I returned yesterday from a weeks stay at this campsite with my husband and two boys aged 4 and nearly 3.
We booked the holiday through Eurocamp. We went with them to a different campsite last year and found them to be efficient and cheap plus we not only got an early bird discount but also a repeat booker discount.
We got a boat from Dover-Calais (90 minutes) and then drove to the campsite. We took the motorways, which were free flowing although very expensive. To drive on the A1 we were charged 14 euros (an unexpected expense!). It took us about 3 1/2 hours.
Upon arriving I went to the campsite's main reception. The male at reception (possibly the owner) was very helpful, polite and fluent in English. He gave me a map, details of trips that the camp run to Eurodisney and Paris and directed me to the Eurocamp reception.
Numerous guests arrived at the same time, which I think that the Eurocamp staff found stressful.
Last year we booked a two bed comfort mobile home with decking. Although manageable we found this accommodation too small for two boisterous toddlers so opted for a three bedroom superior with decking. The mobile home was much larger and more aesthetically appealing than last year. We were also on a private, good sized plot with hedging on two sides, in a quiet cul-de-sac with only 7 other homes, four of which were unoccupied. We were very near the shop, swimming pool and bar. It was great to be close to the amenities but I was concerned that it would be noisy. My fears, however were unfounded. It was very quiet throughout the week and I really felt like we had our own private space. Because it was a lone road with a dead end tucked away I felt that the children were safe from any traffic.
The mobile home itself was clean, however we did need to wash utensils etc before using as the previous visitors had not done a very good job! I had ordered sheets, which were in the mobile home upon our arrival as were towels which we hadn't ordered but were gratefully received. There were lots of blankets in the home, which were well and truly required. The nights were freezing!! There was a small gas fire but we did not want to use that throughout the night so getting out of bed in the morning was mind over matter!! The kitchen was reasonably well equipped and did have a fridge freezer which was a great benefit.
The campsite had a wealth of child friendly activities. The swimming pool was split into three different areas. The childrens pool was very pleasant, although not room for enough loungers. There were lifeguards. I was disappointed however when I spoke to one of them about the older children coming into the young childrens pool and pushing the little children out of the way on the small slides. I was told by him that it was not his problem it was up to their parents (who I imagine were sunbathing by the older children's pool). I did approach some of the children (in poor French) which did stop it temporarily but did put us off from using the pool again.
There were three lakes on site. You could hire pedaloes and kayaks at one, plus there were dry side activities such as a bouncy castle, trampoline and electronic motorbikes/cars. Next to another of the lakes was a beach, which we felt was a really thoughtful touch. The boys absolutely loved taking their buckets and spades there and having a splash in what they regarded as being the sea. There was also crazy golf in that area, which was in good condition.
There were three play areas on site, which had swings, slides and climbing frames.
We also hired bikes from the main reception. These only cost 3 1/2 euros per bike, per hour which we felt was good value (cheaper rate for more than an hour). We explored the local area on them, which was very pretty with beautiful buildings.
There was a bakery and shop on site. I felt that the shop was too small and we did a majority of our shopping at the supermarket in the village, Vic-sur-Aisne. There was also another shop that sold English newspapers and magazines as well as maps and gifts.
Rather than do a day trip to Eurodisney we stayed at a hotel overnight. I am glad that we did do this as one day there would not have been enough. It took us less than 90 minutes to get there so had two whole days on the park.
We also went to Reims for a few hours, which was an attractive city with historical sites such as the cathedral to see.
All in all we had a great holiday. The campsite was clean and spacious with a wealth of activities for children. It was very accesible to Paris, Disneyland and Parc Asterix but we would have liked more local places of interest.
We booked to stay at La Croix du vieux pont as a luxury tenting holiday. I call it luxury as we booked through 'Canvas' who are one of the camping companies available. This basically means that we get to choose our campsite and on arrival the tents will be already assembled and furnished. As we were traveling with eight year old twins and a two month old baby we wanted this trip to be as easy and stress free as possible.
We decided that we didn't want to drive too far so staying around the Paris area in the Ille de France region was a very good idea & this campsite looked like it was just what we needed.
*Arrival & check in*
We took the ferry from Calais to Dover (included in the Canvas price) & then had to drive across to Berny Riviere in which the camp site is located. We chose during our journey to avoid as many motorways and toll roads as possible and take in as much scenery and countryside as possible. It was a very pleasant drive and took us just over three hours to get there.
We arrived at the centre of Vic-sur-Aisne, the nearest town to La Croix du vieux pont and thought that the small town was very pretty with its small shops, chateau & fields and the campsite itself was only a few minutes down the road by car.
We found the reception area and promptly went to check in. The reception block was manned by very friendly staff who spoke a number of languages. We checked ourselves in and were given a map of the site and pointed in the direction of the canvas reps in order to find our accommodation. The reception area was clean and full of information about the local area, had safety deposit box facilities and currency exchange facilities available. We found the service here to be very good.
