Whilst touring France in the Easter holiday we had car trouble and pulled in to this small family campsite. It was pre season so the site was not yet open. Despite this the owners took us in and helped us whilst we arranged for our car to be fixed. We ended up staying there for two weeks in this iidilic location. There is a river running at the bottom of the site, a gorgeous fishing lake, tennis court and swimming pool. The pitch was large with 16 amp electric hook up, don't forget your European adapter! As always we used our own facilities whilst the owners were preparing for their season, they were busy upgrading the spacious shower blocks and retiling the gorgeous swimming pool. There are also three lovely Gites overlooking the lake.
The owners are English but had a good knowledge of the local area as they have lived there for many years.
We explored the local villages on bikes picking up fresh bread each morning from the local bakery. There are several supermarkets within 10 minutes drive. There were amazing places to visit nearby including St Emilion, and Brantome. We also spent some time on the river in the owners little boat going through the lovely countryside. If you are adventurous you can go through the locks and explore the villages further away.
Despite the traumatic car problems, we had an amazing stay thanks to Karen, Ricky, Keith and Betty opening their site for us. We will definitely return to this lovely place in the future.
This was our second stay at Pont de fournil we just love it. With it being a small CL type of campsite it suited us rather than the larger commercial sites. It had everything we wanted, a nice shower block with piping hot water, which were cleaned every day, unfortunately the odd camper did not wipe the shower cubicle out with mop and bucket provided by the owners. It had a utility room with sinks for preparing food and washing pots and also a fridge freezer which came in useful in the hot weather. In the corner of the room were information leaflets of places to visit, which was very handy.
They were also a few books for you to read if you wanted to chill out. They were plenty of things for the children to do, swings, table tennis, tennis court, pedalo, rowing boat, canoe with life jackets all provided free of charge and a nice swimming pool which was a godsend in the high temperatures.
There were many places to visit in the Dordogne, Bergerac, Brantome, Perigeaux, St Emillion, Bordeaux (use Tram Park and Ride so easy), last but not least Arcachon(dunes) absolutely stunning. Shopping is no trouble, there are two large supermarkets and a Lidl ten minutes drive and three minutes drive to the local village where there is a bread shop and a general store.
We hope to go back again and meet two couples we made friends with who had invited us to a birthday party and a Sunday roast they were such lovely couples. The campsite has a road running along side which has the odd lorry or tractor and local traffic, we soon got use to it. We would certainly recommend this site to anyone. The owners were always there if you wanted any help but gave you plenty of space also. Thank you Karen, Ricky, Betty and Keith for a brilliant holiday.
We chose this site as we were looking for a small campsite in the Dordogne area, we stayed there at the beginning of September (once all the kids were back at school) which meant we were the only campers on site (and a couple staying in a gite), this was great for us as we had almost exclusive use of the swimming pool which was kept very clean, it is not heated but was warm enough for us, we also had use of the canoe and rowing boat which we took out a couple of times. The shower block was what we expected, a decent shower and toilet area with mirror, however the shower did get inhabited with bugs (which you can accept as campers) but it wasn't very clean. The campsite was centrally located to many towns, we enjoyed Bergerac & Saint Emilion, as well as supermarkets at Mussidan and Montpon, the local village of Saint Laurent Des Hommes is small but has a nice bar with friendly staff and a lovely bakers. The owner was helpful when we needed but gave us space and privacy too. Overall we would recommend this campsite but think the facilities may struggle when at full capacity.
What a find, we've recently returned from a fabulous 2 weeks at Pont De Fournil and will definitely be returning! From the moment we arrived and were shown to our pitch we were welcomed by everyone, even given a beer and a lemonade before the van was unhooked by the wonderful couple next door to us. The site itself is in a beautiful, relaxed setting with the pool and lake on one side and the river the other. Although there is a road running alongside it, it is a relatively quiet road leading to the local village and mostly seemed to be used by local traffic and agricultural vehicles which after a while we just didn't notice it. Having a caravan obviously means we don't need to use all the facilities in the utilities and shower blocks, but there were 2 large washing areas as well as a washing machine which was very useful indeed! The showers were a little tired but the water was always piping hot and powerful. Although there were some issues with the edge of the pool, the owners were aware of this and told us they were dealing with it. Despite this the pool was a godsend in the baking hot weather and was certainly welcomed by all. Whenever we have been on holiday before we have always done a lot of exploring of the local area but to be honest we rarely ventured out. The supermarket in Mussidan was a 5/10 minute drive away and had everything we needed, and Bergerac is definitley worth a day out for. If you like camping in busy places with tons of facilities and entertainment this is not going to be for you, but if you love just chillin' out with great company and your children having the freedom to play and entertain themselves we would highly recommend Pont De Fournil. Thank you Karen, Ricky and Betty for a fabulous holiday
Its a while since a review has been posted about this site. We went on previous reviews but were quite disappointed, we agree that the pitches were huge, right by the river with free use of boat etc. Was lovely. However we were pretty much left to our own devices on arrival, didn't see the owner (knocked on door of house to book in) and didn't see them for a few days. Seems like the personal touch has been lost a bit. We were not told much about the area, apart from being directed to a folder in the room where the washing machine was but generally thought a bit of effort and TLC is needed here. The toilets/showers got pretty grim throughout the day because the toilet was in the same room as the shower so full of grass and mud in no time. The main road was really noisy due to HGV's trundling past starting from the early hours. The pool was in need of some TLC with edges broken and sharp. The toilets are quite a way from the pool so if kids need a wee 'mid swim' they had to go all the way across the field to the toilet block. Locally its a long way from main attractions in the Dordogne like Sarlat although trip to Brantome well worth it. Its also about 7km from nearest hypermarket but Boulangerie and newsagent is about 1. 5km away. Probably won't be coming back to this site, overall opinion - soul-less!
Stayed here for two weeks in August and had a great holiday.
Weather was incredible- 2 weeks of unbroken sunshine. We booked as the pitches were described as large and we had a huge pitch with shade and EHU.
Booking process was slightly problematic but a couple of phone calls/emails sorted it all out.
With 4 young children the pool was an absolute jewel. Yes the sides are a bit broken but in 30 degree heat it was very welcome.
The site has a fishing lake and is on the river Isle. There is a canoe and rowing boat (minus a rollock making rowing difficult!)
Toilet facilities are a little tierd but plenty of hot water. Talking to other campers we all felt that they could have benefitted from a refurbishment but more importantly they could perhaps be cleaned more often.
Not much interaction with owners who could have maybe done more in terms of information about local markets/things to do. Most of their information file was full of reviews by past campers. My wife found a list of local markets at the tourist office and placed it in the kitchen area.
That said the benefits of the site outweigh any small issues there may have been and we are likely to book for 2 weeks next year.
St Emillion is well worth a visit as is Bordeaux.
Mostly English campers staying for a week or two which allowed our children to make some real friends and for us adults to have chats over the odd bottle of red wine !
Very quiet after 10pm as nothing on site in terms of entertainment and miles from nearest town.
We were not disturbed by the road which is not the main/busy road some previous posts refer to. The area is rural and so the odd truck/combine/tractor is to be expected.
Overall a great little site which we all enjoyed which afforded us peace and a very relaxing holiday.
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