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Camping Les Dondaines

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General

  • Friendly peaceful site on the canalside 10 minutes from Watten
  • Snack bar on site with a sunny terrace overlooking the canal
  • Half an hour's drive from beaches and ferry ports at Dunkirk or Calais

Dashing off to Dunkirk or Calais for your ferry? Don’t race off too fast, for there’s much to tempt those who choose to dawdle a while at Camping Les Dondaines.

It’ll take you a measly half-hour to drive to either port from here, making it a smashing spot for a stopover pre- or post-Channel hop. Got a few more days to spare? If you’ve not done Dunkirk you should certainly see those sights, and there are also games of golf to play, sandy beaches to frolic on and loads of eats and drinks to sample at local restaurants and markets.

There are lovely things to eat on site too, as long as you give the owners a bit of notice: meals from the snack bar can be packed up to take away or served up on the scenic canalside terrace, where you can watch boats putter past while you munch. Chilled-out evenings around the campfire or barbie may be on the cards too; pick up provisions 10 minutes away in Watten or at Saint-Omer’s markets (20 minutes) for your alfresco feasts.

The vibe at this small site is a laidback and welcoming one, even for folks staying a single night; the owner’s received many ‘helpful’, ‘friendly’ and ‘lovely’ plaudits from past guests. He’s resisted the temptation to cram the site full of facilities, preferring instead to focus on the essentials (toilets, showers, washing-up area and wifi) and keeping the place peaceful.

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No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

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.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Hired accommodation : in April, September and October, electricity is metered on site at €0.24 per kWh and must be paid at check-out. At all other periods it is free of charge.


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8.8

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90% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

 

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Friendly and helpful owner on arrival and departure. 18/09/2018

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  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet rural setting next to a canal and easy access to Calais or Dunkirk.

    Disliked: 

    Rustic toilet/shower block. Needs updating.

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Basic facilities but clean. Great place for a stop close to Calais. 03/09/2018

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  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Friendly welcome, very relaxing and laid back site. Peaceful location with good views of the canal.

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Quiet, good facilities, friendly owner 29/08/2018

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  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Quiet, good facilities, friendly owner

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Clean, cheap basic site. Level pitches. Owner friendly and helpful. 29/08/2018

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  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    We just needed a one night stop over, close to the tunnel and this was ideal. Owner was friendly, helpful and spoke good English.

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The host was charming and spoke good English, the campsite ... 24/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Richard S. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The host was charming and spoke good English, the campsite was very rustic and natural in order to attract wild life and we saw lots of birds. Each pitch was private and some permitted fires on the ground. The showers were strong and hot and free,situated near a canal for cycling or fishing.
    We loved it.

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    Don't come here if you like everything well ordered and pristine.

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Size of the pitch 23/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael I. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Size of the pitch

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Simple, clean, friendly campsite with amazing owner. 22/08/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very nice place, although it is quite big, every pitch is separated with bushes and it feels that your party is the only one in the camp. When the weather permits the owner allows to make fires. Toilets, shower, other facilities are simple but clean.
    It is campsite very close to nature.
    The site owner is absolutely amazing, he showed us few places to choose from, when it started raining came to us to find out if we need something.
    If you are looking simple place to spend few nights without noise and crowd it is ideal.

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Very peaceful. John very helpful and friendly before our arrival ... 20/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rachel W. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Very peaceful. John very helpful and friendly before our arrival and during our short stay. We were only there for one night stop over but would definitely return for a longer stay to explore the area.

    Disliked: 

    Mosquitoes! But that’s not the campsites fault! 😃

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A lovely site and owner 19/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Martin R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom static caravan (deluxe)
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    Everything wonderful setting peaceful and could not of asked for a better location and a wonderful owner
    Who did everything possible to make our stay just perfect

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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A nice little campsite 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matt W. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    A nice little campsite, a friendly chap who showed us to our pitches and explained the facilities.

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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

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • 1935 Rue de la Colme, Cappelle-Brouck, Nord, France, 59630
  • Timezone Europe/Paris CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8723°N 2.2287°E

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Local attractions

Set forth for the seaside – it’s a 25-minute drive from the site to Grand-Fort-Philippe for strolls among the sand dunes, fishing from its harbour piers and nature walks in the Platier D’Oye Nature Reserve. If you’ve not been lucky with your wildlife sightings, you’re guaranteed to spot animals a few minutes further along at Fort-Mardyck zoo.

Dunkirk (25 minutes’ drive) is a place that cemented its role in history during World War II, and that piece of the past is suitably commemorated at the Dunkirk 1940 Museum; the museum tells the eye-opening story of the evacuation of more than 300,000 soldiers through exhibits, models and film reels. If you need a bit of quiet contemplation after that, head over the road to the contemporary art museum or leave the town behind to paddle a boat through the peaceful Audomarois marshes 15 minutes away.

You’re only 30 kilometres from the Belgian border here too, so you can zip over there in half an hour or so to feast on waffles and beer or take the kids to popular Plopsaland amusement park.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Camping Les Dondaines cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Hired accommodation: €100.00 (£89.74) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Tax

Local city tax of €0.22 (£0.19) per person per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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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.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
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.
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 15/05 and 15/09.
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.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: €100.00 (£89.74) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
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 extra.

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

Additional terms

Please inform the owner of meal requests at the snack bar at least a few hours in advance to provide enough time for the food to be prepared.

Hired accommodation : in April, September and October, electricity is metered on site at €0.24 per kWh and must be paid at check-out. At all other periods it is free of charge.

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