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"Perfect for a family holiday…"
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.Read moreLess
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"Awful, abandoned me and two young children in Paris at night!!…"
I visited this site during the Easter holidays, on a day trip to Paris with my 7 year old and 2 year old we were caught up in a road closure due to an accident, as a ressult we were 15 mins late for the coach home, the driver didn't wait at all and left on time knowingly leaving me and two girls in Paris at night, we finally got home at 23.30 at a cost of 169 Euros, the camp manager was not at all apologetic and insisted i should have been on time, he defended the fact that there was no emergency contact number by saying"Everybody would be late if we had one" i was disgusted with his attitude, it was a very long hard day and ruined our opinion of this site.Read moreLess
"we stayed with keycamp as a family of four in…"
we stayed with keycamp as a family of four in August this year. We were given a corner plot which looked promising, but turned out we had to share it with another pitch "because it was so large". Luckily the neighbours also had small kids, I would have hated to inflict the nise of my two on a retired couple hoping for a nice relaxing break!
The site was fine, nice for a walk. the lodges looked great, and the canvas vans looked to be in the best nick. Our van was fine, we have stayed with Keycamp before and everything was as expected.
On site there is lots to do, provided the weather is good. however, if it rains, the beach and lakke activities pack up and there is very little oing on. The kids club was great, my two aged 8 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and I felt confident i was leaving them in good hands.
The bar/evening entertainment isn't great compared to other European campsites. It is all very focused on the main (expensive) bar which tends to be full of blokes watching sport. there is a kids disco downstairs in the bar three times a week which was ok. After that, it seemed like everything just stopped...
we didnt try the restaurant, it didn't look all that appealing so we stuck to our own cooking and barbecues when the weather was nice.
I would go again, and would recommend for a cbig family or a group all going together, where you can maybe create a bit more of your own fun.
Saying that, the kids loved it, and DD cried when we left.Read moreLess
"Lovely site but DO NOT BOOK WITH KEYCAMP. Use Eurocamp…"
Lovely site but DO NOT BOOK WITH KEYCAMP. Use Eurocamp or Canvas. Our keycamp caravan was dirty, highchair was filthy and did not conform to safety standards. Couriers unresponsive. I made sure before booking that travel cot would fit in bedroom and our pitch would be away from open water, neither adhered to therefore ruining our holiday. Recommend site but strongly suggest you don't use KeycampRead moreLess
"Comments from other Mumsnetters: Great site - fantastic if you…"
Comments from other Mumsnetters:
Great site - fantastic if you fancy doing EuroDisney or Paris (both about one and a half hour's drive away) but want the option to get away from the busy theme park or city as well. You can easily spend a few days around the site. There are two pools - one is covered over, so great if the weather's not so good. There are also lots of things for the kids to do: a boating lake, trampolines, a great adventure playground and rally cars etc, so they would happily play out during the day, whilst I got time to lounge on a sun-lounger outside the mobile home and actually read a book. The nearest village is pretty small and basic but we did get one night out (courtesy of Keycamp babysitters) and found a great little french restaurant. The site restaurant isn't fantastic food, but very lively and perfectly child-friendly. Also lots of evenings spent there - at Halloween they held a brilliant party. All in all a great site, well-run, clean and makes for a very easy holiday with young children.Read moreLess
"La Crois du Vieux Pont is a very clean site,…"
La Crois du Vieux Pont is a very clean site, with lovely facilities. We went with eurocamp, whose staff were extrememly helpful. The kids clubs were well staffed and friendly, although as we went out of season, all ages were together.
The swimming pools were a welcome sight on the hottest days, and the retractable roof was fascinating to the kids! However, the changing rooms were a bit dirty, and flip flops are advised while walking up the steps to the pool.
The shops on site were very handy - a grocery store with fresh bread, and a small gift shop - all staffed by very friendly people who were more than willing to let the children practice their French on them. There is a larger supermarket within a 10 walk -ask the staff for details.
All in all, it is a lovely campsite, in a lovely area. Very easy to get to, we had a car transfer from Paris - took about an hour and a half. Finally, the park has its own coach trips to Paris and Eurodisney at quite a reliable cost - what more could you ask for!Read moreLess
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"Lovely medium-sized site with excellent facilities. We stayed in a…"
Lovely medium-sized site with excellent facilities. We stayed in a Canvas Millenium which was in the newer bit of the site. It was a 10 min walk to pool and shop, but was nice and quiet and the pitches were spacious.
The pitches in the older part of the site were more private (the hedges in the new bit are still growing) but some of them had a two caravans to a pitch - don't stand for this unless you're only there a night, all the companies had pitches all over the site.
The pool was great, our two year old loved the toddler pool with it's slides and also the big wavy slide and the flume that he went down on dad's knee! It's heated enough that you can use it on cooler days too. The other indoor pool wasn't quite so warm but it didn't seem to bother the kids in it. He also loved the trampolines (2 euro for 10 mins) and the swing park.
The shop is ok, but you'd be better at the Intermarche in Vic-sur-Aisne, a 2 min drive from the site. They do sell fresh milk though! The bakery is nice, but better baguettes can be bought in the boulongerie in Vic itself. The takeaway was busy but we only ever got the cooked chicken and chips, which were great value as you ended up with leftovers.
We did Disney - about 1 hr 15 away, buy your tickets before you go as it's 59 euro on the door for a ticket that'sRead moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.