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Visitor Reviews - Castel Le Chateau De Rochetaillee

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Castel Le Chateau De Rochetaillee
Chemin De Boutheon Rochetaillee
Bourg D Oisans
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
38520   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 04 76 11 04 40

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Open: 13/05 To 16/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 4 Reviews
              8/10 from 4 Reviews


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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Chinster1957 29 reviews from this member

Chateau de Rochetaillee is a 5-star Castels campsite situated 7 kms north of Le Bourg D’Oisans in the Alps. Roads to the site are a good size and towing here is no problem. First impressions as you approach the site from the main road aren’t great. The area feels a bit run down, a feeling not helped by a tatty looking tyre outlet immediately in front of the campsite. Things improve once you drive into the campsite and see the chateau immediately in front of you. It is obvious that the campsite is well looked after.

Reception is housed in the chateau and checking in is quick and efficient which is just as well as there is no dedicated parking area for units arriving. It’s impossible to park up without blocking access to someone’s pitch. If a few outfits were to arrive together it would be bedlam. The campsite roads are very tight indeed. The pitches are separated by tall hedges which end at the road. Getting around some of the bends with a large caravan or motorhome is really tricky. We only have a small caravan but we found it difficult to manoeuvre around the site without catching the caravan side on these hedges.

The site has over 140 pitches and over half of these are available for tourers and tents. The remaining pitches are shared between the site’s own equipment and two Dutch tour operators. The touring pitches themselves are pretty good. They are all large and very private due to the hedges. The campsite is situated in a picturesque setting in a valley between the mountains. Many of the pitches have good views but it can get very windy. Most pitches have electricity and many have a dedicated water tap. The main problem is that these pitches do not have a drain for waste water. This is not usually a big problem as we collect our waste water in a wheeled container and empty it at the toilet block. The toilet blocks on this site do not have a drain at ground level. The site expects you to empty your water into one of the chemical disposal points. These are basically deep sinks that are at least 3 feet off the ground. Lifting a full waste water container this high is virtually impossible so we decided to collect our water in an open bucket and empty it daily. Not ideal.

The campsite is very compact and the pitches are very close to each other. When it’s full the site is very noisy. It’s probably the noisiest campsite we have ever been on. You do get a small amount of traffic noise from the main road, but the bulk of the noise comes from the campers. It’s not a rowdy site but noise seems to get trapped and amplified somehow. Not something we have ever noticed before.

There are three toilet blocks on site – a small block upstairs next to the restaurant, a large block under the chateau, and another smallish block further into the site. This third block is the closest to the touring area and gets very busy. All the toilets have seats and paper is provided in the cubicles. The showers are all push button. Some also have temperature control. Basins in cubicles are available in the chateau toilet block. All blocks are cleaned three times a day. Dish washing and clothes washing sinks are available at all the blocks.

The site has a decent restaurant / takeaway / bar which is situated at the front of the site so that it can be accessed by locals as well as campers. The takeaway does pizzas which are good value. We didn’t try the restaurant as we thought it was a bit expensive but it looked to be a pleasant place to dine and, based on the takeaway, the food should be good. The site shop occupies the same building. This is tiny but does hold basic essentials. Bread and croissants need to be ordered the day before. There is also a fitness room above the restaurant which is free to use.

Next to the restaurant is the swimming pool. This is quite small and is split into an area for flumes, an outdoor swimming area and an undercover area. Other facilities on site include a climbing wall, a couple of playgrounds, crazy golf, boules, table tennis and volley ball. All facilities are well kept. There is also a football pitch offsite.

The closest town of any size is Le Bourg D’Oisans which is about 10 – 15 minutes away. Here you will find a good sized Casino supermarket, a shopping centre, and many restaurants and bars.

If you like walking or outdoor pursuits then this is a great area for you. The tourist information centres have a free walking map which shows some of the more popular walks. The main attractions in the area are the mountains, rivers, lakes, alpine villages and alpine resorts. The two main resorts (L’Alpe de Huez and Les Deux Alpes) are both worth a visit and easy to get to. L’Alpe de Huez was our favourite. It has plenty of parking and some really nice walks. Les Deux Alpes was much more commercialised and brash.

