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      24.08.2006 16:10
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      Campsite open to the public, swimming pool water cold, very little English spoken - Unwelcoming

      I spent two weeks here in August 2006 - (having booked around January and asked for a quiet spot close to the lake).

      One important thing to realise very quickly is that the campsite is not on the banks of the lake, which is the impression we had - in fact it is a walk through the woods to a lake beach across a small road - this beach becomes very busy in the afternoon and also is the lea shore - which means that the wind from the Atlantic blows straight at you.

      This area of France is very busy with traffic - the Bordeaux ring-road can resemble the M6 or M25.

      We were dissapointed with the campsite for the following reasons:

      Very few British holidaymakers on site, very little English spoken, most information in the site is in French, which meant we missed such things as the local firework spectacle over the lake.

      No menu in the Take-away area (You need to speak French here)

      Reception staff were not able to help with 2 enquiries that I had re Boating/Fishing, gave me the telephone number of the Tourist Information centre - a centre that we could not find or telephone.

      Toilet blocks are a disgrace - in Britian the local council would close them down as a health hazard.

      Although we had a quiet spot in the site, we had a public footpath, that was frequently used by noisy youngsters till 4am, and occassionally by scramble motorcycles.

      The restaurant was shabby/French speaking only with a limited menu, quite often so busy and overrun that they couln't give you a table nor provide take-away pizzas - the man serving here was seen in the same shirt for 2 days, and smelt of Body odour.

      Swimming pool and slide complex was very good - however, no heating, local youngsters allowed in, and you must wear tight speedo's (No shorts).

      Site is of dark sand (feet become dirty quickly, and you are constantly blowing black muck from your nose).

      One sink for Baby bathing available in the wash block that was furthest from out tent - Although this was a much newer and cleaner block than our nearest, it had the same problem of not always having hot water (having no hot water was a constant problem).

      Local area abounds with natural beauty (such as the Arcachon Bassin and Dune de Pyla), however, we felt that this was where the French like to holiday and we did not feel wanted
      here.

      We have camped all over France during the last 10 years, but will not return here.

      The area around is full of natural bea

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