We stayed at Camping des Cerisiers in August, having chosen it for its central location in the Morbihan department and proximity to Josselin. Most of the sites around the Golfe du Morbihan seemed to be large, holiday park type places, but we were looking for somewhere smaller and quieter.
Arriving late afternoon we were given a very friendly welcome from Nathalie, who now runs the site with her family, and who said we could pitch anywhere we liked.
Pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes were of varying sizes. The one we eventually chose was slightly narrower at the front than at the back which made it a bit tricky to manoeuvre our car alongside our reasonably sized tent, but the alternative was one directly opposite the main bathroom block which I didn’t fancy. There would likely have been more choice a bit earlier in the day but, as has been previously mentioned, the site is very popular with cyclists stopping off along the Nantes to Brest canal who tend to arrive late afternoon.
The site has a number of pre-erected, fully equipped tents, caravans and mobile homes that can be rented, as well as some more unusual accommodation including tipis, western-type covered wagons, a yurt and an extremely individual ‘bubble room’, basically a spherical bedroom with a transparent top for romance under the stars which seemed very popular (even at €120 a night!)
There is a little bar offering drinks and snacks. A cabin marked ‘Epicerie’ has just a view basics available (we were grateful for a small jar of coffee when we ran out). Breakfast can be ordered up til 8pm and collected from the office each morning. There is a small laundry cabin with a washing machine, tumble dryer etc. A token for the dryer was €2 and this was appreciated when we inadvertently left our towels outside in the rain!
The main thing that lets the site down is the toilet/shower facilities. For a start they are communal which I dislike but that’s a personal thing. The block in the middle of the site has four cubicles, two with toilet, hand basin and shower, one with toilet, hand basin and a baby change area, and the fourth just has a hand basin. There are a couple of urinals in a separate part. The dishwashing sinks are on the outside of this block. Attached to the main house is another small block with one shower/basin/toilet room, another shower and another toilet. As earlier reviewers have said, the block attached to the main house is a bit better, but to say that they all need updating, or at least refreshing, is a bit of an understatement. The water pressure in the central block is rather erratic at busy times; I was left in the shower one day with my face lathered up and no water to wash it off for a good few minutes!
There were scout groups camping on the lower part of the site when we were there and this clearly stretched the facilities to their limit as a previous reviewer commented. Just about tolerable is the best description I can come up with. We stayed a week but did go and look at another site with a view to moving there. In the end we just didn’t want the hassle of packing everything up and pitching again.
Josselin is a lovely town to wander around. The chateau reaches down to the canal and the central square opposite the church in the upper part of town has a number of restaurants, creperies etc. We ate twice at Le Bistro which had a very reasonable 3 course formule available in the evenings and good friendly service.
There are a couple of large supermarkets on the other side of Josselin where we did most of our shopping. We visited a number of places both coast and country. Rochefort-en-Terre, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, was full of picture postcard streets. Malestroit was a nice little town with a pretty centre. The Lac Au Duc near Ploermel has a lovely hydrangea walk, an easy path that made for a very pleasant afternoon stroll.
The campsite has a lot of potential and the owners are clearly lovely, hardworking people who want to develop their business, particularly in the direction of the glamping type accommodation from what we saw. My only issue is that this is presently at odds with the somewhat ‘rustic’ bathroom facilities which should be their first priority. If they can resolve this they could have a little gem on their hands.
This is a lovely campsite for those wanting some peace and quiet in the countryside.
A 20 minute walk from Josselin, along the canal, bike hire and kayaking available as you get to the town and a lovely medieval town to wander around, with some lovely cafes and restaurants.
The campsite is very popular with cyclists and walkers, usually those who are following the Nantes-Brest canal route. Many people passed through, throughout our 8 night stay here, giving the site a lovely atmosphere and constantly changing character.
The ground is quite firm in the summer so worth taking some strong pegs but there's plenty of choice for where to pitch, with some nice shaded areas if you prefer. The woods at the rear of the site are nice for a short stroll and the owners are currently developing a clearing there for some extra pond features.
The toilets are kept very clean and have separate 'suites' within them, meaning you effectively have a bathroom to yourself, with toilet, shower and sink. The block attached to the house is the nicer of the two but both are cleaned regularly.
One tip for those not used to camping in France - take your own loo roll!
The owners are lovely English people, who are happy to help out with anything and who will also cook burgers and chips in the evening to order or bring a breakfast to your tent, if you order the night before.
