Reviews of Camping Fontisson
1125 Route D Avignon
Chateauneuf De Gadagne
Provence - Cote D Azur (Browse area)
Tel: +33 (0)490225977
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Open: 30 March To 12 October
| Tent Pitches
|| Caravan Pitches
|| Motorhome Pitches
|| No Glamping Units
| Statics for Hire
|| No Statics on Sale
|| No Seasonal Pitches
|| No Caravan Storage
| Electric Hookups
|| No Hardstandings
|| No Fully Serviced Pitches
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|Who's it for|
| Families Welcome
|| Not Members Only
|| No Rallies
|| Not Naturist Site
| Dogs Welcome
|| No Dogs Allowed
|| Groups Welcome
| Toilet Facilities
|| Hot Showers
|| Washing Up
|| No Bathroom
| No Baby Changing
|| Laundry On Site
|| Drinking Water
|| Disabled Friendly
| Chemical Disposal
|| No Battery Charging
|| No Gas Exchange
|| No Recycling Facilities
| No Kitchen Facilities
|| No Freezer / Fridge
|| Motorhome Point
| Shop <1 mile
|| Bar <1 mile
|| Restaurant <1 mile
|| Wifi Access
| Kids Playground
|| No TV Room
|| No Games Room
|| No Evening Ents
| No Fishing
|| No Wild Swimming
|| No Indoor Pool
|| Outdoor Pool On Site
| No Horse Riding
|| No Cycle Hire
|| No Golf
|| Tennis On Site
| No Beach
|| No Watersports
|| No Boat Launch
| No Sea Views
|| Not Working Farm
|| No Campfires Allowed
|| Not Open All Year
| No Waterside Pitches
|| Public Transport
|| No Dog Walk
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|Date of Visit: September 2016
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||40 reviews from this member
Second night stop-over from Eurotunnel to Cote D’azur.
Paying full whack (No ACSI Card or other such saving scheme!)
Turn up on spec without booking, but with fingers crossed!
Stayed Fri 2nd Sept.
Pitch inc. 2 x adults @ €13. 90
10A EHU @ €3. 80
2 x Tourist Tax @ €0. 45
2 x Eco participation (?) @ €0. 10
Total €18. 80
As you approach the site on the D901, if your satnav sends you left at the roundabout, ignore it. Particularly if you are towing! Go straight on at the roundabout, and the site entrance is 50 yards down, on the left (and with a clear and obvious sign for the campsite). Our satnav sent us into a cul-de-sac off the roundabout. Close but no cigar!
You head in through the open barrier (that gets locked at night, from memory) which leads to car park/reception. You then get an entry card to gain access (and egress) through a second barrier leading to the campsite proper. If memory serves, the access card needed a cash deposit, but can't remember how much. All tallied up of course, when it was returned next morning, and settling the bill on departure.
Have to strongly agree with the last review. As a one night stopover en-route, it served its purpose perfectly well, but yes, it certainly lacked character and ambience.
After settling up at reception, and being invited to pick our pitch, we were unimpressed with the first batch of pitches we came across. Very hard, dry, bumpy, lumpy, and dusty. Not tent friendly in my opinion. Very shaded from trees. In amongst some statics/chalets. Not particularly spacious. Only noticed a couple of touring caravans/motorhomes, in amongst the statics. The touring pitches were mostly vacant.
We then came across the more open pitches alluded to in the previous review. More to our liking, although it was emblazoned in evening sun, and it was hot! Flatter, more of a grassy surface (albeit yellow grass!), more spacious. Little in the way of privacy/pitch demarcation, but as we were literally the only campers in the whole section, that was hardly relevant!
I got the impression (rightly or wrongly) this area was a more recent addition to the site, still waiting for young trees to grow, etc.
We used the loos/showers nearest to us. The “Al Fresco” ones. All good to be fair. Perfectly clean and adequate. Nice and airy, obviously, which was a bonus in these high temps!
