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Visitor Reviews - Kawan Village Camping Lac D Orient

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Kawan Village Camping Lac D Orient
Rue Du Lac
Mesnil Saint Pere
Champagne Ardenne   (Browse area)
10140   See Map
Tel: 0033 03 25 40 61 85
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Pitches: 206
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 43 Reviews
                9/10 from 43 Reviews

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 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
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Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  43 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: JoannaLesley 35 reviews from this member

We intended to stop here for a couple of nights on our way south, but a problem with our motor mover and non-arrival of a promised part meant that we stayed 10 days before we gave up and moved on. We also stopped two nights on our way back (in case the part had arrived in the meantime - it hadn't!). Used ACSI both times.

We arrived just as reception re-opened at 1. 30 on a Wednesday and were in a queue of 2 or 3 waiting to book in. We hadn't booked, but had no problem with getting a pitch. We were on the far side, under the trees, which was ideal for 2 dogs. We also had the same pitch on our return and we had booked those 2 nights in advance when we left after the first stay.

When we arrived the site had a number of families, both English and German, as it was the tail end of the May half term. These soon went and the site was very quiet, most people stopping a night or two on their way south or north. Much busier for our second stay at the end of the month and we were glad we had booked ahead.

Excellent site, especially for families, and less than a day's drive from the ports. We didn't use the restaurant, other than for take away chips on one occasion, but it seemed popular. It was also showing football, as it was the start of the world cup. The shop stocked the basics and we didn't have to order our bread in advance.

There was both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool complex, ideal for families, although we didn't use either. Small children were kept entertained by an enormous bouncy castle and there was an outdoor gym for bigger people, as well as a basketball court and children's playground. There are 2 sanitary blocks, with paper and a soap dispenser in the wash basin area. I think the one nearest to us was probably the older of the 2, but perfectly adequate and clean. I feel that 3 shower cubicles may not be enough in high season though and there was only one hook for clothes.

Reception staff were very friendly and helpful. Good English was spoken too and we noticed that most people didn't even bother to try their French.

Lovely lake opposite, with snack bars and a restaurant as well as peddaloes and swimming areas. Plenty of space to exercise dogs off the lead, other than on a Sunday, when it was very busy.

We had intended to visit Troyes and get a museum pass for the several galleries and exhibitions, but we had a roof box and were unable to find a city centre car park without a height barrier. This was also the case when we drove around the lake hoping to be able to stop for coffee elsewhere. We assume that there is a problem with travellers in the area, but we came across people with motorhomes who had a similar problem.

We ate out one day at the little bar in Lusigny sur Baise (Le Phenix). My husband has kangaroo, which he said was very good. I had an omelet which tasted slightly of vinegar - perhaps the champignons were out of a jar or can?

Reasonably (!) priced fuel at a Carrefour automated fuel station in the main street of Lusigny. Also a small E Le Clerc, but we tended to use the big one nearer towards Troyes.

We would certainly use this site again as a stop-over and it is much nicer than the municipal at Pont Ste Marie. The motorway exit is only 12 kilometers or so and the roads are good with the site easy to find.

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Barsar 35 reviews from this member

Why: We chose this site because it happened to be in the right place during our journey from Calais to Spain. It was our first stop after Calais. It looked like a nice site with good reviews. We had stayed at the Municipal in Troyes before and were not impressed.

Location: A bit of further from the A26 then I would have liked but worth it.

Check in – As the ACSI rate had kicked in a few days before we were expecting a smooth check in. We were therefore shocked to hear that at 3pm the site was full. After a conversation between the two receptionists it came to light that they did have a ‘Stay and Go’ pitch. These seemed to be for motorhomes which would use the site at night but drive off during the day. We accepted. The pitch was hard standing with just enough space for the car which was fine. A walk around the site confirmed that the place was heaving.

Facilities

• The shower block we used was modern well maintained and clean. No complaints.

• Swimming pool quite small for the site and very busy late afternoon. Clean and well maintained. Child friendly.

• Bar and restaurant. We didn’t use but it didn’t seem very busy. Everyone seemed to be in bed by 10. 15pm

• Small shop selling the basics including fresh bread and croissants to order.

Pros – well placed overnight stop. Very popular with families. Lovely area.

The lake is across the road and is very popular. There are several kiosks nearby selling snacks and drinks. We had a very good pizza at the Italian restaurant immediately opposite the front gate. Very nice walks around the lake and lots of water sports too.

Cons – pitches are marked but no fence or hedge. Little privacy.

Would we use again – yes. Well run, clean well-maintained site in lovely area. Will book ahead next time.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wp1234 13 reviews from this member

Stayed here for 2 days to keep out of the 35 deg sunshine. Situated a stone throw from a great sandy beach which is popular with the locals, the site is very well run and very very clean. It has all the facilities you would expext for the price and a good selection of pitches out of season.

