We have stayed at this site several times, at least once a year since 2009, in my parents' mobile home, in a rented mobile home and in our own tent (Cabanon Athena).
It is in a very rural location, on a farm. The local hamlet of Boiry Notre Dame has no shops or bars but there a few supermarkets within a short drive and the nearest town, Arras, is very charming.
It is a convenient stopover, about 1 1/2 hours drive from Calais, well-signposted and easy to find. There's probably no need to book because there seems to be spare fields available for overflow camping - the only issue would be a slightly longer trek to the facilities.
The site is used mainly as a stopover en route to the South and by families (all French I think) who come here regularly every year to stay in their mobile homes or caravans, and seem to all know each other.
This gives the site a very friendly, family-orientated atmosphere.
The only group who would probably not like coming here for more than a couple of nights are teenagers who aren't regular visitors and therefore might find it hard to make new friends and wouldn't find much to keep themselves amused.
We use it as an opportunity for my family, some far-flung, to meet up in the summer and it's perfect for us.
Activities: 2 good children's playgrounds; small fishing lake; some animals eg a pig; small swimming pool; boules, including a competition; bar ( friendly and sometimes quite lively), restaurant (good value with a buffet), billiards etc; bouncy castle.
Loos: unisex, 2 blocks, one by reception, one by swimming pool - kept clean, quite a lot of modernisation and refurbishment of these since our first visit in 2009.
Showers a bit of a let-down - clean and modern but weak and hot water variable.
The owners are lovely and friendly and make you feel very welcome and at home. We love going there and will be there for a week again this August, just relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet, whatever the weather.
Stayed for 4 nights at the beginning of July 2013. We arrived about 15:00 and the site was almost empty, by 18:00 it was crammed full of overnighters mainly Dutch. By 10:00 the next morning the site was almost empty again, this happened every day so make sure you arrive early! The site is mostly open plan with a few plots with more privacy. Didn't use the restaurant but the pool was ample for the size of site. Could do with more water taps around the site. Really handy for Arras, Cambrai and other Great War sites if your into that sort of thing (which I am). Reception very good and it was easy to book in. Will definitely use again.
What a great find! Brilliant location - far enough from the ports to be French, near enough to stop off before heading home.
Lovely big site, very clean and tidy. Lovely, lovely staff.
We had been on the road for 2 days and the kids were starving. We went to the restaurant for dinner. The kids ate very respectable meals but were still hungry. They asked for more and we allowed to help themselves to the buffet.
The food on the menu was a bit basic, but this was more than made up for by the buffet veg. Very french and very lovely. Never been so happy to eat cauliflower.
The owners of the site were very chatty and nice. There is a nice pool.
We had time to spare before leaving for the boat, we asked what time we had to leave and they were very flexible. We didn't leave until 4 in the afternoon in the end. Made our last day very pleasant (had been away for a month around Europe).
We stayed two nights at the end of our four week trip/tour round France. It is very convenient for a departure from Dunkirk at mid-day. A great camp-site with clean toilet/shower facilities. We did not use the pool nor ate here. Good Wifi signal within 100 metres of reception. Excellent location for a trip into Arras or to visit many of the WW1 sites/sights. Particularly worthy was the trip to Vimy Ridge memorial which was hosted by Canadian students on work experience placement and sponsored by Canadian government. Would stay again and recommend to others.
A useful site for a night or two, but we thought the area was uninteresting as we are not into WW1 cemeteries. Did not expect more though.
It's not far from the autoroute and access is easy, as others have said, just turn up and find a pitch. Unusually, it's quite an open site so no problems with trees and satellite tv.
The swimming pool and restaurant looked ok, but we didn't use them. I think the facilities have been updated, as they seem quite nice.
We thought that driving in Arras was a bit of a nightmare as there is a fiendish one way system so never found the cathedral etc. There is a decent sized supermarket which is signed at a roundabout on the left on the approach to the city, for buying your wine to bring home. It's a bit bigger than the one at Vis en Artois and not much further away.
We had to pay €51. 50 for 2 nights as we were just into high season, a bit steep we thought.
We stayed at La Paille Haute for a full week and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was our first experience of camping in France, so we weren't too sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised. The two site owners (a husband and wife team) were delightful, and despite our limited French and their limited English, we got along fine. The site seemed to be used by a mixture of English, Dutch and German campers as a stop over for a night. Some didn't even bother to unhitch or wind their caravan legs down.
The facilities (restaurant, swimming pool etc) were all closed when we visited, as it was a bit early in the season.
We used the site for a base to tour various WW1 sites in the area, and made a day trip to the Menin Gate in Ypres. We also went to Arras and visited the Carriere Wellington. The ticket included free entry to the town hall in Arras and access to the bell tower which was interesting. Using some local maps we were able to find some of the battlefields and were very surprised to discover some unexploded shells and empty flare cases lying hidden in a hedgerow.
The facilities were basic but clean, and the showers and toilets were unisex, with an outdoor urinal. There was plenty of hot water, and push button showers. The site is very spacious and the pitches were all grassed and open plan. Finding the site was very straightforward and access very easy.
A bread van visited every morning, and there was an Intermarche supermarket with a fuel station approx 2 kms away.
We had a very enjoyable stay and for 7 nights at €192 Euro for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children) including electrical hookup it was very reasonable. We hope to return again at some point.
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