What can I say, apart from the weather what a fantastic location.
Entertainment on site for kids and adults - BRILLIANT - Max, Howie and the gang made the week for us as we'd had little entertainement for the rest of our holidays. Excellent activities for lots to enjoy, football, tennis, water polo, kids games and evening entertainment to include quiz, bingo, showtime.
Toilet blocks were unisex showers, toilets, basin areas, washing machines, tumble dryers, disabled showers and WC's separately, very accommodating.
Lovely staff on site, comfortable Drancourt Cafe, Take away, restaurant on site, Chateau bar and also a Cinema Bar for entertainment. Large Tennis Court, mini golf, lots of WC facilities around this huge camp site too. Pony Rides on site along with go kart/bike hire for the site.
Helpful and good english spoken throughout the site.
St Valery sur Somme - definate visit - amazing little village near the Somme river with lots to offer as shops, restaurants, pharmacy, horse rides, train rides.
We stayed for two nights on the way back to the tunnel. We thought that with the castels name and pricing that the site would be clean, organised and well maintained. It was not! The pool was shabby, dirty and poorly maintained. There was a huge industrial tent erected as a sort of covered play area, which flapped and banged all night. Worst of all was the amount of obscene graffiti which had been left scratched into the toilet doors. We couldn't let our young boys use them. Probably the worst French campsite we have ever stayed at in over ten years.
Sadly I have to agree with some of the most recent reviews. We arrived to book in and as no information was forthcoming about the facilities. We felt that we were asking all the questions. One of the main reasons we chose this site was that it was a Castels chain site. Castel really have to check up on this one as we certainly would not return.
Our pitch was smaller than we are used to and cats seemed to roam freely and twice I had to chase them in the space of an evening. Then again in the morning.
The toilets had graffiti on them and we saw quite a bit of litter lying around. Even saw a petrol can lying abandoned. For us as a couple this site was more suited to families who like entertainment, noise and hundreds of statics.
This is advertised as a four star site but due to its condition I would only say it is worthy of two stars. Will not be back.
St Valery is such a lovely place with fantastic cycling in the vicinity and beautiful beaches.
Stayed here without much research on way back up to Calais for 2 nights, booked direct and still cost 35 euros a night. Ok, it's a little isolated, but it's not too far to drive to St Valery which is a nice enough little town for a day or 2.
BUT. Site entrance badly designed, many people arriving at same time, no clear arrival waiting spot meant long delays and 3 point turns. Staff fine and we could pick a pitch anywhere we liked, pitches were flat, can't complain.
Loos and showers dated with mouldy sealant, you get the picture. Lots of noise from older kids and teenagers, not little ones playing, but stopped at night.
Pub not open much, expensive and the one at the castle really quiet, felt like you were intruding, the other one was like dante's fourth circle of euro disco hell. Retreated immediately.
Ultimately our fault for not checking before booking but really would advise steer clear of this one. Also - Don't book through Eurocamp, they tried to charge us over £60 a night for the same stay. Would not return, sorry.
We have just returned 2 days early from this site, we were supposed to stay two and a half weeks and only stayed as long as we did because both our friends and ourselves had dogs with us so we had to sort out bringing them home.
First, the plus side, the toilets and showers were always clean and never had to queue for them, the lady that cleaned ours worked tirelessly to keep them clean, although I must say they could do with a refurb.
Now the minuses, it is in the middle of nowhere and although it says St Valery is 2km away, we walked it one day and it was 4 miles, when you get there it has a marina, a steam train, and hundreds of restaurants which are very dear, oh and a good vet, but that's it. En route to St Valery there are 3 supermarkets, Lidl, Intermarche and Carrefour and a Bricomarche, a bit like a B&Q. Everything else is miles away.
Now for the sites minuses, the shop is small, overpriced and even in August has limited opening times, and you have to order the bread. The 3 pools are far too small for the size of the site. The children's playground is like you would have in your back garden at home. The mini golf, although we didn't use it ourselves was supposed to be rubbish as it wasn't laid how it was supposed to be. The pony trekking is only round the site. The bars are only open from 7 at night and even then only until about 11, we only went twice and both times were refused a last drink even though the reps etc were getting served. There is nobody in charge that is over 20, just run by kids, some who couldn't even speak english. My husband wanted to go fishing and when he asked they couldn't understand him, good job I have limited french. We never went to the restaurant, the prices put us off, or the take-away.
Now the two biggest gripes, first the weather, it was worse than in England, good job we had Sky, otherwise we would have gone crackers. Secondly, on our second night, our friends who we travelled with and ourselves got talking to two other couples, Tania and Giles who were in a static behind us, and Alison and Simon who were next to us in a trailer tent, and another lady, didn't catch her name but she too was in a static, anyway, we were all stood round talking, no music, no nothing, at then we got told we had to be quiet, the site had had a complaint about the noise, wait for it, this was at 9. 20 at night! it wasn't even dark. Obviously, this just put a dampener on the holiday. The next morning they came to us again and said if it happened again we would have to leave the site, for talking????? We found out later that it was a french family across from us that had complained but when we went up to the office to sort things out we were told we had swore at these people, we never even spoke to them. So don't dare talk if you go here. The same chap told our friend to 'shut up' when we were pitching up.
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