Other main attractions that we went to include the EDF Hydroelectric museum which is just down the road from the campsite at Lac Verney (just outside Allemont). This was very interesting and you can have an audio guide in English. Price: free. We also went to the chateau at Vizille (about 30 minutes away). It has extensive grounds and the chateau houses the museum of the French Revolution. A great day out. Price: free. Finally we went to the Botanic Gardens at Col de Lautaret. The views were fantastic. Price: 7 euros each and well worth the visit.

We spent 17 nights at Chateau de Rochetaillee and had a fantastic time. If you fancy camping in this area it is certainly a campsite that you should consider. The minor niggles with the site didn’t really spoil the experience. However, if you drive a large motorhome or have a large caravan then possibly one of the many other sites in the area may be easier.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Familybetts 2 reviews from this member

We stayed for 9 days this summer. As you are camping 720 m up (equivalent to camping on top of a welsh mountain), the weather was mixed. We had 2 days of thunderstorms, very impressive! But being a thunderstorm you knew it would blow over.

The campsite was very windy, being situated in a crossroads of valleys. Strapping needed to hold down our awning.

Campsite is clean and well managed, English speaking staff were willing and able to help with our gas problem and soon had it sorted!

Small but lovely swimming pool which gets very busy from about 3pm to close.

Lovely small bar and restaurant who also do take away pizzas which is always a bonus.

Small club for young children, with lots of different activities.

Clean and new toilet facilities (seem to be more men facilities, probably down to the cycling).

If you get the right emplacement, you can sit and view the top of Pic Blanc (10000 feet) mountain complete with cable car and snow on top.

A beautiful area, will be going back next year.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Camperkate 14 reviews from this member

We stayed here for a week, it's a Castels site so we were expecting high quality. Being high season the site was very busy, almost all of the units were Dutch families and some of them were part of larger groups who took turns to meet up in the evenings on their pitches, this kind of took away from sense of being in France.

A visit to the site restaurant helped as some staff were French and the menu was quite varied and reasonably priced The bar area was very quiet in the evenings and there was no sense of social activity around it, no activity was laid on there except for one evening which had some very good guitar playing,

The pool is quite small and was up by the restaurant. There is a small shop area on the site, sells croissant pastries ice cream Dutch and English papers etc

The location of the site is about 7 km from bourg d'ossians, easily cyclable for competent cyclists on the main road as there is cycle lanes along both sides.

There is loads to do in the area with cable cars / cycle routes and walking in the parc d'ecrins If you don't want to take your camper off site, the nearby village of Allemont is about 3km away with a couple of reasonable pizza and bistro facilities as well as a well stocked spar -( larger casino in bourg with fuel).

The toilets were spotless, 2 toilet locations, the better one being under the chateau. There is even a dishwasher.

We struggled to find the water taps, we were told they would be on our pitch -but they were not, we finally found a couple unmarked and low down on the power poles on a couple of nearby pitches.

Teenagers could be bored here unless they are sporty cycling types -then they would find loads to do, there are good ball games facilities on site -but not much for younger children

We would stay again, but we would also consider the camping municipal in nearby Allemont which is located next to restaurants and a municipal swimming pool

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: KarenAB 3 reviews from this member

This is a pretty and friendly site in a really picturesque area, with a good selection of shops and restaurants in Bourg D'Oisans.

There are many cycling routes in the area if you are fit and keen, but some amazing panoramic views can be seen by car and cable car - La Grave in particular. Lots of exciting activities in the local area - paragliding, rafting etc and a terrific day was spent at the adventure park nearby.

On site the facilities are good and well kept.

The pitches vary in size but we were disappointed with their condition - uneven with little grass and not what we expected from a 4* site.

The sanitary blocks were cleaned twice daily and the showers were hot, but the ladies toilets under the chateau are in need of attention!

We found it a relaxing and pleasant site.


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