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Camping Huttopia Oleron Les Chenes Verts
9 Passe De L Ecussiere
Dolus D Oleron
Poitou-Charentes   (Browse area)
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Pitches: 105
Open: 29/05/2022 to 15/09/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 5 Reviews
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 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   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
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 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: DDJC 5 reviews from this member

 The Chenes Verts is a member of the Indi-go chain. We booked on the internet and pay a deposit. You pay the balance on departure

It is at the end of a no-through road, that ends right at the seashore. The entrance is easy enough, even for a bigger outfit like ours (Santa Fe + Unicorn Cadiz = outfit length of >39í). While checking in, you have to wait at the barrier, which means that everyone else has to wait.

Reception is very relaxed, but friendly. All staff seem to speak excellent English. The information given is enough, but remember to ask for directions to the amenities you need. There is a selection of essentials, including a surprisingly good selection of regional wine, although it would be stretching it to call it a shop.

Once in, you pass a collection of huts that provide a pizzeria and place to sit. The eatery does reasonably good homemade pizza, chips, burgers etc. It will box them up for takeaway as well. Behind the eatery there is a small childrenís playground. An expansion of this facility would be welcome as it is a bit limited. You also pass a volleyball court and two table tennis tables. There is no swimming pool.

There are two ablution blocks which always seemed to have empty toilets, sinks and showers. The good news is that they are cleaned several times a day by the staff. Only one block has machine washing facilities, the other has sinks. Showers are OK, but hot water is occasionally temperamental if lots of people are using the facilities.

The site is far from level and the access road weaves round pitches and up and down. The road is not in good condition but we didnít ground at any time. Pitches are all over the place, but it is quite charming really, and very pleasant if you donít like regimented, side-by-side lines of vans/tents. Clearly, not all pitches are suitable for caravans. This site seems to be more tents and small campervans than caravans - Iíd say less than a dozen caravans on the whole site. We paid for a premium pitch with is marginally larger, and much flatter. No problem pitching, although we needed the ramp. Expect electric HU cables to cross roads & pitches. More EHU poles would be an improvement. Our pole had UK polarity, but check.

The ground is a mixture of weedy grass, leaf litter and a very sandy soil, very soft to walk on. The sand gets everywhere and it isnít clean sand. You need your own flooring in the awning. Very easy to peg in the awning, although three days in, a cloudburst broke a couple of our unbreakable fibreglass poles Ė grr. The setting however is lovely. It is very shaded, being surrounded by Holm oak trees that extend right on to the seashore. Although there is a plentiful supply of insects (you might need anti-mossie), there are few birds. Dusk brings bats to reduce the mossie population.

The seashore is the gem at this site. A hundred yards through the paths that wend through the oak trees, you reach the Atlantic Ocean. The initial area of shore is a rock shelf that has great potential for crabbing and netting for kids. Go north or south for half a mile and you get to the sandy beaches. Note that further south you go, the fewer rocks and stones you will find. Although we didnít go down that far, there seemed to be a lifeguard, presumably to cover the surfing school that is out when waves are good. Didnít affect us and we had some great swimming. The sea can throw up some bigger waves, but the beach is safe with no drop off into an abyss. Lots of bodyboarding and surfing which you need to watch for. Note for parents of younger kids, there was a moderate amount of topless swimming and sunbathing, but you get that anywhere these days. We loved the beach and spent part of each day there.

At the time we were there, the mix was roughly 40% Brits, 30% Germans, 20% French and 10% Dutch. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the evenings were frequently given over to light (and excellent, I may add) live music & singing being played from one or other group. However, very respectfully, silence took over every night from about half ten. There was one night when because a large group were leaving when it went on all night, but fortunately for us it was the other side of the camp.

