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- Loire Valley site close to châteaux including Chambord and Cheverny
- Motorhome service point and pool with sunbathing space
- Free internet point, cosy lodge, café-restaurant and bikes for hire
Châteaux, of course. And what French châteaux they are, for this Loire-et-Cher park is within simple striking distance of two most excellent castles in the Loire Valley: the valley's biggest Château de Chambord, set splendidly by the Loire river eight kilometres away, and Château de Cheverny, famed as the influence for the animated setting of Marlinspike Hall in the Tintin books. Even if the kids generally wail and gnash teeth at the thought of visiting a castle while on hols, it's a fairly safe bet they'll like at least one of these...
Camping Les Châteaux is a Huttopia park, set on eight hectares of greenery bordered by two streams a couple of minutes' walk from Bracieux. Set out on castle-hunting days from here, canoe along the Loire or Cher rivers (or both), try your hand at fishing, golfing or exploring the hundreds of kilometres of local hiking and cycling trails… then retreat to a peaceful base for the evening and a gentle slumber before more of the scenic and active same the next day. (And if this seems rather too much or the kids are gnashing teeth at another culture-filled day out? Bag local foodie bits and pieces from the Bracieux shops or Thursday market, and make your way to a suitably secluded spot along the Loire for a suitably serene picnic.)
Whatever activity – or picnic spot – you pick, your first port of call should be the site reception, where there's loads of tourist info on the region, as well as a free internet point and ticket sales for Château de Chambord. Then retreat with your gear to sort out your pitch, picking from shaded, part shade or not shaded at all (sun = huzzah), all flat, spacious and in a woodland of oak and Douglas fir trees. If your wheeled base now looks rather tired after its journey to the Loire Valley, a motorhome service point is on site to give it some loving attention first.
And then? You can fish from the site or hire a bike to pedal around its tree-lined grounds, before cooling off in the summer pool or sinking restfully onto a sun lounger alongside. A cosy central lodge with board games and stacks of books is also on site, open all season for lazy indoor hours.
Salads, homemade pizzas and other snacks are yours for the taking during the May bank holiday weekend and in July and August at the café-restaurant, where there's also a roomy terrace if you seek to work through all those books with the aid of a cold drink. This might not sound much like what your offspring might settle down too, so book your reading sessions to coincide with the kids' club, running in summer for active small sorts.
As a family site, the amenities at Camping Les Châteaux are well set up for all ages too: the four shower blocks all have baby changing areas and family cubicles.
Open from 30/03/2018 to 04/11/2018
Tourist board rating
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The indoor swimming pool is open between 01/07 and 31/08.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/07 and 31/08 (subject to weather conditions).
Check availability at Camping Les Châteaux…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Electric mixed pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Dimensions: Min 8.0m width x 10.0m depth (26.2ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 80.0m² (861.1ft²)
Ground type: Mixed
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the relevant extra.
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Large, crowded site with small pitches and unhelpful staff
Not as nice as I expected from their photos
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
Motorhome service point
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
From Paris: take the A10, take Exit 16 and follow the signs for Mer
From Tours: take the A10, take Exit 17 and follow the signs for Blois
From Angers: take the A85, take Exit 13 and follow the signs for Selles-sur-Cher
From Bourges: take the A85, take Exit 14 and follow the signs for Romorantin
When you leave the highway, you will see our signposts on the way.
Villefrancoeur - Blois (37km)
The most famed Loire Valley attraction near Camping Les Châteaux is Château de Chambord, known throughout the world for its French Renaissance architecture, merging medieval with Renaissance style: even non-castle connoisseurs will probably recognise its towers, chimneys and moats from any amount of postcards, choc boxes or boozy bottles with a French theme.
Other châteaux in the region are Villesavin, five minutes' drive from the site; Tintin's Chevergny, within 15 minutes; Beauregard (20 minutes) Blois (30 minutes), Chaumont (35 minutes), and Chenonceau and Amboise, both around an hour away.
But, as the Camping Les Châteaux team sagely points out, there's yet more to the Loire Valley than its castles. You could drift along the river on a traditional futreau boat trip or around the countryside by horse-drawn cart, or paddle/ride off on your own adventures on a canoeing or horse riding trip. There's a local 18-hole course for your leisurely pursuits too, wild swimming or fishing in the rivers and lakes, and a wildlife observatory, an adventure park and an astronomical observatory all nearby: ask the team for details and top tips.
Around 400 kilometres of footpaths and cycle trails are in the region too, passing through forests, wildlife areas and by the local châteaux.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8:30 p.m.|
Camping Les Châteaux cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.
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 Les Châteaux 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.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Local eco/city tax of €0.44 (£0.40) per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash