This campsite was recommended to us by a number of friends and relatives - great for kids, stunning location, etc, etc.
As we arrived via an industrial estate, we checked in and were given a very small, uneven pitch that also doubled as an access point for other cars. We called reception (which was a good quarter of a mile away) to change it and got a better spot.
We then checked the pool and shops - the latter is a nice looking design but freezing cold with all waterslides switched off. The shop and bar were both closed so we walked all the way back. When the shop did open (very short opening hours) it was almost empty.
We looked at the playground - overgrown and very tired looking. Our kids tried the trampolines; fun until our daughter, aged three fell through the netting (it hadn't been tied at the bottom so it's very dangerous) and very nearly broke her arm.
The atmosphere too was very Home Counties/Golf - a wee bit snooty, lots of claret cords and brand new Audis. For reference we have a pretty new VW California campervan but still avoid anywhere snooty like the plague.
And the location - we'll happily walk miles but 'walkable' to Quimper is stretching the point rather far. The nice buildings - all private and almost inaccessible. The river frontage showed on the marketing materials - the same.
The facilities are clean and all work fine but it just felt rather tired overall.
So despite having paid for two nights, we left after one. This site clearly suits many but for us, it did nothing for the kids and nothing for us.
A lovely campsite! Large site in the grounds of a chateau on the banks of the Odet. Huge pitches in orchard/garden-like setting, with some hedging between. Two loo blocks, one newer than the other (read blue & white as opposed to red & green!) but both cleaned regularly. Good showers with the usual presta 'timer' button and not scalding hot. Washing up and laundry facilities good too. Reception, bar/restaurant, shop, laundry and pool (with slides and fountains and 'lazy river' constant flow as well as a toddler pool) are grouped together and around a 5/7 minute walk from the camping area. Another smaller pool and kids playground within the camping area. Beautiful grounds for an evening stroll or early morning run.
We went for a premium pitch so had hookup, water nearby, a table, chairs, BBQ and fridge included. If you have a 3-pin electric hookup block and hire a fridge you'll need to have a converter from French to UK 3-pin plug (Seems obvious, but we'd not thought this through and had to bodge a shaver adaptor).
Order your Croissants, Pain, etc the night before. English, German, French (!) spoken.
Oh, and a 9-hole golf course, driving range and practise putting greens. There are keycamp units here too, as well as cottages for from 2 (by the river) to 10.
Please don't go here, you may get 'our' place next year. ;)
We last visited this site in 1973 with 6 children and a tent. We have a campervan now and the children are all adults so it was a different experience! The reception was excellent and fluent English spoken (if required). At this time of the year most facilities were closed so I cannot comment on such as the pool. The toilet block is very good but a considerable distance from the pitches-the nearest about 125 metres and you could possibly be 400 metres away. The pitches were hedged and grass based and almost level. The electricity was continental 2 pin but with the converter worked excellently. There was a water point but ours did not work but the one adjacent did. The restaurant was excellent put not cheap-2 courses with wine about 50 euros. Again a long walk-about 500 metres behind reception. A quiet pleasant site-2 adults with van 60 euros but worth it.
We have just returned from Camping De L Orangerie De Lanniron and have had an absolutely fantastic 2 weeks and already looking forward to next time.
The staff were very welcoming and supporting when we had a slight problem in a local store when we purchased fresh fruit that was not fit. This could happen to anybody, anywhere but it was made more difficult with the lack of our French language skills. Staff at the site listened to our complaint, phoned the store and then wrote down our complaint in French for us to take and offered further support with telephone communication. Well and truly beyond our expectations. The store were also grateful to have a clear picture in their own language.
The owner of the site rode around on her bike often and stopped for a chat to make sure we were settled and having a good holiday.
When we arrived we were offered a selection of full service pitches and although some had large trees and therefore unsuitable for our unit there was a good choice. The pitch was grass and well kept and had some privacy with hedging. The pitch was large enough that you could pitch up sideways with an awning if that suited the position better. We were not able to get satelite TV but some pitches managed this - but it was sporadic so I would recommend asking which pitches are better (less surrounding trees), especially if this is an important part of your holiday.
We have the French Map in our Sat Nav and although it did not recognise a few new roundabouts on the whole it was brilliant and took us either straight to or very close to our destination. Traveling was good with decent roads but as in any country the locals were slightly faster than us !
The toilet blocks were very clean and a lot of 'free' hot water in the showers. Only issue was that when a wedding or private event was being held the toilet block was limited.
We did not use the large pool near the bar but it looked great, very clean and seating close by. However we used the small pool near the shop and this was adequate to relax.
The shop was small and not well stocked but had essentials. We would recommend ordering bread and cakes as these were fresh and delicious.
We did not use the children's facilities but there was a decent sized play area with lots of equipment. There were also notices for a Kids Club but due to the time of year we did not have a lot of children on site.
The golf course was dissapointing, but this was only because we prefered a full size course. It is a 9 hole course with short holes for golf enthusiasts. It is very well kept and there is a driving range and practice area to keep you busy inbetween. There is a wonderful golf course (18 holes) within 10 miles - Golf De Cornouaille - ( but we would recommend booking a tee as this can get very busy) English speaking staff are helpful. The site has an agreement for discount and 18 holes costs 44 Euros per person.
There is a walk into Quimper from the site that takes around 15 minutes but make sure you get clear directions as we got lost on our first trip out. Public transport is easy and frequent. The Cathedral in Quimper is worth a visit. The town is mainly designer shops but there is a food market everyday and the cafe's are reasonable - and we found out that they do not mind if you share 1 large portion.
Unfortunately we booked for the end of the season and therefore some of the entertainment and events were closing down but this did not spoil our stay as staff were friendly.
Overall we would recommend this site which is very peaceful and an ideal base whatever your taste in holiday events may be.
Located in the midst of Quimper's huge industrial estate, a little oasis of calm. As a family of four, we booked in here last week of August after a week in the Dordogne with the same castells company group. Great site, facilities faultless and especially clean. Plenty on site for everyone, golf, pitanque, table tennis. Two site pool complexes with great water slides and fountains, lazy river - very very good. We had booked a fully serviced pitch, with table, chairs for six, sun loungers, bbq and fridge. However, upon arrival, I had to go back to reception to ask where they all were ! Full credit, within a hour they arrived, though we did have to go back to get a attachment so the fridge could be connected. Don't know if this oversight was because the site is large and equipment could have been all over the place, still, all should have been ready for us when we arrived. But all was sorted quickly, so no real issues.
Whole site need a little attention though; grass areas were a little long, table tennis tables were a little shabby and crazy golf was more crazy though lack of use, probably because it needed a clean and tidy. But the whole site was very pretty and gardens and flowers and walks lovely.
Shop was quite empty, maybe because it was near the end of the season, but bread and croissants could still be ordered.
Did not use the restaurant on site, but did use the bar. One slight irritation was the bar, it did not open until 2pm and therefore was not as useful or holiday friendly for coffee, tea, ice creams and other drinks as you would expect for a holiday location; compared with the other Castel site we stayed at the week before at Le Moulin du Roch, their bar facilities were outstanding and what you expect from a holiday location. This said, it did not prevent us from having a excellent time at this location and would return to it again. The weather was also on our side, dry and warm to hot.
We visited this site, about 2 wks before the end of the season, very nice welcome, pleasant staff. We were taken to 2 enormous pitches, in a sunny area. The shower blocks were superb, there was plenty of space, lots of hot water, this also goes for the wash up area. Very tidy and pleasant site. Take your bikes handy for the site and for the great cycle tracks in and around the area. A must is Quimper, a nice cycle ride, also take the track in the opposite direction to Quimper and you will have fab views of the Chateau from across the lake. It really is a gem. We never got to try the Restaurant, but popped in for a look and got a very nice welcome. The pool complex is good. There is also a small Golf course, a gem of a site, would we return yes great location and 4* facilities, even though we arrived near the end of the season. There is only one thing to be aware of the electric points are very spaced out and so take a long lead. You can hire a longer lead.
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