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Visitor Reviews - Castel Chateau De L Eperviere

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Castel Chateau De L Eperviere
Rue Du Chateau
Gigny Sur Saone
Burgundy   (Browse area)
71240   See Map
Tel: 0033 03 85 94 16 90
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Pitches: 160
Open: 30/03 To 01/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 25 Reviews
                8/10 from 25 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf   Tennis <1 mile 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

Reviews:  25 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Chinster1957 30 reviews from this member

Chateau de líEperviere is a 5-star Castels campsite situated in Southern Burgundy at Gigny-sur-Saone. Being part of Les Castels you expect the site to be top quality and it doesnít disappoint. Getting to the site is easy with it being situated a short distance from the A6 autoroute. Head for Sennecey-le-Grand and simply follow the signs. The campsite is approximately 5kms to the east. All roads are large enough for all sizes of unit.

Checking in at the campsite is simplicity itself. There is a large car park and reception is found immediately behind where you stop. All reception staff speak good English. The Dutch owner is particularly fluent. Out of season the campsite accepts the ACSI discount card. Entry into the camping area is via a barrier which is controlled by vehicle registration plate. The camping area is split into two sections, separated by a large fish pond. The first area (closest to the chateau) has pitches that are generally separated by mature hedges. All pitches here have 10 amp electricity but are smaller than the pitches further into the site. The main camping area is beyond the pond. Pitches here are larger, some are separated by hedges, some are more open. These pitches all have 10 amp electricity. Some also have water and drainage. There are also two premium pitches which include garden furniture, a bbq and a fridge. Both areas have a mixture of grass and hard standing pitches.

Many campsites at this time of year look a bit unkempt and unloved. Not so with Eperviere. We arrived mid May and the site looked immaculate. The grass pitches were neatly trimmed and everywhere looked clean and tidy. This is particularly remarkable considering that this site had suffered from a major flood earlier in the year when the water levels on parts of the site had reached over 10ft high. If we hadnít known about this we would have been none the wiser.

This year most of the campsite is laid out for camping, tourers and motorhomes. Due to the floods there is now only one small tour operator on site (Villa Tent) who have eight glamping type tents in their own area. The site also has five mobile homes in a separate area and a couple of flats in the chateau. The rest of the site is now a traditional campsite which gives it a very nice feel.

There are two toilet blocks, one in each area. Toilets are kept very clean. Both blocks are unisex. Toilets all have seats and toilet paper is provided in the cubicles. The showers are all push button with temperature control. Each block has a number of washing sinks in cubicles. The toilet block in the main part of the site has recently been refurbished, but both blocks are of a high standard.

This is a fantastic campsite for an out of season holiday as all the main facilities are open all season. These include a small supermarket (bread must be ordered the day before), bar, takeaway and restaurant. All these facilities are in or close to the chateau. The food is excellent. We used the restaurant twice and the takeaway 3 times and enjoyed every meal. The takeaway menu is fairly limited offering only pizza, chips, and beef bourguignon but the quality couldnít be faulted. The restaurant menu is far more extensive. The campsite also has a wine cellar and has wine tasting sessions twice a week from mid May onwards.

Other facilities include an outdoor and small indoor pool, childrenís playgrounds, table tennis tables, a small sports pitch and bike hire.

The closest town of any size is Sennecey-le-Grand which is about 10 minutes away. Here you will find a good sized Auchan supermarket and a good sized shopping centre.

Burgundy scenery isnít the most dramatic in France. The area around the campsite is rather flat which makes it perfect for walking and cycling. The reception has leaflets showing the routes available in and around Tournus (south of the campsite). The local tourist information centre in Sennecey-le-Grand has a small booklet with routes that are closer to the site (7 euro). All the routes are marked with yellow markers which should make them easy to follow. In truth the yellow markers need repainting as some are very faint and some have disappeared altogether. A combination of a compass and Google maps generally kept us on the correct route. Many of the walks start in a pretty village and show you the surrounding area. There is also a picturesque walk which goes past the campsite and follows the river.

There are no major attractions nearby but that doesnít mean there is nothing of interest to do. There are plenty of castles and historical buildings. We went to the village and castle at Brancion and the abbey at Cluny. Both are well worth a visit. There are also a number of interesting and unusual museums close by including the SAS museum at Sennecey-le-Grand (free), the hospital museum (Hotel Dieu) at Tournus and the photography museum at Chalon-sur-Saone (also free). All are worth a visit.

