We have just returned from a glorious ten day stay and were very impressed with the site. The camp-site is run very well by Patrice and his team who are all very polite and helpful. The pitches are all good sizes and are kept well. The toilet blocks and showers are very clean and always had plenty of hot water. There are plenty of washing up facilities which again are kept very clean and have plenty of hot water. There are washing machines and dryers should you require them. Cool-blocks can be frozen for you in the bar area as long as you name them! The swimming pool area is immaculate and the pool itself is great. There are several things for children to do including a kids club, a small park area, the lake for fishing or feeding the ducks. During the peak season, there are daily activities organised and evening entertainment is provided at the bar area. The evening activities are not at all loud and do not spoil the relaxing atmosphere of the site. The playground area does become a meeting point for young people during the evening, but they were not loud or obnoxious and not a problem at all.
There is so much to see and do in the surrounding area, including many historical sights and museums, sandy beaches, quiet villages with great restaurants and great markets.
We were very impressed with the swift way that the owner Patrice dealt with problems that arose on the site.
The local village is within walking distance and has a big market on a Wednesday. There are two supermarkets; Carrefour in the village and Inter Marche (with a petrol station) just outside.
Overall, a great site with lovely clean facilities, relaxing atmosphere all situated in a beautiful area
Pitches were good sizes and hook up's worked all the time we were there.
Each pitch had a cold water tap point near to them.
Shower block clean all day long and plenty of hot water available.
Swimming pool was simply fab! and the weather was also.
We did plenty of fishing in their lake which holds good sized Carp, and even the odd terrapin who used to sit on his stage and watch us fish.
We are definitely returning next year, but crossing at Pool to Cherburgh as the hold up on the French tolls were dreadful, and by the time you cost out what you pay in toll fees, tariff works out just slightly more but with less miles.
Kn1te has done an excellent review below so I wont repeat everything they have already said.
This is an excellent site that we would definitely return to and infact wished we hadnt left to venture closer to Calais so soon. Its a family run site and all the staff members there were very friendly throughout. The facilities were kept immaculate throughout and despite the site not being busy were cleaned at least twice per day, even hoovered. The pitch was massive and although didn't have its own water supply wasn't far from the facilities block.
Some of the showers didn't stay on as long as others but that was the only problem I had. Other than that they were fine and didn't appear to be affected by toilets being flushed during our stay.
The lake was lovely and the below mentioned pedalo is available for hire at 3euro for 20 minutes regardless of number of people on it. My husband and son used it and the same could be said about those on the bank, they were annoying with their rods. At the end of the day its a lake and its not dedicated to fishing or the pedalo so a little consideration is needed. We bought a small remote control speedboat for our son and were given permission to use it on the lake, we did try not to get in the way of the fishing so hope we didn't annoy anyone. :)
All in all a lovely site that we intend on returning to.
We visited the site in early August with myself, my wife, our 2 year old son, and my mother and father inlaw. The site is a relativity small site, with all the main areas close together. It is very well maintained, and the families that run it are incredibly friendly. The site is mainly French with some dutch and the odd brit thrown in which was nice to experience.
It was around half full when we were there which was surprising. On entering the site you pull up to reception and check in. Thereís plenty for the kids to do on site but with the benefit of them not being miles away. Around a quarter of the site is dedicated to statics. These are a mix of rented holiday homes, and privately own units by both French and brits. We liked the site, and would probably go back.
The site has two blocks. The main block by reception. The other is a smaller block situated at the top of the site near the statics. They are exceptionally clean and well maintained. There are showers (male and female allocated), Toilets, Wash sinks, washing up facilities and clothes wash sinks all in the same buildings. They donít allow people to wash barbeques in the washing up sinks. This needs to be done in a bucket out side. We found it just as easy to do this at the pitch. The showers are the push button type and seemed to react to toilets being flushed. With the toilets, the toilet roll is on the wall outside the cubicle, so remember to take some in with you!
The chemical waste point is a new on one me. Itís just outside the main block about 2 meters from the kids play park. It was a normal green water point with a removable grid cover. It has the sign ďVidorĒ on the back of the point facing the wall of the toilet block.
