Charismatic and humorous check in with the Portuguese manager, both helpful and friendly. Pitches quite close together but separated and shady. Facilities not the most modern but clean and adequate. No toilet seats and common roll of bog paper outside loos. Showers were OK.
La Rochelle is lovely and within cycling distance as is the Ile de Re, also a must see. Indeed La Rochelle is very much a cyclists' city, having had Boris Johnson style hire bikes since the 1970s.
Bought food at LIDL, but also ate out at the campsites bar/restaurant. Steak and chips with wine came to 30 Euros for two including a small tip. Plenty to eat, well cooked, but not much finesse.
Overall not at all bad but some room for improvement.
We had ten nights booked here and on arrival were made to feel very welcome by the young staff who were running the place. Our allocated pitch at the top end of the site, away from reception, wasn't big and bordered by tall shrubs on three sides. We could only just get our small caravan and awning on it. However we stuck with it as the site was virtually full and we could reach the electrical supply, others nearby couldn't and were looking for extension leads.
Reception itself was packed with information and generally always open. You could get breakfast essentials at the bar in the morning and eat there at night or get a 'take-away'.
The washblock at our end of the site was sadly very tired and in need of some serious updating. The showers were a disaster and in the men's, people actually queued for the only shower where the water ran for more than one second when the button was pushed. My wife tells me the ladies was much the same. Mind you the water was scalding hot and you couldn't regulate the temperature so you didn't want to stay under for long.
The other washblock seemed to be similar.
Free wifi was a big bonus and reception was good across the site. You could play boules, hire bikes and there was a small but interesting playarea for children.
The big plus for this site is the location. Access to La Rochelle where there is so much going on is easy by bike, bus or car(15 mins) with lots of parking available. The aquarium is a must as is the daily market. The area is not remotely boring as suggested by another reviewer. There are miles of superb and yes, flat cycle paths, much of it away from any traffic and running alongside fields of sunflowers and along the clifftops. Maps are available free at reception. It's a short drive to places like the 'green venice'/ Marais poitevin and the Ile de Re. Locally the beach is rocky but at high tide you can go fishing and catch tiddlers in the port.
There are some great restaurants in the area, and two supermarkets within ten minutes drive.
The site was very busy and vacated pitches were quickly filled. It was a real mix of nationalities.
Would we go again to this site? The area has so much going for it and we really enjoyed visiting it (both 50+) but I think we would try to find an alternative site. We've camped in France for over thirty years but these wash blocks were a real disappointment and not what we expected from a 3* site.
Just returned from a 12 night stay at this site, so feel 'qualified' to give a good overall, unbiased review. Having been a camper for 20+ years at home AND abroad, I feel the wife and I know what we are talking about!
Previous reviews talk about 'hacking through vegetation to reach pitches' - total rubbish and wouldn't like to pitch next to an idiot like that anyway.
The site is around half a kilometre from the very basic but immaculate village of L'houmeau.
The Restaurant in the village is lovely as is the owner.
There are brand new owners of the site who are feeling their way in, so to speak, but are enthusiastic and friendly.
The bar, shop and reception were open constantly whilst we were there and the friendliness off ALL thr staff was fantastic.
Facilities were cleaned at LEAST twice a day and apart from a hot water issue on the lower shower block, were very good.
Would I use this site again? If we were in the area again we would but the area itself is a little flat and frankly, boring.
So, lovely campsite, good facilities, great staff, boring region.
Had a good 7 nights here, after initially booking for 3 on the ACSI. As we got there mid-day, the place was shut, so we (my mate with his caravan) had a wander round till reception re-opened. There were a good number of empty pitchs, so we earmarked the ones we fancied. Having agreed with the affable bloke (when he re-opened), which pitchs we would like, we set up shop towards the top end of the site.
Pitchs were generally level, and of a decent size. There are two shower blocks, but the top one is out of use, (apart from having a fresh water tap) and I personally cant see it getting on stream any time soon, as the proprietor, for all his affability, gave the distinct impression he wasn't in any rush to do much more than show you pitchs and collect the fees when you checked out. I say this because it became increasingly obvious that apart from the one remaining shower block - that was always kept very clean (though no loo seats for those that may be bothered), little or no maintenance ever seemed to be done on site. Hence the partitioning hedges and general vegetation were getting way out of hand all over the place. Indeed, the grass on our own pitch edges had reached 18 inches in places, making it obvious it hadnt seen a mower for weeks.
The leccy - well ours at least, wasn't reverse polarity. But do make sure you have at least 30/40 metres of cable, as some pitchs are a stretch in busy times when choices may not be as easy to make as we had. There was a decent mix of nationalities, and plenty of peace and quiet to boot.
This aside, we had a belting stay, and it wouldn't put me off returning - even if I had to machete my way up the site to a pitch!
The reception cum shop sold little but wine and jam of all things, but the nearby village had general staples. One thing the shop did sell was 1 euro bus tickets to La Rochelle, which were cheaper than buying on the bus. As mentioned, La Rochelle is well worth a visit or two. Theres a 'bar' and games room on site, which were both shut. And again, id be surprised if they were opened up any time soon. Also, there's a small play area, but generally, I wouldn't take kids to this place as there's not a lot for them anywhere near. Finally, there's some good cycling down to the harbour on quiet roads, too.
Ive marked the place just 7 out of ten, for no other reason than it wants a good gardening session!
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