The Ile díOleron itself is famous for its seafood, especially oysters and mussels. It is also renowned for its flat landscape and cycle friendly roads. Everyone cycles because apart from the main drag across the island, the speed limit seems to be either 50 or 30 km everywhere. The number of speed ramps is ridiculous! There isnít much to see outside an interesting lighthouse, but if you are into safe cycling, surfing or seafood, then this is the place to be. Locally they produce a cognac that is rather good and something called Pineau, which is a cross between red wine and port. An hour away is La Rochelle which is definitely worth a visit (park somewhere on the road on the way in. Traffic is ridiculous). Traffic getting on and off the island can be heavy, at any time of the day.

We enjoyed our stay and can recommend the site. Minor improvements to the shop, pizzeria & other amenities, especially for children would be helpful. The reason we wonít be going back is because we donít go back to places! 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ears 1 review from this member

 Our family of 4 camped here in for 9 nights in early August 2015 - lovely site and I would highly recommend it. Very close to the beach and well situated on the Ile D'Oleron which is a great spot for relaxing, beaches and cycling.

There are standard size pitches and + size and I would say to go for the + size if you have a large tent or caravan - I do not think our Kyham Ontario 8 with porch and car would have fitted onto the standard size. The pitch was an awkward shape with trees in it, but it was large enough that we could work around. The + size pitches also have a picnic table which is really useful.

I would estimate 40% of visitors are French, most of the others are English & German. Almost everyone here was a family, often with young children.

Toilets were clean all the time and the showers were OK.

The site was very quiet by 11pm and staff were helpful and all spoke English.

The only think we had trouble with was the Wifi, but that was more of an issue for the kids than for us and it didn't stop them from spending hours at the bar area on their tablets. Once connected all seemed well, but I gave up trying to get my iphone connected after several days trying, whereas my wife's iphone connected straight away.

Nice little bar on site, their pizzas were very good. The on-site shop is really just a shelf of very basic items, but there is a good sized supermarket just a couple of miles away. There is also a service to order bread and croissants for collection the following morning from the bar.

I said the showers were OK, they were a bit hit and miss - in one block they were cold and in the other too hot - but any attempt to reduce the temperature and they plummeted to absolutely freezing. Its not a major issue, more of a niggle and shouldn't stop anyone from staying here.

One other niggle was there is only one washing machine and dryer on the site - not an issue for me as I take enough clothes for the length of stay, but for those who did wish to use it required military style planning to stake a place in the queue and be present at the right time or risk being bumped back a place or two - one wash and dry took several hours to achieve.

One final point, there is no security on the site at all - there are two entrances, one at the back of the site directly from the beach. Anyone could walk onto the site at any time. We didn't have any problems but I did think this was a weakness and increases the risk of theft. 

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jude stubbs 4 reviews from this member

 We loved this site as it was quiet, a couple of minutes walk to a fantastic beach and the pitches were great. The shower blocks are excellent. Very clean and lots of showers available. The cycling on the island is fabulous - it's very flat with clearly marked tracks. A great way to explore.

We did have a couple of nights when it seemed that the nearby beach car-park was being used as a night club with music being played in the early hours. This was the only negative we had. 

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Sazza42 17 reviews from this member

 We loved this site & will hopefully be returning for another visit this year. We have stayed at other Indigo sites and like their format.

This site is yards away from the beach & you can hear the waves when the tide is in. I would wander down to the beach every evening to watch the sunset. The situation is brilliant - tucked away in the woods away from everywhere, but with a supermarket within cycling distance. The only downside to the location was that on some weekend nights there was music from the beach but it didn't ruin anything. The beach by the site is rocky - great for exploring rock pools etc, but no good for swimming. However, you can walk to more suitable swimming places easily. If you just want to sunbathe though, you can do this very easily right by the campsite. It was far too hot while we were there to sit in the sun, so we were glad of the shade over most of the the site.

As we hadn't booked, we had a choice of pitches & as other people have pointed out, some of them are awkward for big set-ups. We chose one away from everyone behind some of the permanent (empty at the time) canvas tents. It might get a bit 'intimate' when the site is full, but it was fine while we were there at the end of June, beginning of July.

