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Camping Champ De La Chapelle
10 Champ De La Chapelle
Braize, Allier
Auvergne   (Browse area)
03360   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 470078246

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Pitches: 80
Open: Mid April - End October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 16 Reviews
              9/10 from 16 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes Caravan Storage Storage 

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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kate w 46 reviews from this member

We have just got back from 8 nights at this really lovely site. We drove from Derbyshire via the channel tunnel, setting off around midnight, and arrived mid afternoon the following day. Satnav man took us via the paris inner peripherique, I don't recommend this on a sunday, let alone a week day!

On the edge of the forest it is really peaceful and quiet. Simon, his family, friends and staff are all very nice people, very knowledgeable about the area and where to visit. Our Satnav man enjoys taking us the scenic route using narrow single track lanes to get us to our destination, there are plenty to choose from in the forest.

There is a good mix of nationalities on site, British, Dutch, French And Spanish whilst we were there. It is popular with both people stopping off for a couple of nights as well as those like us who were there for their main holiday.

Pitches are mostly gently sloping, a good size and shape, providing both sunshine and shade. EHU and water points are plentiful. There is lots of space for those who can just pitch without the need for EHU.

There is a large shower block with separate facilities for ladies and gents, water in the shower is hot though all but the disabled cubicle are quite small and there is a step down into the shower tray that Simon is aware needs improving.

Washing up sinks, laundry sinks, washing machine, ironing facilities (if that floats your boat whilst on holiday) fridge and freezer were all available for campers to use.

There are a few static caravans and they have a few very well equipped rent a tents.

Bread can be preordered the night before (except for Monday, the baker has the day off on Monday). A bar by the pool also offers food, perfect if you can't be bothered to fire up the bbq! There is also wifi at the bar.

There are a couple of children's play areas, with sandpit, swings, wendy houses, obstacle course, footgolf course, volley ball net, table tennis, football goals as well as the all important swimming pool for cooling off in the sunshine. The pool is great, it is inflatable, a reasonable depth for swimming but not too deep to worry about children being in there and getting out of their depth.

There are lots of places to visit in about a half hour drive, lots of Chateaux to visit, a swimming lake with a small sandy beach just a few minutes drive up the lane, beautiful gardens and whilst we were there some really good brocantes in the local towns. The whole town would be closed off to traffic, a huge car boot sale, bars and food stalls, a great way to spend a leisurely day, even if you do come home with only a 50 cent cutlery basket for the dishwasher and a toy John Deere tractor for your husband!

We took a longer trip to visit Puy de Dome, which was magnificent. A train takes you up to the summit where the views are to die for, paragliders were taking off and landing just a couple of metres from where we ate our picnic. We also went to the visitor centre at Volvic, which was free, where there was information in English, films with English commentary through a headset and then free tasting of all the different flavours of their water. It was very good and I bought a lovely set of glass tumblers from their shop.

The forest surrounding the site is full of wildlife, we met (thankfully whilst in the car driving on a forest track) a family of wild boar, there are also deer, though we weren't lucky enough to spot any this vist. The campsite is home to red squirrels, they were lovely to see.

Prices were very reasonable, Simon is constantly looking for ways to improve his site and I wish him and his family all the best for their future. We will be returning at some point in the future and will recommend it to all my camping friends looking for somewhere to stay.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Pjh57 3 reviews from this member

Visited this site for the second time after a five year gap, on the way from south to north, stayed for 3 nights. This site is still a delightful mix of mainly Dutch and English, with a happy friendly atmosphere, created by the guests and the new owner Simon and previous owner Lisbet, who still helps manage the site.

There are some organised events - Cheese and Wine night and Nature walks, Moonlight swims in the pool all took place in the short time we were there,

Situated in the middle of the Troncais forest (Europe's largest Oak forest apparently) and a short ride to St Bonnet de Troncais for the nearest swimming lake, 10 mins by car, 30 mins by bike, the site is quiet, peaceful and close to nature, you can see bats, red squirrels, birds of prey and wild boar and many others too.

There are some excellent off road cycle paths through the forest, and plenty of quiet lanes to explore the local villages by bike.

The toilets, showers, chemical waste point and washing up area are all very well looked after and clean, although the shower cubicles are a bit on the small side.

The pitches are semi shaded and plenty large enough for big tents, caravans and motorhomes, and all in all the site provided a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable experience.

We would definitely recommend and hope to return someday.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Steve2106 2 reviews from this member

I have stayed at this site previously and left a review of our 2014 stay but I am writing another one due to our fantastic visit in August 2015.

The site now has new owners and they have started on a program of improvements, there is now a new bar/cafe area and a large covered terrace by the swimming pool. A lot of general maintenance has been carried out (painting and general tidying up).

We had a great visit and thoroughly enjoyed a cheese and wine evening held in the bar, I also like the new 9 hole Foot Golf course, a game that I had never previously played.

Since our visit we have discovered that the new owners have written 2 Amazon Kindle books about their hunt for a campsite and about their experiences of running a French campsite (Simon Swinn- 'A tent in France' and 'A lot of Tents in France'). My wife and my children enjoyed these books as did I.

So good luck to the new owners and we will certainly be visiting in the future.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: TJFos 1 review from this member

Had a very enjoyable 5 day visit to the campsite. The owner was very welcoming, friendly and informative. The site is set in beautiful woodland with plenty of room and shade when it gets hot, there is lots of local wildlife about as we experienced one night as we approached the site and had a beautiful fully grown stag in all his glory in our headlights (brilliant). The toilet blocks etc are kept spotless and great to have a lovely pool to cool down in. If you are a couple looking for a peaceful retreat or a family looking to keep the kids happy this site has it all. I would recommend a stay to anyone and looking forward to our next trip.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Steve2106 2 reviews from this member

Stayed for 4 nights with my wife and our teenage daughter and her friend. The owners gave us a wide choice of pitches and were generally very welcoming. All the facilities (including separate male and female sanitation blocks) were of a high standard and very clean. Some extra facilities included refrigerator space being available to campers, very welcome in hot weather. The site is in a beautiful situation and there is plenty to see and do in the local area. I would recommend this site to anybody looking for a holiday in the heart of rural France.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Niallsan 3 reviews from this member

We visited this site mid-August.

The approach we took to the site may have been the wrong one. We entered from the south side of the site. The forest track was fairly badly rutted in spots and more suitable to a tractor. It might be a problem for a car though as we were in a 05 Ford Galaxy and this has decent ground clearance. We made it though, no big deal really, just mentioning it in case people are pulling their caravan with a Ferrari! We never used the other entrance from the north so it could be a tarmac layers fantasy for all I know!

Anyway, we were only staying one night on our way south.

When we arrived the Dutch man welcomed us and offered us a pitch but said we could pitch wherever we wanted.

This is a really quiet site. There were maybe 6 other visitors so you could call it exclusive!

We arrived late enough so kids didn't get to use the pool which looked fun. They did have a kick around in the play area and used the goals that were there.

The toilet block and showers were very clean.

After travelling from Roscoff we needed and had a quiet/solid nights sleep.

My wife was slightly put off by how far the site was from the autoroute but I didn't think it was that bad maybe 12 miles to the site from the turnoff?

Overall pleasant experience.

Thanks Champ de la Chapelle. .

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