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- Family-friendly and lakeside site with its own private beach
- Next to a leisure lake with second beach and many activities
- Fishing, terrace bar, snack bar, shop and library
A beach, a beach, a beaut sandy beach – and all the sole domain of site guests too (yes, at this point you're allowed to do a smug little dance).
These lush sands are the private beach belonging to Camping du Lac des Varennes in the Loire valley, in the southern part of the Sarthe department and 10 minutes' stroll from the pretty wine-producing town of Marçon. And a reason for smug little dance numero deux? There's a second, public, beach at your disposal too, part of the leisure centre alongside the site where you can whizz down the waterslide or have hours of sailing, boating, archery, wall climbing, horse riding or whacking balls about the miniature golf and tennis areas. All leisure centre activities are free for site guests.
Camping du Lac des Varennes is between the left bank of the lush Loire river and the 50-hectare Lac des Varennes, within easy reach of the huge forest of Bercé and its 300 kilometres of trails. There's simply stacks to do here on days away from the sands and the water, and all on a highly scenic site with lake views, an amiable vibe and a family-friendly feel.
Kids are especially well catered for at the July and August club for ages four to 10, where they can join intrepidly in with treasure hunts, take part in shows and games, or get messy with crafts, drawing and face painting. For all ages, a packed entertainment and activities programme includes events such as pétanque competitions and day trips, and evening activities several times a week with live music, bingo, kids' shows, karaoke and theme nights.
A terrace bar overlooking the lake and a snack bar near the beach both take care of eats in splendid surroundings, or you could fire up a barbecue pitchside for more of the same. The site also has a bread delivery service, a shop and – another happy dance – a library where you can borrow or swap books, comics and magazines.
Open from 31/03/2018 to 30/10/2018
Tourist board rating
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
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 site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
Check availability at Camping Le Lac des Varennes…
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 optional grass pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 10.0m width x 10.0m depth (32.8ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 100.0m² (1076.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Beautiful location. Peaceful and well maintained.
Good and friendly site. Good helpful staff when we had ...
Lovley site level pitches unkempt facilities
Friendly reception nice location
Excellent holiday destination with friendly helpful staff
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
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
You're splendidly set for green countryside, Loire valley châteaux, vineyards, walking and cycling from the green setting around Camping du Lac des Varennes (should you ever emerge from the site, beach or many activities).
This is lush land for hiking and biking, along the Loire riverbanks or among the hundreds of kilometres of trails in the vast forest of Bercé, about 25 minutes' to the north west. Bercé is a famed and ancient place covering 5,400 hectares, with paths for walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding; plenty of picnic spots and – do go to bay bonjour – mighty oak tree Boppe, which is around 700 years old. Another famed old forest, Sillé, is about an hour and 15 minutes' drive away.
If it's vineyards and vino you seek, drive for about 50 minutes to the east to reach the AOC wine region of the Côteaux de Loir, where Chenin blanc and Pineau d'Aunis (or Chenin noir) grapes are grown for white, red and rosé wines. To the south west of Côteaux de Loir, pick up a few bottles of red at Saumur, or wander along the Thouet river from Saumur to the wine cellars of Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent.
Town days in Tours are 45 minutes' drive to the south.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6:30 p.m.|
Reception is unmanned after 7pm (8pm 04/07 - 26/08). Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time.
No same day reservation for the mobil-homes.
Camping Le Lac des Varennes cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Camping Le Lac des Varennes 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.
Hired accommodation: €240.00 (£212.80) 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.
Local eco/city tax of €0.55 (£0.49) per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer