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camping at les Castels, France.....anyone tried them??

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nellieloula Tue 09-Apr-13 21:39:44

Hello. Just wondering if anyone has ever camped at one of the Castels campsites in France?? Any good?? thanks!

twooter Tue 09-Apr-13 21:42:53

Yes they're great, we always go to them.

nellieloula Tue 09-Apr-13 21:46:20

thanks twofer. good to know. do you mind me asking if there are any specific ones which stand out?

twooter Tue 09-Apr-13 23:37:22

I've been to 4 so far - what ages are your dc?

partystress Tue 09-Apr-13 23:43:50

La Grand Metairie in Brittany is fab - we went there twice when DCs were 4-8. Lots to do, lovely pool and nearby v nice beaches.

nellieloula Wed 10-Apr-13 20:55:54

thanks both of you - my DC are 8 and 5. Thinking of heading to the Orleans or Le Mans one....

Lucycat Thu 11-Apr-13 16:49:03

Grenouillere is near to Orleans and tbh the landscape around there is a bit dull - very flat so good for cycling but not very inspiring - although the nuclear power stations are pretty impressive!

Parc de Fierbois is nice but quite busy.

serin Thu 11-Apr-13 22:55:06

Le Colombiere in Normandy is the ncest site I have been to. The pool is heavenly.

serin Thu 11-Apr-13 22:56:19


Mandy21 Thu 11-Apr-13 22:59:00

We didn't camp - we had one of the chalets - but at Chateau Les Eaux - loved it. Fantastic facilities. We had 2 x 4 year olds who have asked every month for 3 years when we're going back smile

Boggler Thu 11-Apr-13 23:00:22

Can highly recommend La Garangeoir (not 100%sure I've spelt that correctly).

dontmixthecolours Thu 11-Apr-13 23:02:28

We've been to la grande Metairie the last two years. The site is fantastic, I couldn't fault it but the weather was awful. I wouldn't go back because of that

whattodoo Thu 11-Apr-13 23:02:53

Another vote for LA garangeoir. Lovely, peaceful and spacious site. Lots of activities, great pool complex.

twooter Fri 12-Apr-13 00:13:39

I didn't find la garangeoire that peaceful, but the kids enjoyed it. I liked etang de la breche and rougemont the best , a although the latter was mainly Dutch people so depends on how sociable you want to be.

stringbean Fri 12-Apr-13 08:36:10

We've been to Chateau de Boisson a couple of times; it's a lovely site (although I don't really like the lower part of the site - the upper part near the chateau and pool are much nicer) and are going back again this year.

It's a bit of a trek to get there but we love the area - there's a lot to do. The campsite strikes the right note between enough for the dcs - in terms of pool, somewhere for a pizza/ice cream, company from other kids - and enough peace and quiet for me and dh without loads of organised activities and noisy evening entertainment.

stringbean Fri 12-Apr-13 08:46:35

And late last August, the weather was still a balmy 40 deg C!

metimenowplease Fri 12-Apr-13 08:48:05

Chateau les Ormes at Dol de Bretagne is fab, think it's a Castels site.

nellieloula Sat 13-Apr-13 14:37:14

Brilliant suggestions - thanks everyone. I will get looking!

IDontDoIroning Sat 13-Apr-13 14:56:01

La garangeoire in Vendee and domaine de Masserau near nimes, both very good- we just had to go further south for some nicer weather.

Lucycat Sat 13-Apr-13 16:12:22

We stayed at Domaine de Massereau last summer for a few weeks - lovely site & location. We were there for the festival in Sommieres when the bulls run through the streets and the cowboys follow with the whte ponies. Great for the south coast too - just 30 minutes away and a very french part of the Languedoc - maybe a bit far south for a first visit to France but I need the sun grin

We use Bien Assise near Calais for overnighters whch is a nice site too.

LittleEsme Sun 14-Apr-13 10:27:33

Castels are great. Plenty to do but the sites are arranged in such a way that you get your peace and quiet. Can't wait for this summers camping. We're off to de Fierbois.


MousyMouse Sun 14-Apr-13 10:34:08

we have been to two sites and it had been great.
very family friendly with lots to do if you want to. very clean shower blocks even though the toilets are, ahem, french (just the bowl without a seat).
a nice mix of tents, caravans and static caravans. the last one even had tree huts you could rent!
all with electric hook up (for extra fee usually) and little hedges between pitches.

FourArms Sun 14-Apr-13 12:11:58

Have also been to La Grand Metairie. Had two weeks of lovely sun, and then the campsite flooded on the last night after 18 hours of torrential rain!

Kids loved the kids clubs. Entertainment in the evenings was fairly dodgy! I wouldn't want to be really close to the bar - the people we went with arrived before us, and moved pitches to get away from the late night noise.

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