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Camping Le Lac des Varennes

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General

  • 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.

Please note

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.


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9.1

Overall rating based on 18 reviews

 

94% would recommend this site to a friend.

89% would stay here again.

 

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Beautiful location. Peaceful and well maintained. 30/09/2017

Reviewer's country: Italy joanna_l602135 Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Beautiful location. Peaceful and well maintained.

    Disliked: 

    The recycling/rubbish facilities were poor. Only one access at far end of field and full to the brim so lots of rubbish around the bins. Found one person foraging in the large skip and throwing stuff all over the place so had to take our rubbish with us.

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Beautiful scenery right by the lake. Level pitch with 16 ... 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Steve L. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful scenery right by the lake.

    Level pitch with 16 amp electric

    Facilities very clean

    Disliked: 

    Cold shower facilities in the early autumn mornings

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Good and friendly site. Good helpful staff when we had ... 30/08/2017

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good and friendly site. Good helpful staff when we had tent issues.
    The lake/beach was lovely added bonus for the kids.
    pitches good size with ok ground.
    Would come again

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Great value for money with lots to do 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Joanna T. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Loved the level pitch with soft grass and high hedge on 2 sides. Very close to the clean lake. Easy access to other side of the lake which is open to the public with lots of activities. Free to use water slide on clean sandy beach. Really friendly staff. Lovely snack bar with evening entertainment. Good amount of playground equipment, petanque courts etc.
    Nice warm showers. Very quiet at night, no cars allowed between 11pm and 7 am

    Disliked: 

    The washing up water was only luke warm. The toilet blocks never seemed very clean. The charge for the wifi.

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Beautiful site 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom joanne_c171390 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    This was our stop over site on the way to the dordogne. It is beautiful and would be a perfect site to stay at longer. The pitches are spacious. We opted for a quiet area away from other people .

    Disliked: 

    The shower water temperature and pressure could have been better but very clean and plentiful amenities.

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Lovley site level pitches unkempt facilities 11/08/2017

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

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Surrounding were beautiful receptionist was very friendly and informative

    Disliked: 

    Showers and toilets were a let down cold and dirty showers .always a queue in showers only one block open not enough for a full campsite.food in snack bar not up to standards expected.

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Friendly reception nice location 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom janice_c264044 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Lovely location decent pitch

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Excellent holiday destination with friendly helpful staff 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom theresa_w805282 Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Splendid service from reception when we asked for adjoining pitches with our daughter and family, especially as there was a large Tai Chi Convention using the resort when we were there.
    We were given large lakeside pitches with wonderful views. Better than the pitches near to reception which seem very crowded. This site has an open airy feel to it.
    Free access is available to large nature park adjacent with another large lake, water sports and a terrific children's playground.
    Highly recommended

    Disliked: 

    Some late noise from bar / cafe when we were there but this may have just been the Convention delegates letting their hair, down.
    Long walk to refuse bins at farthest end of the site.
    Facilities a little dated and crowded at times, but there were signs saying that a refurbishment was imminent.

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Nice place to stay. Minor dislikes. Overall would go back. 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Large campsite. Clean and tidy. Wrist band for the beach/lake for the water sports / activity centre next door a great idea. Lots of things for children to keep them occupied there. Beach at campsite nice but preferred next door as a nice big playground there. Small restaurant / snack bar on site handy if you don't fancy cooking.
    Would benefit from an onsite pool.

    Disliked: 

    Staff at restaurant seemed a bit miserable not very pleasant towards the English.
    No hand soap in the dispenser for washing hands.

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very nice place. Comfortable, clean, friendly. Beautiful surroundings, many great ... 04/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Germany Birgit K. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    very nice place. Comfortable, clean, friendly. Beautiful surroundings, many great things to do.

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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

Pétanque

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Waterslide

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

Motorhome service point

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

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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  • Route du Port Gautier, Saint Lezin, Marçon, Sarthe, France, 72340
  • Timezone Europe/Paris CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 47.7117°N 0.4998°E

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Local attractions

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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart:  12 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.

Payment

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.

Tax

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 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.

General
Entertainment and activities are available between 04/07 and 26/08.
Quiet hours must be respected between 12 a.m. and 12 a.m..
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 01/07 and 31/08.
The grocery shop is open between 01/07 and 31/08.
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: €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.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of €60.00 (£53.20) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. between 01/04 and 03/07.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. between 04/07 and 26/08.

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

Taxes
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.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 12 a.m. and 12 a.m..
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.

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