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General

  • Family-run site five minutes' drive from the village of Cheverny
  • Châteaux of Chambord, Cheverny and Blois within a half-hour drive
  • Two swimming pools, paddling pool and access for disabled guests

Fancy visiting a château on your Loire Valley sojourn? Maybe two? How about… 15? Oui, the good folks at Camping Les Saules reckon they’re within striking distance of 15 or so of the area’s finest edifices, meaning enough day trips to content even the most ardent castle collector. For starters, the closest, Cheverny and Troussay, merely require a gentle ramble (half an hour and 50 minutes’ walk respectively) or you could hop in the car to reach Chambord, Blois or Beauregard within half an hour.

Your own aristo-worthy abode for the duration of your hols will be a pleasingly kingsized pitch shaded by woods five minutes’ drive from the village of Cheverny (home not only to a château but also a couple of restaurants, a crêperie and a rather fab wine shop). Two-wheeled travellers can launch themselves easily into the surrounding countryside on a cycle trail that passes just outside the gates, hiring the bikes from the site if needed.

Life here isn’t all about getting out and about; there’s plenty to do during the time you spend on site. Little princes and princesses can take their pick from two playgrounds, joining in the kids’ club activities or time spent in the games room, which is well supplied with toys and a TV. Outside, games of tables tennis and miniature golf beckon for all ages, while those feeling guilty about excessive croissant consumption can hit the fitness trail for a workout.

No such need for activity (or wanting to make the most of a snatched hour while les enfants are busy at the kids’ club)? Perhaps set up by the pond for an afternoon of fishing or haul yourself into a hammock for an extended period of examining the inside of your eyelids.

The crowning glory, though, is the smashing pool complex. There’s something for everyone here: an outdoor pool for sunny days, a covered pool for chillier times, a paddling pool for the smaller splashers, a terrace with loungers for the sun worshippers and an autonomous system to help disabled guests in and out of the water with ease.

In high season you can fuel your activity/inactivity with meals from the restaurant and refresh with drinks from the bar, ideally supped on its fab flower-filled terrace (also the place for free wifi access). An on-site shop provides all your basics in summer, including fresh bread orders; at other times and for more elaborate cheffery, it’s a mere five-minute saunter in the car to the nearest supermarket.

Other on-site amenities include a whole bank of washing-up sinks (no excuses, kids), a launderette and a spankingly clean toilet block with hot showers.


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88% would recommend this site to a friend.

75% would stay here again.

 

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Beautiful site, facilities spotless. Fabulous takeaway. Two swimming pools - ... 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sandra_b180633 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful site, facilities spotless.
    Fabulous takeaway.
    Two swimming pools - absolutely spotless.
    Lovely friendly staff.
    Near a beautiful Chateau, a visit there is a must.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Bike hire Hot water in showers Friendly helpful staff 08/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Annabelle M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Bike hire
    Hot water in showers
    Friendly helpful staff

    Disliked: 

    Lack of privacy at pitches
    Muddy ground at pitches
    Draughty shower and toilet blocks

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A great campsite, beautifully located and with very helpful staff. 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Donald M. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    I stayed here for 5 days with my wife and 2 children (11 & 9) as part of a two base holiday and would recommend the site highly. We arrived very late in the evening after a long drive from the Pyrenees, having e-mailed to say we were delayed. The manager couldn't have been more helpful. He met us at the gate and took us straight to our pitch with no fuss.

    On waking in the morning we found a beautiful wooded site, with plenty of room for each pitch and lovely mature willow trees for shade. The site is completely flat so pitching is easy. There were quite a few caravans and motorhomes at the site but with the trees and the pitch layout it didn't seem at all busy. The site is secure and we felt quite happy to allow the children to walk or cycle around independently.

    The shower and toilet block is modern and was kept scrupulously clean every day. All the water is heated by solar panels but there was plenty of hot water for showers and washing up.

    We made daily use of the swimming pools, which are graded in depth so perfect for all ages. There are no slides or anything like that but plenty of the kids had brought their own floats. There is also a pretty good restaurant and a take-away pizza service on site. The restaurant menu is a little limited (and maybe slightly on the pricey side, but nothing outrageous) but the food we had was very good indeed. Well worth using at least once for a break from cooking.

    There is also a crazy golf area which we didn't have time for, partly due to the incredible location of the site itself, which is a short drive from Blois and the River Loire and very close to a number of spectacular Chateaux - Cheverny being only a few minutes away and the outstanding Chenonceaux about 30 minutes drive. There are bikes for hire at the office and lots of either traffic free or very low trafficked roads and tracks to cycle on. Vineyards abound if you are a wine buff and there is also a large supermarket and petrol station at Contres, only a few miles away, if you need supplies.

    Last but not least, I have to mention the staff, who work incredibly hard to keep the site pristine and run the campsite office and restaurant. Everybody seems to chip in to do whatever is needed and most if not all the staff are multi-lingual (English and Spanish being spoken). We booked two Chateau visits and a canoe trip on the Loire through the office, which made things very easy and efficient and there was a small discount for booking through the site.

