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Visitor Reviews - Les Alicourts Resort

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Les Alicourts Resort
Domaine Des Alicourts
Pierrefitte Sur Sauldre
Loire Valley   (Browse area)
41300   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: +33 2 54 88 63 34

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Pitches: 490
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 16 Reviews
              8/10 from 16 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Familycampfunsters 7 reviews from this member

Have just come back from a week at this resort with two children aged 5 & 9. We drove her from Eastern France and was easy enough to find. The resort is very welcoming and you will quickly see that is is also very proffesionaly run, with a meet and greet by a uniformed receptionist. Our pitch (with a tent) was more than adequate. You do require an adaptor to suit your electric hook up but for a 20 euro deposit they will lend you one.

The site itself is very well maintained. The showers/toilets, etc are very clean and always kept this way. There is a large lake which we let our 10 year old kayak alone, with a small paddling area for our 5 year old. There is a waterpark which is decent in size but does get very very busy. The waterslides are great fun also. The bar area is again very well maintained and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Prices are what you would epxect to pay at any resort. There is a shop on site that is well stocked and every morning you can get fresh croissants and baguettes, etc - recommend!

There is a restaurant that we didn't use, and there is also a fast food outlet open twice a day that is quite nice also.

We didn't really bother with the entertainment as we make our own fun. Both of our children were left to roam freely as we felt it was very safe. In fact we hardly saw our 10 year old apart from mealtimes and bed.

The downside to the site is it's location. If you are happy to stay on the site all week then this is absolutely fine. The nearest touristy thing is about 45 minutes drive and you can go to places like Orleans, and Blois and there are plenty of other places to do. As we had spent long periods driving on our holiday we chose not to. I took a road bike and went out on it for a couple of hours, but I don't think I turned one corner and did 30 miles. Very boring but the weather was nice so I didn't mind. You can get the train to Orleans from the nearest town which is about 10 miles away, and it takes about 35 minutes to Orleans. Didn't do this but wish we had.

The nearest Supermarket is in Salbris and is like a large Tesco. Decent prices. We bbq'd most nights and used this and the site shop. Beautiful selection of meats and fish.

Would we go again. No - but that's only because we like to go to different places. Would we recommend it? - Hell yes!

Finally it is a bit pricey but the way we look at it if you want nice things you have to pay a little but more.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jostyles-elms 5 reviews from this member

Great site for families with young children. The pool facilities were good. There was lots on offer to entertain the children with kids clubs and evening entertainment. The lake was good for swimming and families to use. We use our kayak and it was safe enough to let my 10 year old out on his own On the water. The shop on site was good and had a good selection of food. The take away food was good quality and reasonably priced. The camping pitches were flat and a good size. The pitches by the lake seem to get quite a lot of people around them so are not so private. The toilet and washing up facilities were good and cleaned regularly. There is a children's washing and toilet area with small showers, toilets and baths with shower heads over this is the best children's washing area I have seen and is great for children under 10 years and seemed to make washing time easier for parents and children. The staff were all friendly and helpful and all like to speak English. Would recommend this sight for young family's that want a holiday with everything on site.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Lyanabint 3 reviews from this member

First visit with family including grandchildren - Absolutely brilliant site for families - very well maintained with great swimming complex and organised children's clubs etc. The lake was lovely also our emplacement which was a chalet on the far side of the lake was lovely. The weather was perfect especially for May.

The only negative I have was the take away which we found was very disappointing and expensive. Would not use it again

Apart from that we had a brilliant week on a lovely campsite which I would highly recommend and the grandchildren absolutely loved it

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Trekkin Tekkie 9 reviews from this member

As the name suggests, this is more of a 'resort' than a camp site. Depending on your preferences this could be a good thing or a bad one. About 70% of pitches, at least, are statics.

Certainly geared to young families, in August at least.

Reception style is more aligned with a modern hotel than a camp site, with uniformed receptionists etc. Prices to match though. And the extortion doesn't end when you have paid for the pitch. 8 euros for one hour wi-fi (!) / 10 Euros per day or 30 for a week. And to get it you have to accept a disclaimer that it will be slow and might not work. Worked for me though - I had to have it because I need to work whilst away.

Our second visit here, this time for a fortnight, having been hear three years ago.

Great site, I suppose, If you're a young family and this is your first continental camping experience. Many I spoke to were doing just that, with young families, and were loving it.

The 'sanitaires' are excellent. Shower temperature is adjustable, pressure reasonable, toilets have seats and toilet roll in the cubicle, and soap is provided for hand-wash. My only quibbles are that the main block is a bewildering labyrinth (so signage, or even a map would be helpful), and why oh why are ALL mens' toilets closed for cleaning between 7 and 8 each morning?

Despite booking 6 months in advance, and asking for a shady pitch, ours had none, until about 6pm each day. We did have some very hot weather during our stay (high 30s) and some shade would have been useful, if only to facilitate keeping food fresh.

The location (in terms of distance south) suits many who don't wish to 'waste' further days travelling, but for me the landscape for miles around the site is rather boring. The roads are long and straight, and heavily lined with woodland. Nearby towns are pleasant enough but too small to offer much for visitors. The chateau at Chambord is spectacular and is a feasible day trip if you can stomach the journey. Orleans is worth a visit too, and on a dull day you can join the convoy that inevitably forms from the site. We parked in the underground car park beneath the cathedral, which was surprisingly reasonable. Alternatively there is a park and ride system involving the new-looking trams.