We had a great stay here, often preferring the peace and quiet of cooking by our tent, by the forest, rather than eating in town. However, the restaurants we did try in Josselin were lovely and the main square has a great atmosphere throughout the day. We were lucky enough to see an outdoor concert outside the town hall whilst we were there too, which was lovely.
Another tip - if you're going to walk home from town in the evening, be warned that there are no street lights! Either take a very good torch or take the car and drive back. We found out the hard (and scary!) way.
The coast is only an hour's drive away and there are also nice lakes nearby, with plenty of watersports activities to take part in.
We would definitely return if we were to go to this area again.
This is a very quiet and peaceful site, with very few children around and ideal for a chill out caravan week. I did not use the toilet block as the caravan does have its own facilities, the loo emptying point is around the back of the toilet block and campers could do with some guidance to find it.
The canal and lock is down the hill about 1Km away and if cycling there is a bit of a hill to get back to the site, having said that the towpath by the canal is well worth the trip and an easy cycle ride to the town of Josselin some two kms away. My trip to the area included the celebrations of Bastille day in Josselin where they party from early evening to several bands in various areas in the town. The evening culminates in a very good firework display over the river with the castle in the foreground.
There is a Carrefour supermarket on the far side of Josselin but the main shopping area is at Ploermel 15kms away.
There isn't a pool or children's play area on site, but this makes it a great place for a pleasant and quiet week.
Dick and Paula are very amiable people and welcomed me to the site on arrival, unfortunately the Wifi was not operational during my visit as the telephone engineers do not seem to put this as a priority, but Dick did offer me use of his own personal internet connection if I had urgent e. Mails to send.
I managed to get good TV reception on the small satellite dish that I have attached to the caravan, this I found to be a plus when the rain is persistent.
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Apart from the persistent rain that plagued Brittany for the fortnight I was there, my stay at Camping des Cerisiers was very pleasant and I would not hesitate to recommend the site to anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful stay.
Excellent value for money site, if you have bicycles highly recommend riding into Josselin and then along the river, beautiful scenery along the river as well as through the country farmlands.
The owners were extremely helpful and went out of their way to assist with any requests. We had run out of gas and they identified a store that stocked what we needed (Most stores have different gas & gas fittings).
Insider tip use the shower facilities next to the house rather than the main shower block they are much nicer. That being said all facilities were of a good standard and were cleaned regularly.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay at this campsite. There was a selection of pitches and we were able to get a fantastic one with shade and trees/hedges around it for privacy. The toilet and shower facilities were well-kept and very clean. The owners were away when we stayed but their parents were on site and they were helpful and friendly. They made us feel right at home and gave excellent advice on where to eat out in Josselin.
Josselin itself is a beautiful old town, with cobbled streets and fairytale wooden-framed houses, and is one of the loveliest places we visited whilst in France. In the town you can visit the top of the Church tower to get some spectacular views of the town below and, of course, the castle. We visited the castle too and enjoyed the tour of some of the selected rooms as well as exploring the grounds. There are plenty of places to eat, as well as wonderful boulangeries and a handy Super U. We also found a delightful English secondhand bookshop and stocked up on novels whilst there.
We would love to return to Josselin in future and if/when we do we will certainly stay at this campsite again.
Apart from about 6 static residential homes and 5 very old dilapidated caravans (these were let on a day to day basis to local workers), the place was deserted. We were greeted by the owner who was helpful and said we could pitch anywhere. As we didn't have a back up site to go to we decided to stay for one night at least.
The shower/toilet block was not a pleasant experience. You had to walk beside an open mens urinal to get to the showers which were unisex and the decide which shower/toilet was the least dirty. There was nowhere for emptying the chemical toilet and the fresh water pipe was a lot to be desired.
Apparently they cater mainly for cyclists who cycle the Brest to Nantes canal and we were the first caravanners he had seen for quite a while.
As it happened we eventually stayed for five nights. My visits to the showers were only made when needed (and then with my partner in tow).
Why did we stay you may ask - Well it was the perfect situation for us and Josselin is stunning. As we like peace and quite we couldn't have asked for more, and we didn't fancy the hassle of packing up and finding another site. The canal is a wonderful place to stroll along in the evenings. Josselin takes about 20 - 30 mins to get to but who's in a hurry, unless its to get to a bar and watch the world go by. Their market is on a Saturday and is well worth a visit.
This was our fist trip to France with the caravan and it hasn't put us off at all, but we have learnt a lot - firstly, have a back up site to go to.
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