I have just returned from a four night stay at this camp site, and the reviews are right - it is great.
The two bathroom blocks I used were clean and perfectly adequate. There was a lack of hot water at 6pm, but it was fine in the morning and evening.
The playgrounds were good, though the football pitch was waterlogged but it had been raining on and off for days before we arrived. The bouncy castle was a hit with all of the kids, and was really well used by mine.
The shop stocked the basics, and the cafe and restaurant were good. The cafe also has 24 wifi access, which was useful to check email, while the children played on the bouncy castle.
The staff were great, especially when there was a mix up with a restaurant booking. They did everything they could to accommodate us which was much appreciated as I did not relish driving around looking for somewhere to eat with two small, hungry children in the car. The food is also good, and just outside there is a playground which the children can play in between courses.
There are a number of pretty towns in the area, especially Honfleur and Trouville.
Wow, really surprised to see this site so highly rated. We found it well below the Castels standard we've come to expect - and rely on when booking sites - and way below the other sites we stayed on this year. It is the first site in 15 years of camping in France we would not return to. To us, admittedly on a 1 night stop over, it was cramped, had poorly defined pitches, little privacy and overall seemed to be in a state of declining neglect. Our closest shower block was dark, dirty and the first we have ever chosen not to use. The other blocks looked better but were some distance away.
The take away pizzas were very good but that is about the only positive I could find.
This campsite was the last stop on my tour of Europe. With nothing booked in advance, every overnight stop was based on reviews from this website on campsites based along an outlined route. On the most part, all reviews were entirely accurate, more so when they were recently published.
So having email ahead to confirm there were spaces available, I was taken by surprise when we arrived and the campsite was full but it was soon clear why. A fantastic site, set in a beautiful French valley only 30 mins from Caen.
Nevertheless, the friendly staff managed to squeeze us in and so we stayed for our final night. The setting is exactly as described, great facilities, large pool, cafe (with free wifi) a restaurant and a number of washrooms. The grounds include a Chateaux, a beautiful large pond, lovely grassed pitches.
I could clearly see why it was a popular site. It occurred to me that anyway within a days travelling distance from Calais is going to be busy, once you move beyond the days distance, you can generally always get a pitch without booking except in the busiest of sites. This certainly proved the case for us.
A couple of minor negative points; there was a queue for the ladies showers in the morning, the residents of the statics were a little lively however ordinarily, we would have been pitched away from them, it was only because we were squeezed on to the site but it was packed with families and so at night, the children are also a little lively which is to be expected. The food is the restaurant was OK, but generally we had experienced better quality on most other sites. It was however VERY busy and you had to book in order to get a table.
The main negative point for me was the lack of mobile network coverage. I had 3G on every site visited over 3000 miles and 7 countries except this one, but take a seat in the cafe and you can log on to free wifi so not unworkable.
Having said all that, all negative points were vastly outweighed by the plus points. If you are looking for a nice stop off heading south or that final stop before home then look no further.
What a great site. I found it through UK campsites and was thoroughly impressed from the welcome in reception all the way through to our departure. The staff were great and all those that I dealt with spoke very good English. The site itself is in a beautiful location beside a lake. The restaurant is very good value for money, we ate there every evening. The bastille day celebrations were terrific, with a local band that included one of the campsite team and an opportunity for musicians from all over Europe to join in.
We will definitely return to this site when we are next in the area.
We chose to stay here because of the location in Normandy and it was part of the Castels chain.
The site is located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge and a mile or two from the beautiful village of Blangy le Chateau. The seaside resorts of Deauville and Trouville sur Mer are about a 30 minute drive away and Lisieux and Pont l’Eveque are about 8 miles away. There are many walking and cycling routes in the area and you can get routes from the local tourist office in Blangy. A visit to Honfleur is a must but then again there are dozens of lovely villages nearby.
There was a warm welcome from the reception staff. We were allowed to select out own pitch and then guided along the access road. We were also provided with a lot of information about the area.
The pitches are marked and most quite large. We could easily get our caravan with awning and car onto the pitch with probably enough room for a couple of tents. Grounds maintenance does not seem to be a priority. When we arrived it looked as if the grass had not been cut for a few weeks, if at all. The overall impression was of an unkempt site.
One of the reasons for choosing this site was because it was a member of the Castels chain. They usually have high standards. However, the toilet block behind us was one of three and the oldest. It was way past a refit. Most of the lights in the washrooms didn’t work. The cleaner gave the floors a quick wipe with a mop but the floors were pretty dirty especially behind the doors and in the corners. Many of the taps needed replacing. My wife and I used the other toilet blocks. Which were more modern but once again the standard of cleaning was poor. You tried your best not to let your towel or shower sponge drop onto the floor.
There is a small shop selling the basics including fresh baguettes and pastries every morning.
There is a medium heated swimming pool which was ok and well used on hot days.
During the day in high season there is a cafe which serves hot and cold drinks and snacks.
The restaurant opens at 6pm and serves good quality if predictable food eg steak and chips, pizzas, salads etc.
WiFi and Phone
Free wifi access around the café area. Very slow as it is used a lot.
No mobile signal.
There were some activities for children but they were very low key. Twice a week they have a musicians evening which is very entertaining. In addition the house band campers are also invited to bring their instruments and perform and they do. Some of them were very good.
There’s a large children’s playground plus football and volley ball areas.
If caravan club sites are akin to army camps eg lots of rules and regulations, standard height for grass, caravan must be sited with the peg on the right blah blah blah. Then this site is a bit like a commune. It is very laid back. Hence the lack of attention to grounds maintenance and sanitary facilities. We will not return to this site. Camping Columbier just a few miles away looked much better.
Having said that, it was apparent that many people return year after year. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It has got something. I’m just not sure that I get it.
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