Just back from this site. It was our first venture to the Dordogne area. On the whole we enjoyed both area and site although weather was very changeable with some rain every day! I spoke to rest of family (OH, 18yr old and 9yr old sons)and these are our pros and cons
Great reception, bar and indoor games (snooker and table football)
Beautifully maintained site
Very clean facilities
Great area to visit, lots to do and see
Good pool area
Snack shop chips - great
Pitches quite tight and shady really does mean very very shady!
Distance and hills/steps to toilets/ showers and washing up facilities
Entertainment bit hit and miss
Restaurant menu limited and didn't change from week to week.
Places to go
Canoeing/kayaking down Dordogne or Vezeres
Roque Saint Christophe
Chateau de Fenelon
Great meal at Mentalo restaurant (Les Elzies de Tayac)
We had a wonderful stay here nothing was too much trouble for staff. Only thing that marred our stay was the fact that there was no notice of the rotisserie closing for the season, otherwise couldn't fault it.
Toilet blocks were spotless at all times pitches were plenty big enough for caravan, awning and car.
Restaurant was excellent not my favourite type of food in this area but well cooked and presented
Close to Sarlat and all attractions don't miss taking a canoe trip even for the aged it's great fun
Well, what can I say, we started planning this holiday some months ago and had some excellent advice and assistance from other members.
We wanted to go to this area because my parents used to go to the Dordogne 20 years ago and they always raved about it. We looked for a site in the area and came across 'Le Moulin du Roche'
It looked an excellent site with good facilities and it also had great reviews on here, so we booked it!
We then found out from my Aunty and Uncle that not only was this the same area that Mum and Dad used to go, it was exactly the same site!
Anyway, was it all worth it, of course it was.
This has been the best holiday that we can remember. It was simply fantastic. We arrived on a Sunday in the pouring rain but then didn't see any more until the following Sunday. Apart from that the weather was fantastic. With regard to the site,
Fantastic facilities, always clean and we didn't queue once while we were there.
Showers nice and hot and free
Situation - beautiful location, lovely site and area, nice walks, (we went on one of the mapped walks through the forests and I can't remember any nicer scenery, it was like being in a Disney film).
Shop - had everything we needed and a great selection of freshly baked goodies every morning. You simply put your name on the list outside the shop the night before and ticked the box(es) of the eight or nine choices that were there. Next day, you collected it from the shop and enjoyed it in the sunshine!
Reception - excellent, very helpful and good discounts available. We went canoeing down the Dordogne and it was not only arranged and booked for us by reception, they gave us a hefty discount as well! That was a day to remember for the rest of our lives and was worth the journey to the Dordogne on it's own! haha
The bar was our favourite haunt between 5ish - 7ish and we would sit outside watching the boules or just cooling down with an ice cold beer or some surprisingly potent home made sangria at 2 euros a glass.
The restaurant was great and we used it more than we've ever used an on-site eatery as the food was so good. The daily set menu was varied and very reasonable at 12 euros for 3 courses. The steak for 20 euros was mind blowing. It consisted of a very large piece of fillet, (not a slice but a whole end piece). This came on a very hot marble platter that you actually cooked it on yourself! You sliced a piece off and cooked it to your taste and enjoyed it! Heaven.
Pool area was super clean and pool was very very nice when it got hot.
The staff couldn't do enough and you could tell that they enjoyed making the holiday as good as it was.
I will be counting the days until we go back there.
Please remember that different people like different things and this was ideal for my Wife and I. It also looked great for families with children but it was 6 miles from the town of Sarlat so there was driving involved. Would I recommend it? of course!
Thanks again to the members on here who gave us invaluable advice and thanks to Le Moulin Du Roche.
I would agree with others that this is a good campsite and thus I won't go over the good points. I do need however to add one major caveat. We had a less than happy time here and if we could have left we would have done but they would not refund any money at all, and as it is a very expensive site, we could not take 'the money hit' ( we had paid for two weeks)and just move on.
We had very specifically requested a quiet restful area on a 'grand comfort' pitch. The pitch was a good size but opposite the speakers from the swimming pool area. Every day, the speakers blasted out English pop music of the boom boom variety at all hours of the day, starting with pool aerobics at 10 pm. It was incredibly loud, the French lady next to us complained that it hurt her ears. It was certainly the loudest I have ever heard on any campsite in my 25 years of camping and caravanning.
The disco thankfully is only once a week but went on until 12:15, but there were other musical shows as well.
If you want peace and quiet there are many areas you can choose from but not with a grand comfort pitch, so please be aware of this.
Totally agree with previous comments. The weather was fantastic. Everything about our holiday was great. All staff were always happy and nothing was too much trouble. We were also on a serviced pitch near the main area which was lovely - close to everything but never noisy. The area is gorgeous - our 2 boys (12 & 10) said the highlight of the holiday was canoeing down the Dordogne; Sarlat and Rocamadour are a must see. We always stay on a Castels site when in France and this site is ideal if you want enough going on but not feel that you are at 'Butlins' abroad. The whole site has a lovely family atmosphere. We will definitely return.
Phew, what a scorcher - arrived in 39 degree heat, the warmth of the air was equal to the greeting when we arrived at site. Two adults and two children (7&13). We had booked a premium pitch, which came with full service facilities for waste and water, table and chairs for six, two sun loungers, sun umbrella, bbq and fridge - all in our own little shed. Fantastic - wholly recommend the extra. The two pools were warm and very inviting in the heat; the two wash blocks were clean and there was always space no matter what time of day / night. You can order bread / croissants for breakfast everyday, orders in by 6pm the day before. A samll, but well stocked shop on site was good, prices keen to compete with local Carefore at Sarlat (c. 10kms away). We booked a canoe trip down the river Dordogne with pick up from the site - very good, even with a 7 yr old.
Great site from which to explore the regions history of prehistoric man, cave dwellings and paintings and also the famed 'goose' etc etc
Camp site was very quite from around 10. 45pm onwards and cars are banned from 10. 30pm. Most of the managed sites are near the 'lake' but we had one much closer to all the main facilities, pool, snack - takeaway service, bar and restaurant, which was very, very good.
Great site, great location and we were lucky with unbelievable weather, with the odd thunder storm, but all cleared through by morning. We will certainly revisit.
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