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Le Bois de Valmarie
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Staff were great & helpful, but site itself extremely poor and limited. Hilly & loads of concrete roads, no grass for kids to play ball games. Good pool but activities beyond that far too limited - basically just table tennis (and right alongside a wire fence, through which any stray ball required a 10 min round trip to retrieve). Playground areas depressingly dark & a game of tennis required a 20 min drive to one of the larger sister sites. Accommodation clean & fine but very boxed in & ridiculously tight parking space. Had hopes of kids off on bikes the whole fortnight, making friends and taking part in activities. The reality was rather different.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We have recently returned from this site and were quite disappointed with our stay. As has been said before the site is quiet and activities very limited although there is a kids club which we didnt use (its run from a tent in the playpark). We found the site quite cramped and arranged quite randomly (probably necessitated by the hill) and driving to our site was very tight. The plots are quite varied in quality and although our site was not too bad (although outside space completely shaded) the parking space was very tight (5 point turn required) and we damaged our hire car on a tree. The sites higher up the hill are definitely better as they have a view. Some sites were definitelty to be avoided - one caravan overlooked the urinals - terrible. Pool and slides were good although there were lots of pine needles and shoes were not allowed so we all got needles stuck in our feet at one point or another. Reception was fine. Not friendly but OK. No WIFI except down at the reception building. The onsite bar restaurant was OK too (although our fajitas were very watery) and offered a slightly different variety of food from other nearby restaurants. Argeles sur Mer is quite a touristy little town with bouncy castles and a fun fair which our kids enjoyed and a nice craft market in the evenings. Le Racou is just a little street as far as I could tell behind the beach and has a few restaurants - we went to the Blue Cactus which is just a burger/sandwich place but food and service was good. Beach is nice although a little coarse and you need to supervise non swimmers very carefully as the sea gets deep very quickly.

Why I have given this only one star is that there were a couple of really significant issues for us. The first is that there was a very big week long music concert on the week we stayed (7th year in a row I believe for this particular concert) and some nights the noise went on until 2.30am and this kept us awake and really spoilt our stay. Not really the campsites fault I know but I just dont know how often these open air concerts are on. The other big issue was that we needed to leave at 6am to catch our flight home. The security gates did not open until 7am however and our reps said just to ask after 9pm to be allowed out early which we did (with reception saying no problem and asking us to leave our car down at the gates the night before which we did fully packed). We were happy with this arrangement as we did not want to leave our car and suitcases outside the site overnight. When we arrived at the gate at 6am the security guard came storming out holding up 7 figures and shouting at us that he wouldnt open the gate in any circumstances until 7am. My husband tried to explain that we had asked and been told that it was fine but he literally shouted over him and stormed back into reception. The situation was quite intimidating and to be honest upsetting not least because our kids witnessed this and we were at a loss as to what to do as he simply would not let us out and we needed to get to the airport. We were lucky in that he did open the gate about 20 minutes later (I presume for a member of staff to come in) and we took the opportunity to race out of the open gate before he could shut it on us). Terrible and sadly my main memory of this campsite.

In the same trip we stayed a week at Serignan Plage which we would recommended and allso visited Le Brasilia (which is quite near Bois de valmarie) where other family were staying - much much better than this site but quite a bit more expensive.

Room Tip: Higher up the site to get a view and a bit more spacr
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Cat2151
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This was our first "camping" holiday and we (two adults a four year old and a one year old) really enjoyed it. Small, clean site close to a lovely beach and the pools, water slides etc are great for kids. We chose it because reviews suggested that it was quieter than its sister sites and we're not disappointed (it probably also helped that our stay was in term time).

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
4  Thank ahms77
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Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 7 nights during August and booked through Lifestyle.
We paid a little extra to choose our plot (56) which gave us a fair amount of privacy compared to others that we saw. The Air Con is a definite must in Aug too. The home was well equipped though a little cramped for us (though Lifestyle was significantly cheaper than Keycamp and Canvas) The site was spotlessly clean and we found everyone to be very helpful too.
The pools were a hit with our children (9 & 13) though the 13yr old was getting bored by the end of the week.
Le Racou itself was great and we loved its laid back atmosphere with the bars and restaurants in the evening.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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4  Thank OxfordshireDreamer
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I stayed here with my husband and 5 year old son at the beginning of Aug for 8 nights and had a wonderful holiday.

The campsite is very small and I was wondering if it would be too small for us. I could not have been more wrong! We loved the place. It is a very pretty campsite with trees and shade everywhere. Which was very welcome in the afternoons as the temperature was in the late thirty’s all week! The views of the Pyrenees from the top of the campsite are wonderful.

We travelled with Keycamp and had a lovely mobile home. It would not be to everyone’s taste as we did not have a garden, just a decking area, and were right on the road which leads through the camp. However after the initial worry that we were on the main drag through the campsite, we got to like our plot as we could sit on our decking and watch the world go by! The plots on this campsite are small and none of them seem to have secluded gardens like some of the other campsites I have been too. All the pitches seemed quite open. There are some better pitches but I do not know how you would get them as Keycamp do not let you pick and choose.

The pool area was very busy, however as other people have said you could still get a sunbed around the pool most days, if not we would just go on the fake grass beside the pool. The pool area is fantastic for children, with three different pools and numerous water slides. If you are a keen swimmer there is nowhere for you to do lengths. The pools are all fun pools. They are all kept immaculately clean and there is a life guard on duty who keeps an eye on everyone!
The café at the pool was good. We did not eat there but got drinks and ice creams which were all reasonably priced.

There is a children’s club which is run by the campsite for all nationalities. They have a mini disco every night from about 6pm (I think!) and they also have activities for the younger children in the morning and older children in the afternoon.

We loved the location of the campsite, The beach was about a 5 minute walk away depending on where your mobile home is on the campsite. The campsite is by the small hamlet of Le Racou where there are a few nice restaurants. If you come out of the campsite and turn right there is a street with a about 5 restaurants (we went to the following, a tapas restaurant which was very good and popular you need to book at least a couple of days before hand, a lovely fish restaurant , a fantastic beach bar which served the most amazing salads, crepes and Panini’s and a pizzeria which you could take away if you wanted to), a newsagents, a small delhi shop selling an assortment of vegetables, wine, cheese and the basics you need. (I preferred the assortment of vegetables in this shop to the one at the campsite) Also there is a wine place at the end of the street which sells very good wine in boxes. 5 litres of the local red was €9 you can’t go wrong with that!!!

If you want to adventure further afield you can take the 15 minute walk to the bars and restaurants in the harbour area of Argeles sur Mer. There are loads of bars and restaurants here. There is also a food market held every Tuesday.

If you stay on the promenade pass the harbour and carry on, you come to Argeles sur Mer. The promenade is grate for children to scooter or ride along as it is very flat. We did not venture into Argeles sur mar as we did not feel as we needed to.

We did try the restaurant on the campsite, but were not too impressed, I ordered mussels and when they came out they were not fresh they were previously frozen from a packet! not good when the sea is a stones throw away!!! However I know other people who went there and loved it. The bar at the campsite had evening entertainment most nights from singers to magicians.

To sum up this was our first summer holiday in peak season and yes the campsite was full but it did not feel overcrowded. There were mainly family’s with younger children but there was a few teenagers. The campsite did seem to be quite from about 2230.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank packyourbags21
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