and the night sky was utterly amazing - constellations were so clear it looked almost like one could reach out and touch them.

The village of Eaux Puisseaux is a picturesque gem. Opposite the site is a farm shop selling poultry and eggs. Within the village is a cafe, a fine-dining restaurant, a shop and a cider museum (well worth a visit). An ATAC supermarket and fuel station are only a few miles down the road.

Campers were a good mix of tents, caravans and campervans, a few English but mainly Dutch. Most were couples, young and old, but not many children. Expect very courteous neighbours and lots of peace & quiet.

We were originally only going to stay for a night or two, but are glad we choose to stay a bit longer before carrying on with our summer tour. We would definitely stay again if in the region.


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