A very attractive site next to the river. We had a river side spot as requested which was very spacious and flat. Good shade under the trees which was great when the weather was hot.
We chose this site as the site details said there was fly fishing from the site. This was a little misleading, as even though you can fish from the site there is very little point due to the lack of trout in this river. There is fly fishing in the area a short walk or drive away, but don't stay at this site expecting good fly fishing from your tent! We also chose this site because of the facilities the site offered for our children. They are both keen swimmers and were looking forward to using the pool daily. Unfortunately this was almost impossible to the to the low temperature of the water. My 3 year old went into instant shivers and blue lips within minutes, so we rarely used it. The spa was also a pull, but again the water was hardly very warm, the sauna rarely on or hot enoough and jets on pool not strong enough to swim against.
The bar area was attractive and menu in the restaurant fine. We had pizza one night and was very reasonably priced and tasty. Unfortunately, all of the games for the kids in this area were either damaged or not working, much to the disappointment of my son who wanted a little 'Daddy time' The pin ball machine did not work properly, the pool table had a ball missing, and when this was mentioned to the owners, they said it had been missing for ages. This we felt was completely unacceptable. The cue's did not have a tip and balls were very damaged.
We stayed near to the older toilet and shower block, toilets were smelly and not very clean. We did say so to reception and some attempt was made to clean them again, but not much of a change. Cleaning took place late in the morning so regularly there was not enough toilet paper before 8 am and had to take our own. The showers were very good though with plenty of hot water and excellent water pressure, also free of charge.
The children's play area close to our tent was not great with a broken toy house and very little else except 2 small bouncy things, the play areas around the site were better, but would not have taken much for a bit on upgrade by the owners.
Val nature adventure centre next door was excellent offering canoeing, high rope climbing, cycle hire etc, they have a web site. They were very helpful and offered excellent facilities and activities. My son did the climbing, my husband the canoeing and friends used the cycle hire. All good. The centre also had a great bar serving Comte burgers which were excellent.
This site is fine for a short stop and you don't wish to use the facilities such as the pool. With a bit of care and a very small investment this site could be great. Unfortunately, for us, a bit of a disappointment.
Our stay was blighted somewhat by awful weather, but that aside we liked the site. The river side pitches are great with some allowing access to the water. I would recommend you bring a dinghy or inflatable of some kind as the river is great fun when the water levels are safe. Pitch size was not particularly generous and our Montanna 6 didn't leave much space and we parked the car behind the tent.
Toilets and showers were kept reasonably clean with staff attending to these at peak times. They are not gender specific and most don't have toilet seats, but paper was provided although there is no soap at the hand wash sinks.
Dish washing areas are available although hot water runs low at peak times.
Staff were all friendly and welcoming, speaking English very well. The kids activities were good and explained in English when required. Activities such as craft sessions, football, volley ball, basket ball, pool, discos, etc were run throughout the week. The staff are also very knowledgeable about the local area and worth talking to for ideas, particularly routes for driving through the area.
Restaurant meals were reasonable, although the service was awful, with all 3 of our meals served at different times and a long wait for drinks, which appeared to be the norm.
There are a few essentials available in the site shop with slightly more available at the village shop and a supermarket about 15 mins away by car.
Fishing in the river is a dead loss, but there are some good fish in the lake if you are patient. Meat or boilies appeared to the the most successful bait and fishing is free.
As with much of France, places to visit are often quite a trip, but I would recommend Dole, the Henderson water falls, canoeing the river, Arbois and parts of Switzerland are within and hour and a half drive.
Quite a difficult review to write because although the site is generally good and many no doubt enjoy it, there were certain things we didnít like ourselves and would not wish to return.
The site was easy to find with good access, although after a six hour journey we would have preferred not -to have had to wait half an hour to check in, in 28 degree heat. The office is closed from noon until 5pm, with a mobile phone number to call.
We were led to our pitch which was on the river bank and the site seemed pleasant with mature trees and some big pitches. Electricity supply was 10 amps. The facilities were good, plenty of hot water, modern showers, washing cubicles and loos. No seats, but paper was provided and everywhere was clean and well maintained. The loo emptying point was conveniently located and wooden sheds dotted the site for the disposal of rubbish and recycling.
The bar and restaurant seemed attractive enough and service was adequate. The terrace area was pleasant but on the one night we dined there, the quality of the food was a bit mixed. My partner had some good trout but my faux filet and potato gratin were badly over-cooked and were mostly inedible.
I donít wish to be unfair, but the reason we were unhappy with our stay of four nights was as follows. As retired adults we tour in term time (mid-June) when sites are often quite empty and quiet. This often means we have a wide choice of pitch and so can usually find one with no-one next to us, particularly during the week, which preserves our privacy and our peace and quiet. We avoid peak periods because sites are usually crowded. If there is someone next to us, then provided there is a good boundary hedge and pitches are fairly wide there is no problem.
On this site although it wasnít busy at all, many units seemed to be crowded all together along the river bank while most of the rest of the site was unoccupied. We were offered a choice of three pitches but all were on the (crowded) river bank and having never been here before we did not feel confident in asking to choose a pitch elsewhere.
As a result, with no boundary hedges on our pitch at all, a fairly narrow pitch, and units either side of us being very close-by, (about 1. 50 metres on one side), we felt as though it was crowded peak season. Our neighbours were pleasant enough, but the incessant tobacco smoke wafting in, their wandering dogs and their noisy TV rather spoilt our stay.
We really enjoyed a our stay at La Plage Blanche. Lovely flat pitches right next to the river or overlooking rolling fields. Restaurant is excellent with friendly staff and good food. Good, clean toilets and showers and plenty of them! Nice looking outdoor swimming pool (didn't use) or indoor pool with sauna (did use). Claire, the British owner and Alban her French partner are extremely helpful, offering advice, maps and information on places to visit and restaurants to try. We loved it there and would recommend a visit to Arbois, home to Louis Pasteur, and a meal at Le Pontarlier, Port-Lesney, home of Raymond Blanc.
We have just returned from a marathon 5 week trip to Italy. Stayed at this site for 3 nights on the way back. We have a large 8 person tent but the pitches were more than adequate. I can only echo what others have said. We really enjoyed our stay here.
The highlight for my teenage girls was the river which felt safe on this occasion. They spent hours in it. If we had been there longer we may have got around to renting canoes from the outdoor activity place next door.
Because we had been travelling for a while we didn't explore the region so I cant comment although my sense is that there's not a mega amount to do in the surrounding area.
I don't think I would spend my whole holiday here but would definitely return-I also thought it was reasonably good value for money. I have paid a lot more on other sites offering similar facilities.
We had intended to spend a day driving North and an overnight before our early morning tunnel crossing but couldn't face another pitch and repack of the car so I asked if we could leave late ie 9pm and I offered to pay for an extra night. This was no problem and I wasn't charged. I did the tunnel in about 7 hours from the site and felt perfectly safe doing the through the night drive (party of 5 females)
One more thing-if you're approaching this site from Switzerland-check the route on the sat nav! Ours brought us through what seemed like every possible back road and there was a lovely burning smell from the clutch!
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