Les Castels is possibly France’s most stylish group of glamping sites. With 38 locations throughout the country, there’s a wide range of accommodation options ranging from mobile homes to gites, tents to treehouses, lake-side cottages to gypsy caravans – basically every kind of accommodation that you can imagine. For example:
This is one of only two camping sites in France to win the 2016 Award for providing information on the site as well as being one of the loveliest sites in Normandy set in a wilderness park on the coast with thirty hectares of protected space and hiking trails. The site overlooks the sandy beach and has two restaurants and a great aquatic centre.
What’s New: There some new camping pitches with fabulous views over the valley and access to the nearby woods for some lovely walks.
Eat: At one of two restaurants with panoramic views – La Maison Rouge just 200 metres from the entrance to the site and Le Panoramique – a 25 minute drive away.
Go Visit: The Moulin à eau Marie Ravenel at Réthovil which belonged to the poet Val de Saire. You can learn about flour milling in the ‘50’s and what life was like in those days. 40 minutes drive away
Go Visit: Château des Ravelets and gardens in Touraville where the film of Valérie Donzelli – Margeurite et Julien was shot (Cannes Film Festival candidate 2015). This is a fifteen minute drive away.
Don’t Miss: The Tour de France second stage on 3rd July 2016 from Saint Lô to Cherbourg.
A stone’s throw from Saumur, which is UNESCO listed, the Domaine de la Brèche has a harmonious feel about it and it is also spacious – a thirty hectare wooded park is its home. It is great for families, friends or couples
What’s New: A VIP Quarter with KeyWest model mobile homes containing two / three bedrooms, two bathrooms, air conditioning , dishwasher, oven, microwave, TV, free wifi, beds made for arrival and a very large terrace.
Eat: The fouée or fouace of Anjou is a like a bread roll baked in the oven and filled with paté, butter or beans.
Go Visit: The Château de Saumur lies on the confluence of the Loire and the Thouet rivers.
Don’t Miss: The Tour de France is in Angers on 4th July and Saumur 5th July 2016 – 45 minute drive from Saumur.
Don’t Miss: Anjou Vintage Cycles – 18th – 19th June 2016 – the most important retro cycle event in France with more than 30,000 visitors, and is now in its sixth year.
Don’t Miss: Horse riding events are synonymous with the Loire. Try the traditional French Dance Gala of Horses 21st – 22nd May or the Carrousel de Saumur 15th – 16th July 2016 – uniting horses and armour in the same place. (5 km away).
Lying between a coastline renowned for its sandy beaches and the heart of Brittany famous for its mysteries and legends, Ty Nadan offers an impressive range of outdoor activities from Segway to kayaking, horse-riding, paintballing, trout and salmon fishing, an adventure park, and super aquatic park for all the family.
Go Visit: Océanopolis – a centre at Brest devoted to the science of the seas near to the Moulin Blanc pleasure port. One and a half hours drive
Go Visit: L’Odyssaum – a museum to wild salmon at Lorient- 15 minutes’ drive.
Go Visit: The Sailing Centre at Lorient – 30 minute drive away
Go Visit: Pont Scorff Zoo has entrance ticket reductions for clients of Ty Nadan – 20 minutes drive
Don’t Miss: The Brittany Festival – 14th – 22nd May 2016 – ten events all over Brittany
Don’t Miss: International Maritime Festival ‘Tonnere de Brest’ 13th -19th July 2016
Don’t Miss: Music Festival of Carhaix Plouguer – 14th – 17th July 2016 ‘Les vieilles charrues’ – will include Pharell Williams, Les Insus, Louise Attaque, Louane and The Avener.
Don’t Miss: The Blue Fishing Nets Festival on Concarneau – 12th – 15th August 2016.
Not far from Spain, this site enjoys the sunniest weather in the south of France. There are reefs on one side and the Med on the other side of the site. All the team work hard to make sure you enjoy your holiday. There are loads of activities like paddle boarding and yoga and lovely views from the terraced pitches and balconies. Collioure is nearby with its gorgeous harbour, sandy beaches and famous anchovies. Or follow the Manet trail.
