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Camping La Grande Tortue

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General

  • Woodland park with loads of activities and facilities for all ages
  • Waterpark with slides, games, hot tub and sauna
  • Playgrounds, trampolines, bouncy castle and terrace restaurant

What a viewsomely verdant and lushly green part of French countryside this is – and what a lot there is to so without even stirring from the site. On the edge of the Loire Valley village of Cande-sur-Beuvron between Blois and Amboise, Camping la Grande Tortue is crammed with facilities and activities for all ages and tastes, from the kids' club for ages four to 12 to the games and sporting events for older children and teens during the summer holiday period.

If your offspring are of a less organised nature, there are inflatables to scale and bounce upon, an excellent playground with spring rockers and roundabout, a rope climbing frame, and a multisports pitch for volleyball, handball or basketball. Also at their disposal (yes, this site is indeed packed with active options) are two ping-pong tables and a pétanque court as well as a kids' trampoline – and, splendidly, one for grownups too. Bikes and pedal karts available to hire at a small additional cost.

The site is set in woodland for those days when you all yearn to just roam around, and is in a land of hiking paths and around 300 kilometres of cycling paths, all among the spectacular châteaux of the Loire Valley and less than less than 10 minutes' walk from the Beuvron river. You can book Loire river boat trips, archery sessions and other nearby activities at reception, where there's also reams of tourist info, postcard and stamp sales, and ticket sales to several famed local spots.

But back to what's on site... As you'll see from the pics, a smashing waterpark is here too for your splashing sessions: the big outdoor pool (heated with disabled access) comes with three waterslides, water games, a paddling pool, an outdoor hot tub and a sauna, and has a removable roof covering so you can five in whatever the season. Next to the pool – as you'll need refuelling after all that activity – is the terraced restaurant, for dinners, breakfasts, ice cream, cold drinks and takeaway pizza.

A shop with regional produce, other groceries and fresh bread is also on site; for more supplies, wander to the local village just 150 metres away.


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Excellent site in beautiful area. Friendly, helpful staff. 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom margaret_h231190 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    With young grandchildren, so appreciated great variety of activities available to them. They were able to walk around site freely. All felt very friendly and secure,

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Très content, et très bien positionné pour visiter les châteaux 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: France Christophe C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Super camping avec des jeux gonflables, tyrolienne, idéal pour des enfants jusqu'à environ 12 ans, sans compter la piscine et le toboggan qui amuse tous le monde.
    Très propre, une petite épicerie et un snack sur place facilite le ravitaillement.

    Tres bien situé pour la visite les châteaux et le zoo de Beauval.

    Disliked: 

    Animation essentiellement pour les petits, mais au moins les soirées sont calmes.

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Very nice swimming pool also indoor, shadow places. Sanitair clean ... 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Bernardus L. Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very nice swimming pool also indoor, shadow places. Sanitair clean and a lot of toilets and showers. Price and quantity of bread good. Also every day a meals on wheels at the reception. And the location 600 meters away from the water. Really enjoyed it. For the kids tabletennis, trampoline, climbing equipment.

    Disliked: 

    For the kids there where not so many dutch kids on the camping, but it is not really a dislike.

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Great site with fantastic pool and playground. 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Joseph G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Kids loved the swimming pool and playground.
    Friendly staff
    Site was well maintained and the pitches were a good size
    Useful shop with morning bread deliveries
    The pizza takeaway window was far too easy!

    Disliked: 

    Um..

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Great play park . 04/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom helen_m624650 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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    Clean pool . Clean facilities . Lovely bakery orders .

    Disliked: 

    Very shaded pitches . Not very level and tight to drive around with caravan .

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Great facilities for kids. 04/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Great facilities for kids.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Awesome! 22/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom amelia_b221231 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The camping pitches are good sized, the atmosphere around the site is fab, we had a fabulous fortnight there. The swimming pools are good (cold when 30+ degrees!) and the facilities are clean and ample. The Lenny Club for the kids every morning and activities in the evening/afternoon were really good as well.

    Disliked: 

    Not enough water taps to fill the waterbutt, but that may have just been around our pitch. We had to go across a fully serviced pitch to get our water or it was a long walk!

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great for the kids, lots to do, nice and clean 17/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gemma e. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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    Spacious pitches. Lots for kids to do

    Disliked: 

    Fridge hire was missed from our booking and so we had to wait a day to get the use of one. This wasn't handled in the best way.

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good site, would recommend 17/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gemma e. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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    Clean and spacious

    Disliked: 

    Very dusty and pricey shop/restaurant

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lovely site, clean toilets and showers. Great pool area for kids. 17/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom gemma e. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Pool area
    Decent sized pitches
    Shaded pitches
    Campsite not too large
    Bike and gocart hire on site
    Clean Loo's

    Disliked: 

    Prices in the shop and restaurant
    Pitches very dry, dirty and dusty due to warm, dry weather
    Hired fridges through pitchup which the campsite had no record of so we had to wait a day to get the fridges we had paid for. These were then located across the other side of the campsite from our pitch so it was a good walk to go and fetch something from the fridge.
    Had to pay for WiFi

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • 3, Route de Pontevoy Candé sur Beuvron, Loir-et-Cher, France, 41120
  • Timezone Europe/Paris CEST (GMT+02:00)   GPS 47.4895°N 1.2585°E

Directions


Take the A10 motorway and come off at the exit for Blois. Follow the signs for Vierzon and cross the Loire river. After the bridge, turn right towards Pontlevoy-Montrichard, on the D751. 13km after Blois, cross the village of Chailles. At the roundabout turn right and the campsite is after 3km on your left (at the exit of Candé sur Beuvron).

Local attractions

Hire a bike and get out on your wheels in the site's woodland and Loire Valley: the area around the site has 300 kilometres of trails around the region's châteaux and the peaceful and traditional villages. The local village Candé sur Beuvron is on the famed long-distance cycle path La Loire à Vélo, crossing France from east to west.

From the site, take the signposted cycle track to Chaumont, Blois and Chambord, in the region between the Loire and Cher rivers where the kings of France came to hunt and where they built their world-famed castles. There are also hiking trails and horse tracks in the area, or you could get out onto the waters of the Loire as a boat passenger or as an adventurer in a hired canoe.

If you seek châteaux, motor along to the fab Château de Chenonceaux spanning the waters of the Cher river just over 30 kilometres away: this famed French Renaissance palace is renowned for its traditional – and spectacular – gardens, which you can wander any day of the year. There's a wine cellar to investigate too, as well as a maze to potter around (while make believing you're competing in the Triwizard Tournament or about to battle a minotaur, natch).

Another spectacular Loire Vallrey château, and also 30 kilometres away, is Château de Chambord, famed worldwide for its Renaissance style and its round towers. Or have another traditional time with a bumble around the town of Blois, 15 minutes' away, a riverside town with narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Late arrivals (after 7pm in the low season and after 8pm in the high season) can check in with the security guard at the entrance of the campsite.

Camping La Grande Tortue cancellation policy

Refunds not given.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Camping La Grande Tortue will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Tax

Local eco/city tax of €0.30 (£0.25) per person per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Local eco/city tax of €0.44 (£0.38) per person over the age of 16 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
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.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Taxes
Local eco/city tax of €0.30 (£0.25) per person per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Local eco/city tax of €0.44 (£0.38) per person over the age of 16 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The kids club runs six days a week from during July and August only for four to 12 year olds from 10am to 12 noon every day except for Saturdays.

You can host a maximum of two visitors per pitch.

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