Just returned from a week at L'anse du brick. Booking was simple and the staff on reception were very friendly and helpful. A good mix of Dutch, German, French and English campers with tents, caravans and motor homes.
Plots were a good size, hedged for privacy. Take rock or sturdy pegs as ground very hard.
We stayed here for 12 days at the beginning of July 2014.
The site is literally 15 minutes from Cherbourg port overlooking a small bay with a beach when the tide is out.
English is spoken by all the staff and they are very friendly and helpful. We weren't expecting it tobe so hot and the coolbox couldn't cope. We managed to rent a fridge at short notice even though it is supposed to be booked in advance.
The showers are push button but seem to be cleaned constantly. The toilets are also high standard. The shop is small but has fresh baguette and croissants every morning. Dish washing at the top block has an amazing view over the bay. Laundry was by token Ä4. 50 and irons are available at reception. The swimming pool complex kept my daughters happy but there isn't a lot for teenagers. The kids club seemed very active and there was live music in the pizzerie.
We ate out in the restaurant and the pizzeria and both were good. In fact, the maison rouge was excellent.
We took a sea view pitch and it was just the right size for our tent and car. The atmosphere of the site was very friendly, with mainly Dutch and German visitors. The only noise we encountered was a few instances of coastguard helicopters flying low at night but we couldn't hear any other airport noise. Quiet after 11 is the rule and this was kept to except after one world cup game which I could understand.
The nearest supermarket is in St Pierre Eglise, about 10 minutes away. There is also a decathlon and a massive Auchan hypermarket in La Glacerie, just off the motorway south.
I would highly recommend this site and will be going back.
Went here last July with 3 and 8 year old. We were very lucky with beautiful weather but the site was really lovely - pretty much next to a beach - beautiful views when washing up ! Great pools, nice small shop, takeaway food useful, kids club a few hours a day, just enough to occupy us for the week - but we wanted a quietish break for young family. Overall, well presented and maintained site - no complaints. Quite a few Dutch there. Good playgrounds and a Bouncy castle for our kids age group. I think teenagers may find it a little limited though. In summary, we had a fab time as it was quite a laid back site. Cherbourg (at the time we visited) though was really dirty - unsure if they'd just had some sort of festival but we didn't like it when we took the children there. Local supermarkets fine but fairly pricey - some smaller places with a bit more character in the other direction from the site but decided to venture to another Castel site further down past Cherbourg this time for a change of scene and as the children are a little older.
Excellent site very convenient for the Cherbourg ferry. We only used it for one night and it was a last minute decision as the site we intended to use (Colligon) was closed. Using our ACSI card it was only 16 euros a night.
We arrived quite late at about 7. 00pm but were given an excellent welcome and allocated were pitch at the top of the site. The pitches are separated by small trees and bushes and felt spacious.
The wc/shower/laundry blocks were excellent (we were near the new one) - spacious and with a pleasant veranda with a picnic bench at the end which had splendid views over the bay. All facilities were spotless.
We didn't use the pools but both the indoor and outdoor pool looked well maintained and safe, as did the children's play area.
We used the snack bar on site in the evening and had a decent meal. The young waiting staff went out of their way to be helpful.
We would certainly use it again and have recommended it to friends with young children as an ideal site. The only downside we could see was that it was not near any villages or owns that we could walk to for a drink etc, which as a mature couple we enjoy.
Very good site, visited July 2012 for 3 nights, arrived late so we were put on a temporary pitch (No 32), we had the swimming pool one side, bouncy castle and games area the other side and the bar/restaurant in front of us, rather noisy to say the least. We moved to our permanent pitch (No 20) at around 1pm the next day, even though departure time is 12 midday the couple still on pitch 20 were in no hurry to leave so we had to wait!
Other than this minor grip it was nice to set up properly, the site itself is lovely and only a 15 minute drive from Cherbourg ferry terminal, well laid out and very friendly / helpful staff, toilet/shower blocks were spotless, small but useful shop, bar and restaurant looked ok although we didnít use. They also had two cars you could hire for the day which we thought was a great idea if youíre like us travelling in a motorhome.
Five minutes walk away you have direct access to the beach/cove (make sure you visit at low tide) tide table is available from reception, the area is great for walks and exploring, all maps again available from reception.
If when we visit the area again will probably try another site further down the coast as we did feel a little isolated, again as we are in a motorhome.
All in all a good site maybe as an overnighter or two at a push.
We visited for 10 nights from end of May 2012. The weather was mixed, but this did not take away from what was a fantastic holidy at a site that deserves every one of it's 5 stars.
The staff: I have yet to find staff so friendly and helpful, from reception to the bar, all were fantastic and welcoming.
The pitches: Vary in size according to your requirements, most were huge. We had a sea view which was nice, but the Atlantic winds find every nook in a trailer tent without a sewn in groundsheet, be careful where you pitch.
The showerblocks: Absolutely first class. Always hot water, never a queue, but it was quiet when we visited, and always spotlessly clean. Piped music was relaxing too.
The bar/pizzeria: First class staff. Mainly Pizza's, but salads, kids basic menu and deserts all nice. Pizza's were excellent, and the restaurant gives a fantastic view over the beach.
Reception/shop: Basic shop, covers requirements with supermarkets not too far by car. Fresh bread and croissants have to be ordered the night before.
The Pools: ACE, the indoor pool was like a warm bath, superb when the weather turns all British on you. The outdoor pool was posibly heated by a 60 watt bulb, but my 11 year old daughter and I loved taking a daily bracing dip and when you got used to it, it was very nice, probably better when the weather warms up. Too cold for my 6yr old though.
The slidepool was lovely and warm, we all loved it, excellent fun.
The beach - Clean beach, crystal clear water, a few fisherman, some surfers when conditions wee right, absolutely lovely. Nice walk from the site too.
Nearby - The Cite de la mer in Cherbourg was good, but expensive (18 euro's per adult, owch!)Check when you book direct with the site- they sometimes have free passes available. We particularly loved the tour of the Nuclear submarine at this aquarium.
THe area: We were lucky to catch half term over D-Day. Loads of Towns put on parades, hundreds dressed up in WW2 dress and hundreds of WW2 jeeps, motorbikes, trucks etc driving around, with military planes flying overhead and Edith Piaff playing on loud speakers from shops, some towns put on an effort to make you feel you were in occupied France - a little eerie, but helped with the history, even the kids loved it. Utah Beach and a few museums within about 35mins, allow an hour to Omaha.
Cherbourg is only about 15-20 minutes drive away for a city & the ferry.
Would we go back - definitely 100% yes.
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