An excellent site and would definitely stay here again if visiting this area. Set on a lake side in amongst a forest area. Stayed for 8 days and would have been happy to stay for more.
No facilities within walking distance but site facilities were good. You can place orders for the bakery to be delivered the next day. The site shop was a bit pricey but local supermarket was a short drive away. On-site restaurant was relaxed and food was good but not very traditional (pizza, steak etc. ). Look out for their markets that they hold once a week to encourage you to buy local produce. Lovely pool and small park that kept my 5 and 7 year olds amused. Well stocked games room above the bar area. Toilet blocks were very modern and cleaned twice a day. Tennis courts, bike hire, peddle boat hire, ping pong etc.
Pitches were under trees which kept you cool but do expect roots and for it to be uneven. Motorhome pitches were at the sides of the site and seemed to be more level. Our only disappointment is that they don't tell you before hand that there is no kids activities at the end of August and dd had been looking forward to the tree climbing activity.
We arrived very late on a Friday evening because of trouble with our bike rack and were very worried as everywhere was closed up and very dark (11. 30 pm). We found two of the staff sitting by the bar at the end of their shift and they very kindly assisted us in putting up our tent in pitch dark. We will be eternally grateful as we genuinely thought we would be sleeping in the car with the two children.
This is the best campsite by far we have visited, so much so that we will be returning next summer. Very relaxed, lots to do for the children. Making bread, jam, climbing the trees etc. There is also a lake beside the campsite with a small man made beach and you can also hire canoes or pedalos from the bar area by the half hour. There is a lovely playground for the children with wooden see saws etc. The swimming pool is good but rather small and when the sun comes out it gets very busy. Try the home made ice cream which is delicious - water melon flavour and nutella flavour! In the evening everyone congregates to cook their food at the communal bbq areas. This has been purposely laid out so that campers are encouraged to socialise and it works. We have made many friends and hope to hook up with them again next year.
The loos and showers were mostly clean although with the amount of rain we had they were quite muddy at times which was unavoidable. We loved the family bathrooms where we could all go together and shower and brush our teeth in the evenings. The water was generally warm but the showers have the push buttons so you have to keep pushing them to keep the water flowing.
Our kids (age 9 and 7) spent the whole fortnight on their bikes with the freedom to roam, play hide and seek and hang out with the other kids. This is a very family focused site and extremely safe and nature focused. They recycle and the activities are mostly nature based for the children. They also organise special events for the evenings, some free some there is a charge for. One evening there is a magic show (all in french) which my kids enjoyed and another a medieval enactment in the field.
We unfortunately had a lot of rain whilst there, you are in the Loire valley where it is very green so rain can be expected so we visited a few of the chateau in the area which are really fabulous. The weather is extremely changeable so it can start off very dull with rain then brighten up quite quickly. In terms of shopping, we found everything very expensive. The Super you which is the local supermarket is well stocked but very pricey. There is also a market that comes to the campsite but it is a real rip off with a small water melon costing me 7 Euro! I would avoid using the shop on the campsite as it has virtually nothing and it extremely expensive. The pizzas are good in the restaurant but be warned, they stop serving food at 1. 30 pm and don't start again till late afternoon so if you are relaxing by the pool and fancy some lunch order early.
All in all a fabulous trip and we will be returning but will probably do a week here and a week further south instead of 2 weeks here purely because the weather cannot be guaranteed. Highly recommended and we have taken away lots of happy memories.
I visited the site with another family. In total there were 4 x adults, 2 x 16 year olds and 1 infant. In my booking a specified the number of people, cars and tents including the site and asked for a spacious pitch.
When we arrived we were allocated a small pitch. After raising this issue we were then given details of 4 other pitches and left to find our way around the site.
Eventually we found a pitch that we could fit both tents on although it was difficult to place the tents as there were various tree stumps and bushes sticking up and the hook up was some way away.
The actual site is amazing and lots to do for little children and we felt very safe. The facilities are really good and could always get a hot shower. The on site shop is very expensive and sells hardly anything however there is a bar and pizzeria which are nice but it takes forever to get served. All in all was really good and we even hired a fridge which was delivered to our tent (although we needed to get an adapter to plug it into our extension lead (about 9Euros from Super u) and they forgot about my request and delivered it a day late.
My only issue about the site is the staff and the booking procedure. When booking I gave full details of our group and were sent an invoice. When checking out we were given a totally different invoice with several different charges on as they said I had not detailed that we had 2 cars and 2 tents. The manager then showed me my booking on the screen to make her point yet she had to accept that it was quite clearly stated what I had written. She knocked of the charges that had resulted in their error.
Also I found that due to the confusion over the pitch when we arrived we were not given information about the site and the area that other people had been given.
