When it came to choosing a campsite for our Eurocamp Holiday, we were somewhat spoiled for choice and a little overwhelmed! Eurocamp have somewhere in the region of 200 campsites across Europe, however we quickly decided that this time round we’d be looking for a French campsite (mainly as it meant we could avoid the expense of flying). Initially we wanted to look at campsites in the South of France– in part as this was where my own first Eurocamp experience had been but also because we wanted to make sure we had the best chance of getting some proper sun. A quick look at the map and some hasty calculations meant we soon realised that there would be far too much driving involved for a week’s holiday and that realistically we’d have to plan stop overs in France to break up the journey. We wanted to spend as much time as possible relaxing and enjoying ourselves – not use up half of our break travelling. On the recommendation of a friend who had camped at Chateau de Lez Eaux previously, we settled on our campsite and booked our trip. (If you don’t happen to have a handy friend who has tried practically every campsite in France, then the team at Eurocamp are always happy to guide you in your decision!)
Chateau de Lez Eaux is a small site with just 229 pitches near the town of St Pair sur Mer and a short drive from Granville. The nearest airport is Dinard and the recommended port is Cherbourg which is less than 2 hours drive away. Having done a long ferry trip a few years ago and found it really hard work, we decided to take the shorter ferry ride from Dover to Calais and put in the hours behind the wheel instead. What this also meant was that we could stop off with my Aunty & Uncle in Dover who conveniently live just ten minutes from the port.
When we arrived at Chateau de Lez Eaux, we checked in at reception where we were given a key code for the barrier and directions to the Eurocamp office. Because we arrived around tea time, we were greeted by our Eurocamp Rep who gave us our keys and showed us to our accommodation. If you arrive out of hours, your key will be left in a safe place for you. It’s important to let the guys at Eurocamp know your estimated time of arrival via the “My Eurocamp” section of the website, particularly if you have booked your travel independently.
Chateau de Lez Eaux offers a good mix of accommodation – mobile homes booked through companies like Eurocamp and camping pitches for tents, chalets or even glamping options. The Eurocamp mobile homes are situated in a very wooded area of the campsite – which was super pretty but did play havoc with our hayfever so this is worth bearing in mind!
One of the biggest draws for us when booking our stay at Chateau de Lez Eaux was the covered water park – it was safe to say we weren’t expecting glorious sunshine for our holiday and we wanted to ensure that the children could be easily entertained if the weather was bad. Having stayed at Center Parcs on a wet weekend last year, we knew that a decent pool with good slides would be worth it’s weight in gold – and we weren’t wrong! The covered water park at Chateau de Lez Eaux features a decent sized pool (though this was very much for playing in, you wouldn’t have been getting your lengths in before breakfast!) a gated splash area for little ones, two super fast slides for over 7s and two big slides accessible to all. One of the things we particularly loved about the biggest slides was that they landed in a shallow splash pool rather than into deep water which meant that Amy was more than happy to go down the slides on her own (over and over and over again!). Because we were visiting Chateau de Lez Eaux in low season, the pool opening times were limited to a two hour session in the morning and three hours late afternoon. Initially I thought this was a bit of a pain but actually it proved to be a godsend as it meant that we actually got a break from the water! As well as the indoor water park, there is an outdoor heated pool which is open all day but doesn’t have a lifeguard – we never actually got round to trying the outdoor pool (mainly as I hadn’t realised it was heated until we left) but there were always plenty of people making use of it!
Chateau de Lez Eaux has a number of play areas and sports facilities including a dedicated space for football, games nets, some outdoor fitness equipment and two parks. Three bouncy castles, just outside the pool, are inflated first thing in the morning and are free for children to use – providing of course that you are supervising them. Our three had a good bounce at least once a day, usually if we’d got to the pool a little early! The smallest of the parks which is situated next to the bar says it’s suitable for children up to the age of 13 but realistically I would say it’s for the under 5s! Even Amy was too big for the slide really. The larger play area was much better suited to our adventurous three with equipment to climb up, slide down or swing on. We did feel that it lacked a seating area for grown ups supervising their little ones but in all honesty after the first night we tended to let the kids go the park on their own while we watched from a safe distance . . . the outdoor seating area of the bar and takeaway!!
Again due to us visiting in low season the bar and takeaway were operating on reduced hours (which basically meant no takeaway on a Monday night!) and a slimmed down menu concentrating on burgers, chips, pizza and nuggets – practically the corner stones of any takeaway diet and certainly enough to keep our little tribe happy. Of course we didn’t eat there every night, I think we had three meals from the take away and I didn’t want to eat pizza again for about three weeks after we got back!
The campsite shop is small and fairly expensive as you’d expect but does provide you with all the essentials until you can get to the nearby supermarket! We didn’t use the campsite shop for groceries as such but the freshly baked goods were lush and it quickly became a daily routine to order our croissants and pain au chocolat each night ahead of collecting them for breakfast the next day.
Regular readers will know that Amy is something of a fan of cows, so imagine her delight to discover a field full of them right next to our campsite! As well as the cows, Chateau de Lez Eaux have a small number of animals for you to visit in a field near reception. I overheard one guest complaining that it was like camping on a farm – well we flipping loved that! With its farm animals and woodland area, Chateau de Lez Eaux feels very much like a quiet country campsite and that was a win for us!
Chateau de Lez Eaux is fairly close to the beach, in fact you can walk from the campsite but we chose to drive to Jullouville beach which was just gorgeous.
We visited a couple of nearby towns including Granville and Villedieu-les-Poêles as well as a couple of trips to the beach but mostly we stayed on our campsite. Low season meant there was no kids’ club or entertainment to speak of and the bar and swimming pool were running on shorter opening times, but this really didn’t matter to us. The children were more than happy to ride their bikes, swim, play in park and just generally enjoy the freedom that a Eurocamp holiday has to offer. (You can hire bikes from Reception but we had taken our own with us.)
If you’ve got any questions about Chateaux de Lez Eaux then leave a comment below or give me a shout on twitter, I’ll be happy to try and answer them. In the meantime, for a really good look around the campsite – watch the tour that Ben and I filmed:
*Disclaimer – We stayed with Eurocamp at Chateau de Lez Eaux free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*