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Domaine De Chalain
Lac Chalain
Franche Comte   (Browse area)
39130   See Map
Tel: 0033(0)3 84 25 78 78
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Pitches: 472
Open: 29/04 To 19/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 13 Reviews
                8/10 from 13 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 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 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   Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Seaside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Wilsosd 12 reviews from this member

What a difference 2 years make. Visited this site in 2013 so we knew what to expect or at least we thought we did. Still predominantly Dutch and French families using the site and at peak times you can feel packed in, especially in certain areas of the site. Yes all the facilities are there and its great for families with children, everything on the door step, some of the facilities have been 'updated' or added to like the addition of a great indoor pool if only you could use it for swimming!. The big disappointment for us were the toilet/shower blocks, yes peak season, yes the campsite was full and you expect to wait for a period at times like these, but in all honesty what you don't expect to find is human 'bodily waste' in a shower cubicle. This was reported and unfortunately nothing was done until the next scheduled clean. This definitely impacted on our view of the site, perhaps we are being harsh on the staff as it was obviously another 'fellow' camper that left the deposit so to speak but the reaction should have been better. As for other areas the bar has changed hands and is lacking atmosphere, the entertainment seemed to stop part way through the fortnight we were there perhaps a blessing in disguise. The on site restaurant is over priced as to be expected but the 'PIC VERT' at the top of the site access road offers great value for money, ensure you book it is VERY Popular. The site overall is in a fantastic location and has everything you could want, maybe a little remote from the Hyper markets and bright lights for some but despite everything above would we go back in all probability yes just not in high season.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Smarksmith 22 reviews from this member

This is an amazing site, however with every site there are the plus points and the not so plus points.

Getting here - make sure you plan your route carefully. We made one slip up and missed a turning on sat nav which lead to a lot of very narrow village streets and steep mountain lanes trying to correct this error. Turning points for a Sorrento and 7. 5m caravan are VERY few and far between. Be careful as some sat navís think there is an entrance into the site from Fontenu, however there isnít. The only way in is through Doucier.

One on the site you are greeted by a huge car park which is a little daunting as to where to go next and not get stuck. Just keep to the right and you will see a roadway marked out with concrete barriers. This is for the site visitors as the rest of the parking is for the public who come to visit the lake.

The reception is clearly sign posted just before you get to the barrier. We were checked in very politely and efficiently by a multi lingual team. You get your welcome bag which includes plenty of site and local info and the toilet roll (weíll get to that later). As we were stopping the second week of September (It closes on 15th September) the site was nice and quiet and you just choose your own pitch and then let them know later where you are.

Things to bear in mind when choosing your pitch: fresh water is only available from the toilet blocks and they can be a fair distance if you pitch by the lake like we did. However by the lake you get a fantastic view and you can walk 50 feet to the waterís edge. So we just took the car daily with toilet cassette and fresh water carriers - itís a bit of swings and roundabouts. Itís a very green site with lots of trees and the pitches are pretty big down by the lake - itís all open and trees mark the pitches.

The amenities: well these are interesting. As it gets a lot of general public use they are ďBack to BasicsĒ in their approach. You will find lots of sinks, showers, pot and clothes washing sinks, toilets and copious amounts of water. They may well be cleaned very regularly during the main part of the season however as it was the last week of the season they were looking a bit unloved. You wonít find toilet seats, sanitizers, or toilet rolls or for that matter any ďnicetiesĒ they are very practical The showers are the hottest weíve ever known with water pressure that blasts you out of the cubicles in the open air block, the newer heated block although recently renovated obviously had very poor ventilation as black mould was very prolific in the ceiling corners.

The entertainment: as this is the last week of the season we werenít expecting to see much, however this site and the Lake really are a centre of not only the community but the whole region and a ďFamily Fun DayĒ to use no better words to describe it, took place on the Sunday which was amazing. Hundreds of people with events from Scuba diving to Archery, kids treasure hunts to Triathlons so a really entertaining time.

The water park (which they charge Ä6 a time to outsiders to use, and they pay it) is pretty good. It consists of various indoor and outdoor pools and slides, with loads of stuff for kids. Itís not really an adult place but stunning for kids little and large. As a resident you get one entry per person per day of your stay (i. E. For us 3 people for 7 nights we got a card that had 21 credits loaded onto it). Although the pools were good, they can not beat the lake. It is almost an iridescent turquoise blue that in September was 22degrees of fresh water loveliness. The last time we saw water of this quality it was in the Maldives and the Indian Ocean.

The lake has a really long beach running the length of the site and is completely man made. Be aware itís not sand and us soft footed English folk will find it tough to walk on bare footed - flip flops and wet shoes are a VERY good idea. The lake is not tidal and was flat calm during our stay and beautiful to swim in or if you are more adventurous hire canoes (VERY popular) or pedaloís. We did a bit of snorkelling and found that the shelf in the water gently goes out to about 2 metres deep and then a steep drop off to around 10m (couldnít free dive much deeper than that).

If you fancy a walk there are several walks mapped out near reception of varying durations and difficulty. If you walk down the right of the lake there are several small beach areas, a little further on is a Monkey Park where Big and Little Kids can go climbing through the trees. Even further around (20minute brisk walk from the site) is the Plage Naturiste which isnít signposted, till you get to it, just keep taking the path left and you will come to it.

