Les Pieds sur Terre, le Nez dans les Haies, la Tête dans les Étoiles

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  • Rural campsite five minutes’ drive from Ballon-Saint-Mars, the Sarthe
  • Le Mans 35 minutes’ drive; Royal Abbey of Epau half an hour
  • Peaceful tree-shaded pitches in the owner's garden; near livestock
If you’re looking to get far, far away from everybody, you’ve in the right place. Pitch up at Les Pieds sur Terre, le Nez dans les Haies, la Tête dans les Étoiles, and chances are your only neighbours will be cows and ponies, for here you’re deep in the Sarthe countryside, where you can kick back, wake up to birdsong and doze off accompanied by the croaking of frogs. This site is not your typical tourist site, as it involves camping in the owner's garden. There’s little traffic hereabouts, but that’s not to say the site is isolated. An easy 10 minutes’ drive from the A28 motorway, it’s near the rural village of Ballon-Saint-Mars (five minutes), where you can pick up local produce in the market, fetch your daily baguette from the bakery or have a sundowner at the local bar. At your disposal at the campsite is a flat expanse of camping field, partially shaded by mature trees and lined with hedges. Take advantage of the communal picnic table on warm days, rustle up a barbecue (firewood is available on site) or huddle up around the campfire to watch the dark skies glitter with stars on clear nights. If the weather should turn against you, there’s a small communal chalet for shelter, and another larger room in the same block as the shower facilities. Now back to those birds. During your time on this sustainably run site – carefully managed by Ludovic with eco-diversity in mind – hopefully you’ll get to see and hear robins, magpies, blackbirds, woodpeckers, jays and nightingales.

Site type

Touring caravan pitches 6
Tent pitches 6
Motorhome pitches 6
Open all year
Please note
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
  • A cable measuring at least 5 metres is needed for the electric hook-ups.
  • Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
  • There is no reception on-site: on arrival please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.
  • Fires, barbecues and/or firepits will not be permitted in dry, windy and/or hot weather conditions.

Languages spoken

English

French

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Look no further, this is where you should be staying if you're…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Look no further, this is where you should be staying if you're pitching up a tent or in a campervan. Ludovic is a truly one of the nicest accommodation hosts we've ever met and his passion for treating his guests well and the campsite being a haven for nature is obvious.

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From the manager: Thank you so much for this amazing comment!! I was pleased to meet you. See you soon ;-)

Perfect, clean, quiet site with very welcoming host!!!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Sue H. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Fabulous site, extremely welcoming host, nothing was too much trouble Very clean toilet, shower & kitchen area with indoor space should the weather be unkind… Fire pit with plenty of wood. No rush to arrive or leave at a certain time. Highly recommend if you’re after a quiet site 😁

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From the manager: Thank you for this perfect comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you. I hope to see you soon!!

It was quiet and peaceful and the facilities were good. A nice…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities No rating
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Joyce M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: It was quiet and peaceful and the facilities were good. A nice hot shower and an area to sit ( if you wanted it). The complementary beer was welcome.

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From the manager: Thanks alot for your comment. I was pleased to meet you. I hope to see you soon.

Fabulous!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anne F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: This is a fabulous, peaceful campsite with the most amazing friendly very welcoming host. The site is very clean and the facilities are really great. It's a pleasure to have stayed at this site.

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From the manager: Thank you so much Anne. I hope to see you again!

Quiet relaxing stay

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Malcolm P. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: After a long drive it was great to have a very relaxing stay. The host was very accommodating, providing a couple of free beers and chocolate which made the icing on the cake. The pitch up was just what the doctor ordered. Quiet and relaxing. Thanks.

Disliked: Wish I could’ve stayed longer.

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From the manager: Hello Malcom, Thanks a lot for your comment. It was a pleasure to have you in my campsite. See you soon!

Peaceful rural site with friendly host close to town and motorway

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Marcine T. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Peaceful location with hot showers and clean toilet and washing up facility. Ludvic was very friendly and helpful and left beers and walnuts (from his garden) for us. There is a warm communal space with washing up facilities, fridge, microwave and sofa. Very useful, especially for campers with tents. There is a small town a few minutes drive away with a supermarket, pharmacy, tobac etc. The location is also great being just 10 mins drive off the motorway north of Le Mans.

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From the manager: Thank you so much Marcine. It's a really joy for me to read these lines. See you next time with a great pleasure.

Basic site but with a host Ludovic a most kind and helpful…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 8
andrew m. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Basic site but with a host Ludovic a most kind and helpful man Thank you for an enjoyable stay

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From the manager: Hello Andrew. Thank you for your comment. See you next time!

Ludovic is fantastic. Generous, kind and caring. This is a small and…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities No rating
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Rachel M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Ludovic is fantastic. Generous, kind and caring. This is a small and simple site in a rural location. There is a communal building with a fridge freezer, microwave, sofa etc for all which is great especially in poor weather. Only 1 shower and toilet which was fine for us as we were alone on site but could be an issue for larger groups? This is a new venture and we wish them all the best as they truly deserve it 🙂

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From the manager: Hello Rachel! Thank you for your comment! For the shower and the toilet, I limit the number of campers to it remains pleasant for everyone!! I hope see you soon!!

Well worth a visit

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Leighton G. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: We very much enjoyed our stay At one with nature with excellent host basic but excellent at the same time

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From the manager: Thank you very much for your comment. See you soon.

Fantastic campsite with an excellent owner.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
johnny c. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Le petit hêtre fully-serviced grass pitch

Liked: Very nice owner with a welcome beer was the perfect start! fantastic setting in the countryside but only a small walk to bars and shops. The toilet block and indoor area was absolutely fantastic!

Disliked: Nothing

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From the manager: Thank you Johnny!! A very nice comment for a very nice person!! See you soon for the story of your next incredible trip!!


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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Picnic table

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Location

Les Pieds sur Terre

le Nez dans les Haies

la Tête dans les Étoiles

Le Petit Hêtre

Route des Parcs

Ballon-Saint-Mars

Sarthe

France

72290

Directions

Timezone

Europe/Paris CEST (GMT+02:00)

GPS

48.16563°N
0.21383°W

Route directions

Very large motorhomes can enter the site through the entrance to the owner's house, which is 30 metres further on.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

There’s certainly plenty to do outdoors; you’ll need a licence to fish in the Orne Saônoise river (10 minutes’ drive), where you can also hire kayaks or canoes for a paddle downstream. Other alfresco pursuits include hiking, mountain biking and horse-riding trails, all on way-marked tracks close to the campsite. If you’re staying local, combine exercise with a potter around the verdant parkland at the Donjon de Ballon (five minutes), and explore the once-fortified medieval chateau itself if you’re visiting in summer. Another historic building to check out nearby is the peaceful Royal Abbey of Epau (half an hour), known for the beauty of its Cistercian architecture and stained-glass windows. And of course a visit to Le Mans (35 minutes) should be considered too. You might be lucky enough to hit town when the famed annual 24-hour car race is on (in June), but this is a historic place with plenty to enthral any time of year. You can see remains of the Gallo-Roman walls, stroll by half-timbered houses within the Old Town and get your fill of vintage sports cars in the interactive Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

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  • How much does it cost to stay at Les Pieds sur Terre, le Nez dans les Haies, la Tête dans les Étoiles? From £12.81 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.