I did my research and was advised to request a pitch either by the 'beach' or the 'new under the tunnel' section - I would STRONGLY advise other campers to do the same. I left my request too late, and in February was advised by the site that only 'le Parc' was available.
After discussing this option with La Croix regulars on the UKCampsite.co.uk forum, I went ahead and made the booking with the caveate 'not near the river'.
On the 10th August we arrived for 14 nights, and guess where we were offered? Le Parc - next to the river !
I pointed out my reservation stated “not next to river” and was offered a couple of other options, which were sloping, and many meters away from the electric point.
So I took the river pitch.
I would caution against Le Parc pitches – they are dark – most under trees, prone to flooding, when it rains heavy the rain puddles, and due to lak of light, it stays around. The others nearer the Chateau, are quite sloping.
One further irritant was that the pitches in le Parc are not marked, and the site appear to allocate campers to “spare ground” and really cram us in. We arrived back from Soissons one day to find a tent pitched 1m from our awing – there was a lot of pitches/space available elsewhere – the tent owner apologised, stating that was the best offer from a bad lot that the site gave him !
You may need a continental electric connector, my connection did, but others nearby did not.
The facilities near Le parc are a very big let-down – I understand le parc is just used as a summer overflow, but the facilities nearby are very tired. For example the toilets have no seat lid, and when flushed the some water “sprays” out onto the floor – for a 5* site, this is unacceptable. When it rained, it was impossible to keep these facilities “clean”. Surprisingly, there are Canvas serviced tents just outside of Le parc, which also share these facilities, I am surprised Canvas have not influenced La Criox to upgrade these facilities.
There are modern and very good facilities elsewhere – specifically, under the tunnel, near the beach and near the tree house.
We used a mixture of these facilities. The facilities were cleaned regularly, but the cleaners job at the older facilities was a thank less task!
If you had a tent, the walk to the better facilities (for number 1s) would be an absolute pain in the backside.
During our stay we also looked at a number of the pitches with the stone BBQs and chatted to their occupants – the pitches would really struggle to host a large 6 berth with awning/annexes.
So key pitfalls to avoid are a bad pitch on Le Parc (ideally avoid completely), and the facilities near Le Parc
I concur with the other reviewers view of the shared facilities – pool, beach etc which are really good for young families.
So in summary – In peak season, I would avoid La Croix, unless a beach or under the tunnel pitch was available – if these pitches were available, then la Croix would a very good option.
I agree with most of the comments in that this is a really good site well worth its 5 stars so I won't repeat details of the facilities.
The main touring pitches are either on grass around the furthest fishing lake but even their there are plenty of electric/water points and near to reception where the pitches are of adequate size but have electric, water and waste on each pitch.
Unusually there is a small covered area with a stone barbecue for each pitch.
Reception is open 8am to 7pm and is staffed by helpful English speaking staff.
There is a tarmac area for late arrivals or for people who leave between 10pm and 7. 30am
It is expensive at 30 euros a night but if you belong to the camping card scheme then off season this is reduced to 18 euros a night.
We have just returned from a fantastic 12 night break at this campsite. Campsite Quite easy to find upto the point of driving through the village, this bit after a long drive may throw some people ! We found reception friendly and were shown our pitch, which was a great pitch. Our pitch was to the right of the reception as you look at it, can't remember the avenues name, sorry, it was under a lot of lovely blossom trees, big grassy pitch with high hedge around the 3 back sides, lowering to a smaller hedge to the front, a lot of camper vans used this area too. Own water pipe, twin electrics (3/2 pin), no grey waste drain so we asked about and the general consensus was to tip it around the hedge row, it seemed to work !?! Also pitch was handy for toilet block (unisex), which never bothered us, showers and loos all well kept and cleaned regularly (you need to take toilet paper too, so make sure you have some to hand before sitting down ! Lol ). The shop was very handy too, same as usual though, a bit more expensive than the small supermarket in the village, and cheaper still the big Cora hypermarket in Soissions. The bakery on site next to the shop was lovely too, again a bit more expensive, but not dear ! Gorgeous French bread and croissants for breakfast. Whole site biggest we've been to, about 1 kilometre long, 3 pools, two indoor and one outside, 2 slides, great for all ages, three lakes, one with a beach, pedalos on one lake and a lot of fishing too. Our cars never moved for the first week we got there because the weather was brilliant and so much to do on site, only really ventured out the two dull days we had. Overall a great site for our family and kids 7-11, but if your looking for a quiet get away, maybe not. Handy site bus to euro Disney too about 16 euro a adult I think ?? 9 per child, took the hassel out of driving around Paris ! We also went to a few war memorials too, well worth a look. The tourist info shop in the village is brilliant too, very helpful. Now for those dads that fancy a beer away from the family and not paying the earth for it, the welcome cottage inn at the bottom of the village was good, and if you buy a few rounds in there the landlord will give you a lift back too ! We WILL be back again, but there's a lot of France still to explore !
We stayed at this site for a week just before Easter in a static caravan on a new part of the campsite reached via an underpass. All the units on the newer part of the campsite were in very good condition, on pitches which were probably the biggest we have ever seen! It was the beginning of the season, so as you would hope the campsite was spotless and very tidy. All the toilet facilities used were also very clean and tidy. A lot of the units are situated around the lakes on site, where kids can play/pedalo/trampoline etc.
The tent pitches seemed to be at the back of the campsite, backing onto the river, but again, all seemed clean and tidy. We did use the pools which were clean (although had a very strong chemical smell), however the changing rooms/showers were very cold/dark/dirty and we scurried through to get to the pool areas. There was very clear signage to confirm that the slides/chutes were not supervised and kids seemed to be bundling down them.
We didn't eat at the facilities on site, as there is a supermarket very close by. We did eat at Chez Michell, which is just literally a mile away, easy stroll/cycle down a track next to the campsite. This place came highly recommended, but we found it to be mediocre and we didn't go back (although the proprieter makes every effort to make you welcome).
We visited the Tourist Office in the village, where the lady who worked there was extremely helpful in giving us lots of information about the area.
We took out bicycles, and did a lot of cycling around the village/area on off-road tracks and disused railway lines. We also took the bikes for a picnic to the Forest of Compeigne which had many cycle tracks through the woods, we were out for several hours, and didn't see a soul.
We visited Pierrefond with its most beautiful Chateau, well worth a visit, and the area is littered with WWI areas of interest.
This campsite is of a good standard, however it has a very English feel/clientelle, we really could have been at a campsite anywhere in the UK. If you are looking for a French experience, this campsite will not give that.
We did enjoy our stay here, it was only 3 hours easy drive from Calais and close enough to Paris for a visit.
We took advantage of the Tesco rewards to book a static via Thompson Alfresco for a cheap low season break. We chose the site because of its easy 3 hour drive from Calais.
This huge site is set either side of three lakes, one side is 99% taken up with statics or wooden lodges with a few small hardstanding pitches. The far side is set up for touring and pre-errected tents. These pitches backed onto a river and some road noise could be heard. They had little or no hedging seperating pitches and seemed to get little sun. There were many toilet blocks scattered around the site, all modern and seemingly well equiped though of course as we were staying in a static we didn't actually use any. Most of the static pitches were huge and well manicured. As the campsite is long and thin and we were at the furthest point we found the walk up to the main facilities and shop which are situated at the entrance a chore. We didn't use the restaurant so cant comment but the take away was good. We didn't go to the bar, being off season there was no entertainment on offer. The pools themselves are very attractive though we felt the temperature could have been a few degrees warmer. Didnt like the changing rooms, situated under the pool they were dark and grubby and I thought the steps up to the pool area dangerous as they were wet and slippery.
The site is beautiful, lots of open space and the lakes were beautiful though we were dissapointed to see how small the actual beach lake was. The other two lakes were popular with the fishermen and you can hire canoes and pedeloes by the beach cafe.
The site offers a bus to Disney (15 euros) and Paris (20 euros), which we didn't use although it was obviously popular as on those days the campsite was deserted. We drove ourselves to Disney which took about an hour and a half, it was a busy route but doable. We also visited Pierrefonds, Fort de Comte and the Armistice clearing. Lots and lots more things to do and see in the area which we hopefully will be able to do on a return visit in the near future.
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