I have read some of the other reviews and am not sure if I have been to the same place.....
There are always negatives and positives and I do feel I have a slightly different view and a few suggestions.
We broke down on the very large blue bridge out side of the area. Green flag called car put on low loader and going to be taken to Range Rover dealership on Mon (this is Fri eve) we were towed to site by the low loader.... We were very tired and upset. On arrival the driver unloaded the van and left, we arrived on site at 19.30 reception closed...But all booking papers were in the bar area with staff.
The owner of the site was called, he came immediately from his home and towed us to our pitch with a tractor he could not speak English but his daughter could and she made every effort to help..Why do we always assume that the world should speak English I wish I had taken the trouble to learn as much French.
We had the pitch with the private shower/toilet + outside wash area.Absolutely BRILLIANT we had 11 other family members flying in over the 19 days we were there and this was a blessing.
Our guest ages were from 8 months to 86 so had a lot of different bathroom requirements, and for camping this was perfect.
Yes there was sand on the pitches some more than others we had two pitches one was very sandy so we covered that with plastic/groundsheets bought from the UK,problem gone, the other pitch was almost clear we pitched tents on this one and it was fine. We selected this site as it was coastal, the french do not concrete there world as we do. The roads in and out and around the site were very good.
Swimming pool....The bridges were high and yes if you were not careful you could come a cropper, the positive was that it stopped the kids from bombing around and knocking you out the way. We did find the floor area slippery when wet and you will need to be careful. Pool area was very clean and most people did not take food or drink in, there was a disabled access gate also. Pool area lovely, more than happy with it. Blue shuts can be quick but that is what you would want.
There is also a outside keep fit area for adults and a park for the children
The shop was better than expected the Man & Lady that ran it made every effort to speak English and were thrilled when you made an effort to speak French, the Guy was even saying See ya tomorrow to us when we left sounded cute but funny ... It was well stocked and Yes a little dearer than the local superU but corner shops over here are very expensive. It is a very good one stop until you do your big shop.
We arrived mid June and Left July 1, It was perfect, we did notice a much livelier atmosphere from June 28, The park was lovely with plenty of chatter on an eve from family's around there camp. late june arrived so did the noise not to much but we were told that Luna Park and the fair ground all open early july and the area is very good for teenagers..............
Food in the bar area. We did not think it was over priced for a holiday resort chicken and mango taco 7.5 euros!! Happy hour 18.30 - 19.30 2.5 euros for a half kar of wine. 8 of us ate (we not big drinkers ) a few had starters and a few had sweet and it came to 90 euro's.
July they open up a take away bar which looked good but it was a little expensive 9.5 euro for a cooked chicken I do not know if this included anything with it, I also don't know how much it would of cost in the super market, I do know that 2 small pieces of cooked chicken pre packed cost 6.95 euro's in the supermarket..
Reception staff - Laura was the most amazing helpful receptionist we have ever met, Her English was very very good and she accommodated everything we asked for even making phone calls on our behalf. There were 2 other girls who spoke good English and apologised if they pronounced anything wrong nothing was to much trouble and all was very very friendly.
As you enter the park there is a caravan on the left Maurice and his lovely Wife own this, they have caravans to rent on the site but they also help with organising arrivers.
I do not believe they are employed by the site but make every effort to help with a smooth holiday. As we had so much trouble with transport they even organised for collection of our family from the airport in La Rochelle as we had not yet received the hire car.
One little issue No BBQ on pitches, this was a pain for us as we had had ours pinched from the van with everything else we owned (brand new delux Cadac) the police new who did it but they had moved on, we spent a few days and hours on the internet to source one as my hubby was cheesed off at the loss of ours, I did laugh when we found he couldn't use it, as sorting the gas was another story I will not share. We did see families bbq'ing in the designated area with the pre built site BBQ"s and it seemed quite social we didn't miss it, but if thats your thing then it will be a problem.
We were treated very well and will be going back next year.
Hope this helps. Happy Holidaying
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camping l'Oree du Bois in la Palmyre - les Mathes, offers 7 ha of pine trees with 429 pitches at the heart of the forest of la Coubre, making it the ideal destination for a holiday in Charente - Maritime. At only 4 kilometres from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, this family site has an extraordinary setting, half way between Royan and the Ile d'Oleron, at only 60 kilometres from la Rochelle. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Camping l`Oree Du Bois Hotel La Palmyre-Les Mathes