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Visitor Reviews - Camping Les Ormes

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Camping Les Ormes
Fauquie Haut
Saint Etienne De Villereal
Aquitaine   (Browse area)
47210   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: +33 55 33 66 026

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Nearby: (within x miles)
1m  

Pitches: 140
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 5 Reviews
              8/10 from 5 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ckzebra 2 reviews from this member

This was our second stop off on our mini-tour of France. We had paid the premium that this site demands in order to have a 'special' 10 days in the middle of our holidays. To be honest even though the site had some good aspects and 'looked good' in parts, it was overrated and did not quite live up to the standards suggested in 'Cool Camping'.

On arrival we were treated to a drink in the bar/restaurant and taken to our pitch. This was partially shaded as requested and sizeable enough, although they were obviously squeezing people in as we were given a 'parking' space to pitch on!

The Tennis court was good, but confusion over the supposed booking system caused a few conflicts. The 'sports field' was so dry it was covered in large cracks you could break an ankle in and almost all families refused to use it due to the risk.

The EHUs kept braking and although we we not directly affected, many neighbours had to trial wires across paths, pitches and even roads to get their paid for electricity. The guys that came round in their electric van regularly seems powerless to fix the issue.

The pool looked great, all decking, but led to splitters and slipping. Plus there was no where near enough seating/sunbeds. The restaurant food was ok, but expensive, although wine was good value. The children's restaurant was great value and ours (6 & 4) loved it.

The toilets and showers were poor, no toilet paper provided! Not cleaned often enough, showers that didn't work or were cold. There were other showers/toilets for the 'safari tents' in the trees that were much better and we used them although apparently we weren't supposed to (I can't handle segregation on a campsite!)

Overall, it was ok, but we were expecting so much better!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Grumpysimon 21 reviews from this member

This is quite possibly the best campsite we have ever been to. Was a little worried that its inclusion in Cool Camping would mean it was very popular but needn't have been concerned.

It is populated largely by Dutch - as it is Dutch owned and staffed this isn't a surprise, Belgian and English are really the only others on the site.

We had two weeks - the first was busy and the site was full but even then there was plenty of open spaces, no queue for shower, toilet etc. The second week towards end of August was lovely as the site emptied quite a lot and there was even more space.

Our pitch was enormous, we had a Monty 6 with awning and a gazebo - we could have fitted 3 more onto our 1 pitch. Other pitches looked smaller - some were it total shade and others had no shade at all so would recommend asking for partial shade.

Swimming pool was lovely, very stylish but lack of loungers which were often bagged by 10am for the day.

Restaurant was excellent and the facilities for children superb. This is not an all singing and dancing site with entertainment laid on. It is very relaxed and laid back and extremely friendly. It is expensive but well worth it - if you want plenty of space, safe environment for children, lots to see and do and you are happy to make your own entertainment and let children play rather than be entertained then this is for you.

Weather was great, only one day of rain and many many hours of sunshine. One day was over 40deg.

What amazed us was how smart and stylish everyone was. Definitely glamping!

If Boden and Cath Kidson did campsites this would be it!

Going back again next year - this may have spoilt all other sites for us.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jon D 6 reviews from this member

Went after rave reviews & was slightly disappointed as it seems to be a victim of it's own success to some extent. We didn't book and I was relieved that we didn't as there were much cheaper and equally good sites in the region with room to spare and not listed on ukcampsite. Just turned up and they were fully booked (for the 1st time) but could let us stay for a night so we did (cost over 35 euros for 2 adults and 2 kids in our own tent). Very nice and helpful staff. Lovely facilities and a very laid back feel. But it felt like you were in Holland! As we soon discovered, like many of the sites in this area it was run and staffed by Dutch families and nearly all the campers were too. So didn't get to practice much french as most speak English very well! I also heard they've been added to the 'cool camping' list so that may explain being fully booked, but looking around there did seem to be plenty of room for us as we didn't need a hookup. Saying that we didn't stay long enough to make a true judgment.

Verdict = Very nice and 'cool', but there are much cheaper and better (depending on your priorities).

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 31sox 2 reviews from this member

Upon arrival you receive a very warm welcome and a complementary drink (very welcome after the epic drive down). The facilities and rules are explained and you pay the full amount due.

We were then escorted to our woodland plot. Unfortunately ours was extremely small and once the tent was up, there was no space for the children to play away from the road (very slow road, granted, but a road nonetheless).

The toilet and shower facilities did not seem to struggle with the volume of clients although the token, once a day, wipe down they got soon puts the 'now listen kids, try not to touch the seat and never go in without your sandals on' rule in place.

The pitches in the grassed areas, at least did have open space, although, probably due to the time of year, they were very bunched together. Still, these spaces always had some group event going on and the owners were very accommodating of anyone wanting to do a football or volleyball tournament etc.

Just beware, though, it attracts a lot of Dutch campers and is run by Dutch owners, so nearly all notices were in Dutch. Only being prepared for French, we found this very difficult.

The swimming pool (very small, but again the busy season didn't help) had an attractive decking around it, which caused multiple casualties once wet.

The cost of a washing machine token was so high it gave us the feeling that more than our clothes were getting laundered. Either that or I had just purchased a coin recently prised from the hand of a deity, by Tony Robinson at an ancient Roman burial site.

We did have a couple of days rain and this soon made the excessive gradient of a lot of the pitches vulnerable to copious amounts of water that soon overwhelmed the bedding and anything else at ground level.

Night entertainment was nice up at the reception, and our fellow Dutch campers were very friendly.

I don't know if this is a general clientèle for this campsite or whether it was just coincidence, but the families there had very young children. Some young families may be attracted to this, but we found the usual night-time woodland noises were replaced with the inconsolable wail of an infant or two.

For the area it is in there is plenty to keep the days busy. The local 'lac' 20 minutes away was very good for sunny days and all ages. There is an equivalent 'go ape' in a close by town which is also for all ages and having children aged between 4 and 14 this proved a real success.

Villereal just up the road is a very picturesque and antiquated village with a lovely Saturday market. A close by supermarket also helped with affordable supplies.

I know I'm painting an overall negative review, but sometimes they do fall short and you come at an unlucky time.

Choosing a grass area pitch and not picking our 2 weeks right at the peak of the Dutch holidays would certainly have made it an enjoyable stay. For the facilities though, I did find it hard to see a value for money.

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Walt 2 reviews from this member

This is a wonderful campsite. We have called here at some point of our holiday for the last twenty years. Lovely Dutch owners who will give you a warm welcome and help you in any way they can.

Large pitches either in sun or shade. Lovely swimming pool, tennis court and a lake for fishing. A bar and restaurant are at the top of the site.
Really good clean toilets and showers, and they are cleaned to a high standard. It does get busy in high season then so do all French sites. We go May/June Lots of space and not crowded and when they have a fantastic offer of 13 euros a night for the over 50s for two persons plus electric. Also a family offer of 20 euros which in this day is a real bargain.

The small town of Villereal is five minutes away by car and it's a really typical old French town. An Intermarche is here plus lots of other shops and bars, plus markets twice a week All the main Bastide towns are not too far away.

If you want a peaceful holiday, with lots of space and no busy roads then I'm sure you will like this site. We are off again this year at the end of May.


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