We next headed over to the Canvas reps who took us to our tent. I was right to expect a luxury tent and that's just what it was. The tent was very large with a large lounge area with chairs and a light, a bedroom with two single beds, a light & a clothes rail and a bedroom with a double bed, a light and a clothes rail. The best par of this tent was of course the kitchen area. We had four hobs and a grill, a working area with cupboards filled with crockery, cutlery, glasses, cooking pots and utensils, everything that we need really for comfort and ease. There was also a fridge which came in very useful especially with the warm weather. Outside, we had a large pitch area and this was located ideally opposite the river. There was a table with six chairs outside, ample parking and we were positioned right next to the water supply.
Behind us there were just trees so no fear of noise from too many neighbours!
We had two toilet, shower & washing up blocks within 2 minutes walk from our tent which both had good baby changing facilities available.
We were not disappointed so far.
*The site facilities*
There were a number of facilities available on the campsite with one of my favourite being the bakers. The bakery is open at 7am each morning with fresh baguettes baked on site along with pastries such as croissants, pain au chocolat and pain au crème. Next door there is a very well stocked shop. In comparison to many other camp sites in which I have stayed, this shop had everything and wasn't too expensive either but still not as cheap as the supermarket. (We found however, that just down the road in the car was the local Champion supermarket which was substantially cheaper) There was also a gift shop on site which sold local souvenirs and children's toys.
Food & drink~
The site has its own restaurant with a good range of different foods on the menu plus a good children's menu. The restaurant is very cosy with open fires but we found that in high season, tables were only available with a reservation.
The bar area sits next door to the restaurant and has a terrace area, an upstairs area plus a downstairs area where entertainment and discos take place. There are a good variety of drinks and ice creams available here and a perfect place to stop after a swim.
On the subject of ice cream, over towards the lake, there is also a little café which sells mainly ice cream, crepes and waffles. This was a big it with our children of course!
The site also has its own take away which offers a selection of pizzas, burgers & general fried foods. It was a little over priced and not the tastiest of foods, however it was always busy.
There are a large amount of things that can be done on this site and it is huge!
There are three swimming pools and one has water slides which are great fun. One pool is outside and the other two are indoor pools and both pools are manned by life guards during their opening hours.
The children's indoor pool was heated to a very nice temperature and if it got too warm inside, the glass roof could be opened up. The adult pool was a little cooler but not uncomfortably so. There are sun loungers around all of the pool areas which were nice to be able to relax and watch he children play when you have had enough for the day. My personal favourite on the adult pool site was of course the Jacuzzi, always good to have some time to relax!
In the middle of the site, there is a man made lake for swimming with a man made beach which was a popular place for many children and their families.
There are a number of lakes throughout the site. As mentioned above one is for swimming, some are not useable and house the geese and ducks but the largest is available for fishing and the use of the pedal boats.
These are a very prominent part of the site and add beauty to the surroundings.
There are many sports and entertainment facilities available on the site with most having a small charge. These include:
Multi sports field for football, basketball, hand ball etc...
There are many entertainment facilities in addition to these for the children such as trampolines, bouncy castles, go karts, and two large adventure playgrounds which I think my husband enjoyed just s much as he children if not more!
As a special treat for us mums visiting the site, there is also a beautician on site which such treatments available as facials, massages and sun beds. This is a lovely treat if you can stretch your time and budget to do this.
The site had many forms of accommodation from ready erected tents, peoples own tents, chalet homes, caravans and a number of gites. There is a form of accommodation for everyone.
There are a number of walkways and beautiful areas to be explored in the camp site alone, there will never be a shortage of something to do & if you really can't fill your time with the beautiful surroundings, a large stash of board games are available with the reps at the different campsite companies located on site.
Situated in the simple charm of the countryside, this site is just over an hour from Paris. If being so close to Paris, you wish to try Disneyland Paris then an excursion can be booked from reception to take you there and back. Only a ten minute walk from site is the typical provincial town of Vic-sur-Aisne, the village square surrounded by bakeries, restaurants and bars. The town of Soissons, a 15 minute drive, has the nearest train station and offers many supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants. We visited Soissons a few times and we took many drives out into the beautiful surrounding countryside particularly to explore the local villages and towns. One of our favourite places that must be visited within the region is he historic town of Reims with its beautiful cathedral but far more famous for being the home of champagne. There are many champagne tasting places around here and in Reims itself, a multitude of specialist wine & champagne shops, a wine lovers paradise!
*Price & value*
The reason that we chose to book through Canvas is that we received an early booking brochure through the post & with all of the discounts, our 10 night stay which included site amenities, tent pitch and ferry crossing was just over £300. This was perfect for us considering what would be ready and provided for us when we arrived. This holiday was certainly worth this money as we found his year that return ferry crossings alone start from £100!
