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- Stay around famous Mont Saint-Michel and its bay
- Close to the D-Day landing beaches and 30 minutes from Saint-Malo
- Waterpark, fishing pond, playground and summer activities
Mon(t) Dieu! One could fill un book or deux with all the things to see and do in France – and that’s before one even goes far from the north coast. If you do a great deal of dithering trying to decide where to go and what to see next in la France, let UNESCO and its World Heritage status sites suggest a destination on your behalf – and start near the top of the land with a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and its bay.
The abbey on this tiny island is one of the best-known sights in all of France (and was the inspiration for the design of Minas Tirith in the film Return of the King, Tolkien fans): overall, Mont Saint-Michel and its surrounding bay see around three million visitors a year between them.
Cleverly, pitching up around the bay will also have you close to the coastline and World War II D-Day landing beaches of Lower Normandy – and if you pitch up at Camping Le Vieux Chêne in the peaceful Dol-de-Bretagne countryside, you’ll be a piffling 30 minutes’ drive from other fave French destinations at St-Malo, Dinard and Cancale. Très bon.
As befits a campsite of the bay, is surrounded by lakes and comes with a waterpark and hydrojet benches, and a heated outdoor pool with waterslides and a paddling pool for the tiddlers. Guests can also cast off for carp at the park’s own fishing pond, or get a bit more active out of the water at the pétanque court, tennis court, well-equipped playground, games room with pool table and video games, mini golf and ping pong.
Activities are organised for all in peak season, including theme nights; for cuisine, the bar/restaurant serves takeaways and grocery essentials are available at the site shop.
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Nice pitches, location and environment. Very clean and friendly. This ...
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Very large (over 200 pitches)
From Pontorson take the N176 in the direction of Dol-de-Bretagne. Exit Dol-de-Bretagne-Est and continue on the D576 direction Baguer-Pican, and 1km past the village turn right. From there the campsite will be clearly signposted.
Closest train station
Dol-de-Bretagne (with daily connections to Paris).
One could fill a book or two with all the things to see and do in beautiful Brittany too – and that’s just sticking to the cities (and la cuisine; Brittany lands 80 per cent of France’s seafood catch).
Have a day each in Saint-Malo, Cancale and Dinan, all reachable within a 30-minute drive of Vieux Chêne and all with their own flavour. Saint-Malo is the most visited area in Bretagne; walk the ancient city walls here on the west side of la citadelle and take a trip to Le Grand Aquarium before an afternoon/evening in one of the Saint-Malo seafood restaurants.
See food also at Cancale, known for centuries for its oysters; get sand between your toes at the four beaches of Dinard, part of Brittany’s world-famed Emerald Coast; and at Dinan, tramp the cobbled streets among the old half-timbered houses of the medieval town.
Rennes, Brittany’s capital, is about an hour south from the site: go here on a Saturday for its huge outdoor market and cider and galettes from the local farmers’ stalls.
Mont St-Michel Bay sees plenty of sailors and hikers looking for active options on or near the water, but most visitors to the bay come to take a guided tour across its sands at low tide – up to 19 miles of sand can be exposed here when the water recedes – and to seal and bird spot on the beaches and on the island of Tombelaine. To see a bit more scenery, horse riding and microlight flights are available around and over the bay.
Within the countryside surrounds of Camping Le Vieux Chêne, guests also have the option of days out go-karting, golfing and bowling or being amused at Cobac Park; a wealth of other entertainment at Brittany festivals, pubs and clubs will never be too far away.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||7:30 p.m.|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||7:30 p.m.|
Camping Le Vieux Chêne cancellation policy
No refunds within 15 days of arrival date.
Up to 15 days before arrival: the campsite will retain 20% of booking.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Camping Le Vieux Chêne will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.
Local eco/city tax of €0.40 (£0.35) per person over the age of 13 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro