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“Good but needs to keep up with the times”
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CAMPING du PYLONE
Yorkshire
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“Good but needs to keep up with the times”
Reviewed 7 September 2012

It had been a number of years since our first visit to this campsite. It was immediately obvious that little had changed. The location is excellent, especially for regular theme park attendees. The resorts of Nice, Juan les Pins and Cannes are easily accessibleby bus and train, 300 yrds away.

You have to be aware that the prices in this region are high, especially drinks, but the site bar provides a happy hour at 7.00pm daily, which is very reasonable. We found that the bar and restaurant were resaonably priced, but you felt that you were being fleeced having to pay to use the pool and especially the sunbed (mattress) at 3 earos hire. These mattresses were old years ago. It is also outrageous to ban inflatables/floats in the pool, with the exception of the camps own floats, which can be hired at around 5 euros for half an hour. The main reason I have downgraded the camp is the public toilets, particularly those at the pool. They are wooden, worn out shacks with no toilet rolls that just look bug ridden.

This site has been popular for many years and lives on its past reputation. There is little competition therefore they are resting on their laurels.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

There isnt much I can add that others havent said already! because of the intense heat, we stayed near to the pool most days and when we did leave the site, it was to go to the beach or the waterpark! And because of the heat, I would recommend a caravan with air con. Masses of choice via public transport to get to other places along the coast. If you go to the beach take some shoes which can go into the water with you - easier to walk on the pebbles. We also took air beds to lie on. Also, beware, there is a bit of a drop into the water - ok going in but coming out much tougher!! - I lost all dignity but gave us a bit of laugh! We stayed in a friends caravan which is not generally for hire but it was some distance from the shop/restaurant which meant the area was very tranquil and restful and not affected by any noise from the bar. There were fireworks on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun evenings at Marineland so these can be noisy but not for long. Great site and despite it mid peak holiday season, it never felt crowded or busy - would definately go again (although during a cooler month of the year)

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I have just returned from Camping Du Pylone near Antibes where I spent 11 nights in a three bedroom static caravan with my wife and two teenage sons 16 & 13. We rented our van from ‘Family Sun’, run by Dianne Ellener. Upon arrival we found the accommodation to be clean and well equipped. Although an older style van, air conditioning had been fitted, the bathroom had been refurbished and there was satellite TV. Dianne made sure we had everything we needed, and was always very helpful when we ran into her around the place during our stay.

The site has a wide range of static units available to hire, mainly from small independent companies or from private individuals. I would recommend taking the aircon option, if it is offered, as it gets very hot in that part of the world during August and trying to get comfortable inside a small tin can, (which is essentially what a static caravan is), at plus 30 degrees, would otherwise be impossible.

The site itself has been operating for years, and is very well run. Although some reviews mention that there are a lot of rules, these make for a pleasant atmosphere and seem to prevent any inconsiderate behaviour. There is a relaxed atmosphere, with lots of families having fun family holidays. Security at the site entrance is good, and access at night time strictly controlled, meaning that the place has a safe feel about it, and that kids could visit the various facilities without any worry. Shops on site included, a reasonably priced mini supermarket, (although I overheard a couple from Yorkshire bemoaning the fact that it did not sell gravy, so be warned.), a fabulous bakery and a beach shop. Best of all is the restaurant and bar, the social hub of Pylone. The restaurant served excellent, reasonably priced food and was packed most evenings. The menu had everything from standard British pub grub, through to more familiar Provencal favourites. Outside the restaurant is a large outdoor terrace, where bands play until 11pm. The bands, when we were there, ranged from cheesy to really quite good. The bar area is quite lively, (in a good way), until fairly late at night, so you might want to bear that in mind when selecting the precise location of any accommodation.

There is a large 25m swimming pool on site, which in August costs €2 a day for an all day wristband, it was rarely overcrowded but it does have a lot of rules, including the type of swimming trunks men must wear, no smoking, no alcohol, no footwear, no sun cream, no floats or inflatables. Consequently, the pool was a really clean and pleasant place to be and we used it more than we anticipated.

Outside the camp you are really spoilt for choice, the pebble beach is only 300m from the front gate, (if you must have sand head to the West of Cap D’Antibes e.g. Juan Les Pins), the closest beach to Pylone also shelves into the sea quite quickly, so less good for small children. Antibesland funfair, Marineland, Crazy golf and the water park are across the road, or if none of that appeals, there is a rail station (Biot) and bus stops 200m from the front gate. Buses, which can easily get you to Nice in one direction, or Cannes and Antibes in the other direction, are only 1€ each time you get on board. Trains are a bit more expensive but better for destinations like Ventimiglia in Italy, Menton and Monaco. By changing in Nice there are also trains which go high up into the mountains towards the Italian border, if you fancy a change of scene or temperature. There are some good deals to be had on the trains by purchasing one day or three day passes. It is perfectly possible to see large swathes of the Cote D’Azur from this location without hiring a car.

Overall, Camping Du Pylone is a well run reasonably priced site, in a great location for exploring the Cote D’Azur on a budget. One word of warning though, Pylone is beside a river with many trees around the site, so there are lots of mosquitoes around, especially in the evenings. Cover yourself in Deet, (this was much more effective than Citronella), before going out for the night, or suffer the consequences!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Seeing the previous review I thought I might provide some travel tips for Camp Du Pylone. Firstly, Camp Du Pylone is a privately run campsite where the majority of mobile homes are owned by private individuals. It is not to be compared to a Keycamp type of park or Butlins. It’s similar to many campsites dotted around the coasts of Britain and Ireland that provide basic amenities. If you go with any other expectation then you will be disappointed. It’s really up to parents to provide the entertainment for their kids, not the campsite. The great thing about Camp Du Pylone is its location. As anyone who has been to a Keycamp will testify they have much superior facilities on-site (which is why they are so expensive) but are usually miles from the nearest town and a car is a prerequisite. So it’s up to people as to whether they want a wide range of amenities, kid’s clubs etc onsite or whether they want a good location. Camp Du Pylone provides the latter. Secondly, with a bit of forward planning it is possible to keep costs down. The local supermarket (Intermarche) is about a mile down the road and is accessible by bus or train. Try and make sure the mobile home you choose has a large fridge freezer or even better a separate chest freezer. Stock up on ice-creams, soft drinks etc (you can get a box of 8 cornettos for about €2.50. Similarly six packs of soft drinks can be purchased much more cheaply in the supermarket than onsite. Buy an inflatable airbed from the shop onsite. It costs a couple of euro and will save on payment for sun beds each day. The €2 charge for the pool is designed to keep numbers manageable and remember there is a lifeguard provided also for this price. I’m not sure where the €400 for 2 adults and 2 kid’s entry to Marineland came from. It costs €52 for an adult and €41 for a child for a 2 day combined Aquasplash and Marineland ticket (the second day can be taken up to 6 days after the first day) if bought in Marineland (see website http://www.marineland.fr/nos-tarifs/individuel_en.php?Itemid=42) but you can buy the same tickets at reception in the campsite for a 10% discount. Also bring a packed lunch as it’s expensive to eat there. It’s advisable to do Aquasplash during the day and then Marineland at night as it can be very tiring walking round Marineland with small children in high temperatures, you can even leave the water park and go back to the campsite to eat and return later. The local beach is pebbly and does shelf quite steeply. I would recommend travelling to Juan le Pin, which is 2 stops by train (5 mins) and has a nice sandy safe beach. A careful reading over previous reviews will highlight many other tips for an enjoyable stay.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Bandon, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

My wife and I and three small kids stayed here in July 2012 in our campervan. The site is big and managed fairly well by helpful and polite staff, well.... most of them anyway.

The pool is OK and never too over crowded. Maybe because of the €2 per head per day charge. For us that was and additional €10 per day on top of the €45 per day charge for the pitch.

The evening entertainment was at the better end of the usual cheesy resort entertainment, but cheesy still the same.

The shop on site is quite good for a campsite. The Pateserie is V. good and they also have a bits and bobs shop with newspapers and trinkets etc.

Food from the resturant and takeaway are average enough with the exception of the pizzas which are good. HOWEVER, and this really pissed me off, they do not cut the pizza into slices and when I ask them to do so they said they would only do it for a tip. A tip to cut the pizza.... grrrrr. As an alternative they do provide a pizza slicer in a dirty pool of water if you would like to cut the pizza yourself.

Location, Lcation, Location.... Being in the South of France this site has the weather you crave. It is about 7 mins walk from the beach (pebble Beach). It is next to Antibes World and a water park. It is 5 mins walk from the train station which will bring you to most places in the region for reasonable cost. Large supermarket is only one stop away. Nice, Cannes, Monaco all doable by train.

Our camper is 7.5 meters long so the tight roads around the site were a little bit of a challenge. The pitch itself was of adequate size. You will neet a ground sheet because the pitches are gravelly. The pitch had water and elec (note that the polarity is reversed so you will need an adapter).

A lot of Brits and Irish on this site but also a good mix of other nationalities.

Pros:
Friendly staff.
Good Location.
If all you want is the basics the site is self contained.
Easy access to region.
Food OK

Cons:
Pizzas not sliced (see above)
Pitches could be a bit better maintained. Weeds and fag buts etc.

