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Camping Sunelia La Ribeyre
Rue De Jassat
Auvergne   (Browse area)
Tel: +33 4 73 88 64 29
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Pitches: 290
Open: 29/04/2024 to 15/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 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 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming On Site   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 14 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: West Cork Boy 1 review from this member

 The pros

The campsite is set in a lovely location next to a small lake. The pitches are of a good size. We were able to pitch our Vango 8 person tent and side porch with no problem. Staff on site were very helpful but spoke limited English as there are few british campers (mainly French and Dutch). The pool area was very nice with an indoor pool as well as an outdoor one and several slides.

The campsite had lots of outdoor space including a tennis court and playing field. There were lots of activities ranging from morning yoga to aqua fitness to Zumba.

The evening entertainment was pretty good but was quite crowded.

The small lake was nice as were the free canoes and paddle boards in the afternoons (although there was sometimes a long queue.

The shower block near our tent was pretty new and was cleaned on a regular basis. We never had that much of a wait for a shower.

Free WiFi outside the local tourist office. Lots to do in the local area, we hiked up mountains, canoed down a river and walked through a forest. Murol castle is worth a visit just for the views alone!

The cons

No shop on site and only 2 small and rather pricy shops in the local town/village.

It gets really cold in the evenings! After three nights we had to give in and buy a duvet as our usual France summer camping one was inadequate! We later realised that we were at an elevation of nearly 900m!

The waffles we bought from the bar one night as we watched a show were so hard as to be almost inedible!

All in all a very enjoyable experience and a really nice area of France. 

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Nights stayed: 11 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Silver Plated Spork 28 reviews from this member

 We stayed here for 10 nights. The site was very busy, and there were few pitches left most nights. We wanted a pitch nearer the lake, most of these are slightly smaller and felt more cramped than the pitches away from the lake.

There are 5 sanitary buildings, some larger than others dotted about the site. Toilets had no seats but did have paper, some showers were better than others for hot water and powerfulness. Fresh bread and pastries are available in the morning, no orders needed, and there was a fast food menu for take out and restaurant. We got pizzas a couple of nights which were lovely, but we felt the food was quite expensive in comparison to other sites.

The pool was fantastic and our children enjoyed going there nearly every day. We always got a sunlounger, and heading up there at about 2pm usually meant the pool was emptier. We also swam and paddle-boarded in the lake, which was also pleasant for a walk around. There's also a football field, other play areas (both structures and spaces), tennis courts, games room, tv room.

We didn't partake much in the entertainment as that's not really our bag, but there was a lot on offer, moreso of a sporting nature. We did enjoy some of the evening shows, which finished by 11pm. I was really surprised at how quiet the site was at night, given the amount of people there. The other campers were mainly French, with a few Dutch and British campers.

They don't have a shop on site, as they want you to use the 2 shops in Murol and make use of the markets there. It's possible to walk, it is along the road but there is a guided pedestrian path. This took about 10 minutes and there is a little cut through by the football field which cuts a big corner off. We found the further away Spar slightly better value, but prices overall in the area are much higher than other parts of France, because it's such a touristy area. With hindsight, we'd have bought more (i. E. Wine) before we came.

It's such a great area to visit though, and a real mixture of activities. You can drive along the back roads and stop off easily at viewpoints (we saw lots of motorhomes doing this). The Murol castle is excellent value, the caves at St Nectaire, not so much. The railway up Puy du Dome was amazing, the old village of Besse, a walk around Lac Chambon, Orcival, La Bourboule, all lovely days out.

We want to return to the area, we would be happy to return to the site although we might also base ourselves elsewhere too, as there is simply so much to see. We felt that the site was also quite expensive, especially if you just want to use it as a base. If you're staying on site and making full use of the activities, then it's better value. 

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Kitchensinkcampers 11 reviews from this member

 Generally we enjoyed our stay at this site ( reasons we didn't were nothing to do with the site but our car letting us down)

Pitches were ample. We were able to get 2 adjoining pitches so we had plenty of room.

