We have stayed there twice, in July 2009 and 2010 but just to let you know that the site no longer accepts touring units or tent camping.
This is a massive shame because its one of the best sites I've ever visited and has wonderful facilities in a lovely town. I would have given the site straight tens but alas, no longer!
However, if you find yourself in the area and the weather is shocking, then you could do worse than consider taking a short term let on a 'chalet' and enjoy the pool and restaurant facilities until the rain abates!
We stayed at this camp-site for 15 nights. Upon arrival we were given a pitch number and a map to find its location. The majority of the pitches are located behind the reception building (which was good because we could access the free wifi from our caravan) and are divided by shrubs and small trees the area has many pine type trees. The pitches themselves vary in size and shape ours was of a good size but had hardly any grass and was under the trees which ment a carpet of pine needles - although there are no site rules about which sort of awning sheets were to be used. The pitches are each side of a rather narrow dirt track road which caused quite a lot of dust when residents drove to and from their pitches. As a previous reviewer noted there are three shower blocks and the two furthest away from the touring area were the best.
That from what we could see were the only negatives for this site. Location, facilities for the children including kids clubs for smaller children, juniors and teens were well organised and attended, there are a number of 'Go Ape' type trails for all age groups too. Pony rides, trampolines, pedal carts were available most days - at a small charge. Free activities included surprisingly archery and kayaking sessions with instructors - places were limited and the uptake on these sessions were great. The pool complex was brilliant with an inside pool which had a slide. Thursday evening there was a late night session in the indoor pool and it seemed that most of the site attended.
The site does have a bar, restaurant, takeaway and small shop. The bar can be noisy when they have a band playing but the noise stops at an acceptable hour. There is a large supermarket within walking distance of the campsite but the site shop is excellent for morning breads etc.
Overall an excellent site for people visiting the area with or without children. We think the site will have to do something about the pitches because we found one of the main activities was sweeping up the dust.
Would we say their again - probably yes but maybe earlier in the season before all the grass has been worn away!
We stayed here for 8 days at the end of August. Our pitch was away from the main touring area as we had requested to be in a quieter part of the site. The pitch was situated in a small Cul de sac consisting of 6 pitches all very large with hedges making them very private. Pitches were flat, relatively stone free and EHU close by - no reverse polarity on ours.
The site itself has a majority of static vans with one main area for tourers and a few camping pitches scattered throughout the site, these latter pitches tended to be bigger than those in the touring area. There are a lot of trees on site which can mean some pitches only get sunshine at certain times of the day.
There are three separate toilet blocks with the largest being near the main touring area, but in our opinion the better ones are the two further away. All the sanitary facilities were kept very clean and there was always toilet paper, but would have benefited from better hooks for hangin things on.
Facilities on site are good with excellent indoor pool complex which was open until late one night. The outdoor pools varied a lot in water temperature but were generally quite cold, particularly the water slide area. Plenty of sunloungers including well shaded areas. There is as mentioned a tree climbing circuit offering different levels of difficulty, and there are pedal carts and go karts that can be hired out. There is a reasonable children's play area, along with table tennis tables, basketball/sports court and playing field, and pony rides in the afternoons.
We did not use the restaurant but the bar area was pleasant and the takeaway was reasonable. The shop on site was ok but we did not use it much due to the proximity of the local carrefour.
The site itself was generally quite quiet for a large site although some nights the entertainment did go on well until past midnight and could be heard across the site.
The staff on site were all very friendly and helpful and the site had a good overall atmosphere. There are security patrols of a night time and they addressed any issues that arose eg noisy teenagers nearby.
The area of Benodet itself is very nice with good cycling and walking opportunities and the beaches are ok. We much preferred the beach on the other side of the estuary though as the sand was much softer and there were more rocks/pools to be found for the children. Quimper and Concarneau are both well worth a visit.
I doubt that we will return to this site as we did not like it or the surrounding area as much as another site we have been to in Brittany. However I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone wishing to stay in this area if they are looking for a larger site with all the facilities that go with it.
Stayed here for two weeks this year. This was our first trip to Brittany (two adults and two children).
Arrived at the site at 10am (three hours before official arrival time) staff were very helpful and let us have our pitch early as it was already vacant.
All pitches are set in a lightly wooded area with hedges between each pitch. The majority of pitches are slightly sloping and the ground is fairly free of stones. Water points are every four pitches so never to far to walk to and EHU points are located every other pitch so a standard EHU of 20 metres length is fine. No issues with reversed polarity and no euro to british plug converter required.
Main Shower/wash block and chemical toilet point was a short walk away (500m) which might not sound much but is a fair distance to carry a full toilet tank.
One dedicated shower room for males and another for females and also a mixed block too. Toilets were also mixed with urinals and toilets in one room, however, separate toilets are available nearby. Toilet facilities were cleaned daily but a few loos had damaged seats which were not repaired during the fortnight we were there.
Two chemical waste disposal points in the block we used but one of these was right by the entrance to the toilt/shower block in full view of everyone.
Excellent laundry facilities available by the site entrance so don't overpack on the clothing as the facilities are cheap and there is alway a machine free.
Site generally was very clean and tidy.The three outdoor pools were very good (max depth of 1.5 metres in the main pool)the indoor pool is fantastic, really clean and plenty of space for everyone next to the large indorr pool is a small one for toddlers and this was very good too.
The on-site shop held a good stock of basic essentials at a reasonable price. For more choice the nearest supermarket(carrefor) is a two minute walk from the campsite just at the entrance to Benodet itself. A larger Hypermarket is located in Quimper approximately 20 minutes away.
The on site take away is really handy if you fancy a lazy night with fresh pizzas, Paninis and burgers made to order. The on site bar/restraunt is also very good although 4.50 Euro for a grande beer does make you sip slowly, better to stock up in the local supermarket if you can.
Benodet itself is fairly quite with a really nice beach if you fancy getting awayy from the campsite for the day. Market day is every Monday and some of the fresh produce is excellent. Restraunts and dining out can be fairly expensive when compared to the UK (budget 50 - 70 euros for a family of four including a couple of drinks) and also the supermarkets are dearer than the UK but this may be down to the fluctuating exchange rate.
Quimper is well worth a visit with lots of shops and a weekly market, the Cathederal located in the town centre itself is fantastic but parking can be hard to find, most pay and displays were restricted to a maximum of three hours so its worth looking for on street parking if staying all day.
Overall a fantastic campsite in a beautiful location and well worth a visit, looking forward to returning next year.
Just one final thought, if you are planning on visiting its well worth booking with the site directly and advising them of your pitch size requirements as some of the pitches are on the small side, any central dome/multi bedroom tent (Hartford XL/XXl or similar) may well not fit but tunnel tents (we have a Vango Tigris 800) fit ok on the larger pitches.
This is an excellent site, we took our own caravan, our pitch was a decent size, just behind the reception and we could access the wifi from our caravan as we were close enough to the wireless radio. Toilet facilities could do with updating but are very clean and showers are nice and hot.
Lots of facilities for all ages, we had two teenagers.
The indoor swimming pool is brilliant, it doesn't matter what the weather it is also open late in the evening once a week. Apparently the outdoor pool is cold - we preferred the indoor pool which has loungers outside for sunbathing.
There is an excellent ariel playground which you can also do in the dark on one evening per week as well as each afternoon. Entertainment is provided each evening in the bar area as well as a mussells and fries evening in the restaurant.
Activities are also put on for teenagers during the day, such as football, waterpolo, boules etc.
Benodet itself is within walking distance and there is a supermarket almost next to the site.
Will most certainly be returning
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