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Camping La Vallee
Salford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
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“Pleasant Campsite”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I contemplated for a while whether to give the site 3 or 4 stars, and finally decided on 3.
We stayed for 7 nights with Eurocamp in a tent. The tent was fairly well equipped, and clean. The site was well situated for being able to get to various places in Normandy, and had good facilities including various pools and slides, children's activities, a massive playing field, a shop, takeaway and restaurant. The prices of the shop were very reasonable, and they had lovely fresh bread and croissants/pain au chocolat in the morning. The prices of the takeaway and restaurant were also reasonable, and the food in from the takeaway was fine. The park site was kept clean and tidy, and was incredibly busy.
The bits that stopped it being more than 3 stars were the following:
- no washing up bowl provided by Eurocamp, which is very odd, especially as none of the sinks had no plugs
- our pitch was on a slope, so our mattresses slid off the end of the bed!
- our pitch seemed a little more unkempt than other pitches (though on the plus side it was in a more secluded area and not regularly walked past by lots of people)
- not having table tennis bats and balls available for free from the animation team - you had to buy them yourselves from the shop
- not enough toilet and shower facilities for the number of people staying on the campsite
- the cleanliness of the toilets/showers, and the fact there was no soap dispenser in the women's toilets, but there was in the men's
- the food in the restaurant - it was just 'ok' - I had beef bourginon, which was literally 3 chunks of beef in gravy dumped on my plate with chips, and my son's lasagne looked like it had been re-heated
- the staff, other than the one from the park we met on check-in and one in the takeaway, were not overly friendly. This was particularly true of one of the waitresses in the restaurant.
- the biggest issue for us was noise. It was interesting to read some reviews which said the noise was carefully patrolled, as it was not. The cut-off point was supposed to be 11pm, yet some of the activities in the bar did not finish until after 11, and the bar did not shut until later than this. Some nights the noise carried on until well after midnight, with no one preventing it. This meant our sleep quality was poor, as we could not get to sleep and were up early due to early morning noise. If they have a curfew, it needs to be clearly stuck to.

I know this is not down to the park, but we only saw the Eurocamp rep once, at the beginning when we arrived. She left something on the tent to say how to check out, but she did not tell us where the rubbish bins were, or really induct us in anything to do with the park, or check on us during the holiday.

The park had good facilities for younger children, but I think before staying you really need to be aware of the noise issues.

We would stay with Eurocamp again, but not necessarily at the camp site due to the issues above.

Handy hints: make sure you take soap, and get to the shop early to get pain au chocolat - they sell out very quickly.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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manchester
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We spent a week here with our 3 grandchildren aged 4, 7 & 8. We stayed in a Eurocamp tent and had a fabulous time. There were loads of activities free of charge run by the Animation team. The site is well equipped and immaculately clean. The shop is reasonably priced and does not ale advantage. The pizzas from the takeaway are delicious and fairly priced.

The only down side was that we ate in the restaurant one night and it wasn't very good. In addition to this, men and boys, do have to wear budgie smuggler (speedo type) swim trunks in the pool.

Houlgate is beautiful and very quaint. The. Each is massive with loafs of room for everyone. Dives sur mer, the next town along, reports to be the village of William the Conquerer and is well. Worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Overall we had a nice stay at camping La Vallée: nice and large size camping/camper sites, good location, adjacent to the charming village of Houlgate. The park is well maintained. Supermarket with daily baked bread. Rules for noise nuissance after 11pm are maintained strictly, which is a big plus.

A few things for improvement though:

- sanitary is terrible: too little showers, hardly any mirrors or wash basins outside the shower, sanitary is cleaned only once a day, no toilet paper in a couple of toilets in the course of the day, soap boxes that ran out for three days in a row.
- laundry service costs 9 euros instead of 3-5 euros what we are used to in France;
- poor WiFi connection, which costs 5 euros for 4 hours;
- and last but not least: very unfriendly owners / employees that treat the camping tourists as little children (on the last day, we got a warning for not wearing our blue bracelets inside the camping site, while hardly anyone wears them. Pure random belittling).


We had a pleasant stay but would try another camping site next year.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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bournemouth
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

took my wife and son in law and our daughter together with there 4 & 2 year olds ,we had a 3 bed 1 bthm. caravan (no 321) which was very well equipped and clean. one drawback, a railway track ran right behind the van, you could almost touch it, thank goodness trains did not run at night!!
On arrival I found the eurocamp rep. Jarrod, he was alarmed by the fact we had 2 cars. we knew there was a restriction on cars per pitch but did not think it would be inflexible, we took the two cars in, though we only had one pass which we had to pass to our daughter.Jarrod appeared paranoid and urged us to get one car off site asap. Since the whole site was half empty we thought this was a joke, but we obliged. One morning it was very heavy rain so we brought the second car in to stop the children and there parents from getting soaked, then they would not let us out through the barrier, Only when we threatened to block both the entrance and exits were we allowed out, someone named Antoine was behind this.This even happened when we were leaving to come home !!!!! The caravans sleep 6, unless you have a people mover not many cars hold 6 people so wheres the logic in this ? I found at least 2 pitches with 2 vehicles on them, photos to prove. Also back of electrc mains distribution board at toddler height, the back was broken off the heavy cable live terminals where fully exposed, this was pointed out but several days later nothing had been done about it!! the rubbish bins where miles away which we thought inconvenient.
having said all that the site is very nice, the childrens entertainment is excellent.All the Eurocamp staff were very good, especially Marley, Jarol, and Michele. site very hilly !!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is my first time venturing to France and staying at such a site, we had such a wonderful time we will definitely be doing it again in the future!

