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“Only a stone throw away from the town centre” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Camping Les Coquelicots

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Camping Les Coquelicots
Ranked #33 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Royan
Limoges, France
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61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Only a stone throw away from the town centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Great, clean campsite only 2 miles away from the town centre and the port. Very clean mobile homes, friendly staff, great heated covered swimming pool.Only 182€ for one week out of season. Very quiet campsite, lots of trees around the pitches which is very handy when it's hot. You can eat on the veranda without getting burnt.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We booked this site through Brittany ferries and were the only English family. The site was 'complet' for the two weeks we stayed. We had one of the largest pitches with a 6 berth chalet between 4 of us. This allowed young teen daughter and son to have separate bedrooms. Being close to the reception and the entertainment area meant it was noisy from the entertainment (bingo/zumba/film/aqua-aerobics) until about 10.30 on several nights, but was very quiet after that. No busy roads nearby and no noisy all night campers!. Free wi-fi was appreciated by the computer addicts in the family. The chalet was pleasant and clean, with a large veranda. We were completely in the shade which was ideal in the mornings and the hot afternoons.
For a 2 star site this was a pleasant place to stay and had the advantage over several bigger sites of all shady pitches. Although the pitches were small, as you would expect on 2 star site, the trees provided privacy and campers were reasonably quiet and considerate. The pools were spotlessly clean and pleasant, although not enormous. There was apparently no official lifeguard, although the pool was supervised, and had some sloping floors which you would not get in an English pool. The water was easily warm enough to swim in both pools and the children really enjoyed them.
Although a busy and bustling site, it was very pleasant in the morning and restful to sit on the veranda under the trees in the heat of the afternoon.
There were fresh bagettes and croissants at the site shop if you got up early enough, or if you ordered them the day before. It would be possible to buy a meal at the site cafe if you wanted to - roast chicken, pizza etc. The shop sold the very basics, but no more. With LeClerc, Intermarche, SuperU and the whole of Royan all within 5 minutes drive it does not seem worth it to have a big shop on site.
We walked to the fantastic central Market and caught the local bus no 13 back to near the site (Although a good tip is don't wait for the bus by the market as it's gridlocked and the bus seems to miss out a few stops to avoid the blockage - waited over an hour and ended up getting a bus in the opposite direction helped by some French tourists who were also waiting - best to walk to the terminus and catch it there as we did second time!.)
There are numerous excellent beaches within 10 or 20 minutes drive - gentle waves on the river estuary, or more lively surf just round the corner on the Cote Sauvage. Lighthouses to climb, Oysters to taste, (guided tour and oyster tasting at the 'City of Oysters' in English on Friday mornings), cycles to hire and the peaceful inland Oyster ponds and lovely villages to explore just to the north of the site.
At the end of the beach in St Georges Didonne is a 'go-ape' style tree-top adventure with different courses for children of all ages down to about 4 - fantastic hit with teenagers! We enjoyed restaurants in the nearby small towns of St Palais and George Didonne, and encountered local markets on several occasions. The rope factory at Rochefort was the furthest we ventured away from the site, as there was plenty to do and lots to explore nearby.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Castlebar, Ireland
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

The camera never lies... well yes in fact it does if you get creative with angles.
And they have... in fact its very deceptive.

I booked this via the Francloc UK website and the description and photos do not match the reality. This is a small camp, with a small indoor pool that is colder (!) than the small outdoor pool. The slides (two) fall into a separate space near but not in the small and inadequate pools, even if the main photo gives that impression. We have three children all excellent swimmers and they took one morning up there to decide never to return over the duration of the whole holiday (excellent weather) so the results is that we spent a lot of time at the beach (recommended) and at the waterpark on Ile d'Oleron (also highly recommended).

On a similar theme, the fantastic castle playground also houses the reception so its not as big as it seems in the photos. There is one bouncy castle and a small space for football beside it and a smaller space within this already cramped area for boules. In comparison to other camps in Spain much less the vastly superior camps in France, this is very poor indeed. Glum faces on the two boys, who enjoyed the football in the evening... on the rare occasion there was any. We arrived back one evening to find a foam party in full swing. By the time the children got back up to it - changed into swimming trunks - it was over - ditto some kind of barbeque - the staff have very little English (pleasant and helpful) and the "animations" are not translated. why advertise in English if you can't support English speaking tourists? Most of the "animations" and entertainment seemed to focus on talent and karioke shows with bingo. In French of course.

Odd thing. We arrived in early July when other camps in France tend to get hectic and yet this was surprisingly quiet. This was not unique to this camp, we checked out some in La Palmyre up the road and it was similar. The Irish and English appear to have stayed away this year, with only a few Dutch evident in the influx of French holiday makers that started in week 2.

We were upgraded to a three bed chalet from my original booking (apparently at no extra cost but the credit card bill has not arrived yet!) - When I went to check my printout of the booking, lo and behold the chalet details are not included. All a bit strange. The chalets are often too close together for a small rental car to fit between them, with larger cars parked on the edge of the road. Our decking iwas so large, I had to edge around it to get our small car off the road.

One experienced camper suggested that the spaces between the chalets did not meet the minimum standard required by French law. I have no idea as to whether this is true or not but it was decidedly cramped. The curfew at 10 pm was policed as was the camp during the night. The chalets do not have air conditioning, which was a problem with day time temperature at 33-38 C and night time temperatures ranging from 25-28 C for most of our stay. Whilst I believe this was unusually high temperatures for the area, it left the children grumpy from lack of sleep.

On the positive side we saw very little in the way of mozzies, whereas campers in other parks were destroyed with them.

Despite their signs, its a damn nightmare to find it.

It's a 2.5 kilometre walk from here to the beaches - a mile to the town centre is toying with the truth - and the route is under a bridge and through residential areas, and its surprisingly hilly. Not ideal especially in 35 degrees!

Royan was charming, large, lively in the second week, full of shops and restaurants, bars and cafes, lovely marina, clean properly managed beaches, everything you would want in France. The sea was cold and discolored - it being part of the Gironde estuary but its a blue flag area.

We enjoyed several of the local attractions - the zoo in La Palmyre, the caves in Merchers, the pleasant tourist trap of Talmont and in particular the water park on Ile D'Oleron (which also has a lovely adult / shopping spot at Le Chateau).

The central market in Royan was pleasant but the artisan food was expensive and eating out was ok but hardly exceptional. We really enjoyed our holiday - it is a lovely part of France, but we will not be returning to this camp and we will not be recommending it to families.

To bring it up to the standard that Irish and UK families expect in France, they would need to purchase a large plot of land and massively redevelop the pool area, not to mention put in a decent football pitch and separate spaces for other sports.

The shop was awful (bread was fresh every morning) and the pizzas not cheap and one was just inedible (vegetarian). It was substandard, even for a campsite. Disappointing.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Camping Les Coquelicots
Address: 7 rue des Coquelicots, 17200, Royan, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Royan
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Ranked #33 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Royan

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