The pitches range in size. They are all big by UK standards but I thought a bit small for French standards. We had a superior pitch which had its own water and waste. The waste facility, fine, very convenient. The water facility however left quite a bit to be desired. The tap is a push button type, which is fine if you only need an egg cup full at a time, but if you need to fill a barrel, you have to keep pressing it. The water pressure in the tap is mind blowingly low. Combine the two, and filling a single water barrel becomes an all-day task. I made a loop from cable ties to keep the push button depressed, so I could just leave the barrel to fill. The filling took around 15 minutes for one 40l barrel. The lake side pitches are bordered from the lake by a small fence about 2. 5í high. High enough to stop a wandering toddler, but small enough for an angler to hurdle over. My mother and father in law have a motor home, I donít think there is a service point anywhere on site. We rigged up a hose to slowly (very slowly) fill the water tanks and used my grey waste barrel to empty the waste tank.
As a bar this is really nice. Clean tidy, service fast. As a restaurant, it not much. Itís not what I would call a restaurant, it more take always and fast food type. Bar prises are normal campsite prices, but the food I though was a little on the steep side. The outdoor terrace area is really nice. It overlooks both the lake and the swimming pool. There is entertainment on. Tuesdays seem to be the big one, and go on till 11:45pm. There is not a proper shop on site. There is a small self in the bar with the essential essentials, but no fresh products. You can order bread and pastries from the bar for the following day. This needs to be done before 7pm. We only did this once. It was expensive and not of the best quality. The town centre is literally a ten minuet walk down the road and is full of patisseries so get yourself there.
Iím an avid fisherman, I found this lake of a very good standard to other campsite lakes Iíve been to, both in the UK and France. It is literally stuffed full of carp. They go from around a pound to mid doubles on average. The largest I had was just over 15lbs, but there were a few 20ís out while I was there. I wasnít keen on how some of the continentals were fishing. Hand lining large fish out and dangling them several feet in the air before dumping them on the ground and letting them flap about a bit, as a result a lot of the fish are damaged. As far as tactics go, I fished mostly with a full blown carp set up. There is a two rod limit, but if you can keep two rods out your doing something wrong. I ended up just using one. Bait wise, they will take anything. If you donít catch on this lake, I would suggest taking up golf. There is pedelo for hire on the lake, which was a flipping pain in the back side. If you choose to hire it, please bear-in-mind that you will be annoying everyone who is on the bank.
The pool is separated in to three areas, splash pool for the 4 lane slide, main pool with bubble pool, and baby pool. Apparently itís heatedÖ if this is the case, I would not want to go in when itís not! They operate a strict no shorts rule as most of the French sites do. I was cast out for wearing dedicated swim shorts within 10 seconds of getting in. Iím still baffled as to why this is so. So I had to don a pair of dignity stripping speedos so I could go in with my son.
Is full of informative stuff to do in the area. All the staff speak very good English and will bend over backwards to help with anything. Payment is due on arrival.
There is a kids club. We didnít use this, but they always seemed to be doing something. There is a pool table in the bar, along with some games machines. The table tennis area was always full. There are two park areas one for 3-12 year olds and one for younger kids. My son was all over both. There is also a small football pitch at the top of the campsite. They arrange various sporting completions, such as archery, football and table tennis.
The proximity of the town of Haye-du-Puits is a 1 minute drive or a ten minute walk. Is a really nice little town. There is a supermarket, bakeries, butchers, clothes shops, a couple of restaurants, cafes the lot. I can very much recommend the restaurant of ďLe CommerceĒ. The matket on a Wednesday morning is a must not miss event. Itís really busy with all manner of stalls. Keep in mind that driving through town is not really possible on a Wednesday morning. A short drive away there is a larger super market, an Intermarche. This has quite a bit more choice than the Carfour in town.
There are loads of beaches and coastal towns in the area. The beaches are clean and easy to reach, about 20 minutesí drive from the site. The WW2 landing sites, Pegasus Bridge and versus historic towns are within an easy drive of the site, and well worth a visit.
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