For once this summer's poor weather was to our advantage as it meant we had 6 nights in a prime riverside spot the last week of June.
We had spotted this site in the Cool Camping France book and decided to book in for break as we could explore by bicycle and it was within reach of several chateaux.
The site is easy to find (there is another site on the other side of the river though, so make sure you have the right one) outside high season reception is not open all day but arrived after 4pm so checked in and as site was not full we could choose a pitch. We opted for number 99 right on the river.
What we really liked about this site was riverside location and easy access to bike paths. You can get to Chenonceax in about 10 mins and there are lovely paths by the river. You can also bike up to the small supermarket in Francueil. The site shop is open in high season only. Fresh bread and croisants are available to order at reception (good news as we arrived with no food at all) and there is bar and restaurant open each night except Wednesdays. Food was very good and reasonably priced.Really appreciated this on the evenings when the weather was wet. Also a nice terraced area which was lovely when the weather was good. However, on a warm evening, watching river-life and hot air balloons while BBQ-ing was really relaxing.
Shower blocks were both very clean and well maintained. As the site wasn't full, we didn't have to queue at any point.
Quite a mixture of guests, generally very friendly and relaxed atmosphere at all times. Not too many noisy kids or dogs. The site is supposed to have a silent policy after 11pm, it wasn't enforced but most people respected it or at least kept volumes down.
The owners arrange some events for guests, including walks and quizzes. Probably the only time we will be part of anything "International" and we won!!! Who needs the European Cup?
Any downsides? Slight road noise at times. You are in a rural area so farm vehicles are about plus the main access for boat trips in on the other side of the river. Mosquitoes were a little bit lively one night but generally we found once repellant was applied you were left alone.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would happily return, in fact we owe them a quiz now :o)
- Also Known As:
- Camping Le Moulin Fort Hotel Francueil
- Camping Le Moulin Fort France/Francueil