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Camping La Porte
Courson
Calvados
Normandy   (Browse area)
14380   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033 02 31 68 04 43

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Pitches: 6
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 9 Reviews
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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MattDodsley 1 review from this member

Just got back from a fantastic 8-nights' relaxing stay in our tent at La Porte.

We like a quiet campsite, and La Porte certainly suited us. We were the only people staying there for the first few nights.

Chris and Sharon could not have been more friendly and helpful. (The cup of tea when we arrived was very welcome, thanks!) They have a good knowledge of the surrounding attractions and restaurants, which was useful, as this was our first trip to Normandy. Also, going to watch Chris play his drums with a local band at a bar is St Sever was great fun!

The campsite was clean and tidy. There is a toilet, a shower, another toilet/shower wetroom, a washing-up area and a washing machine. These were basic, but clean and tidy. I don't know how busy the site gets, but you might have to queue for the showers if it was busy. There is a small kid's playroom, with things like a swingball, basketball, some games and a TV (although we didn't try that). There is also a fridge-freezer, which we found useful for storing our food in, as the weather got up to 35 degrees on one day.

The pitches are level and flat, with plenty of electric hook-up points. The site is very peaceful. There is a railway line a few hundred metres away, but there only seemed to be a few trains a day passing, and I didn't notice any at night, so we weren't disturbed by that. We also tried the Camping & Breakfast, which was very nice, and great value.

There is plenty to do nearby. In Villedeu, the copper workshop is worth a visit (although no English-speaking guide), as is the bell foundry (however, the English-speaking guide seemed to leer at the ladies!). We had a pleasant bike-ride around the St Sever forest, although the signs and arrows marking the paths were a bit vague, and we resorted to using our phone's GPS to find our way back.

The Vire viaduct is worth going to, for some excitement. We had several rides on the luge, but weren't feeling brave enough for the bungy jump or the zip wire. Watching other people throw themselves off a 60 metre high tower was enough for us.

La Porte is about an hour from Bayeaux, and seeing the tapestry was one of our highlights of the week. On the same day, we went to Arromanche, to see the remains of the D-Day Mulberry harbour, and the '360 degree' cinema at the top of the hill shows a short but moving film about the D-Day landings and the Normandy invasion.

We also enjoyed visiting the castle at Falaise, the birth place of William the Conqueror. This is a really impressive castle, and our 10 year-old son particularly liked taking the interactive 'I-Pad' around with him.

La Porte is about 90 minutes drive from Cherbourg.

It is also about 40 minutes from Granville, on the coast. The old town was very pretty, and if you want to see something 'unique, ' go to the aquarium!

There is a supermarket a few miles away in St Sever.

All-in-all we had a fantastic holiday, and it was always nice to come back to La Porte at the end of the day, get the barbecue going, and open a bottle or two of the local cider!

Thanks again, Chris & Sharon!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Thomo newbies 3 reviews from this member

We only stayed for 1 night as a stopover on our journey back from Vendee to tunnel. Welcomed by Sharon and offered tea or coffee. Flat camping area and pitched easily next to electric hook up. Basic but clean toilet, accessible shower and toilet and another shower cubicle. Free wi fi available. Good value for pitch with electric 20 euros - no additional charges for children / dogs / awnings etc. Great idea to provide breakfast for campers which we made the most of before we set off for the tunnel. Cereals/ tea/coffee/toast and cooked breakfast for 7. 50euro. Lovely peaceful area with the only sound being the cockerels! would definitely stay again.

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Trisha M 3 reviews from this member

We have just returned from our second visit to la Port this year and agree with the other reviewers, the only thing Chris and Sharon cant do anything about is the weather(so they need to get that sorted out before our next visit!) Anything else they can help with, they certainly will(we actually had our first taste of Mars Bar ice cream from their freezer, thanks!) We are storing with them now, so will go back as soon as we can, we love the surrounding areas, friendly and peaceful and if you want hustle and bustle you don't have far to go to find it. We agree with review regarding Mont st Michel, but it comes down to personal taste and there are many things to see and do that don't cost anything apart from your petrol of course (we found a beautiful park called Mont Cerisey tucked away near Flers, lovely just to sit or they have tennis courts, table tennis, crazy golf, paddling pool etc and even a bar, but its vast and not a bit commercial.

We are sure there are many more places we havent yet discovered, usually we find the best places by accident!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JimunSylvia 1 review from this member

We spent 10 glorious days at La Porte. We wanted somewhere un-commercial and central to explore Normandy, particularly the D Day Landing beaches. We also wanted to take in a stage of the Tour de France (Avranches to Mont St Michel - Stage 11). We couldn't have picked a better spot.

We arrived late after a very wet night in Brugge and were welcomed by Chris and Sharon and looked after as if we were returning friends.

The site is small, quiet and very well equipped (if Chris and Sharon haven't got it, you don't need it!).

Add a horse, a donkey, a friendly dog and 5 free and happy chickens to make this a real chill-out place to be.

We will definitely be going back.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pinxton20 8 reviews from this member

Very pleasant site for 6 or so vans. Flat, spacious grass pitches at the end of a quiet lane. Easy access from the main Villedieu - Vire road - well signposted.

A very warm and relaxed welcome from the English owners - and friendly waves from the neighbours suggest a site in harmony with its surroundings.

Sharon and Chris offer meals and breakfasts which we didn't take advantage of this time - but might in the future.

We stopped 2 nights, and on Sharon's advice found a helpful vet in the next town who gave our dogs the injections for returning to UK. The main road passes through a forest with plenty of picnic places and dog walks only 5 minutes from the site.

The single toilet and shower are fine for a site of this size.

This is a site to relax and enjoy Normandy countryside, and to visit Villedieu, Vire and the beaches around Granville (40 minutes). A great place to slow down and recharge.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pedigree1 1 review from this member

We stayed at La Porte for 1 night whilst on a cycle camping trip from St Malo to Calais. Chris made us feel very welcome and even provided a fold up picnic table to save us our usual floor sitting.

The site and area are very quiet, despite being close to a rail line (trains are infrequent and don't run during the night). Facilities are basic but very clean and functional. We couldn't have asked for more. La Porte is thoroughly recommended.

Chris recommended a bar to us in Bayeux which was our next stop. We visited and it was very nice to be made similarly welcome there, despite our poor French.

We visited Mont St Michel the day before. This has been made into a huge tourist attraction of the sort you might expect at Disney World, Florida. It is quite hideous. My recommendation would be to photograph it from the coastal road east of Arromanches and give the visit a miss - unless you like that sort of thing.

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