Rille is a lovely area and would recommend it to anyone however I would be wary about the staff
We stayed here for two nights to break up our drive back home from the south of France. We'd previously been to Huttopia Versailles so had high expectations, which were not disappointed.
We have a large tent, but that wasn't a problem at all. It fitted beautifully between the trees and everywhere felt very spacious.
The facilities were really clean and well maintained. The ground on the campsite is very sandy, with lots of shed pine needles, all of which gets tramped in and out of the buildings, but they seemed to be onto the cleaning constantly, so nowhere got really messy.
The campsite is on a spit of land jutting out into the lake, so is surrounded on three sides. We hired a canoe (from the bar) to scoot about on the lake. Table tennis bats and balls, and tennis rackets and balls, are available free from the bar, with the relevant tables and courts available on the site.
The swimming pool was warm enough to swim even when the skies were grey, and one night a week is open till 11pm for pool parties. It's next to the lake, so it's infinity view is straight over the lake.
All the staff speak English so the kids felt able to have a bit more independence than they had for the rest of the holiday.
Also went into Langeais to visit the Chateau - recommend it, especially for the massive treehouse in the grounds, and the medieval scaffolding!
This campsite is part of the Huttopia brand of campsites which is a branch of Indigo campsites. We found the campsite to be very relaxing and laid back, the sanitary blocks were very clean and user friendly. The pitches were very large even though not that well marked out. The staff were very friendly and would bend over backwards to help when we needed it. I felt sorry for the two girls who were running the whole bar / restaurant area on their own and could of done with some help. This is where you are reminded that even though it is promoted as a bit of a hippy / laid back / cool camping site it is still a business, and profit margins come first.
We didn't venture from the site as we only stayed 3 nights but the adjoining lake and forest walks were a delight, they have a little steam train that runs through the forest at the weekends which was fun and the canoe hire was worth the euro's.
Recycling and eco- awareness is big at Huttopia, no cars are allowed on site and you are expected to recycle everything you can which is great, There are communal BBQ area's that are great to use with little sinks nearby to prep food in. Everyone there was relaxed and smiling I recommend it if tranquillity is what you are after. Peace man!
We only stayed three nights at this campsite and I wish we'd booked for more. It was pretty much perfect.
The pitches are all large and spaced out amongst the trees. We opted for a standard pitch (much less than the espace ones) but it seemed to be bigger than some of those extra large ones. We were very near to a lake and the site's own Roulottes, Cabins and Cannadienne tents all of which looked rather lovely to stay in. It was so peaceful and tranquil - just the sound of trees and birds. Wonderful.
We were close to the most immaculate sanitary block I've ever seen. It even had a little open air basin courtyard which was beautifully lit at night. It felt like a something you would find in Dubai. The toilets were a mixture of standard and french ones - all had toilet paper! The showers were amazing - lovely coloured glass cubicles with lots of space for your towel, bottles and clothes. Washing facilities were good and there was a washing machine and freezer for your use too.
The reception area was all wood and very chic - there was an office with internet access and a reception desk. Next door was a little shop which sold all the basics and where you could order bread and croissants for the next day (the croissants were excellent). Then there was a bar / restaurant area with seats inside and more outside with a view of the lake and the infinity pool. The restaurant sold fantastic pizzas and every week there is a barbecue with wine, steak, tripe sausages and a separate kids menu. They also show films in the open air cinema round at the back of the reception block.
The pool was in a fenced off area with seating arranged around it. You needed to have armbands supplied by reception for a deposit of 5 euros each. It was small but very lovely. Next to this was a wooden play area which my children loved. It meant you could sit at the bar having a drink while the kids played happily nearby.
There were different activities on every day for children and there were treasure hunts and walks that you could go on round the woods. The lake nearby had a beach with attendant lifeguard. There also was a lovely little steam train that went along the side of the campsite to the lakeside: it runs on weekends and holidays in the afternoons.
The nearest supermarket is a SuperU about five km away. Saumur is within easy driving distance and is a great little town with the most fabulous castle (not to mention the best fizz in my opinion). There's a giant Leclerc here too. There's so much to do in the surrounding area - this is heavy wine country and the drive along the d road from Tours to Saumur flows through many, many wine caves. There's also a ridiculous number of Chateaux - the reception desk at the campsite has all the info.
Take bikes, if you can - lots of wonderful bike rides in the surrounding area.
One of the best things about this site was that it was car free- you were allowed to take your car to your pitch to get all your stuff out then it went back to a car park outside the site. You were given a bag for all your rubbish and again this had to be removed from the site. It meant the place was beautifully clean and so safe for the kiddies to run around or play on their bikes.
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