|March 2014: To celebrate Les Castels 55th anniversary – the four and five star organisation of luxury campsites in France – they are offering a 55 euros reduction of any seven night stay in self catering accommodation and fourteen nights camping. See here for restrictions.
A great deal has changed since Les Castels launched in 1959! The organisation now has 41 establishments located across the country – ideal for couples or for families – but in 1959, they started with just 24 sites of which two: the Chateau de Leychoisier in the Limousin and Le Manoir de Ker An Poul in Brittany are still in the chain today.
The world has also changed considerably in the last 55 years. The following gives you a little snapshot into that different world – just before the start of the “swinging sixties”.
Charles de Gaulle becomes the First President of the Fifth Republic
Walt Disney releases his 16th animated film – Sleeping Beauty
Establishment of the European Court of Human Rights
Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper all died in a plane crash
The Barbie Doll makes her first appearance
The Eurovision Song Contest was held in Cannes, France
French film director Luc Besson is born
Novelist Raymond Chandler died
British actress Emma Thompson and actor Sean Bean are born
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright died
The FA Cup final sees Nottingham Forest defeat Luton Town 2-1
Gypsy with Ethel Merman opens on Broadway for her last show which runs for 702 performances
Two monkeys, Able and Miss Baker, are the first living beings to successfully return to Earth from space aboard the flight Jupiter AM-18
The Disney Monorail service, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere – opens in Anaheim, California
The film, The Nun’s Story starring Audrey Hepburn is released. She later says this was her favourite film role
Italian football manager Carlo Angelotti is born as are actors Vincent d’Onofrio and Hugh Laurie
Venus eclipses the star Regulus. The rare event (which will next occur on 1st October, 2044) is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of Venus’ atmosphere
The SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the Channel for the first time in just over two hours. This is the 50th anniversary of Louis Blériot’s crossing by ‘heavier than air craft’
Singer Billie Holiday died
Kind of Blue – the record breaking album by Miles Davis is released
Hawaii is admitted as the 50th State of the USA
The Mini is launched, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis
The Xerox 914 photocopier is launched to the public
Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone TV series is launched in the USA
The Guggenheim Museum opens in New York
Asterix the Gaul makes his first appearance
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club opened in London
The first section of the M1 is opened between Hertfordshire and the Northamptonshire/Warwickshire border
The film, Ben Hur is released and eventually wins 11 Oscars. It was the last MGM film to win an award although Dr Zhivago was nominated
The Antartic Treaty is signed declaring Antartica as a scientific reserve
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|About Les Castels
Discover Les Castels: superb four and five star touring sites in exceptional settings across France. If you want to camp outdoors, in a tent or in a caravan, if you want the comfort of a mobile home, chalet or inn, or if you’re looking for unique experiences, in a trailer or a cabin in the trees or on the water, you can’t go wrong! The keyword: excellence! Spacious camping pitches, upscale accommodation, a wide range of services, and high-quality facilities: these are our priorities for your holiday, in a context that respects the environment.
Enjoy the French “art de vivre” and share the passion that gives the Les Castels chain its charm and that drives its independent owners, proud of France’s heritage and concerned for your well-being. At Les Castels, luxury is space!