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Camping D Angers Lac De Maine
Avenue Du Lac De Maine
Angers
Pays de la Loire   (Browse area)
49000
Tel: +33 02 41 73 05 03
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Pitches: 163
Open: 12/04 To 03/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 12 Reviews
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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   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing 1 mile   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   Tennis 5 miles 
 No Beach   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: SoggySteve 4 reviews from this member

This was our third campsite on a shorter than weíd like camping tour of the Loire and purely by chance the third Huttopia site as well. We had just come from Noirmoutier and chose this one due to the proximity to Le Havre as we had an afternoon sailing on our last day and wanted to be a few hours drive away. A couple that we had met on our last campsite in Noirmoutier had been here and seemed to think it was an okay campsite with a pool and Angers a walk away.

We did decide to book the site from the last campsite but were rather shocked when coming to the final payment page that Huttopia was trying to charge us a Ä15 booking fee which we declined (why???). We decided to just turn up and if no spaces were available then we would head off and find somewhere else. We were offered about six different options (no silly and greedy booking fee) and drove around the outside of the site to find the one that suited us best.

Now I donít know about you but I find that some of these garage style pitch campsites can be okay but quite often you get a thin and long scrap of land separated by hedges or trees giving you the impression that you have some privacy but in fact you are literally feet away from your neighbours through the hedge.

This sadly was one of those. We struggled to find a decent pitch that had some shade but some sun as well as having enough room to put the van. Our van is a VW Lt32 which is quite like a medium wheel based sprinter van so itís not exactly huge. The van did fit on one of the large pitches but we were left feeling a little isolated with no real option for engaging with the neighbours.

You were however right next to them when you were chilling out and occasionally saw them through the undergrowth sitting there a few feet away from you which I find a bit spooky. Iíd rather a more open site with a bit more of a social experience and a little more distance from peopleís seating and socialising areas.

The pitch also looked across the road at the wooden huts they rent out for large sums of money. These looked a bit depressing to me but I suppose some people may find them attractive but it did give the our pitch the feeling it was in some cul-de-sac in a city. The electricity and water tap is at the end of each pitch so thumbs up for having those facilities as close at they are.

The swimming pool there is very clean and is right beside the bar/pizzeria. Iíd say this was the highlight of the site myself although I will give them credit for their toilet and shower facilities. These appeared virtually new and were rarely that busy. The taps offer temperature adjustment so you can tailor the shower temperature depending on how you like it. This should be a standard on all campsites rather than the preset temperatures you often have to put up with which are too often either scaldingly hot or too cold.

The bar was selling Heineken (which I personally think is a low grade commercial larger which tastes awful to me) or Affligem which I personally like although sadly they never managed to get a barrel of Affligem on whilst we were there so I committed to a bottle or two or Edelweiss which was a nice bottled beer sadly sold for Ä4. 60 a bottle so I didnít go back to the bar often at all. I did have a glass of wine there which came in the smallest wine glass I have every drunk out of. I think it must have been a 140ml but was only half filled amounting to couple of short gulps.

It wasnít particularly nice wine either. This was an eye watering Ä3. 80 which is just way too much. In fact later on in our stay I had a conversation with an English lady who said sheíd been coming there for fifteen years and that Huttopia had only relatively recently taken the place over. She said the bar/food prices virtually doubled so you rarely see anyone eating or drinking there. This did ring true as it was only on occasion you saw people actually using the seats let alone buying anything from the bar. I didnít see anyone eat a single meal the whole time I was there which I think is quite sad.

The staff, as with the two other Huttopia sites we visited were excellent. Very polite and engaging and always saying hello and smiling at us. The shop was almost non-existent. There is wine at around Ä10-13 which is high considering similar bottles are half that in the local supermarket (of which there is a massive Carrefour about a twenty minute walk away).

There are a couple of staples but nothing really that useful. More expensive versions of things you may have forgotten like preserves (very expensive) and overpriced beers. The bread and croissants ordered from the bar for the following day are very good and inexpensive. It was a daily occurrence that we went to collect our baguette and two chocolate croissants from the reception.

One of the reasons we chose this site is as itís on the edge of a the large Lac De Maine which is easily accessible by walking out of the site entrance then turning right and following a path through the car park. If you walk far enough along the path you get to a pyramid shaped building (a bit of an eye sore to me) which has a kind of sailing club there. Continue on past that and you get to a wooded area where you can swim in the lake. As we approached we saw that the beach had been cordoned off with no explanation.

After checking a website it claimed that they close it during adverse weather conditions (understandable) or when there is no official life guard on duty. We decided that this was the reason that what appears to be the only place to swim on this entire lake was closed due to nobody allocating a lifeguard. This I have to say was disappointing as it appears that the lake is only generally used for paid water sports and not for local people and visitors that simply want to swim in a lake.