We spent 18 nights at Eperviere and had a fantastic time. If you want a relaxing holiday in a quiet part of France then Chateau de líEperviere really should be at the top of your list. It truly is one of the best sites we have ever been on. If you also happen to have a penchant for good wine and beef stew then I know of nowhere better.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The Sheds 4 reviews from this member

It's the second year in a row that we've used this site as stopover, it having been recommended to us by seasoned campers! This is a great site, with friendly staff. The pool is great, including the little indoor pool! It is a really picturesque site with a lovely lake. Great place to look out on to and have a cup of tea in the morning before the next stage of your journey. The shop, bar and takeaway were all great; the thought of one of their pizzas kept us going on the journey! Toilet and washing facilities very good too. A friendly, well equipped site with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere whenever we have visited! Would definitely go back and hope to spend a longer break there in the next year or two.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: AndrewMoorey 30 reviews from this member

Very well presented site, Reception friendly and efficient. We were touring with another couple and had requested adjacent, serviced pitches. We were allocated adjoining pitches in the main field across the causeway which were flat but stony so rock pegs were needed to pitch the awnings and canopies. We were able to connect to water and electricity OK but grey waste still has to go into a waste hog as the disposal is central between the pitches and we would have needed pipes about 20 feet long and the connection to the drain is about 9 inches off the floor. This meant we had to trundle the waste a little way away to get a ground level drain

The site was very busy but quiet as there were only a few pre-school kids and although we were right next to the central play area noise was never a problem. The sanitation block was cleaned very regularly all through the day, plenty of hot water and the washing up area large enough that we never had to queue. The pool was a godsend as we had several very hot days reaching 40 degrees on a couple of occasions, the pool area is clean with shade available. They stipulate budgie smugglers for the men but no-one seemed to worry about it as the pool is unsupervised so most blokes were wearing shorts. The take away food service was great, but book early for the restaurant, its very popular. The bar was pleasant enough and the wifi was adequate. Around the site there is a very nice restaurant on the river 10 minutes walk away and the hamlet itself is pleasant. We visited Louhans, Dole and Chalons but spent the majority of the time on site just relaxing. The site was occupied mainly by Brits, Dutch and German couples plus there was a rally on site for the Dutch Hobby Caravan Club but they were having a good time and not harming anyone. The overnight travellers were pitched near the chateau and never bothered us.

For me the midges and mozzies were a problem, I got constantly bitten despite repellant while my wife had no issues at all. (they wouldn't dare!) I understand that this year there is an epidemic of the darn critturs in France but we'll not be staying by standing water again. The two fishing lakes were alive with em and there is a feed to the lakes from the river which I think is the main problem as when we were out walking the dogs in the cool of the evening we would attract them, and a couple of times when driving out we drove through clouds of the things.

Overall a pleasant, well run site. An 8 hour jog from Calais we got down in one hop but broke the journey on the way back. Ignore the sat nav once you turn off the main road and go under the railway bridge and follow the signs. The sat nav will try and take you in the back road which we managed but it was a bit tight.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pmaynard 10 reviews from this member

I can't think of a reason not to stay here although like anywhere there are minor things that could be a bit better. The reason this site gets so busy (it was full at 2 weekends even in early June) is because it is in a great location and most things are a notch above other sites. I still don't get the open urinals but that's the French for you! If you pick a pitch over the bridge it is a lot more peacful than by the chateaux and has a large green space in the middle which makes up for the longer walk to the toilets. Staff were great. Definitely recommend this site.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Swedley 1 review from this member

I'm not sure why one of the previous reviewers was quite so negative.

We always stop off here on the way to the south and always make a point of staying for 2-3 nights on the way down and back as it is a nice way to start and end your holiday.

We like the fact that despite it is fairly big, it is quiet and well spaced out with big pitches. As somebody else mentioned, it is split into two areas with the area over the bridge further away from the main facilities. However there is still a toilet/shower block in this area, so maybe one of the previous reviewers missed it. Toilets and showers are spotless.

For younger children this site is really good, for older children they may find it a bit quiet unless they are into cycling in which case they would probably enjoy a bit of touring around - the roads are quiet and perfect for cyclists.

One thing I enjoy is sitting in the courtyard in the evening enjoying a beer.

If I was to pick any negatives then it is that the bar closes a bit earlier in low season (10pm). We have also stayed here in high season which at this time of year we think is a bit expensive. Also, in the far field we once camped along the back next to the road. We found local farmers traffic woke us up early, so if you are in a tent I'd stay further away from there.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Amos86 2 reviews from this member

We stayed 2 nights at this campsite on our way to the French Alps. We were placed on a nice pitch near to one of the lakes. The facilities were close for us, but seemed quite a trek for others situated further down the site. They were clean enough but maybe the site could do with another set of wash blocks? We ate in the restaurant one night, it was fairly busy and the takeaway was extremely busy. Food was delicious and the menu was quite substantial. We visited the nearby town of Chalon-sur-saone and wandered around happily looking at the cathedral (which is worth a visit) and small shops. Great for a stop-off on our journey.

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