We stayed 11 nights at the campsite, our first nights being over the festival weekend. Yes, it was very noisy and did go on into the early hours. The flip side is that the town had the most amazing fire work display on the 2nd night. The kids loved it and the atmosphere was great. They went straight to sleep both nights so it was only us adults who had to wear ear plugs! Last year at another site, we were kept awake every night for a full week by someone snoring, which ear plugs could not cure. That to me was far more irritating than two nights of festivities. I also agree that the municipal pool is noisy during the day but no more than any area which contains happy children screaming with joy. It didn't bother us in the slightest and we were right next to it. At night you hear the sound of the water gently lapping at the sides of the pool which is very soothing and drowns out any snoring! At some times of the day the showers were busy but we soon realised that a short walk to the other block solved this issue. They were always clean, as was the pool. In fact the whole campsite was kept very clean and tidy. The owners and staff in reception were amazingly polite and helpful. Customer service was brilliant. Location is great. A short walk from the town, which has everything you need. We went into the mountains a few times and did some amazing walks which all the children managed (ages 6 up to 12). Rafting was brilliant fun and a short walk from the campsite. There are some beautiful towns in the local vicinity and on Monday nights there is a Bull Running show at St Jean, about an hour away. Lovely town and well worth the drive to see the town and the show. All in all a well-run, clean campsite in a beautiful area. Very pleased with our stay and would recommend.
Stayed on this site for eight nights and we were sorry to leave. The owners could not have been more helpful, booking attractions, giving helpful information and working so hard to keep the site in its excellent condition.
The pizzas from the snack bar were delicious, Generously sized and cooked to order. The pool was small but clean and inviting. The toilet blocks were always clean, despite never closing, something which other sites may learn from.
The site is beautifully positioned between the river and the town walls and it was a short walk to the supermarket and the bakers. The town itself is generally quiet. However, we were surprised not to have been warned that our stay coincided with the Town Fete weekend, as it has a major impact on the campsite. On the plus side it provided evening entertainment but when that entertainment continued into the early hours on two consecutive nights (4. 20am on the 2nd night), less than 200 metres from the site, it was not amusing.
This would not stop me going to the site again but it would make me avoid the fete weekend in August.
Much has been written by other reviewers … so I’ll try not to repeat … suffice to say that the English owners are entirely charming, helpful and altogether first class.
The site is pleasant and decently equipped … one slight ‘gripe’ might be the waiting time for showers at some periods during the day, and the fact that the showers are set on one temperature, which means that on a really hot day, after a bike ride, when a cold shower might be fabulous …. You have to have a hot one.
The town of Navarrenx is pleasant rather than outstanding …. Although the walls are what make it unique.
A great day out is to drive up to the ‘Highest train in Europe’ and take the 50 min ride … picnic at the end (they give you an hour and three quarters) … and then ride back. It’s a fun ride, clinging to the sides of the mountain … you go up a cable car to get to the train station. It is advisable to book on line, and much quicker when you get there, as there were quite long queues the day we went.
There are lots of other places to visit … towns, villages, adventure parks, walks, mountains & nature etc etc … the Gurs concentration camp (though pretty well levelled after the war, to hide embarrassment, was a revelation and is an easy bike ride from the camp site).
There’s plenty of biking routes in the area … many are pretty flat … you can hire bikes in Navarrenx (British run and owned). There is rafting/canoe hire a couple of hundred metres from the campsite …. Or you can launch your own from close by … the river has some quite exciting bits (there had been a lot of rain), so a couple of sections gave the opportunity of nearly Class 3 white water.
My only reservation about the site is that it is, pretty well, wall to wall GB campers … 80% … as one other camper confided: ‘It’s like a C&C site in England’ … and, I suppose, that’s the point … if you want lots of fellow countrymen, then this site is brilliant for you … however, we go abroad to feel the culture of different nationalities, and, though we’re perfectly happy/delighted to meet the odd GB camper on sites, a complete ‘town’ of them rather defeats the purpose of going to France … for us, that is.
Maybe that’s the result of so many raves on this site?
Was really looking forward to 17days here. Our pitch was overlooked by the municipal pool, to be fair we did ask for this one only after looking at reviews on here and other sites. Was told pool only opened weekends. We arrived on a tuesday at 3pm, very noisy screaming crying and the lifeguard screaming his head off. We thought may just be a one off. Wed had 7hours of screaming etc, talking to other folk they were not happy. We left on the thurs. And when we went to reception was told by mr curtis don't have your hols in july/aug then. After going to lot of sites with our grandchildren with big pool comple this was the worst one for noise and it was not even the site pool. Also on arrival asked what time to order pizzas he said after 7/45 so went then, ordered paid and after 20mins he said no more pizzas tonight. Very rude man. We where telling a couple about the site when we moved to millau and they said very clicky with british. Very true. So we had a lovely time nr millau only 2brit families on site and very friendly french dutch etc
This site is well located between the walls of the town of Navarencx and the river. It is easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants. A good choice of shops and restaurants.
The site is very well laid out with hedging between each pitch giving a good degree of privacy. The sites are very big with room for large awnings (like ours) and still plenty of room for tables and chairs to sit outside.
The site facilities are excellent, well laid out and very clean. You don't have to walk too far to get a shower or go to the loos as there is more than one block. The site is eco-friendly so uses solar energy etc for water. There is a lovely swimming pool which unfortunately closes in September.
The owners, Richard and Wendy were very welcoming and helpful offering suggestions about places to eat and shop etc. They seemed to take a personal interest in their guests.
This is one of the best sites we have been on and rather spoilt us for the rest of our trip as quite a few sites didn't measure up.
There is good walking and rafting in the area and it isn't far to Pau, the largest city in the region. The Pyrenees are close by and easy travelling for day trips.
We will definitely be going back to stay here and would recommend it to others. `
This is a very good site with good sized pitches enclosed by hedging. The great thing about this site is its close proximity to Navarrenx which seems to be a a typical local French town but with medieval origins. The river is close by but as fast flowing we were not troubled with midges etc. The campsite pool is well looked after and there is also a large well kept public pool right next door which was not intrusive to the campsite. We walked our dog along the grassed moated area under the town walls. There is limited walking by the river as private farmland comes right down to river edge. The owners are very helpful and we borrowed local walking route maps. When our cheep chairs collapsed they gave us good instructions to the local camping hyper store for replacements. They also helped me with my schoolboy French when I needed a hair cut at the local salon. The washing and toilet facilities are adequate and kept clean but a little utilitarian. I think this is because the site used to be owned by the town council until present owners took over. The site is well lit at night. This is very good site for a relaxing and quiet time.
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