Mumsnet was invited to stay with Canvas Holidays’ (www.canvasholidays.co.uk) at the Berny Riviére camp site for the purpose of a review.
The campsite is located about an hour’s drive away from Charles de Gaulle airport, in a beautiful spot of French countryside. The first thing I noticed was how calm and peaceful the site was. Granted I was there towards the end of April, so hardly peak season – I can imagine the ambiance might change slightly with the influx of a few toddlers. However, the site is lovely and spacious with tonnes of open green space, unlike other camping sites I’ve been to where you can practically stick your elbow in your next door neighbour’s breakfast when you stretch in the morning.
I stayed in a four-bedroomed Deluxe Lodge, which was brilliant, not least because it looked like a giant Wendy house. I shared with another person, but in a lodge that could sleep 10 people, we had more than enough room and privacy. What impressed me most about the accommodation were the little touches, like built in baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, which came as standard, but make life so much easier when you’re traveling.
All accommodation is self-catered (there’s a shop on site where you can stock up), and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need, from cheese graters to egg cups. There’s also the option to eat at the restaurant onsite, which we did. If you’re looking for a gastronomic tour of the finest French cuisine, then you’re in the wrong place. However, if you’re looking for a friendly place to have a relaxing family holiday, then you couldn’t ask for more.
We had a go at some of the children entertainment activities that Canvas provide, which were absolutely fantastic. Activities available included “Water Walkers”, which is basically running around in a giant inflatable ball in a pool, which is exactly as fun as it sounds. The activity leaders were nothing short of miraculous, as they managed to get a group of grown men and woman playing water balloon volleyball. You could be completely confident in waving your DCs off for the day, and guilt free knowing that they’re going to have fun. If you decide to opt out of the planned activities, there’s still plenty to do as there are several beautiful lakes on site, including a man-made lake with an artificial beach. And if you tire of the greenery, the pool, the fresh air and exercise, Disneyland Paris is about an hour away. Canvas has buses running there daily, so you can satisfy your queuing needs.
Canvas is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, so I can only imagine that the happy go lucky vibe that permeate the site would be even stronger.