We traveled last minute with Canvas Holidays staying in a 2 bed static mobile home for 5 nights. It had everything that we needed for the break, and was in a clean condition when we arrived.
The campsite was very clean and tidy. We made much use of the pools/small waterslides.
**** Beware you do need speedo style trunks (budgie smugglers!) which I believe is common in France and the pool guys do pick up on it very quickly and refuse entry to the pool.

There's a small bar/food outlet on the park that does tasty pizzas for if you can't be bothered to cook. We were in a pitch right next to it and the noise is not a problem, music/entertainment stops at around 11pm. The campsite is also right next to a railway line but again we were never bothered by the noise from the trains.

The kids club runs daily from 10-12am and 3-7pm and is a drop in affair, the girls (aged 6 and 7) spent a few happy hours on the bouncy castle and playing pingpong. Overall the site felt very safe for the children to be able to have fun and a little freedom!

Houlgate is a lovely little town with sandy beaches about 20min walk away from the site. There is small supermarket in Houlgate. We found two hypermarkets in the local town of Dives-sur-Mer which is about a 10 minute drive away to have much more choice and they were a little cheaper.

We had no issues with any of the staff on the campsite, they were all very friendly and helpful. The animation team were brilliant! They seemed to work all hours and always had smiles on their faces!

Overall, it is a lovely site for a relaxing break and I would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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271 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We as a family have used Keycamp since about 1990, now continuing with grandchildren, Keycamp is now Eurocamp so different colours same experience.

Bearing in mind the lengthy negative post further below, we chose to arrive on the day we were supposed to and a time after 15:00 as our booking - checking in at the gate with Eurocamp, taken over to pay deposits on the barrier tags, and escorted to the accommodation in just under 20 minutes.

First impressions were that the site was very well maintained, our accommodation was a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom decked type, plenty of room to park, exactly 10 minutes walk from reception/shop with a 2 year old in hand for the morning croissant run.

We can only compare this site to the other 15 + we have been to over France and would rate it one of the best - the owner over the week could be seen serving in the take away, in the bar, mowing the grass, and at reception, all of the staff were helpful and friendly.

We were located in the lower part of the site, bar/restaurant/pool slightly higher, and there are accommodations at the higher part - Eurocamp/Canvas etc are all lower - where you are located is a detail for your company to discuss with, not the site perhaps.
There's also a high number of private units, all very neat and tidy, each encampment has hedges.

Read the other posts, many return here each year and its easy to see why.

You have to pay a compulsory 40 euro refundable deposit on a barrier gate tag and personal wrist bands - for UK cars there's a position of the drivers side.

The Eurocamp/couriers - we didn't need them, but they were there to help if needed, and they did visit.

We used the take away twice - good value, pizzas and roti chickens, the bar/restaurant is above 4.50 Euro for a large beer (3.80 - 4.20 euro for a small beer in town bars!)

Wines from 3.25 euro in the shop.

Hyper U 15/20 minutes, Intermarche is opposite but 1/3rd of the size - smaller supermarket in Houlgate.

Houlgate is a nice small town - lots of eating choices 20 minutes walk, soft sandy beaches - low tide water recedes - great for small children too.
Dives sur Mer - is worth a look - Conquerors prayed in the old church before they left.
St Mere Eglise - 1.5 hours
Arromanche - 1.25 hours
Falise - 1 hour
Caen - 1/2 hour
Pegasus Bridge - 1/2 hour

All in all a great site, good location for D Day visits, Bayeaux tapestry, and William the Conqueror sites at Falaise, Caen, Dives sur Mer.

Room Tip: Keycamp/Eurocamp/Canvas - all mid to lower sites. Yelloh - mostly higher
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Scotland
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This is one of the most pleasant camp sites I have ever stayed at. We were booked with Eurocamp, a mobile home and tent for six of us. Both Couriers and staff very helpful, shop stocked basics and bread which could be ordered prevous day for morning, all very reasonable. All toilets and washing facilities kept to a very high standard. Take away a little disappointing, but we prefer to cater for ourselves most of the time. Overall a great holiday with great weather.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Camping La Vallee
Address: 88 Route de la Vallee, 14510 Houlgate, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Houlgate
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Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Houlgate
Number of rooms: 63
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