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Visitor Reviews - Castel Les Gorges Du Chambon

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Castel Les Gorges Du Chambon
Le Chambon
Eymouthiers
Montbron
Poitou-Charentes   (Browse area)
16220   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 05 45 70 71 70

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Pitches: 120
Open: 20/04 To 15/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 13 Reviews
              9/10 from 13 Reviews


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Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ascsbe 6 reviews from this member

Stayed at the site for about the fifth time for 14 nights during Sept. This site is one of our favourites in France and for those wanting a quiet low season holiday I can't think of many better places. No dogs either was a bonus. The site changed hands in April this year and although the new owners have had little time to make any changes it will be very interesting to see what happens. The former site owner and Henk were great at making you feel welcome and although Henk is still there we noticed a different feel about the site. Time will tell and I will watch their website with interest.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Daz69 1 review from this member

We had great weather during our 10 days at Les Gorges Du Chambon, arriving in 38 degrees and never seeing less than 25. Jacques was maybe the happiest owner I've come across in all the French sites I've stayed at and although there had been a mistake with our initial pitch allocation he went out of his way to put it right.

The pitch we were on backed onto the woods leading down to the river and as a result gave us loads of room, although my 20m electric cable only just reached the outlet (no 2 pin converter needed). I've seen newer / better toilet blocks at other Castels sites but they were very clean and perfectly adequate with toilet roll and seats although I frequently had to wait for a toilet to be free. It may well be the quietest french site I've stayed at with nothing but owls after 10pm.

Onsite takeaway was ok and the one time we walked down to the entertainment the atmosphere was great. The english speaking reception had loads of information and ideas for activities but the wifi is only available by the reception area and although cheap (1 euro for 1 hour) I found it to be very slow to the point of being unusable.

Tennis etc was free with rackets to borrow in reception, the pool was small and simple but the kids loved it and as mentioned by prevous reviewers the nearby St Estephe lake is great with free kayaks.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Martin1010 9 reviews from this member

We visited Gorges Du Chambon during August 2012, and which was our first trip abroad with our caravan, having bought it last year. We travelled from Dunkirk in one day and took 11 hours with breaks but was “doable” given the superior standard of the French Roads and rest areas. I was a bit bothered as I discovered that we had booked to travel on what was known as a “Black Saturday” which is when all the French take to the road. As a result I took a different route to that suggested by the Via Michelin site and went via Rouen and Le Man which added an hour but apparently can save up to 4 hours getting stuck around Paris. I could hardly believe that there seemed so few cars on the road and we had a smooth journey down. Watch the Sat Nav for the last leg of the journey if coming from the North and it is better to go to Angouleme and out along the N141 rather than cut the corner off.

The site was really well laid out with decent size pitches. We had a 7 metre caravan, full awning and still had plenty of room for the car and a good seating area. Most pitches had shade but a few were fairly exposed, although they are the minority. The site is surrounded by trees. We found that the majority of people were actually in tents, either their own or very robust ones supplied by the site. The main nationalities were British and Dutch. It was extremely peaceful but with plenty for the children to do. Swimming pool, table tennis, trampoline in the play area, tennis, beach volleyball (for the adults as well).

There is a small shop on site which sells the essentials. You can order bread and croissants for the following day. There were some evening activities, all very tasteful. The evening BBQ was preceded by a market selling local produce which set up alongside the main buildings which sold all sorts including Veg and condiments etc. The BBQ itself we thought was somewhat poor serving chicken legs and chips. There was a local group singing afterwards (reminiscent of a 1960’s band on Heartbeat) The restaurant was OK but the food was somewhat limited. Vegetables were rarely served and any dish usually was accompanied by lettuce. They did do takeaway pizza which was popular but had to be ordered in advance.