Showers were good and clean- block nearest to plage had showers that gave an unintentional power massage! - pretty fierce but fine for me.

Toilets ok - no seats but easily remedied if needed by carefully arranging toilet roll.

Takeaway and bar great.

Arcade machines had plenty of our money.

Pool and slide were good, busy around pool but always able to get a sunbed when I wanted.

Great market on site on Tuesday's. Recommend the cantal cheese sold by the cheese lady. Butchers van was very good too.

NO SHOP! You can get bread croissants uht milk eggs and a couple of random tins of veg from next to the takeaway hatch. But really surely a shop would be worth their while?

Loads of great days out. Mural castle good but pretty pricey.

Walk up roc de cuzeau from top of col de Robert- fab views.

Zip wire at super besse was amazing- well worth the money and collywobbles.

Puy du Dome- a must.

Mont Dore great.

Petrified fountain place in St Nectaire a bit tedious.

Walk up the volcano from St Nectaire au haut ( by the church) and find the prehistoric caves. Very clan of the cave bear!

We did loads of days out never travelling more than 1/2 hour by car except for Puy du Dome.

And there is enough to do for another holiday. 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Devon Tourers 12 reviews from this member

 A '5 star' site that struggles to match the qualities of some of the 2/3 star sites in France.

Toilets - no loo seats, [toilet paper was supplied] but cubicles cleaned by hosing out leaving toilet wet, floors awash and bird droppings on inside of door as well as other matter on walls behind one door for days.

Showers - Only adequately warm even after pointing out that the water was too cold, showers again cleaned by hosing down, cubical drains had hair clogging for days, small floor tiles prevented the effective use of a squeegee.

Dish Washing facilities - Floors hosed down but sinks and outlets not cleaned out.

Waste/recycling - available but only outside main gate, lots of flies.

Pitch - Reasonable size, but grass far too long especially when wet! Nice 'parkland' tree setting but flies were a nuisance.

Site told you which pitch you were having even though the site was far from busy [we demanded a change] also 'instructed' that we had to wear a wrist band at all times, and told not remove them! We had to pay 'up front' upon arrival!

This was the most expensive site of our two month tour, and it failed to meet our 5 star expectations, and we will not be returning.

Local castle in Murol very good and value for money, Puy du Sancy great views and well worth the trek.

No large supermarkets with fuel locally. 

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Susanj 18 reviews from this member


Very attractive camp, good sized and well laid out pitches. Great pool complex and indoor pool.

Cons: - and in total enough to stop me from visiting again,

Expensive- caravan club book said 23 max price in high season, but we had to pay this, the second week in September, in higher season the cost was appreciably more.

At this time of year nothing was open except the pool, but I expected all that.

The outdoor pool was freezing, and I am a hardy soul who swims in an outdoor pool in the UK whatever the weather. It was really too cold too use, despite brilliant hot sunny weather.

I stupidly thought the site was situated on Lac Chambon, but is not, all it has is a rather small, not very attractive man made lake.

The worst thing for me as woman, was the fact that there are no toilet seats anywhere! I hated this and it made me dread using the toilets. This is a five star site, and no toilet seats, yuck! And yes, I am used to camping In France.

Also no shop was a pain. 


Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Bwebster 2 reviews from this member

 The site is in a beautiful area - great walking (hilly) direct from the site. We dragged the kids on a wonderful 12 mile round trip hike to the pretty town of Besse, which has an interesting skiing museum run by an enthusiastic and very helpful elderly man with good English. Murol is easily walkable from the site and has a great market on Wednesday mornings.

We enjoyed our stay here but were a bit disappointed by some of the facilities. The pool is great for young kids but the two fields are just big patches of grass with a couple of net less goals and a volleyball net. No basketball court and the tennis court was in a very poor condition. The manmade lake is ok but the water was very murky. Toilets have no seats, sinks no plugs, showers no temperature control. Pitches near the lake were reasonably spacious with good shade from attractive trees. Excellent bread from camp bakery - as you'd expect from a site dominated by French campers. We might return but only for a couple of nights and only because the area is beautiful. 

