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Huttopia Versailles (France)
Member Name: devongirlie
Huttopia Versailles (France)
Advantages: nice surroundings, good facilities
Disadvantages: the queue for the loo
There are a number of Huttopia campsites in France, but the one I am reviewing is the one in Versailles. We travelled there last August and chose it specifically for it's vaccinity to Paris. We stayed for three nights.
Huttopia is different from other campsites because it offers more than just a pitch to put your tent up in. Although there is this option they also offer three different types of fixed accomodation.
1. Roulotte - a gypsy style caravan
2. Canadiennes - a ridege tent (that's one with a canvas roof and front opening but wooden walls and floor)
3. Cabanes - a wooden hut.
We stayed in a Canadienne and it was great. There are two sleeping areas inside and the beds are matresses on wooden shelves that stretch the full width of the tent, so in effect you are all sleeping on the same shelf. They provide the bedding but we did take and use our own sleeping bags. Be warned - it does get cold at night, particularly as there is a small gap between the canvas and the ridged walls.
There is also a living area in the tent will all kitchen equipment provided, although as this is a tent, it is fairly basic. They take inventory on arrival with you, and again before you are allowed to leave. Be sure you know what everything is as there was some confusion with us over what exactly was the bottle opener (wine or beer - there appear to be two different definitions). There is seating and a table inside the tent so you can eat here if it is cold, but we ate out on the nights we were there. The tents have a sort of veranda strip outside and each tent has its own picnic table on the grass in front of it.
For washing up purposes there is a communal sink area. There are also communal showers and toilets, all of which were reasonably clean. Pick your moment though as at some times there can be a queue and as its a round building with entrances all over it is easy to get gazzumped.
The whole campsite is in amongst a forest so you really get that back to nature feeling. As well as all this there is a communal outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a restaurant. You can also order take away pizza and chips and pre-book croissants for breakfast.
It is about 20 mins from the centre of Paris by train, so we were able to spend the day there, and a 45 minute drive to EuroDisney (we did that too). I am not a big fan of camping, but for three days, and the convenience of having a cross between a tent and a caravan with all the facitilies provided, this was well worth the money. The only thing I didn't like was the trek to the loo in the middle of the night.
They do have a website, and we booked everything through there, it was quick and easy, nothing went wrong, and I didn't have to inflict my pigeon-French on anyone. At the beginning of August a Canadienne cost us about 90 Euros per night. The other options are more expensive.
Summary: I would do it again.