We spent two weeks here on pitch 147 which was over by the riverside pitches (for us this area is much more preferable, as away from the noise of the entertainment etc which ENT on until about midnight)
We enjoyed the site, the river, and the pool area was great for children of all ages ours ranged from 5 to 15 and all were suitably satisfied by it.
The facilities on site were great and well kept.
We ate at the on site restaurant one night and the meals were fine and good value for money.
We didn't explore the surrounding area very much so cannot really comment much on that.
The access to the site was ok, some tight roads with overhanging rock faces and parked cars etc which with a large twin axle was a little scary at times, but having said that we managed and we've only being towing since October.
We have just returned from an 11 night stay on a fully serviced pitch at Soleil Plage and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
We had a large pitch on the river side of the site which accommodated our large twin axle caravan, a full size awning, 4x4 car, inflated kayak, various tables, chairs, loungers etc. With plenty of room to spare. There was 16A electric, water tap and drainage hole on the pitch so no complaints about the pitch whatsoever. Yes, the ground was dusty with not much grass as others have said but nothing worth grumbling about. We had a tree at the front of our pitch which provided a lovely shady place to eat and escape the sun. It was pitch number 155 and I would recommend it if only for the size.
The site is easy to find by following the site’s own directions on their website and we received a nice welcome at reception on arrival and were offered drinks of water on what was a very hot day.
My daughter enjoyed the swimming pool complex but finding a sun lounger was sometimes tricky unless you were there early. Unfortunately the usual lounger hogging was commonplace with people putting towels on a whole row of beds in the morning but not turning up until late in the afternoon to use them or even not turning up at all. Swimming shorts are allowed in the pools.
We preferred the river for cooling off and the water was lovely. There are several little beaches along the front of the site and we tended to use the quieter pebble ones rather than the sand one. We took our own inflatable kayak and OH would drive the car and the kayak to the finishing point at either Vitrac or Cenac then cycle back to the site. We would then sail down the river and come back in the car. Alternatively we would drive out to a point up the river, sail down to Soleil Plage then OH would cycle back for the car later. The best time to do it is early in the morning before the canoe trips start and the river resembles canoe soup! We saw kingfishers, herons and some smallish beaver type mammals when we had the river to ourselves early in the morning.
The shower facilities were fine and we preferred to use the older shower block. Although the cubicles were smaller and a little old fashioned we found the water pressure to be better. The washing up area is housed in the same block and there was always plenty of hot water.
We used the take-away a couple of times for pizza, burgers and paninis and we sometimes bought a large box of chips to go with our own food at the caravan. The food was reasonable but expensive, as were the drinks in the bar where a pint of Hoegaarden and a glass of wine was almost 12 Euros. The site restaurant was probably the most disappointing part of our holiday although several people had recommended it. We chose the set menu for 14. 50 Euros each which was a choice of soup, salad or cold meat followed by steak and chips, chicken fillet in mushroom sauce or nicoise salad then a dessert or coffee. We chose the chicken in mushroom sauce and were stunned when it arrived and was four tiny slices of grilled chicken breast, one floret of broccoli and a handful of chips. Two of us ordered the chicken and both portions put together wouldn’t have made half a chicken breast. The “mushroom sauce” was a watery chicken soup with a few sliced tinned mushrooms floating in it. The steak looked slightly better but we were told it was tough. Twice during the meal we asked the waiter for the wine list and he finally arrived to take our wine order just as we were ready to order desserts. Trop tard!
Much nicer was the restaurant in Montford where four of us had the plat du jour, desserts, drinks and a bottle of wine for almost half the cost of the meal at Soleil Plage. We also ate at the Pech de Malet restaurant which is about 2kms from the site but can be reached by a shortcut through the corn fields next to the site. They did a lovely set menu and the views of the valley were breath-taking. It was also nice to find that we were the only British people amongst the French when we arrived which is usually a good sign.
We didn’t do much sight-seeing but one visit I would thoroughly recommend is the gardens at Marqueyssac which is only a 10-15 minute drive away. On Thursday evenings in July and August the gardens are lit by candles and they have live music and performers dotted around. Arrive before sunset and take a picnic for the best experience. Watching the sun go down and the valley changing colours through yellow to orange to purple was magical.
In summary, we had a wonderful holiday and wouldn’t hesitate in going back. However, there were sites in the area that looked as if they were better suited to our needs with less razzmatazz and fewer facilities. After the disappointing experience we didn’t use the restaurant or the bar again and we only bought bread from the shop a couple of times. We weren’t interested in the club style entertainment in the evenings and our daughter wasn’t interested in the kids clubs either. We could have got away with a simple site with a small swimming pool for a fraction of the cost but for an introduction to the Dordogne I would certainly recommend Soleil Plage.
Stayed for 3 nights 27/30-06-13. Excellent large site divided into two sections, we were on the section alongside the Dordogne river, but the pitches were very sandy/muddy with little grass. Serviced pitches with 16amp, water & waste water. Friendly staff on reception, who spoke good English & completed the formalities efficiently. Good restaurant, bar, snack bar etc & superb swimming pool. Good dog walk along the river bank.
Excellent site only problem was that it was full of Brits, it was like being in the U. K.
I have to say this was my least favourite site during my 2 week tour of the dordogne. Dont get me wrong its lovely but just not my cup of tea. The pool was lovely with great views. The main reason I didn't like it was we had come from sites with all open pitches, I like the feel of this type of pitch where you can see everything going on. Our pitch though large was down cul de sacs with high hedges making it feel very closed in, the grass was non existant. Had a meal one night, the most expensive set meal on menu, thought it was very average. It felt much more mass scale eg happy hour, 12 spirt shot cocktails etc. It was the most expensive stay we had plus wifi was chargeable where it had been free on other sites. Nothing at all wrong with site, just not for me.
Had electric bikes and cycled to Montfort, had a lovely lunch at the little place there. Nothing much else you can cycle to.
The staff at check in were very friendly and helpful. The check in quick and easy. The site was prob 50% full(camping pitches anyway) but never felt over crowded at all.
He pitches were very spacious and all surrounded on 3 sided by quite tall edges making them very private. The only negative I could say was the grass quality wasn't very good but it wasn't a problem
We were on the part next to the river and the toilet block there was immaculate and very clean, the showers were ok with enough room to get showered without soaking your belongings and you can alter the temp. Of the water, which is always an advantage when getting a bit sunburnt.
The restaurant was good value although if you don't like duck in some form or other there's not that much choice but the staff were very friendly and helpful.
The snack bar during the day was again value for money and the quality was very good as was the main restaurant.
The bar was well stocked and there's a games room.
There's a shop where you order bread for the next day, they also sell basic stuff and wines and beers.
The pool area is brilliant, although I didn't bother going in the unheated pool ! the heated one and the children's one was warm though, and there's a couple of water slides as well.
The indoor pool is obviously new and was still being finished off although we were able to use it when the weather wasn't up to much, the only negative was the whirlpool wasn't working.
The setting of the campsite is fantastic right by the river, excellent scenery.
Off site we had a visit to sarlat which is gorgeous and went to the chateau at bernac which is the worth the climb up the hill for the views down the valley alone.
There's loads of sleepy villages dotted all around, though if your on your bike there are some quite sizable hills as well.
I generally agree with the preceding comments. Helpful staff, good facilities - especially the new wash block on the river side, sensible restaurant prices, and the steak was the tenderest I've had for a long time.
My one gripe centres around the internet connection, not that it is very important on holiday! Quite expensive per day, so a weekly ticket was bought at €20. Trouble was, it was off 6/10 of the time!
Lovely area, and the Chateaux are great!
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