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Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

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Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

We are planning to visit this site with Eurocamp this year in July as a family with two seven year old girls.

Has anyone got experience of this site, and any recommendations for activities for us all?

This is our first experience of a French camp site. Previous experience of France has been Paris or Cote D'Azur without children, or Disneyland Paris with them, so this will be a bit different!

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1. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

Hi! We dropped our eldest son off there on Saturday afternoon to start work as a courier for Fleur holidays for the season. We had a good look round the place with him before we came back home to Saumur.

The site's a Castels site, so has a chateau within the grounds. There's a nice pool area with attached bar. The grounds are well-kept. The mobile homes all seemed to be fairly new and in good condition. We didn't see any tents though, maybe still in the 'montage' state? The caravan/camping pitches seem to be of a reasonable size, though some larger units may feel a bit cramped.

The village of Ste. Catherine de Fierbois is pretty with a few bars and eateries, and is a 10 minute stroll from the campsite. The closest supermarket (SuperU) that we noticed was a good 20-minute drive away at St. Maure de Touraine.

The area's good for sightseeing though, you're not too far from Tours, Chinon, Fontevraud, Saumur. If you're up for a drive, then a visit to Cholet, and Le Grand Parc Puy du Fou is a must! Trust me!

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2. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

Thanks for taking time to reply.

Thankfully only getting positive reviews of this site, so looking forward to a good holiday.

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3. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

I am planning a 2 week holiday to this site for summer 2008 with my family, the children will be aged 12 and 8, I wondered how found it?

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4. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The weather was a big part of that - high 20's all the time creeping into 30's so not too hot and not too cold! The week before we were there, however, it had rained every day so suspect that would not have been much fun.

Swimming pool was excellent for our two girls (7, nearly 8) and the slides were good fun for them. Over about 12, pool might seem a bit limited, but the lake was probably more attractive for older kids. There is an adventure play area in woods, although we didn't use it as ours are too young, that older kids would like it.

We were there in July, so mainly Dutch there, with English only appearing later, so the UK based kids clubs were quite quiet, and we didn't bother using them. Excellent tennis courts that were never too busy (might get busier in August though).

Went with Eurocamp, and service was a bit poor although mobile home was very comfortable. Would consider the Thomson ones, as they all had wooden patios and looked just a little more comfortable. The on site bakery was fab, and not far to the supermarket in Ste Maure so that was all very easy.

On-site restaurant and pzzeria a bit ropey, but handy if you didn't want to go far. Take away cooked chickens you can order from the shop were very handy. The Auberge in the village is excellent and good value. Would thoroughly recommend it.

We had great plans to visit various places, but actually found the site entertained us every day (ther for 9 nights) and only went on a trip one day when it was a bit cloudier. Went to see "Sleeping Beauty's Chateau" which was "OK". Nothing to write home about, though, and if we go back we might research what good day trips might be more thoroughly.

We are definitely planning to go again next year to same site, so that's probably as good a message about it as we could give.

Hope you enjoy it,

JB

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5. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to reply with such a good, well thought out review, which answers all my questions.

We plan to visit Le Parc de Fierbois in August 2008, with Canvas Holidays, staying in their lodges, hope the weather is as good as you had!

Second visits are the best recommendations!

Thanks once again.

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6. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

I have just booked my second trip to this site for summer 2008. We loved the site and found something to entertain everyone (children aged 15, 10 and 9 for our last trip). Weather wasn't fantastic when we went-early school summer hols, but it can be unpredictable in the Loire. I would recommend a trip to the Zoo de Doue which all of the family enjoyed,and some of the chateaus are spectacular. On site my partner bought a cane rod and enjoyed some fishing on the lake with the younger children joining in, the pool complex was great too althugh we used the indoor one by the lake more often due to the weather. shop and take-away were both good and we also found some lovely restaurants in Ste Maure de Touraine. We went with Ian Mearns holidays last time (2 yrs ago), This time we are using Canvas Holidays.

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7. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

We are going to this site in August this year as a family with two boys aged 8 and 5. The comments so far have been really helpful - and have led me to book in the first place, thanks. I now wonder if anyone can recommend some good day trips (with travelling times etc), and in particular ideas for a rainy day! We are going with Keycamp. Thanks.

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8. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

Hi,

We have just returned from a canvas half term break and can thoroughly recommend this site.

The pool whilst cold in May!! was great and the site is well maintained.

There is a nearby zoo (1.5 hours away) which is fantastic and well worth a visit.

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9. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

Just returned , spent 24thmay-1st june at this site

travelled with keycamp. booked 3bedroom villagrande delux with decking, one of their more expensive homes, we were only four people, needed 3 bedrooms.

on arrival , first impressions terrible, nice pitch, but badly maintained outside, green moss, birds mess etc, awful reps, inside not very clean, cobwebs in curtains pelmets etc. spent couple hours saturday and sunday cleaning. they said couldnt clean outside deck etc as raining !!!. hadnt been cleaned since last season !!. Fridge not working, had to bring new one next day, bulbs out etc, gutters outside filthy/blocked, every time wind blew, got covered in mess, feathers etc, they did try and clean them. when sorted out not to bad. would never use keycamp again or euro camp. have used thomson al freso in past, very good. tomson reps at this site were husband.wife more mature people ,they were left bunches of flowers from departing guest. we left complaints !!

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10. Re: Le Parc de Fierbois, ste Catherine, Loire Valley

We are back from our 10 night stay at Camping de Fierbois and it was great! We stayed in the same caravan type as mentioned here, Keycamp Villagrand Deluxe, 3 bed, 2 bathr, and it was fantastic, in great condition, clean, and a large decking space where we sat to eat almost all of our meals. The pitch was, as requested, quiet and shaded, and although all the surrounding caravans were occupied we were not overlooked at all and it felt very private. The weather was sunny/cloudly, rain on two days, and always warm in the evenings (18-28 Aug).

The Keycamp reps were nice enough, but had no local knowledge whatsoever. The couple of times we asked their advice they couldn't help, but we picked up some brochures and sorted it out ourselves. We did feel that they should have been more efficient in this area, but it didn't really matter in the long run.

The site itself was lovely, very clean, attractive, with plenty of things to do. Our children enjoyed the tennis, table tennis, kids club (1 session), go karts for hire, and the pool. The pool water was cold! but still proved very popular. We had to be at the pool for 10am though if we wanted sunbeds.

Off site we went to Futuroscope, Gratien & Meyer wine tasting, picnics by the river, and Chateau de Chambord for the night light and sound show. All of which we enjoyed, as well as the general surroundings and scenery.

We would return in a few years time when the children are older, as they wanted to go off and explore on their own, which the 9 yr old did, but not the 5 yr old. In the evenings there seemed to be teenagers meeting up to play table tennis, or go to the entertainment in the bar, which I would be quite happy for my children to do when they are of the right age. The whole place seemed very safe and friendly.