*Will we return?*
Yes, we certainly will do. This was a perfect campsite for a holiday rather than just a driving stop over. We found the facilities and services to be very good and of a high standard. The site was very family friendly and it was no problem at all being here with a baby as everything that we needed was catered for.
I would most certainly recommend this site as good value for money and would urge anyone thinking of a family holiday to France to give this a go!
We visited La Croix du Vieux Pont in July 2008. We do not normally do camping/caravanning, never mind on foreign soil. So this was very new to us. As a family we wanted to do something different and visit Euro Disney and Paris region.
La Croix du Vieux Pont is a fabulous camp site, which caters for a wide variety of people - as a well equipped campsite and as a base for exploring the Paris region.
We enjoyed the site and the Paris region so much we are returning in May 2009 and taking another 9 members of our family, to share the real holiday experience. There is so much more for us to do there.
We spoke to other families there and many of them return year after year - which is a recommendation in itself.
You have to remember this is a local campsite and a very good one. Although Eurocamp / Keycamp / Siblu and Co have their reps on site - they do not own the site. These companies tend to recruit inexperienced younger staff, many of them try to do a good job - I am not making excuses but what do you expect when you are paying for a camping / caravaning holiday.
You can spend an absolute fortune on glorified all inclusive package holidays but this is a real holiday, when the kids play safely and enjoy long summer days.
Loved this site when I stayed a couple of years ago with my three children and husband for a week in September. The mobile home was very clean and within easy reach of the facilities which I like. There was outside seating areas and a bbq where we had fantastic get togethers with friends in a neighbouring home.
The lake is huge and offers great fishing for those that like that as well as pedaloes for the kids. Very safety conscious too which is good.
Lovely pool complex with trips into disney and paris available from the reception for booking.
There was also a lovely quaint market held in the village square each week that was well worth a visit.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this site for people and would definately book there for myself if I was in the area.
Quite a way into paris if you're driving though
We have stayed at this campsite on two occaisions. We booked our holiday via Canvas Holidays - the whole booking procedure was very easy and the staff on the phone were very helpful, we even booked our Disney passes in advance.
We travelled from the UK via the Channel Tunnel - was definitely worth paying a little extra for this express crossing. You then drive to the campsite - a pleasant, easy journey that takes about 2-3 hours. The roads are in excellent condition and the service stations on route are highly recommended.
On arriving at the campsite, you will notice the abundance of floar and fauna that is around the park - it really is very attractive. The area is also noticably very clean. You will find your holiday reps very easily as there are large signs pointing to their whereabouts.
The staff were very friendly and courteous at all times, they will lead the way to your accomodation and show you around, explaining how everything works, where to find things etc.
You can choose to stay in a Tent (not really recommended as these are known to let the rain in) or you have a choice of several different Mobile Homes. The first year we stayed in the Century Mobile (the 2nd best option)- this was a beautiful home with three bedrooms, nice living area, fitted kitchen and dining area - the Milennium and Century homes each have gas barbecues - the other choices have charcoal barbecues provided. There is also a table, chair and umbrella outside and a couple of loungers. Each mobile is set in a good sized piece of ground (placement) and are separated by hedgerows.
Our mobile home had everything inside that we could ever need - the beauty of the Millenium we stayed in during the second year was the dishwasher and the second bathroom! We were also lakeside in the second year - which was absolutely beautiful.
On site there is a wonderful pool complex that has constant observation from trained staff. The kids pool is fabulour with some small slides and fountains and is wonderfully warm. The indoor pool has a sliding roof above it which they open if the weather is hot. Some great slides at the pool complex. There is also a jacuzzi and an outdoor pool. Underneath the pool are changing rooms and showers.
The food at the restaurant is well prepared and fine to eat, but can be a little pricey. The take away (pizza, burgers, fries) is VERY expensive and to be honest not that great.
There is a little supermarket on site which stocks an adequate range, they also have beautiful fresh baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat (and other breads and pastries) fresh daily. Well worth the walk in the morning to have these for breakfast.
There are babyrooms dotted around the complex which are always clean - these are fabulous for bathing baby - much easier than using the showers in the mobile homes. There are many laundry rooms on site, providing both washers,dryers and ironing boards. Tokens for these facilities must be purchased from the site office.
Also on site is a gorgeous lake. Fishing is allowed at te lake once a permit has been bought. You can also hire pedaloes and canoes for use on the lake.
For children most of the tour operators provide childrens clubs, the kids seem to love these and you often see the clubs out doing diferent activities. There is also a games room (pool tables and arcade games), bouncy castle, table tennis, tennis courts, trampolines, small fairground rides on site. We were wuite near these the second year but we never got any noise interference.