    I wouldn't normally write such long reviews, but Les Saules is worth it. We will definitely be back in the future for a longer visit. Thank you!

    Disliked: 

    Very little to complain about but I would mention that the trees mean birds - plenty of pigeons and other smaller birds (sorry I'm no bird expert!) call the site home. This in itself was delightful but it is worth checking your tent isn't pitched directly under a nest or roost. We woke on our first morning to find a number of 'presents' on the tent.. However the pitches are very roomy and we were able move our quite large tent over a bit and had no further problems.

    The ground at the site is sandy but very firm. It's worth having a mallet if you are pitching a tent.

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Clean enjoyable Stop over campsite:) 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jeremy A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Atmosphere, helpful staff and facilities.

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What a wonderful location. The staff were friendly and helpful, ... 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Piers V. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    What a wonderful location. The staff were friendly and helpful, willing speak a bit of English which helped. The facilities were clean and well laid out, toilets and showers were clean through out the day. The pools were lovely especially for my youngest who was learning, with 3 pools all at different depths. The porch was large and lots of coverage so it was not too hot. All in all a wonderful location, we are already looking to book for next year.

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    Nothing

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Prima camping met veel gemakken. Fijn zwembad dat goed wordt ... 31/07/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Martina L. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Prima camping met veel gemakken. Fijn zwembad dat goed wordt bijgehouden en erg schoon is. Het restaurant is prima.
    Op sommige plaatsen kraan aanwezig, wel door meerder mensen te gebruiken.
    Vriendelijke eigenaren. Mooie fietsroutes in de buurt, die over valk terrein gaan.

    Disliked: 

    Jammer dat er geen lunch te krijgen is.
    Naar dorp is te fietsen of auto. Wandelen/lopen is te ver.
    Niet overal WIFI.

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Lovely stay in the middle of July. Location is great, ... 29/07/2017

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    Lovely stay in the middle of July.
    Location is great, very quiet., The pitches are spacious and kept nicely.
    The staff are friendly and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble.
    the swimming pools are clean and well looked after, as is the crazy golf!
    also great to be able to order bread to be bought in the mornings!

    we ordered food from the takeaway, which wasn't amazing, but, it filled the tummies and was a reasonable price

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lovely 18/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helena W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Everything was in perfect condition and easy to find. Facilities include toilets, showers with adjustable temperature, dishwashing, clothes washing dinks, swimming pool with shade and children's pool, dog walking field. Very shady with lots of trees. Excellent free WiFi in the information room.
    Loved this campsite.

    Disliked: 

    Temperature control on the showered very delicate.

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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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

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Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Les Saules Cheverny, Loir-et-Cher, France, 41700
  • Timezone Europe/Paris CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 47.4749°N 1.4511°E

Directions


From Paris, take the E5 south and exit at Junction 10, (Blois) in the direction of Vierzon/Cheverny. Follow the D102 to Cheverny then the directions to the Château. You will see the campsite on your right.

Local attractions

Châteaux, châteaux, châteaux… even if you don’t want to take on the challenge of visiting all 15 of the owners’ fave locals you’d be mad to leave this area without visiting at least one. The nearest is Château de Cheverny, which you can reach in half an hour on foot – it’s a rather fab 17th-century pile with some gorgeous gardens to wander in and a lovely orangerie garden for refreshments.

Or maybe you’d prefer to head to Château de Chambord, a 25-minute drive away, to walk in its formal gardens and explore the 16th-century moated castle. Or taking the 45-minute drive to Château de Chenonceau, built on a bridge across the river. Or… well, have a chat with the site owners and staff to find out all the options.

A good way to get out and about is by bike – the site is close to several of the Châteaux a Vélo circular cycle routes, which take you through forests and past lakes to reach some of the area’s finest edifices, with the odd stop at a village or vineyard along the way. Hire bikes on site if you’ve not brought your own, and ask for some route suggestions from staff.

Need a break from all the château-chasing? Head into Blois, 20 minutes’ drive away, to peruse the modern art collection at the Fondation du Doute museum and wander through the city’s historic streets, keeping an eye out for the steps painted to resemble clouds. Just outside the city, you can hire canoes to paddle your way along the Loire river with a choice of itineraries that take from a couple of hours to a whole day.

Other options nearby include a rather regal round of golf at the Château de Cheverny course (five minutes’ drive from the site) or a family fun day out at Beauval's zoo, 40 minute’s drive away. The zoo has around 10,000 animals across its 30-hectare site, so there’s plenty to see, including gorillas, hippos, manatees and a famed family of giant pandas.

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Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Entertainment and activities are available between 01/07 and 31/08.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/07 and 31/08.
The grocery shop is open between 20/05 and 15/09.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Pool
The indoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 15/09.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Taxes
Local eco/city tax of €0.44 per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Complaints must be notified to immediately and will not be considered after departure.

Any disputes are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the court of Blois.

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