This was our first visit to Le Brevedent and what a great time we had. The weather was awful most of the 12 days we were there and the pitches couldn't cope with the rain, but hey we were camping not 4 star hoteling. The site is in a fantastic setting on a quite road out of Blagny le chateau, surrounded by woodland and corn fields. The site is not of the highest standards you can get on other sites but don't let that put you off, stay 1 night or 4 weeks like some people do, this site is a little piece of heaven. Less than 30 mins to the coast is a plus and so is the fact it is less than 4 hours drive from Calais.
There is a small fishing lake with a few big Carp in and canoes available to hire. Choose this site for your relaxing Normandy holiday and you will chill out big time.
Been back a week now from our annual holiday to France stopping at Le Brevedent again. We love this camp site and are happy to return every year. I haven't noticed anything new since my last review.
The weather was awful, continuous rain nearly every day and most nights therefore leading to mud and dirt. Our pitch was extremely muddy and water cascaded under our trailer tent pooling in our awning. Quite dangerous as we lift our disabled son in and out of the unit. The site staff did an excellent job of putting sand down to make it safer; they raised our step on planks to prevent if from sinking further. Lots of caravans needed towing off their pitches by the tractor. This isn't the fault of the camp site they can't control the elements.
Toilets/Showers - The water in the showers was quite a lot hotter than last year but the pressure drops if someone flushes the loo. I refuse to use the ancient block it is yucky. The blocks were *clean and there was always loo roll. The floor was *grimy when the rain had been really bad and people were very lax about using the squeedgy mop after they had showered. A shelf for toiletries is required in the lower shower block, I lost count how many times I had to grope on the floor for my shampoo/shower gel.
Shop - sells basic requirements and sells fresh croissants and baguettes every day however the pain au raisins are smaller but still the same price as last year. This year they have begun to sell newspapers too, a day late and really expensive.
Restaurant - we ate here once this year because in the past it had been 'hit and miss' I can genuinely say that we really enjoyed our meal and the price wasn't bad either its not Cordon Bleu but was hot and tasty. Space was made without fuss for our son's large wheelchair.
Bar - we don't use the bar because it is in the chateau and isn't accessible for wheelchairs but in fairness Raph did offer to have our son and his chair lifted up by his staff.
Disability/mobility - in parts the site is on slopes and the paths are somewhat uneven or gravelled. The disabled shower/toilet is OK but there is nothing to sit on in the lower block if you have problems standing, you also need something to put your toiletries onto too.
Some work needs doing on the two bridges which cross the streams on the camp site they are quite dangerous and would be closed off by our Health and Safety people but knowing this site I'm sure this is on their 'to do' list.
Reception/staff - as always friendly and helpful and they all speak a number of languages. They are all knowledgeable about the surrounding area for visits etc.
Contact with the outside world if you must use your phone is difficult, phone signals are very hit and miss unless you walk up to the gate and wander about, however there is free WiFi outside the cafe.
Area - There is so much to do if you are interested in the D day landings but there is more besides. Everyone just associates Normandy with the war which is a shame.
Supermarkets - you have three to choose from: Intermarche Hpermarket on the approach road to Pont L'Eveque, E Leclerc in Lisieux and Carrefour in Cormeilles.
If you want luxury stop in a hotel. If you want to relax and enjoy the scenery and are prepared to rough it a little bit then this is the place for you. Shabby chic describes it perfectly. Me, I've already booked for next year.
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.
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