The shops: The site has an excellent array of shops - Bakery, Grocery, Ice cream, Tat shop etc. Etc. The prices are more than if you went to Super-U or the like but when you figure that the nearest decent sized supermarket is 30-40 minutes away itís pretty good and well worth supporting (and they do a mean croissant and Pain au Raisin).

There is also a restaurant, takeaway and bar on site which again are all priced around what you would expect for on site facilities. We canít comment on the quality as we like to cook for ourselves.

Around and About, Shops are not really on your door step here. There is a small General grocery store in Doucier but for the likes of Super-U, Intermarche, Lidl & Aldi they are all around 20-25km away and if you are going out for the day its best to plan them in that way as they are either South, West or North of the Site and around here the roads are all small slow roads.

If you want a local trip for a couple of hours the Cascades du Herrisson are a nice place to see, although when we went the water flow was not that high so the third waterfall was a bit of a let down after the hike to get to it. Be warned the trail is not suitable for those who are unfit or unstable on their feet. Proper metal steps and guard rails have been installed in areas but it is a fair trek even for the fittest walkers.

Geneva, Switzerland is only a 90km away and so makes for a different day trip, just remember your Swiss Francs and Passports.

Some other bits: TV reception is a bit pants here - satellite is probably your best bet if you need TV (We didnít miss it) as you really are in more of a crater than a valley. Mobile & Wi-Fi - Mobiles you can get a voice/text signal without an issue but data is rubbish.

Wi-Fi is available by reception, it is very expense in comparison with other sites (10hrs Ä15) so we just had to go cold turkey and catch up on the way home.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Teffers 2 reviews from this member

Returning with my own family after last being here 30 years hence as a kid myself I was keen to see if it would live up to those rose tinted memories, and more importantly, if it would impress my wife.

We arrived off the back of a pretty hectic tour around Germany, Austria and Italy so were looking forward to parking and staying put.

The site was perfect for us and our 11 and 8 yr old kids, with plenty to do and, despite being quite busy, a safe feel to it.

Lots of Dutch and English families, everybody friendly including the staff.

We really loved the on site shop and takeaway, didn't use the bar but enjoyed the very French line up of free live open air entertainment each evening. The kids loved the high ropes course, swimming pools, table tennis and the gift shops!

We took bikes with us (sadly not all mountain bikes - this would have been slightly better suited) and cycled the 24km(?) around the lake exploring, as well as swimming in the lake itself - lovely.

As I mentioned, we didn't want, nor need to leave the site for anything - a good indication of how good the on-site facilities were, but I still have an itch to explore the Jura in more detail so will happily put this site on our list to revisit.

Recommended for people with kids to keep entertained.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Njones 19 reviews from this member

We spent 8 nights there.

Nice huge site with lots of activities available. Middle of no where though so everything off site involved a long drive.

Recommend bikes as walking to the shop, pool etc was a bit of a chore.

Wifi rarely available (ironically we usually avoid going online when away but I was in the middle of changing jobs and hence needed access to email).

Pool was freezing so visits were short. Weather was mostly fine but it was absolutely freezing at night. We were en route back from. 3 weeks in Italy so found it a massive adjustment. Far colder than the Alps had been previously at the same time of year.

We wouldn't go back.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Moongate10 2 reviews from this member

Our third visit to this site, I can't recommend it enough, stunning location, clean, well kept, we stayed on a large ( 18x12 ) pitch with electricity,

it is a large site with a bakery, a well stocked shop which sells everything you could possibly need at very reasonable prices, fresh bread on a morning at 80 cents a loaf, still warm, gorgeous with local honey.

It has a gift shop, leatherwork shop, newsagents, pub, restaurant and takeaway which does amazing omlettes and large frites for 6 euros, great value and tastes amazing!

The site is surrounded by woodland and forest, in a natural quarry on the far side of glacial lac de chalain.

The lake is the absolute highlight of this site, is wonderful for water sports of every kind, crystal clear tourquise blue water, excellent for swimming, it is actually warmer than the site pool complex.

Nearby in Clairvaux is an Aldi which is comparative with the Uk and a atac supermarket which is great to have a look round. The Jura area of France is beautiful forests, mountains and lakes, if you have good weather, (we stayed july into aug and average temp was 30 degrees) you can't beat it.

Domaine de Chalain is not overly commercial which we love although it is a large site it doesn't seem so and because of the natural environment you are in, it seems like you are part of the surroundings, not in a man made site.

As I've said before, I would highly highly recommend this site to uk campers, hence we have been back 3 times, it ticks all the boxes for us 2 adults and 3 kids ( 9, 10, 12) they love it,

It is fantastic value for money, and I have absolutely no doubt we will return there again.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Foscamp 1 review from this member

Had a wonderful eight days at Chalain and found the site excellent. Very friendly staff, both French staff employed by Chalain and Keycamp/Eurocp/Canvas employees. Lots of outdoor activities - high ropes course - playgrounds etc etc. Indoor pool really warm and sauna/steam room great. Outdoor pool was a bit cold - but not too cold to keep you away! Outdoor pool varied and large - but as Others have stated is not as big as brochure Makes out (as normal - brochures are adverts). Lake calm and peaceful and great for dingy's - lots of fun for older children/young teens. La Cure to Nyon train a must for the scenery.

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