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Visitor Reviews - Castel La Forge De Sainte Marie

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Castel La Forge De Sainte Marie
Rd 427
Thonnance Les Moulins
Champagne Ardenne   (Browse area)
52230   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 03 25 94 42 00

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Pitches: 199
Open: 20/04/ To 06/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 15 Reviews
              8/10 from 15 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Statics for Hire 

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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Ceriannesman 6 reviews from this member

We initially booked for the first night of a tour of Champagne and Burgundy regions. We were so impressed by the friendliness of the staff, the good standard of maintenance of the site and the general feel good factor, that we stayed for 2 nights. The cost per night was not cheap but seemed reasonable for what you get. Our daughter enjoyed the pool and I had great fun fishing. The only slight downside is that the site is quite a distance from a supermarket but they did have a reasonably stocked shop from where you could order fresh bread and pastries. Would certainly stay here again and would try other sites in the group.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tina Small 1 review from this member

Just returned from a wonderful holiday. We can highly recommend this site, we originally booked for a few days, but ended up staying for 12 nights. We had our 14 yr old son with us. We found that all the facilities, entertainment and retaurant very good. We did lots of fishing and enjoyed fresh trout for our supper one evening. Our son made friends with the Dutch/French & English children, and was never bored. The owners are the friendliest I have ever experienced on a campsite, and there staff were all lovely. Congratulations on getting the balance at this beautiful site just right, beautiful setting, rustic feel. But just enough going on for the youngsters without spoiling its tranquillity. We will return! Thanks for making our holiday so wonderful.

The Small family.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 5gocamping007 2 reviews from this member

We have stayed at Castel sites before and were looking forward to bit of luxury on our way 'down south' and had booked a luxury pitch. A luxury pitch is supposed to be 200m2 and had a fridge, bbq, table and 4 chairs(we are a family of 5), 1 sunlounger and lockable shed. On arrival we were shown a rather cramped small pitch and after complaining were given a larger ptich. Although I have no specific complaints about the site, we felt it lacked the slickness we've seen at other Castel sites. The restaurant was fine, kids club good, loo blocks regularly cleaned, but we paid a lot for our 3 night stopover. Most of the staff were Dutch which meant we spoke little French. There is a nice indoor pool, but we too felt there wasn't a huge amount to do nearby. The campsite shop is not great and the nearest supermarket is in Joinville, at least 15 mins away. My husband enjoyed fishing for trout on site and my tip for any campers would be to buy some metal pegs for very rocky ground, as pitches were very stoney.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Robin55 4 reviews from this member

This is a big site and whilst the surrounding countryside is beautiful, we didn't think there was much to do. The campsite is very well maintained and the several shower blocks are always being cleaned and always open. It is hilly, and there are terraces. The swimming pool is inside but there are sunbeds outside and it is fine. The bar does a happy hour, but it is not very happy. We thought that the staff were very young and inexperienced. It was not easy to get ice with your gin and tonic and they preferred to chat to each other rather than to the customers. The restaurant was fine, good food and good service, not too expensive. The bar and restaurant are by the river and it is a pleasant spot and a lot of people were fishing.

The pitches are large, flat and hedged mostly. There are mobile homes to rent but these were empty when we were there. It is quite a drive to get to the supermarkets. You can buy a password for the wifi. At the end of June, the site was quiet and without atmosphere. It may well be livelier later in the season.

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nijfitch 2 reviews from this member

We're a family of six, two adults and four kids, aged 2,6,12 & 13. This was our first ever camping site stay as a family and we chose this site as a first stop over on a three day trip down to a ten day holiday in Tuscanny. We all loved the site and the kids all asked if we could stop there again on the way back home, which we did with pleasure. So here's why we all loved it : We didn't book but just stopped on the assumption of getting a pitch as it was only late May for our first stop. Customer service was very friendly with the man on reception letting me try my poor French before asking if I would like to continue in English. Gave us a choice of pitches and said just to let him know if we settled on a different pitch to the one he'd originally suggested. We were close to a shower/toilet block and the lake and swings and slides. The facilities were immaculate and they'd even thought of a mini toilet for potty aged kids as well as mini shower. Our youngest two loved the swings and slides, bouncy castle and tricycles, whilst the eldest enjoyed the football pitch and volleyball area. The big attraction for all though was the heated indoor pool which remained open until 10pm ( superb when you're on a one night stop over and arrive late in the day ). Having read other reviews here - The chlorine didn't seem any worse than our local swimming pool and we all felt fine afterwards. We didn't try the restaurant or shop so can't comment on those. There's a kids club on site too, but again we didn't use it as we only had the two one night stop overs. I get the feeling the surrounding area is more suited to a quiet countryside holiday and perhaps not suited to young families?, and I wouldn't want to spend longer than a day or two confined to a campsite, no matter how good. So as a one or two night stop over for us this site was all we could have wished for. I think it's telling that the only criticism we have is that the ground is so rocky and hard that it was a struggle getting the tent pegs in and out and we bent lots of pegs, but that's just the way the geology is there and nothing the owners could do about that. Overall then. A massive thumbs up from us and we'd definitely stop here again as part of a trip further afield.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fiftysomething 11 reviews from this member

We stayed for two nights at the very end of June - so it was busy but not packed - and the staff let us choose our own pitch which worked well.

We have a tag axle MH (and I hadn't mentioned the narrow entrance to the 'other half') but it was just okay to get in. Quite pleased though that their one-way system meant that we didn't come out that way.

We've stayed on various Castels sites - all out of season - and have liked them all, but somehow this one is probably our least favourite to date. The indoor pool smelt of chemicals, the campsite as a whole seemed airless, the shop didn't open when it said it would and didn't stock much anyway. Perhaps we just don't suit high-season trips!

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