The pool complex is great, especially for children of all ages. The waves in the wave pool are welcome for those of us who miss the real thing. Of course in high season it is overcrowded, and in our 14 days on site only once did we manage to get a pair of sunbeds. Space between sunbeds is minimal, so as the sun moves around you will not be able to move to follow it. Getting sunbeds on a sunny day involves partaking in the morning queue / sprint / bunfight / towel- spreading ritual.

The lake offers more space. Its usually possible to find adequate space for a decent swim: going along the edge of the wake-boarding area worked best for me.

Play on the pontoon/raft in the lake can get rough and is not for young kids.

Evening entertainment baffled me. It is abysmal, yet draws large audiences. Typically it will be sketches by the life-guards, or a 'Mr Alicourts' (drunk dads) competition. It's very family oriented, and I suppose passes the time, if that's your thing.

Nightime noise; the site rules show a quiet time of 10pm until 7. 30am. Whilst the entertainment can only be barely heard at the far reaches of the site (full-on if you'r pitched near it) it does wrap up around 10. 30 /11. There was lots of noise from people making their way back to their pitches, going on until after 12 most nights. Loud conversations on pitches until 1am, or on one occasion 2am went un-checked by site staff.

If you don't venture out, it is all too easy to forget you are in France. A pity, in my opinion.

If like ourselves, you have friends or family who wish to join you but prefer bricks and mortar, I would recommend Château des Bouffards - 18410 Brinon sur Sauldre - Tel : 02. 48. 58. 59. 88. Our friends invited us to join them over there for dinner and it was excellent and very peaceful.

We did enjoy our stay immensely: the site has lots of good points, and our company was great.

Will we return to Les Alicourts? Probably not. It's expensive, and other sites offer more (French things) to see/do in their immediate vicinity.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Markpd999 6 reviews from this member

This is the most expensive campsite I have ever stayed on in France.

We were staying as a quite large group, 3 families, so I was expecting very high standards. I was disappointed straight away when told Wi-Fi was an additional 30 Euros per person per week; having three teenagers in the group this meant 90 Euros. Every thing you do on this site costs extra, Tennis, Frisby Golf.

Good points -

Pool complex is great if a bit small for the size of the site, playground looked good, toilets were clean and showers hot, lake with beach is great, fishing is average.

Now For the main Rant. The Restaurant.

For our second-to-last night we thought it would be a great idea to all have a meal at the site restaurant. There were 15 of us so we had booked well in advance and ordered our meals in advance too. As we walked in it was obvious that the head waiter was not happy, even though they had previous knowledge of what we were eating, Starters took about 40 mins and some of us were given the wrong order but mistakes can be made so being in good spirits this was just laughed off. Then the main courses started to come out, 3 were missing. This meant 12 of us had finished while 3 were still waiting; then when one of the kids got their burger, it came with cheese when we had asked for no cheese so we had to send it back. By this time the waiter was growling at us that this was not his fault. It was starting to be like Fawlty Towers. Still, mains over, we were feeling brave and had a sweet. Frozen profiterole rolls too hard to cut and a black crumble that had to be sent back.

By this time I had had enough and went to reception to complain. Bearing in mind that the site was 6 or 7 miles from the nearest town, and therefore the nearest competition, I had expected a little more effort on their behalf.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: NessP 8 reviews from this member

We stayed in a 6 person Chalet, the last week of August. The weather was great which helped as last time we visited in mayhalf term 4 years ago it rained everyday! The site is large with a mixture of mobile homes, chalets and camping pitches. We were the far side of the lake and loved the location. The pool complex was open at 10am and lots of people were putting their towels on the loungers then disappearing for a couple of hours! Pool complex was lovely, the main pool was a bit chilly, the pool with the slide and chute was warmer. My kids loved the pools. There was a wave pool and a baby pool. The indoor pool was great too, strictly trunks for men, it cost us 7 euros to use it, families allowed in the mornings only at 10. 30.

There is a lake where you can swim, hire pedaloes and canoes. The far side of the lake is for fishing. The shop was open at 8am til midday then from 4pm til 7pm. Bread and croissants etc available in the mornings, we did go early to ensure we could get them each day. Very limited stock in the shop as it was near the end of season. The bar was a bit pricey, didn't have my first two choices of drinks, again maybe as it was near the end of the season. The food at the restaurant was fantastic, although a little expensive. Steak 14 euros, burger and chips 11 euros. We did have food from teh take away which was fine, chips, pizzas etc.

Cant comment on the showers or loos I'm afraid. Playground was lovely for younger children. The lake did have a nice sandy beach which wasn't that busy. The golf course was always quiet, my hubby said it was fine. Not that much to visit in the nearby area to be honest but we knew that from our last visit. Super you in Salbris was 20 minutes, diesel was 1. 29euros.

We had a fantastic stay here, the sunshine helped, the only slightly negative is the location as I said not much to visit nearby but would go back as the sites facilities made up for this.

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