This was our second trip to France and thought we would venture a little further down the coast so chose Des Ilse in Brittany. We were really pleased with this site, it has all the amenities of a larger site with the friendliness of a smaller one! the pool was really good for our 3 children (8, 6 and 3yrs) with an attendant on duty almost all of the time!
They also had a small playground and bouncy castle for them. The beach was literally a minute walk from our pitch (we had pitch 18 which was around middle of the site) but you can opt to pay a little extra per night and get a sea view. The beach was very popular with everyone collecting mussels, clams and oysters on low tide, they sell the tools in the site shop if you want to have a go yourself. A few minutes walk to the right as you come out the site on the beach and its good enough to chill and build sand castles on high tide.
Showers and toilets were unisex but the toilet cubicles were split out into men and women areas. They were always clean although I only ever saw one person cleaning them on our stay and that was when we got up at the crack of dawn to leave at 6am!
All the evening entertainment was in French, we weren't fussed about it but never went as we had young children and busy days so the youngest never stayed awake long enough.
Penestin was only a 10 minute car journey away and had restaurants and shops. Our favourite place was Arzon, a lovely port town which was about 1 hour from the site.
I would definitely go back but may stay for a little longer than 2 weeks.
This site on the West Coast of France at the south of Brittany has more to say about itself on its website than it can actually live up to. It is a pleasant site but I’m afraid it’s nothing special. This is not a site to go to if you want peace and quiet as the entertainment is extremely noisy. The site caters predominantly for French visitors and the entertainment is only for French speaking campers. Pitches vary in size and we were lucky to have a reasonably large pitch, but unfortunately it was very open to passers-by and was full of weeds instead of a bush on the one corner. This wasn’t representative of other pitches though. WiFi is as good as useless as it is so slow and continually cuts out – it is not worth paying for. Satellite coverage was strangely very hard to lock onto at this site which is not that far south and my digital satellite finder came in high demand from other campers. On a French campsite you expect fresh bread every morning but unfortunately the croissants ran out before 10am every morning and despite promises they did not buy in more to accommodate the demand – the bread was also not very fresh compared with other campsites we have been to. The swimming pool was very pleasant but also very crowded and is not as big as it looks on the photos – it is also not as warm as they say it is – we experienced warmer water in the sea and the lake on our 2nd week in Biscarrosse. The lazy river was not working until our last day but even then it wasn’t up to much. Aqua aerobics was advertised as a daily event but only took place on one day after we requested it, and even then nobody was informed it would be happening. Toilets were clean with plenty of facilities including shell washing and a dog wash. The beach as shown on the website is not really much of a beach – it’s certainly not suitable for swimming. To get to the bathing beaches requires a car journey. Overall we were disappointed by broken promises and exaggerations on the website and will not visit again as there is so much good competition in France.
Once again, I find it hard to criticise French Kawan Village campsites such as this one. Good size pitches, excellent loos, sensible shop prices, and helpful reception staff. The beach is clean, full of interesting rock pools, and the view across the bay is spectacular!
We went to St Nazaire just to see the submarine pens: the sense of history is quite overwhelming. The wifi is site-wide and at €2/day is good value: it was mainly used to choose the next site - le Camping De Isle Verte in the Loire Valley in this case! Watch this space.
Have just returned from touring Brittany. This was one of my favourite sites. Facilities were very good with a lovely pool, bar with entertainment, fully stocked shop, ample toilets and showers, play areas and bouncy castle for the children. Direct access to the beach with footpaths above. Very quiet site after 11pm with entry/exit barriers in use. Separate areas for statics and tourers. We were allocated a decent sized pitch but the same could not be said for our neighbours as they were on a pitch that had been split into two with the front half needing to leave access for the car on the back half. Very strange arrangement and hardly fair when we are all paying the same. The local area was lovely with a village easily reached by bike and many quiet beaches with large free carparks. I would recommend this site but it is possible that you will be squashed into a small pitch if you go in high season.
Just back from 16 nights at this site. This is a lovely area to visit and a nice site which is situated adjacent to a beach. Contrary to previous reviews we found the fact that the beach had a mussel farm a plus. There was so much to see, brilliant for rock pools and beach combing when the tide is out. You can also walk across to the Island at low tide. Lots of people were digging for cockles on the beach. When the tide is in there is crest of golden sand to sunbathe or make sandcastles on. There is a really nice Auberge on the opposite side of the beach which does great seafood. If you do not like the adjoining beach there are a number of beaches just a short walk away. It is a brilliant area for cycling, very flat with lots of well posted cycle paths nearby. You can cycle to Penestin which is a lovely town with several restaurants and a few tourist shops as well as a pharmacy, patisserie etc.
The site itself overall is good. There is a shop, play area, bouncy castle and small pool with waterslides. The pool is not as large as it looks on the website. The loo block is modern with plenty of showers and washing cubicles. It is unisex but the loos are designated separately for men an women. Considering the high usage it was pretty clean and there was always lots of hot water. Across the road in the static area there is another inflatable play area, basketball court and tennis court. There is a small road to cross to the pool if you are in a static.
We were there in high season and there was a very full entertainment programme, Breton dancing, magic shows, singers, etc. Everything was in French, considering the number of Dutch (who generally speak English) and British visitors there was no effort made to provide any English translation which limited the enjoyment of some of the shows and made if difficult to join in some activities. There was a restaurant on site, it had a fairly limited menu mainly pizza's (which were very nice though and you could also order them to take away). The downside to this site is some of the pitches are quite small and others are rather on top of each other. We had one of the largest pitches due to our large unit which was fine for our van and large awning with sleeping compartment but a few pitches were considerably smaller. If you can I would advise avoiding pitches 35 to 45. They are directly across from the bouncy castle, entrance to the pool, loo block and washing up area. There is no peace at all with people walking past day and night. The staff were generally helpful and friendly but I have to mention the barman who was utterly obnoxious and unpleasant to the extent we stopped going into the bar - which was a shame as the owners etc were fine.
Overall I would recommend this site and I would definitely recommend this area it is a picturesque unspoiled part of France with lovely beaches and scenery.
Professional couple in thirties with baby and (nearly) 4 yr old.
Bought first caravan in Aug 2009, so total beginners, went mad and bought twin axle 6 birth days from giving birth, then booked for France!
One of the best holidays ever! Lucky with weather as glorious everyday - very surprised but delighted. Mixed European guests (German/Dutch/French), often speaking excellent English, lovely to try a bit of french though, was a lot of fun.
Courteous, helpful staff, gave us 2 pitches on arrival when they saw the size of our outfit (get me with the caravan lingo!), despite site being virtually full.
4 yr old daughter (Ame) loved pool, slides, bouncy castle etc so consequently, so did we - very clean safe pool area, even warm enough (just) for me to swim daily.
New unisex facilities, very well maintained, loo emptying a bit of a faff, but that's a minor point.
Not a caribbean beach, but great for adventure as we saw rock pools with little fish, huge jellyfish, crabs of all sizes, plus hubby had great time picking(?) oysters and mussels from the rocks and cooking for our tea - Ame thought this was amazing and helped Daddy carry the haul!
Local towns and markets lovely and very French (you know what I mean) but very expensive ie £30 for 1kg of hoummus! (although it was delicious). Only irritating thing, the afternoon siesta, I know I know, this is France and not England, but by the time we had gotten up and all ready to leave, it was about 11am (maybe we are too slow) and most places shut at 12noon until 3pm - aaaaaargh!
My best tip would be to make sure you book a cabin on the crossing, I was very glad we did even though return was in the daytime.
Overall, a great experience and adventure, cant wait to repeat it.
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