A couple of days on we walked right around the lake which is not that far and a walk weíd recommend and the beach cordon had been removed. There was a lifeguard setting up the usual high umpires chair so that was a positive (it was around midday) The actual swimming area was a bit sad really and stunk of more British insurance bureaucracy than the usual freer French attitude.

There was a little sandwich and beer place set up near the lake here and the guys running it (although it only opened at 12pm) were super friendly. A Croque Monsieur was around Ä5. 50 with a large pile of fries included. There was no option for one without the ham so I had to abstain but the chips were good and apparently the Croque Monsieur very good so iíd recommend you stop over for an inexpensive lunchtime snack if youíre passing. There was also a small horse riding hut with tiny horses for tiny people.

If you come out of the main entrance to the campsite and head down to the main road and turn right you can walk down to the Carrefour. This takes around 20mins iíd say and on the way you pass a bus stop on your right. The number 6 bus weaves around the back streets eventually heading in to Angers where we got off by the Chateaux (Ä1. 50 each way). Itís worth noting that the campsite said the buses are every twenty minutes but they are not. More like every hour and twenty minutes!

From there we jumped on one of those little tourist trains (almost like a big kids train) as it was around Ä6 each and we thought it may give us some historical information that we may otherwise miss. This isnít something we would usually do but it was actually worth it. The journey was around 40mins and offered a lot of history on this interesting city. Make sure you get in the correct carriage though as the commentary is in a different language depending on which one you choose.

Itís worthing visiting the Chateaux which I think costs around Ä9 each. There isnít tons to do in there but a good walk around the battlements after walking around the inside of the church and castle gives a good view of the city and the lovely gardens they have maintained in the moat. If youíre hot, then go below the gift shop and you can view the tapestry in a well air conditioned room.

The main city has some very old buildings in there which house some uber expensive tourist shops but sadly they have given some of the centre over to the Starbucks and H&Mís of the world which was not fitting with the history of the place.

You can also walk to here from the campsite which I would recommend only if itís not too hot out. The best route is probably out of the campsite, turn right and head around the lake in an anticlockwise direction where you walk along a long path with the lake on one side and the river on the other. Itís a well shaded path and good for cycling and eventually youíll go through a park and then onwards to a bridge you can walk over. I suspect this would take 40 or so minutes but maybe more.

Overall then. I would not go back to this site due to the actual pitches, the fact that the lake is unwelcoming for swimmers and there is a strange lack of community there. Everyone seems to get on with their own thing almost like everyone is politely trying to avoid everyone else. If you do go here and have a great social time them iím genuinely pleased for you.

I personally found it hard to nod and wave at people as unlike almost all the other sites weíve ever stayed on, there feels like no functional community meeting place other than the pool and an unwillingness for people to just strike up polite conversation. Also, the fact that they tried to charge us Ä15 to book on to this site which was already over Ä30 a night seems like someone has dropped the ball here and got too greedy.

There are much better sites to chill out on than this one so unless you really need to be close to Angers or are travelling with friends and families then you may find yourself chatting to yourself more than you would like.

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Harveyrv 4 reviews from this member

This is the second time that we have stayed here - the first time was 3 years ago.

Since then, very little has changed other than the toilet and shower block has been completely overhauled and renovated ( it was in desperate need )

Very nice site with large pitches defined with well established hedging, good access and EHU and water on all pitches.

Washing machine on site.

Bus stop near to entrance or a very pleasant walk into Anger along rhe river takes about 30 minutes.

Bread and usual offerings for sale at reception.

Very good English spoken by reception staff.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: MrWez 15 reviews from this member

Camping De Lac du Main is a site on the outskirts of Angers, it is a short walk and easy bus ride into the city.

We were out of high season and used our ACSI card which made the site great value. The staff were friendly and helpful and advised us to drive around and find a pitch that suited us, they also advised which were the best pitches to access the free WiFi (basically those nearest the pool), which was also where the sanitary block that was open was (there is another one but it was closed at the time of our visit). The snack bar/bar/restaurant was also closed at the time of our visit. Bread and viennoiserie could be ordered from reception. The entrance barrier has a 3. 5m limit.

There is a motorhome service area, the amenities also have washing and dishwashing facilities. The facilities were clean and looked new so they may have been refurbished. The pool was open.

The nearby supermarket has a 3m height barrier, I donít think

They want to encourage motorhomers sadly.

The pitches were of reasonable size and had electricity and water (at least those near us did), shade is variable but most were in full sun. The pitches should be grass but we were there after a prolonged heatwave and the pitch was very dusty, however, after an hour long thunderstorm the pitch greened up but also drained rapidly.

Itís quite straightforward finding the site from the autoroute, it is signposted.