I dont want my review to sound negative because this site is pretty good despite the few concerns i have.

Will we be back.... No, but only because we like to try different sites.
Would we go back.... Yes, if we wanted to do the same holiday.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Just spent a week at this camp site and want to give a fair view. I travelled with my partner and 2 kids aged 4 and 8.
I read a lot of reviews on this site before i went and assumed that it was a great site for family's.
I have to disagree. There is simply not a lot to do for kids. Apart from the swimming pool there is not much on the site to keep kids occupied. The pool is fine but the 2 euro charge per person per day can be expensive over the week. Sunbeds are 3 euro per day as is a float for the pool for a half hour. I understand that the south of France can be an expensive place to visit but the charges on this camp site are pretty extortionate. 9 euro for 3 magnum ice creams? You can make your mind up on that! We spent every day at the pool for the week and for a family of 4 you just don't get value for money. We took the kids to the beach the first day we arrived and after battling to cross a major motorway (very dangerous) we found that the beach was just too dangerous for our kids. The edge of the water was a shear drop and the current was impossible for them to enter. This the reason we had to go to pool every day.
The entertainment at night at the bar was pretty bleak also. Apart from 1 good band there was nothing for young kids. There is a disco for teenagers late on but the bar staff are serving drink to people as young as 14. Not good.
Beside the camp site was a fun-fair that was fantastic but again the prices were extortionate. Rides were 3 euro each. For a family of 4 you were limited to just a few rides before it was time to leave.
I don't want to keep harping on about the prices of things on this holiday but this review is to inform readers what to expect if they go there. A lot of positive reviews i read before we went failed to mention this.
Aquasplash and Marineland we never went to as it was going to cost us nearly 400 euro for both days. We met people who already went there and told us not to go as it was simply awful.
We went to Antibes a few times at night which was beautiful, a must see place. The trains were cheap but crowded. Bit awkward if you have kids in a buggy.
Monoco and Monte Carlo were fantastic and Martin from the site who took us there was extremely helpful and friendly. It cost 25 euro each on his privately owned mini bus. Very reasonable as its a good hour away from the camp site. The bakery on the camp site is the best i have ever tasted,beautiful.
To sum things up this is a beautiful part of the world to see. Shame about the camp site as it just didn't meet our expectations. There is simply not a lot to do for young kids on this site it is more geared toward familys with teenagers. For readers who plan to go there make sure your budget is healthy.
Would not recommend this Camp Site for young familys.
Please read reviews carefully as most positive reviews fail to mention a lot of details and are very misleading.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

We're just back from a week's family holiday at Camp Du Pylone. We booked a caravan with Anne and Harvey Christie. Although it wasn't one of their own caravans, (they manage it for the owner), it was spotless and very well maintained and was perfect for us, and very reasonable especially when compared to the prices of Siblu etc. Anne and Harvey were great to deal with and were very helpful. Check them out on www.holidayrivieria.co.uk.
We had arranged for them to collect us and drop us off again from Nice Airport which was well worth it from a convenience point of view with 3 kids and luggage on tow.
There is so much to see and do in the region, with plenty to keep the kids entertained with Antibesland, Aquasplash and Marineland on your doorstep and the beach a ten minute stroll away. although it was aperbble beach it was fine; it meant we weren't taking loads of sand back with us. We'd certainly recommend jelly shoes for the kids as it can be sore and hot underfoot.
The pool on site was fine. It wasn't too busy when we went in the first week of July as the season still hadn't reached it's peak. The whole atmosphere around the campsite is very relaxed and tranquil, and it is very well maintained.
The trian station and bus stop is a 5 min walk and the fares are very reasonable with Nice, Antibes and Cannes all on your doorstep. You don't need a car with the public transport that is so convenient.
A trip to Biot village, about 5 mins on the bus, is also worth it as it was a very picturesque village.
The bar on site was fine, and the pizzeria was very good too.
The weather was great, very sunny and in the high 20's or low 30's every day. Not sure if we got lucky or if this is the norm.
We went to siblu in Western France last year and really enjoyed it, but from a location, and value point of view this was so much better.
We can't recommend this site highly enough and are already counting the days to when we can go back next year.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: CAMPING du PYLONE
Address: 189 avenue du Pylone, 06600, Antibes, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Antibes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Antibes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — CAMPING du PYLONE 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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Ideally located on the Coast, at just 200 meters far from the Sea, 4 km far from Antibes center, between Nice and Cannes, you can take advantage completely and easily of your stay on Riviera thanks to the closeness of the Station of Biot (Train & Bus)... Relaxation and discovery of Côte d'Azur and Provence. ... more   less 
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