This is a really family friendly site with plenty to do for the children even catered for out 12 year old. Bridgette the owner could not be more welcoming and nothing was ever a problem for her.
We were pitched on a008 & A009 which were rather shady but offered some sun when it came out.
The toilet blocks could have been cleaner near the end of the day but that was partly due to the fact that people did not clean up after themselves and seemed to forget what the mop was for! They were cleaned early hours of every morning.
The pool offered plenty to keep the children happy although it was hard to get a sunbed unless you were there when the pool opened. It would have been nice to have an early morning swim before it got busy but the pool didn't open until 10am which was one of the downsides.
The shop has lots of local produce and all local wine, champagne etc which was nice and not too pricey.
The wifi is only available in the shop/bar area very little 3G anywhere else but that didn't bother us.
Definitely will be visiting again on our way to another Castels site next year.
This is a great site for children. Our daughter had a wonderful holiday here which meant we were able to relax too. It seems to be listed here under 'Etang de la Breche' but is obviously the same place. We read the glowing reviews and were not disappointed.
There was so much for children to do, but the site managed to retain a small, friendly feel. Lots of play areas (slides etc) scattered around the ground (about 5 in all) so not too far from any pitches. Our daughter loved the pool area, which had slides and a toddlers pool. It did get busy in the afternoons, but that is what you expect in hot weather. We always managed to find a sun lounger here.
The kids club was superb. Really lovely staff, very friendly and so many activities: pony riding, circus skills (a circus visited while we were there) games, craft etc, etc. There were go-karts to hire to ride around the site. Our daughter loved the freedom allowed by this site. The kids club team ran evening activities - bingo, quizzes etc which were good fun and they got the children involved eg reading the bingo numbers in English/French. Was a lovely, family atmosphere here.
The Loire valley is a great area for a holiday. So many wonderful castles to visit (don't miss Villandry) and we had perfect weather (not too hot but still hot enough for outside pool). There is a choice of restaurants and supermarkets in nearby Saumur.
Mainly English & French visitors here. The young bar staff were all practising their English so difficult to practice your French on site. About 50% rental mobiles and 50% pitches. The mobiles are at the further end of the site.
There are plenty of toilet blocks (3 I think) so never far to walk. The loos were always clean, the showers hot and we never had to wait. They were separate mens and womens, rather than unisex.
Only downsides for us (but these are quibbles that will not stop us returning):
- there was a little background road noise (but we were near the swimming pool and bar etc ie the road end). There was only noise from the bar one evening when there was a party/band but this finished about 11pm, otherwise very quiet.
- the food - we found the restaurant and take away to be of poor quality, but I see they have new manager in the restaurant this year.
- there was a separate kids club for the Eurocamp/Keycamp customers which was rather divisive and difficult to explain to a young child.
We had planned to stay for 2 weeks, but actually stayed for 3 as I was taken ill in the middle of the holiday and had an emergency operation and had to stay in the local hospital in Saumur for a few nights. (As an aside the hospital was superb). The campsite staff were very helpful and concerned during this time and enabled us to stay on the original pitch for the extra week while I was recovering.
Overall, a really friendly, family focussed site. Our daughter is desperate to return again this year.
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