The cafe/ bar is ok but choice limited to the pizza hamburgers chips and the like and the wine seems mostly out of the box. All ok if you have kids though.

The pool, which was very welcoming in the heat, is spotless and being strilcly supervised by a warden. Good cycling around the lake.

Two criticisms were 1) very expensive wifi 8euro per day or 13 Euro for 2 days 2) pool hours very restrictive 1000hrs - 1900 hrs.

Would stay again though for sure.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chris Br 3 reviews from this member

We stayed on the campsite for almost 2 weeks as our main Summer holiday and went with another family and had adjacent plots. We had a great time despite awful weather for our first week and a fair week the second. The lake is beautiful and beach is great for kids. We had children aged between 5 and 13 and all had a great time. There was plenty to do - Troyes is a great place to visit and we enjoyed the champagne villages and tours exploring the beautiful countryside. There is a mini golf opposite the campsite, sailing school/ kayacs/ pedlos on the beach on the lake and Nigloland is a fabulous amusement park- well worth a day out to. We also visited Renoir's house and studio. There is a great forest and cycle paths around the lake (some by road first or drive to the forest for children's bike paths. It is also s geocache hotspot so plenty of walks to do - including a white rabbit trail for the children. The kids club was well run and even though we didn't use it (too busy!) we saw great activities. The staff were extremely helpful and polite. They listened and responded to any problems we had and even organised an appointment with a local vet for our dog who pulled out a claw. We did have bad plots when we first arrived that were water logged and small but we were reallocated new plots higher up the campsite. Most plots are well proportioned and we had no trouble pitching a large tunnel tent, a kitchen tent and parking the car on ours. We also parked our boat next to the plot for a couple of days too. I agree with the another reviewer plots are better by the pool and at the top of the site. The lower site is very open and down hill but in good weather this may not be a problem - the area had so much rainfall when we arrived and had thunder storms the previous week. My 2 criticisms of the site are the swimming pool and washing up water. The swimming pool is a great pool, loads of sun beds, clean, great fun but the surface around the pools has become worn and lots of little stones have come loose. As you are not allowed to wear shoes in the swimming pool area it is extremely painful to walk between the pools. The reception did say they were aware of the problem - please Lac D'orient resurface the pool area! The indoor pool was fine and very adequate - lovely and warm and not too crowded which I found surprising being peak season and not great weather. The shower water was fine but the washing up water warm at best and often tepid or cold at meal time periods.

The restaurant was sufficient and we only had one meal there but provided pizzas, pasta, chips and normal café fodder. You could also order take aways and we had roast chicken from the shop. The campsite was exceptionally clean and the toilet blocks always kept in a good state. The main (bigger) toilet block was superior and was worth an extra walk as the showers were hotter and more spacious and had hanging space and shelves.

All in all - a good holiday and we would return. But resurface the pool area!

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dirksdonuts 9 reviews from this member

Booked from the UK around two months prior to travel after reading the reviews and the general standard of a four star Kawan Site.

The site was relatively easy to find using the sat nav and the postcode given.

On arrival the reception staff were really nice explaining all about the site and facilities that were available. The pitch we were given was great slightly under the trees for shade. We couldn't of asked for a better pitch had we driven around and hand chosen one. Pitch 33.

We set up and within the hour walked around checking out the facilities etc. Toilet block immaculate even though it was late afternoon.

Bar area clean and tidy but the prices were slightly more than we expected. 18 Euros for two large beers and two cokes. The menu looked fine, we didn't plan on eating there anyway. The few people that were eating looked like they were happy enough and their plates of food looked ample.

There is a beach around a five minute walk from the site which was surrounding the lake. Nice and clean and not too busy. There were pedelo's to hire and electric motor boats. The kids loved it even though the water was a little chilly.

The campsite seemed initially noisy however the noise soon quieten down around 10. 30-11 and stayed that way until around 9-10am heaven.

There was a shop on site selling the unusual stuff including fresh bread.

The toilets and showers never seemed too busy even at peak times. They were cleaned regularly and there was plenty of hot water.

There is two swimming pools on site one indoors and one out. The outside one had brilliant fun slides that even parents could enjoy.

We spent seven nights at the site and the 8 year old enjoyed visiting the kids club on a few occasions, there was always something happening and the staff were great with the children.

The local area had enough to keep us occupied and the staff were on hand to advise us on the attractions available.

Would we return?

Yes without question.

Great site around 10 miles from Troyes a nice compact city with huge supermarkets etc.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Clears 7 reviews from this member

Had a night here on drive down from Calais and same again on the way home. The site is perfect for a stopover, but not sure I would stay for an extended period simply because it doesn't seem a full holiday type of place. Very nice, clean site with big, easily accessible pitches. Nice bar and restaurant and there appeared to be a nice pool complex but we didn't use it. Sanitation blocks of a very good standard, particularly the new one which is quite something. The nearby Lake is particularly pleasant and we had an excellent meal in the restaurant next to it? We will use the site again

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