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Forest View
L Esperance
Normandy   (Browse area)
61110   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 02 33 83 78 55

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Pitches: 20
Open: 1st April To 31st October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 66 Reviews
              9/10 from 66 Reviews

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Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BushBabyJane 25 reviews from this member

This lovely quiet site is in a rural location at the centre of the Perche Parc Naturel in southern Normandy. Its a straight-forward drive of about 5 hours from Calais.

The nearest town is Remalard (about 2 miles), which has a couple of bakers, butchers, vets pratice, deli and so on, plus an excellent Tourist Information office. There is also an Intermarche supermarket, with fuel, on the outskirts of the town. Not much further away is Bretoncelles, which is smaller, but also has a bakers etc.

At the centre of the site there is a beautiful fishing lake, containing large carp. The well-maintained pitches are a good size (huge by European standards) and its possible to select your pitch when you book online, which is a facility that I like. Most of the pitches have a slight incline, but blocks are available if required.

The toilet facilities are simple but adequate, with plentiful hot water. There are sinks for dish-washing and laundry plus a washing machine (5 euros, I think).

Free wifi is available in the bar area, and we were able to pick up a weak 3g signal on the pitches. The bar is open at specific times during the day and the evening for a quiet drink, and there are English books and games available to borrow. Other facilities include crazy golf, a swing, and a table tennis table. There is also a huge field where you can exercise your dog off the lead.

The site is owned by Peter and Sarah, who will welcome you warmly and provide information and assistance, as required - though are never intrusive. Once or twice a week, Sarah cooks a delicious meal, where site guests eat together around one, or more, big tables. We highly recommend these evenings for good food and convivial company.

We particularly like the location of the site, as there are lots of tracks and footpaths where you can walk your dog - both from the site and within a short drive. The Tourist Information Office has lots of leaflets available for a small fee; they're in French but the maps are easy to follow. Alternatively buy the Blue IGN 1:25000 maps at the supermarket and make your own routes up. Occasionally you'll find a path has been blocked, but we didn't have any major issues. There are lots of lovely villages and hamlets to explore.

This was our third visit to the site. This time we'd booked three nights and stayed for three weeks, so you can tell that we like it.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jjgderbyshire 2 reviews from this member

We stayed for 15 nights on one of the lakeside pitches and can only describe it as idyllic. Peter and Sarah are the perfect hosts and cannot do enough to make your stay as close to perfect as possible. The site has a pleasant ambience and we met some nice people with whom socialising was a pleasure. As for the area, this is rural Normandy and there are plenty of places to visit if you do a bit of research or just ask Peter or Sarah, who will assess your preferences and point you in the right direction. The Markets are real French markets and not Tourist markets. You will go for a menu de jour at a bar/cafe and find yourselves the only Brits there, so prices are consequently reasonable and the food very good. The French people in the area are really pleasant and helpful even though very few of them speak English, so take your phrase book or make an effort with the language. Take your bikes as there are some fantastic cycling opportunities in the area. Angling on the lake is for the specialist carp fisherman and there appears to be some good river fishing in the area. If you want a relaxing holiday without leaving the site, this is the place to do it. If you want to discover the area, driving in the Normandy countryside is a pleasure and there are unspoilt towns, villages and interesting locations to visit without driving too far. This was our ninth holiday in France and I must say it was our best.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Andymazb 1 review from this member

We had a great stay at Forest View. Peter and Sarah were very welcoming and helpful. Plot fantastic with great views across the lake, and the forest beyond. Having a get together with the rest of the guests at the bar, was a very good idea, helping the guests to mingle and enjoy each other's stories.

All the facilities were first class, very clean and well kept.

Looking forward to another stay, in the not too distant future!

Thanks Peter and Sarah, for a very enjoyable stay.

Love from Andy and Marilyn

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Adam-nottingham 1 review from this member

We booked a pitch at short notice as we were heading to Normandy for the World Equestrian Games and our other accommodation was found to be unsuitable.

When we arrived we found the pitch to be extremely spacious (much more so than a lot of the UK campsites) and either side of the pitch had a hedge for additional privacy. There was an extremely warm greeting for us after we had set up and made our way to the bar/restaurant and we also spotted board games and books to entertain people when the weather was not looking too good!

Throughout the week nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Peter or Sarah and they were extremely happy to help in whatever way they could (Peter stopped the rain within 24 hours of us requesting it). There is free wireless internet available in the bar/restaurant area for those that cannot tear themselves away from modern technology.

The shower and toilet block is basic but clean and has all of the essentials that you would need for a comfortable stay, they also have a washing machine available for rent.

One of our party was due to go camping a short time after our return to the UK but was paying the same price for 2 nights that we paid for 6 nights at this campsite, she thought that it was too cheap here and that there must be a 'catch', this definitely wasn't the case.

We have only stayed here once (6 nights in total) but I really could not recommend this campsite enough, if you want to experience a comfortable and relaxing environment at a very reasonable price then look no further.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Whitwick Wanderer 6 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of a 3 week trip through France to the Pyrenees. It was a slight detour from our chosen route but well worth it. The amenities are good and both fields have their plus sides. The Orchard is very spacious if a little sloping with enormous pitches allowing you to avoid the large apples that fall in Autumn ! The Lakeside pitches are ideal for those who want to do a spot of fishing or just relax in the idyllic scenery. We arrived after a few days of rain but had no problems with our pitch - so I guess it drains quite well. Our hosts were very pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately we arrived on one of the nights they offered a meal in the restaurant / bar but these have to be booked in advance so we are unable to comment on the food. The surrounding countryside was rolling hills and had an English feel to it - had we been there longer I guess it would have been good for walking/cycling. Travelling with a dog the field across the road provided ample walking first thing in the morning and a short drive provided us with a longer forest walk in the afternoon. There was an excellent hypermarket just down the road which supplied the cheap petrol for the next stage of our journey. For us the 2 negatives, and they are minor, would be that while we were there the campsite was populated almost entirely by Brits and the weather was obviously as changeable as England - so we needed to move further south for more of a French experience. For us this was though an excellent short stay.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Harveysmum 11 reviews from this member

Spent time at this site on the way down south and again on the way home and are so glad we chose to return to see what the new owners have achieved. The owners have done an amazing job in making this site a haven of peace and tranquillity. Now the site has a new shower block, which also includes washing up area - all very clean and tidy. The pitches are large and well mown with beautiful views of the large fishing lake. The owners make every camper feel so special and a couple of times a week the owner offers delicious food, served in their pleasant, relaxed bar/restaurant enabling you to meet and chat with other campers if you wish. We really didn't want to leave this site and cannot wait to return very, very soon.

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