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Visitor Reviews - Domaine De Chalain

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Domaine De Chalain
Lac Chalain
Franche Comte   (Browse area)
39130   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0033(0)3 84 25 78 78

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Pitches: 472
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 11 Reviews
              8/10 from 11 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Smarksmith 13 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: August 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Njones 17 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.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bert07 5 reviews from this member

We have just returned from 7 days here. As previous reviewers have said, sat nav does not get it right you need to follow the signs for the lac de chalain instead. It was about a 5 hour drive down from calais - we stopped in reims overnight (novotel and ibis are just off the toll road) to break the journey up as we were travelling with a 3 year old.

Check in was straightforward and we were allocated a pitch right by the restaurant and lake. Made for beautiful sunsets and easy access to everything however it was a congregating section for teenagers in the evening, they were moved on at 11pm every night and it went quiet then.

Excellent facilities on site, decent shops and supermarket, also a butchers and cheesery, bakers, newsagent - all match the hypermarket prices nearby. In fact for the first 4 days we didn't leave the campsite as there was so much for a 3 year old to do! The swimming pool is very cold so we left it until the afternoon to go, it is a lot smaller than the pictures suggest, great for children but probably not so exciting for teenagers. The indoor pool was warmer and attracted everyone, at times I felt it was too busy and would say they were over their safe numbers in there.

Play areas are everywhere and although suggest age 4-10 my 3 year old was happy enough on them.

The beach area is safe and since we were camping so close we took the chairs down with us to relax on.

The one downside for us was that the main lakeside camping area was serviced by one wash area (8 showers and a few more toilets) so there was often a big queue - however if you went further up the campsite to the mobile home area there was another bigger washarea which housed many more showers/toilets and more often than not having walked past a queue of 5 people waiting for a shower at the first area the other one would be empty.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ijf1 1 review from this member

Amazing location, it took us awhile to find the site as our satnav took us to a very close village of Fontenu which has no access to the site. Lots of great facilities very clean toilet blocks. Some great bike rides, good mountain biking and some very good family routes. A loop around Le Frasnoise being very nice.

Downsides - our kids were disappointed with the water park which was not very good and they rarely used it.

Hoards of Dutch who seem to be roaming about shouting very loud between 9pm and 2am. Every night large groups headed for the lake lighting fires and shouted/ chanted very loud, occasionally they were moved off the lake, they then passed our tent shouting as they went. On the last night at about 1am after about the tenth group of what I thought was shouting kids I went out to find they were mainly 40 yr olds with a few kids.

All the entertainment was in Dutch such as dutch Karaoke in an open air area.

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