Eat At Restaurant La Bartavelle – voted the best restaurant in Languedoc-Roussillon on TripAdvisor in 2015. It is a gastronomic restaurant of just 16 covers. 15 minute drive away
Eat: At Restaurant Le Neptune – A ten minute drive
Go Visit: Château Valmy Wine Caves – 10 minutes’ drive
Go Visit: Marine Centre of Banyuls-Cerbère with its underwater walks! A 30 minute drive away
Don’t Miss: The Cherry Festival in Ceret – 21st – 22nd May 2016 – a 30 minute drive away
Don’t Miss: The Ceret Fair – 16th – 17th May 2016
Don’t Miss: The Saint Vincent Festival in Collioure – 14th – 18th August 2016 – 10 minutes’ drive away
Don’t Miss: Perpignan Thursdays – throughout July & August – music, dance, etc – 25 minutes’ drive away.
Don’t Miss: Image Visa – 27th August – 11th September 2016 in Perpignan – the largest photojournalism festival in the world.
The Gorge du Verdon are referred to as France’s Grand Canyon. The Domaine is situated between Castellane and the entrance to the gorges and has direct access to the river. Canoeing, rafting and canyoning are popular activities in this lovely region. There is a fishing pond exclusively for the children.
Don’t Miss: Fête de la Transhumance – the pastoral festival takes place from 10th June 2016
Don’t Miss: Les Fitdays MGEN – 12th July 2016 – two triathlons are proposed for teams from all over the world.
Château de Lez-Eaux – Mont St.Michel
What’s New: Has introduced two new mobile homes with private Jacuzzi – one with two bedrooms for four/five people and one with three bedrooms for six people. There are also five new Premium mobile homes including one adapted for handicapped clients.
Don’t Miss: Tour de France third stage from Granville to Mont-St-Michel – just 4 kilometres from the site
Château de Chanteloup – Loire Valley
New: Basketball and football areas – perfect for the future stars of UEFA!
Don’t Miss: Le Mans 24-hour Race 17th – 19th June 2016 Le Mans is a 25 minute drive.
Don’t Miss:The Le Mans Classic – 8th – 10th July 2016
Val de Bonnal – Franche-Comté
Don’t Miss: Two stages of the Tour de France. On 18th July the Colmar to Besançon stage passes about 20 kilometres from the site. On the 19th July the Pontarlier to Verbier stage is about 90 kilometres away.
La Grande Métairie – Brittany
What’s New: For 2016, are some Prestige Keywest and Family mobile homes which have semi-covered wooden terraces.
Eat: Restaurant La Côte in Carnac – This is a five minute drive away.
Eat: Pancake House La Poele à Crêpes in Carnac
Eat: Restaurant Le Bistro du Marin in Trinité sur Mer This is a ten minute drive away.
Don’t Miss: The Intertceltic Festival – 5th – 14th August 2016 at Lorient – forty minutes drive.
Don’t Miss: The Catamaran Festival (Eurocat) 29th April – 1st May 2016 at Carnac.
Notes for editors – Created in 1959 Les Castels is a collection of 38 four and five star camping sites across France and is the leading provider of glamping sites – characterised by their outstanding locations near areas of cultural interest and outstanding natural beauty. Les Castels offers a wide choice of accommodation with everything from chalets and mobile homes to tree houses, gypsy caravans, houses on stilts and apartments and also operates a loyalty card programme for repeat customers – ‘Carte Castellissime’.
The facilities and entertainment varies from site to site, no two are alike, however one thing unifies the group as a whole is the Les Castels environmental approach. As outdoor accommodation specialists they are entirely committed to sustainable development. The accommodation is blended into the landscape as far as is possible, using light, mobile installations such as tents and caravans. The sites are committed to supporting ongoing environmental conservation initiatives in France.
For more information please visit www.les-castels.com