This is a good site in a good location, ideal for exploring Angers, we would happily use it again.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Sheiladore 20 reviews from this member

We stayed here for 6 nights, as we had 2 camping cheques to use. As the season was coming to an end there was only one toilet block open, the flies were awful inside the showers. It needs updating. All the other facilities were shut. The site is very good foe reaching Angers, walking or cycling on the pathway. The lake beside the site is superb, lovely bike rides or walks. Supermarket is nearby.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Big Ben 1 review from this member

Stayed here the end of July for six nights on a camping trip around France. We have a large tent so was a little worried about size of pitches but we got there and walked around and chose our pitch we wanted. Excellent facilities very clean good showers and loads of hot water kids loved the pool and free trampolines, take bikes as the lake next door has loads of cycle routes, angers is really pretty and a nice place to visit. Mainly French and Dutch on the site which was nice would defo recommend so much so that we are booking for next year. ( only thing is take decent rock pegs as the ground is hard)

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Moyster 8 reviews from this member

Friendly staff who let us in the side gate because of our height. Hard standing pitch which was a bit too shady for us but there were plenty of alternatives. Pool etc all closed as too early in the season. Showers, toilet block excellent. Well planned with plenty of hot water. Excellent cycle track around the nearby lake and the cycle into the old part of Angers only took 30 minutes. Excellent tourist office right by the castle where we left bikes then explored on foot. In the evening cycling round the lake saw herons and even an otter! Altogether an excellent site for what we wanted, easy access to the city and plenty of exercise opportunities. Even at this time of year 25 units in residence each night so popular.

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Princewood 5 reviews from this member

Visited this site during the low season so many of the facilities(i. E. Pool, Restaurant, one toilet block) had already closed.

On arrival staff very friendly and accommodating. Due to recent rain we requested a hardstanding pitch and were given this. Our pitch, along with most of the others on site, was large and hedged allowing for privacy when sitting out.

The shower and toilet block that remained open was warm and clean and during our visit we never had to wait to use any of the facilities.

The city of Angers is lovely. Less than 10 minutes drive by car and parking is very reasonable(1. 50 euro 3 hours). Alternatively you can walk into the city from the site around the lake and alongside the River Maine (approx 5km)and it's flat all the way.

Large Carrefour hypermarket within two minutes drive.

Ideal place to stay to visit the city of Angers.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Paul_M 29 reviews from this member

A large site although when we visited, after the middle of August, half of it was closed; had no trouble booking on-line.

Large pool (no flumes &c), some children's facilities, and a snack bar (does breakfasts and some drinks but closes fairly early) - we didn't try any of those but looked fine. Toilet blocks clean and adequate. Staff helpful.

As its name suggests, the site is situated within the Parc du Lac de Maine and provides some reasonable walking - quite a lengthy stroll around the lake - with watersports facilities available. Individual pitches, on various types of surface.

Our main reason for staying there was to explore Angers which is well worth doing. It is possible to walk into Angers along the river but it is some distane; easy bike ride! If driving in, best to park on the south bank (some interesting bars and cheap restos) and walk over to the citadel for its various sites - the tapestries of the Apocalypse are well worth visiting although best to avoid going during a massive thunderstorm when the castle starts to flood. A bit worrying in the circumstances.

At four stars we thought this a little over-priced and over-rated but had no serious complaints.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kazy 2 reviews from this member

After reading the reviews of this campsite, I was disappointed to be honest. The plus points was the staff are extremely friendly, pitches are good size and decent pool size. The bad: very basic facilities compared to other privately run French sites. The restaurant served pizza every night and hot chicken. The bar choice was very limited offering beer, whisky, martini, pernod or wine! Entertainment was ok as to be expected on campsites such as kids disco and a singer. I wouldn't come back here and its a shame as the staff were brilliant. Shame about the bar/restaurant as if more choice of drinks and food given it would be ok.

The toilets/showers again just ok. Have seen a lot better. Hot water in showers but for a max of 1 min at time.

Site itself is a little bit out of the way if not using a car, but there is a bus stop outside camp that the number 6 bus goes into town.

Nice site but nothing to entice me to stay again. Oh another plus was the cost, quite cheap rates compared to other sites. Cost us 33 euros per night for large motorhome and 6 occupants. Not bad compared to average 44 euros elsewhere.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bikepacker15 8 reviews from this member

Large site on the outskirts of Angers situated within a large lakeside park. Well organised site with good sized pitches separated by hedges. Our pitch was half grass and half stony but enough room for the tent on the grass. Some pitches are much shadier than others. Good swimming pool, bar offers meals. Helpful staff, access to internet available in reception. Angers has lots of interesting things to see but need transport into city. The adjoining park offers swimming in the lake and lots of other activities. For cyclists the site is adjacent to the 'Loire a Velo' route and the site can be reached from the city on dedicated cycle track and on to the Loire River by the same track through the park.

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