The toilet blocks are clean & the showers are fine. Some of the washbasins are outside (under shelter though) & it is lovely to be brushing your teeth outside as it gets dark & watch the bats flying about.

The staff were all super helpful and friendly. We turned up having no idea how long we wanted to stay, said we would stay for at least 2 nights & ended up staying for 9 - they were fine with this & helped us find a pitch that suited us. It's the sort of site where you park your car on your pitch but they were also happy with us leaving our car in the carpark as we don't like to have our car next to our tent.

Keep in mind that the brilliant bar / pizza place is only open every day in high season. I think it opens at the weekends before July though. The bar is lovely - they do great pizzas & a couple of other things to eat & it is a good place to hang out in the evening if you need wi-fi or just for a change of scene & a cold beer. We tended to cycle a couple of miles along the coast, go for a swim, cycle back & enjoy a cold beer in the bar before we went back to our tent. Perfect. The wi-fi wasn't brilliant, but it was enough for what we needed.

There is a small playground for children, a volley ball court & a ping pong table. They also run activities in high season for the little ones. This service was just starting up as we left in the first week of July, so if you needed this, check the dates before you go. The activities appear to be nature orientated & it was fun watching the children exploring the site & getting to know each other, whatever their nationalities. We don't have children, but this site seems to suit them and child-free adults as well - room for everyone. There was a real mix of nationalities on site while we were there - definitely not just Brits or French.

It was our second visit to the island & we will be going back as it is a perfect place for a holiday if you like relaxing & outdoor activities. If you want to visit places for days out, we enjoyed La Rochelle & particularly Rochefort for day trips, but you could easily not leave the island. We cycled a lot & would have done more if it hadn't been so hot (over 40 degrees on some days). We took our own bikes, but you can hire bikes there if you need to. We picked up a bike map & there are signposts for cycling all over the place - you could get on your bike & go somewhere different every day. They seem to be building more bike paths every day.

We enjoyed La Cotiniere, just up the coast to visit for food & ice-creams although avoid Le Caveau du Port on the harbour front - a beautiful setting for a restaurant, but truly awful service & food. The ice-cream shop was excellent & we enjoyed good meals in other restaurants there.

All in all, this is a lovely 'back to nature' campsite in a brilliant setting. We will be back. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Carmiechops 9 reviews from this member

 After staying on a Camping Indigo campsite in northern France last year, we decided to try this one.

The Ile d'Oleron is lovely. It wasn't overly busy, considering we were there in high season. The weather was perfect - hot but with a sea breeze to stop the temperature becoming unbearable. The island is flat, with miles of well sign posted cycle paths criss crossing it. The beach just to the south of the campsite was perfect - massive, sandy, big (but not dangerous) waves, with an area of rockpools as well. There was something for the whole family!

The campsite has a lot of strengths. It's in a perfect position next to the beach at the end of a quiet road. There is table tennis, a bar/restaurant take-away food, wi-fi (around reception), bike hire, children's playground and a small shop.

There is no swimming pool, but with the fabulous beach so close you don't really need it.

The staff were always helpful and pleasant. Our first pitch was too small for our (normal sized) family tent and they found us another pitch straight away. This is my only criticism of the campsite, that despite being in a beautiful location with trees everywhere, most of the pitches were too small and too close together. For a campsite that isn't particularly cheap, I expected more generously sized pitches.

In the same vein, although the sanitary facilities were new and cleaned frequently, they were stretched to the limit when the campsite was full. Showers late in the evening were a no-no as there wasn't any hot water left.

On the positive side and a wonderful bonus, the campsite provides free freezing for your ice-packs. There is a freezer in the bar area and you just pop them in and take them out whenever you please.

I would estimate 15-20% of the campers were British, so enough for the children to make friends, but not enough to be irritating! 

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