Just returned from 3 weeks on this site. Highly recommended. I would agree with everything said before, except that we found the campsite owners exceptionally friendly and helpful (maybe it's changed hands?) and saw no insects in the wash/toilet areas.
It's a peaceful site, well laid out and well thought out. Next to the lovely pools (NO SWIMMING SHORTS!) are two table tennis tables (bats and balls provided), badminton net (again, equipment provided) petanque pitch and play area. Bread, croissants, etc are delivered daily (except Mondays) and the owners sell icecreams, coffee etc. Reception also provides a weather forecast, album of places to visit, brochures on local attractions - and invaluable advice!
Pitches are in wooded terraces - with fabulous views from ours - two pitches to a hedge marked area. We got our massive Arkansas 7 on our pitch - I would guess pitch is 10m sq. Every pitch has its own tap!
The area is national park, so no charcoal BBQs. We took a gas one, but owner provides a permanent BBQ area, and it looked like he also provided charcoal and lighter fluid.
Wildlife was abundant - literally hundreds of lizards, along with rabbits, field mice, bats and owls. We even saw eagles one day.
Nearby Mazamet (about 15 mins) has a vast Leclerc hypermarche, which also serves very good food (not at all similar to British supermarket cafes). Opening hrs for hypermarche are 8.30am - 8pm, Monday to Friday.(Can't remember Saturdays, and it doesn't open Sundays)Cafe opens 1145-1400 and 1845-2100.
The Med is one and a half hours away, allowing for traffic. Campsite owners recommend Valras Plage. We liked Serignan - quieter! Carcassonne is a must see, though busy and touristy. We also enjoyed Lake Raviege - take out a pedallo!
Anything I've missed?. Oh, toilet roll provided, continental electric points in washrooms - which are unisex, but wash cubicles available. Always clean. Washing machine takes 1 euro coins. Baby changing table in washrooms. Owners are English so easy to phone and book if your French is like mine! We're a family of five (all qualifying as adults) with tent, no electric. Cost was 36 euros per night, including visitor tax.
I think that about covers it. Again, no reservations in recommending it.
We stopped off at this site for two nights on our return run from Spain.
It is run by a British couple, and is set up in the mountains, surrounded by truly stunning scenery. The site is arranged in tiers, so feels quite private, as you can't really see the campers on the tier above and below, only your immediate neighbours.
It has a really nice pool (no swimming shorts) and a nice play area for the kids, which is just along from the pool. There is also a little bar / coffee shop next to the pool area so you can get a drink.
There were a few British people there when we went, which the kids liked as they found a little boy to play with, but there were other nationalities as well.
The weather was stunning, with perfect blue skies and about 40 degrees, even though we could see clouds in the distance, they just seemed to skitter around us and never above.
The only negatives for me were that although the toilet / shower block was clean it was very heavy on the insect life, and I hate spiders etc. However, I coped, albeit a bit nervously, and no-one else seemed bothered. Also, the owner occasionally seemed a bit offish (eg shouted at my son for wearing shorts in the pool - not my son's fault as I hadn't realised, but it upset him a little.) If it weren't for these two things I would happily go back to this site, as the campsite setting is so beautiful and peaceful. Waking up in the morning and the first thing you see is the wooded mountains set against a perfect blue sky was just fantastic, as was listening to the owls at night and spotting the little lizards shooting about.
There is nothing much within walking distance, but the nearby town of Mazamet is lovely, and there is also a man who runs a roadside caravan cafe at the bottom of the road - we arrived late on a Sunday evening, just as it was getting dark, and hadn't eaten, so decided to get something to eat before pitching the tent in the dark (not ideal!) He served the most fantastic sausage & chips, which you could eat at the tables of a little roadside clearing, but off proper plates and with proper cutlery!
Despite the couple of negatives, this was my favourite site - just so beautiful.
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