As we need EHU to inflate the tent, fortunately we found out straight away that our initial pitch’s EHU had tripped, so rather than wander back up to reception, we simply moved to our second preferred pitch (after checking the EHU first, of course!) No further problems.
After setting up, we took an evening stroll around the site. Grabbed an ice cream apiece from the reception shop, saw (and nodded to) a family heading back to their static from the pool, and got followed around site by what I presume was the site guard dog! (neither friendly, nor threatening). We never saw anyone else.
There was a bare patch over between the sports pitches and the pool. Apparently left over from a bouncy castle in the main season? Just beyond that, was a gap/gateway in the hedge, which seemed to lead to a dog walk, if the uncollected piles were any clue! Maybe that’s where the site guard dog hangs out, when he has nobody to follow around! LOL!
All in all, the site was very quiet, and somewhat uninspiring. It had that “ready to close for winter” feel about it.
But I have to say, for our needs and wants (basically somewhere clean, safe and suitable to pitch a tent for a single nights sleep en-route further south), it was perfectly adequate. I wouldn’t want to holiday here, and wouldn’t go out of my way to return, but if we wanted another overnighter on the same route, and with the same suitable timing on our journey, there is actually no reason for us to avoid it.
|Date of Visit: September 2016
||Unit: Touring Caravan
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||53 reviews from this member
The last review is three years ago so an up date is perhaps now due.
The facts are still the same - the facilities are still good and the owners are as helpful as ever. I won't try to add or subtract from what was said, but subjective opinions can differ, and this for us was not really an attractive site. The approach lane and the site layout just did not appeal. There are open pitches in an area without shade - and you would not want that here in summer - but the shaded pitches are mixed in with a random scattering of static caravans which are not very well placed - just put down here and there. Landscaping and layout, style and beauty are not evident. The dead vineyard alongside is not pretty either.
There is a top quality toilet and shower block near the reception at the top of the site - not in a very convenient place - so most peole used the small unisex alfresco building (two toilets, two showers, two wash basin cubicles) in the centre of the pitches. There is a good hard tennis court, a similar hard volley ball/ six a side football pitch, and an odd floodlit Tarmac crazy golf course in the very centre of the site - all totally unused as far as we could see - and then a conventional swimming pool beyond all that, and still open in September. There were a few people about but the whole place had a rather sad desultory feel at that stage of the season, but maybe would be livelier at other times in the year.
A subjective review, I admit, and others may warm to Fontisson more than we did.
|Date of Visit: July 2013
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|Nights stayed: 10
||Travelling as: Mature couple
||22 reviews from this member
I chose this site because of its size, we don't have children so like quieter, smaller sites without entertainment, and also for the location. I hoped it would be easy to visit places of interest but, was near a village and, being in the Vaucluse it would offer good (aka gentle) cycling.
We were pretty happy with my selection on the whole. And after thinking I'd made a mistake to begin with, after seeing the hill, I've decided I didn't and that the friendliness and cleanliness of the site were worth it.
The site is small, with about 30 touring pitches and 20 statics/chalets interspersed throughout. The site is surrounded by fields and vineyards, some sadly no longer in use. The managers / owners of the site were very approachable, treating my cavewoman french kindly, and were happy to help when I needed a pump for my bike. The Reception area is lovely and cool and offers ice-creams and cold drinks to take away, plus emergency wine and water. There are leaflets on places to visit and you can also order bread/croissants for breakfast. The latter comes from the most glorious bakery in the village. More of that in a moment.
We had Pitch No. 9 which was quite wide, allowing us to pitch our 6-berth frame tent and have the car alongside, but also with enough space between for the table and chairs. It was screened at the front with some bamboo; other pitches had oleanders and other greenery. Yes, the pitch had a minor slope but nothing to worry about. We had a tap on the pitch (for general use) and I was worried it would be a nuisance but it wasn't as there wasn't a drain grille (just a paving slab under the tap); this meant people weren't tempted to drain away pasta etc. The tap was also a 'proper' tap - not a push one - which I think saves water.