Plenty of showers available although the hot water was hit and miss at times. They were spotlessly clean which seemed an on-going task during the day. There is the main river which passes through the bottom of the site and which they have created a small sandy area. Very popular with the kids to cycle down and have a dip. Another reason for picking the area was the temperate climate. Most of the time the temp was around 28-34 degrees and which cooled off really nicely on an evening. We did experience a few days whereby it hit 40 degrees but this was apparently completely exceptional.

Outside of the site there is a local Intermarche (supermarket) in Montbron which was fairly well stocked and was open 7 days a week. Beware of supermarkets elsewhere which closed on Saturday lunch for the weekend! There are a number of lakes nearby which have got beaches created with lakeside cafes. Lake Lavoud was excellent where you can sunbathe and swim, as well as get shade in a wooded area. There was a water sports and riding centre on the other side of the lake. A smaller version can be found at Saint-Mathieu.

The Chocolaterie Letuffe located at Trois Palis was worth a visit. An old world shop and mini production facility at the rear where the chocolates are handmade. They do a free visit and you are taken around and given the long history of the place with tasters by the staff who have all been there for 20 plus years There was a fantastic local street market at Pigout on a Wednesday morning. It was only on for the morning but the size of it defied belief stretching the whole length of the town with full size fridges in the street stocked with fish and meat.

A lot of people we chatted to had been visiting Les Castel sites for years and tended to stick with them. There seemed to be a consensus that Gorges Du Chambon was one of the best. All of the staff were really helpful and couldn’t do enough. Well worth a visit

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Odyssean 3 reviews from this member

Like other reviewers I almost don't want to share this place with you. In short after many years of camping I am tempted to say that this is the benchmark of what a great campsite should aim for.

The owner simply could not have been any more welcoming or helpful and obviously really loves what he does. He gave us a great pitch and came up to check on us once we were setup to ensure we were happy.

There are a large choice of pitch sizes and locations depending on what you like. The toilets and wash areas were exemplary and seemed to be cleaned many times per day.

The kids loved the pool and we made good use of the tennis courts. There are some great walks and cycles nearby and even decent river if you like canoeing (as we do).

Fresh bread is delivered to the shop each morning and can be booked. The staff were excellent to the extent that our 11 year old wanted to cycle down each morning on her own to practice her French.

The site was extremely popular with Dutch and French campers with only a few others from the UK. Personally we prefer this.

There were activities organised for the kids each day plus a few for adults, such as a trek to look for wild mushrooms.

Despite all these opportunities the whole set was quiet and friendly and there was no noise after about 10pm.

All in all an absolutely brilliant site and a real testament to a wonderful owner.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: J.okane 7 reviews from this member

Reception make you feel welcome and provide adequate information about site. We were given a print-out of available pitches & asked to let them know which we selected. Site itself picturesque with nice restaurant & small shop along with reception office forming courtyard with seated area as well as bar. Toilet blocks were ample and clean. The herb-garden with 'Help yourself' sign was a nice touch. Restaurant served up very nice meal, but not inexpensive. Daresay you can't really expect both. One minus point for us was sloping pitches made levelling difficult. Otherwise, would not hesitate to return if in area.

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fiftysomething 11 reviews from this member

Like other reviewers I almost don't want to tell you about this site, it's so good that I'm not sure I want to share it, but here goes. We arrived having phoned a couple of hours earlier to book, said we'd only stay one night and then stayed 5, thereby changing ALL our plans. It's got everything although we didn't use it all. The shower blocks were exemplary and a pleasure to use - I don't think I've ever been so clean. The huge pitches, the cool walk or bike ride down by the river in the dappled sunlight, the refreshing pool. Even a village shop within cycling distance, so no need to take a taxi or pack up the MH to buy the few essentials that the site shop didn't sell.

It's a lovely site in a wonderful area and all the staff are charming and helpful but I think the key to its success is that Jacques the owner is very involved, taking a trip around the site every evening, waving to all from his golf buggy, slowing down to speak to those that want his attention. Well done Jacques, we'll be back.

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