Stayed here for one night as a stopover. Site was easy to find and cost 16. 30 euros for 2 people, 2 dogs a motorhome and elec. Wifi was free but only available at reception. No satellite signal on this site as it is mainly dense forest! Site is set in the hillside and as a result means walking anywhere is almost impossible unless you are super fit! Wouldn't use this site again but it was good value for money.
We stayed here for 4 days-our pitch was fairly small for our Vango Airbeam 600 -it just fitted on and it was very gravelly so bring a dustpan and brush!The pitches are all on terraces so it's quite private. I think getting up some of the hills with a caravan might be challenging. Toilet block was excellent as was the bar/cafe. You can borrow tennis rackets/ping pong bats, etc free of charge. The shop is very small but you can preorder bread, etc for the next day. The swimming pool was packed as the site was full and there aren't any slides but there is so much to do in the area. We climbed up the Puy de Dome which was fantastic but recommend going early to avoid the crowds!
We visited this site in August with our 3 children (2, 5 and 8) and it was completely full. We had a brilliant holiday here. The staff are friendly and speak very good English. My eldest son went off to get the bread and croissants in the morning and was always greeted by name and made to feel safe and welcomed. There are long queues for reception which can be a bit annoying but once you do eventually reach the front the staff were lovely.
The pitches are on terraces and are very shady. Our standard pitch was just about big enough for our Vango Amazon 600!
The swimming pool was great for kids although not very deep. On Saturday nights it stayed open until 11pm and everyone had a brilliant time swimming in the dark with the bats flying around. There are also two tennis courts, table tennis tables, badminton court and small play areas.
The bar serves pizzas and grills and there's regular concerts, open air cinemas, sports tornaments etc in the evenings. They have lots of organised events such as a climbing wall, walks in the area, canoeing etc.
The area is fantastic - lots of great walks to do with amazing scenery - the volcanoes, mountains and lakes are beautiful.
The toilets and showers are clean and we never had to wait for a shower.
We stayed for 9 nights and had lovely weather - the boys were in the pool every day and we only had a couple of rain showers at night.
All in all a lovely friendly site in a beautiful area. We'll be back!
The biggest problem you may encounter when visiting this site is the difficulty in getting to it from the A10/A75 autoroute. You do have to encounter some narrow roads and steep hills to get there and signposting is, characteristically for France, sporadic and often confusing. However, once you arrive you’ll be pretty happy with the site I think.
The welcome is friendly and the staff will speak English if you need them to. Entry is protected by a barrier which will not operate between 23.00 hrs and 07.00 hrs so you would need to leave your car in the car park if you are out late. The pitches are large enough to accommodate fairly large units and are shaded nicely by trees so that when it is hot, you can get a welcome relief from the sunshine. Having said that, for the majority of our 4 night stay in late July, the heavens opened up and the thunder and lightning around the adjacent mountains was spectacular. However, this is the Auvergne which is largely volcanic so when it does rain, expect everything to be covered in volcanic dust off the ground afterwards. You will need a continental adaptor if you are using electric hook up, something we discovered when we arrived. However, we were able to hire one for a 30 euro refundable deposit.
The facilities are very good. The toilets and showers are clean and tidy and there is also a washing machine. There is also a very nice swimming pool which, many UK campers will be relieved to discover, does not have the usual “budgie smugglers” rule for men and you are able to go in with shorts on. Be warned though, this pool is not heated and it can be rather exhilarating to say the least. There are also some limited playing facilities for the kids, table tennis tables and a full size tennis court for the more active.
There is a shop but the stock is very limited to basic essentials and the nearest supermarkets can be a bit of a trek back down the confusing and tricky route to Clermont Ferrand itself. If you exit the A75 at Junction 2, you will see some supermarkets and you may be better off popping in before you head off to the actual site if you need provisions. If this isn't possible or you forget, the reception does have a small flyer with helpful directions to the supermarkets. There is though a nice bar and restaurant and the pizzas there are excellent. You can order bread, croissants etc for the next day at the shop as well.
I found it hard to fault the site but I did get annoyed by the waits at reception sometimes where pressurised staff where forced to answer a constantly ringing phone in between dealing with face to face queries and new arrivals. I am not adverse to a queue but when I’m paying premium prices, I do expect a premium service.
There are some good days out. The Puy de Dome is not far away, neither is Vulcania though I thought this was expensive at 48 euros for a family ticket. The historic centre of Clermont Ferrand is not far away either. If, like us, you get that awful mix of very young children and appalling weather, there is a really good indoor soft play place near junction 1 of the A10 and the campsite reception had leaflets about this.
I would use this site again if I was visiting the Auvergne for more than just a night or two. If I was just having a stop over on my way north or south though, I would be tempted to find a more convenient and cheaper site nearer the autoroute.
This is a charming camp site that is well positioned for those of you driving either South or North to the Med on the A71/A75.
Its a 440 mile drive from Paris therefore a good days drive from Calais.
The site is positioned on a lush green extinct volcano, overlooking the town of Clermont Ferrand, the toilet blocks are plentiful, well appointed and clean.
Make sure you plan your route here, there are some really mad sat nav routes that my Nissan Pathfinder has tried, best stick for junction 2 off the A75, then go through the village of Ceyrat.
Pitch sizes can vary, we have visited the place about 4 times and each time we experienced a unique size/shaped pitch, if you are going for long enough to erect an awning, then I would make a point of being clear with the camp-site about the size you need. (there's plenty of big pitches, I think they tend to give the smaller ones to those of us 'short staying', which is fair enough)
There is a smashing takeaway/restaurant, with freshly cooked stone baked pizzas, chicken etc, a swimming pool with kiddie area and tennis courts.
All in all, a very worthy site for over nights, or longer stays.
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