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: The High and Lo 24 reviews from this member

 A four star site with a super swimming pool nestled in the mountains of the Auvergne. We revisited this site for a week's stay to relax and let the kids have fun. Our visit in August was sunny but be aware that you are at 840 metres so it quickly chills when the sun goes in.

The big draw of the site is the pool, which is boasted to be 2500m2, the leisure pool has a current channel and water jets. The kids of any age are drawn to the four slides, there is also a large sliding covered rectangular pool that offers an opportunity for a proper swim. There are plenty of other activities going on as well, but the main language is French so ensure you brush up on your parlez vous.

It is a large site with at least 400 well ordered pitches, interspersed with spaces for petanque and play parks. At one end is the pool, office, snack bar and entertainment hall at the other end is a lake with a plage and large grass area.

In the evening huge flocks of swifts (I say swifts my knowledge of ornithology is not strong enough to know what they were for sure) swapped around the lake before roosting in the trees around the lake.

The pitches are adequate in size with trees to mark the pitch boundaries and offer shade from the sun. The pitches take a caravan, awning, car and tent, which seemed to be a popular utilisation, although that filled it completely and gave the pitched area a busy crowded feel.

Water and electricity is reliable and readily available and the toilet/shower blocks are clean and modern. The site has no shop but there are reasonable sized supermarkets in Murol, Wifi is offered though 'Osmzis' at a cost.

The area offers excellent walking and cycling in the low mountain landscape of the Auvergne. The walk to Murol or Lac du Chambon is a healthy stroll but not too excessive and can be made easily by bike. There are some further attractions by road such as Puy de Dome.

The site is Four Star priced which we are not regular visitors of so cannot really comment on value for money. The site is popular with the French and Brits are a very small minority but there is enough English notices for even the most weak French speakers like myself.

This is a place we will return to for some sun and fun. 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Penny21 3 reviews from this member

 We stayed here for a week on a grand comfort site. We asked for a quiet pitch which we got and we liked being escorted to the site by one of the staff on a bike as its a big site. The lake and pools are excellent, bar and takeaway fine and fair value. No shop but 2 good supermarkets in nearby Murol. Lots of toilet blocks, very clean. Masses to do in the area -we loved taking the cable car up the mountain at Super Besse where there is also a great summer toboggan run. It gets cold at night so bring warm layers but it can also be very hot in the day in August! 

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Sphil 2 reviews from this member

 A beautifully situated site, with lots to visit in the surrounding area. We particularly enjoyed Lac Pavin and La Bourboule. We had booked for four nights on a pitch 'grand confort' - huge and quiet, with lots of space around. Decided to extend our stay for a further three nights, but the pitch we were allocated (though the same price) wasn't as good - much more crammed in and far noisier.

While we were there the temperature varied from 29 to 13 degrees - you definitely need to pack the warm layers! And as a previous reviewer said, it does rain a lot - very hard! But I guess you can't camp in the mountains and expect wall to wall sunshine.

The swimming pool and the lake were favourites with our sons (9 and 7) - the pool has water jets, bridges, slides and waterfalls. When it's 28 degrees it's bliss. When it's 13.Not so blissful. 

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Bridie 108 reviews from this member

 Spent 2 nights here on our way back up through France. Found it ok but not as friendly as where we'd been previously. Had good sized pitch near to wash block. Wash blocks clean but no toilet paper. The showers were not good, stopped every few seconds!

Murol was a pretty little town but we really loved Besse. The Lac de Chambon was a bit underwhelming and a bit too touristy. The scenery was lovely with splendid views.

Pool was cold (outside one) but indoor pool was warmer though had a lot of chlorine. Not many people here, mostly Dutch. Don't think we'd come back. 

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