Other pitches were smaller/larger with some under cypress trees. We had a mix of acacia and eucalyptus which gave much needed shade.
You will probably need rock pegs.
There are two unisex 'sanitaires', one behind Reception and another smaller one, half-way down the site. Both were kept pretty much spotless: loos, showers and washing up areas. There was plentiful hot water and the taps were adjustable. I was most impressed. No loo seats or loo paper but, I'm used to that by now and don't mind, no 'free' paper equals less mess. The sewage system seems to rely on a pump or or similar, so you MUST use regular toilet paper (not even tissues) or you may cause a problem.
On arrival you are given a bag in which to place your recyclable plastics, tins etc, as well as the usual glass recycling bins.
There is a free freezer for ice-blocks but it wasn't terribly effective, and I found our blocks were only ever half-way frozen when left for a day (this was a bit of a nuisance as we don't have a powered ice-box). There is a freezer for food, for which you pay for a key to, should you wish to use that. I don't know how much per day/week.
The site has a mini-golf course, tennis court and basketball pitch. Equipment can be borrowed from Reception. There is also a gravelled area for Boules (and a regular competition during the main season). There is a children's play area (in shade) and an inflatable castle which seems to operate on request (to save energy - this site is into being 'green').
The pool is set at one end of the site, adjacent to what appears to be staff accommodation, but it is a lovely spot, amongst trees with views across the vineyards.
There is a small 'buvette' that's open for drinks and snacks in the afternoon. The pool is a reasonable size with plentiful sunbeds and was a lovely temperature when we were there. Proper trunks only.
The site attracts families of varying ages, a lot of Dutch and also French, with most people staying for some days rather than a quick stopover.
I don't know how this compares to other sites in Provence, or to the time of year but. There were lots of 'cigales' singing their hearts out and emerging from their underground seclusion. This didn't freak us out - we were fascinated by their life cycle, with the holes in the ground and transformations taking place before our eyes. We figured you could fry the discarded shells with garlic as a new snack.
A Swedish couple opposite were so concerned they asked us if the noise stopped at night. He promptly went and bought earplugs. The noise does stop once the temperature cools but once it gets to 22 degrees, pump up the volume. I think it's just part of being in the Med. They don't bite, we just felt sad at those who'd tried to emerge beneath our groundsheets. Sorry.
The campsite is at the top of the village, which means to go to it you have to go down a hill. Walking, it takes about 20 minutes by taking a turn left at the petrol station, then after a flat bit, a short walk down the steep hill (it's longer if you follow the main road, get a map from googlemaps). The village is lived in, not a tourist trap so expect cars, and has lovely views across the plain to Mont Ventoux, the Luberon and the Alpilles.
There is a pleasant restaurant, a newsagents, greengrocers (sells cheese too) and the aforementioned boulangerie and a take-away pizza place (which also visits the campsite). The boulangerie is divine, smells wonderful and is well worth the morning stroll (it's not far) and the staff were friendly too. If you drive, park in the post office opposite (also has an ATM).
The nearest supermarket is Intermarche in Le Thor, a short 5 minute or so drive away.
As for cycling, there are routes available but all needed us to go down and thus up, the steep winding roads to the plain. We stayed with the very short but flat route to a local vineyard (open on some days a week).
During the main season some low key activities are held: wine tasting (which we missed!), pony rides for children, zumba, aquabikes and a moules frites evening, as well as the boules event.
My overall verdict is a lovely campsite, very clean, with friendly staff, basic shops within easy reach, and a good centre to see the main sights.
There is a bit of road noise (the village isn't far from Avignon, so not completely starry starry night) but it didn't disturb us.
The price was also reasonable.
We had a lovely time there, and were sad to leave.
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Is Camping Fontisson child friendly? YES, it accepts children & has a playground View all facilities
Does Camping Fontisson have a swimming pool? YES, there is a pool on site View all facilities
Where is the nearest shop to Camping Fontisson? There is a shop within 1 mile View all facilities
Is Camping Fontisson dog friendly? YES View all facilities
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