The site is situated in Vic-sur-Aisne a lovely little village (do not be put off by the sight of the sugar refinery as you approach VSA!)There is an Intermarche supermarket in the village - avoid it at all costs - its awful. Instead make the trip to Soissons (a ten minute car ride) and shop at Cora - its a fabulous supermarket selling everything! The cafe there is highly recommended too. You could also drive into Compiegne where there is a Carrefour - another very recommended supermarket.
The drive to Disney is easy and takes little over an hour. Parking at Disney is easy and plentiful - definitely take your own car - its not hard and much better than a coach trip. The site does however lay on coach trips to Disney - these get well booked, but may be better if you are nervous about venturing there in your car.
If you want to go into Paris for the day, book a coach trip at the site! We learnt from experience not to drive into Paris. We did it on one occaision and it was a nightmare. Parking is viryually impossible and french drivers are insane. They think nothing of bashing into your car to make a little extra space for themselves. The coach trip drops you off about ten minutes from the Arc De Triomphe and it just makes the day out so much more pleasurable. Whilst in Paris expect to be ripped off 16 euros (20 with the expected tip!!) for two cokes just because we could see the Eiffel Tower in the distance! I would recommend buying one of the city hopper style bus passes that takes you from attraction to attraction as you will never manage to walk to see them all.
All in all I would definitely recommend a holiday to this site (have only booked via Canvas Holidays and highly recommend them). The site is clean and very pretty, plenty to do and easily accessible from the UK in a day. Paris is close by as are various other places of interest like Reims, Pierrefonds, Compiegne, Soissons etc. A lovely place to tke the kids and the weather ain't bad either.
We took a tent to this place for a few days in June. Only an hour from Beauvais. We pitched our tent on a small island next to the river. Really nice - plenty of birdlife and friendly ducks to feed. Toilets and showers were immaculate. Friendly, heplful staff. Some annoying flying insects in the afternoon. The restaurant on site serves your usual tourist grub which was ok but we found a good restaurant in town called something like Gonjon D'Or. There's also a nice little bar at the other end of the village but the name escapes me :) Nice bread from the bakery and a supermarket fifteen minutes walk away. We booked the coach to Paris but despite being so close it took over three hours to get there. The return journey was the same. Felt like the driver was trying to save fuel and hardly went above 50 km/h the whole way! Strange, really obnoxious odours at times in the campsite - possibly from the nearby factories across the river but we just left and went out. Lots of families in prefab tents and your usual bingo and kiddies disco nonsense at night but some people like that stuff and at least the tent area is segregated by a big limestone wall. Nice place out of season.
Another Easter in France, although this time in the North rather than the South. Having been incessantly nagged by our eldest daughter to go to Disneyland Paris, we decided to risk the weather and chose the campsite nearest to Disneyland that our favoured tour operator uses (Fleur Holidays - www.fleur-holidays.co.uk), hence our having plumped for La Croix du Vieux Pont. Rather than take the ferry we decided to try Eurotunnel this time round, saving ourselves quite a bit of time and effort (having an 11 month old and a 2 year old the thought of trying to get them in and out of the car and up the stairs on the ferry was not one to be savoured). The journey from Calais to the campsite takes approximately 2 ½ hours, a large proportion of which is on the Autoroute. Tolls from Calais to Compiègne (J.10) were about Euro 13.30 (£10). THE SITE The campsite itself is on the outskirts of the village of Vic-sur-Aisne, bordering onto the banks of the River Aisne. It is very well laid out with most of the amenities in the central section. Additionally, although there are a large number of mobile homes on the site, they are not crammed in and there is an overall feeling of space. On entering the site, you drive down a short slope. At the bottom is the main reception from where you can book excursions to Disneyland and Paris (and sometimes even Riems), purchase tickets for both Disneyland (adult tickets are Euro 1 cheaper buying from the camp than from Disneyland itself) and Parc Asterix, hire security boxes, purchase tokens for the washing machines and dryers (Euro 4 and 3 respectively) and telephone cards, and obtain a wealth of useful information about the area. Everyone we spoke to there had a very good understanding of English. Opposite the reception is the Epicerie (grocery) and the Boulangerie. The Epicerie is well stocked with all the essentials plus a few luxuries from home as well as a some toys and g
ames for the kids and a cashpoint machine. The Boulangerie bakes the bread and pastries fresh on site every day and is of a very high quality. Both are open from 7.30 am until 7.30 pm. There are various toilet and wash blocks dotted around the site, with at least 3 of them containing washing machines and dryers. A small packet of soap powder is given to you when you buy your washing machine token, although for a really clean wash we found you needed more soap powder and a hot wash, otherwise some marks and stains are not removed. There are both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, again indoor and outdoor heated children's pools and an indoor waterslide, all of which are open between 10 am and 7.30 pm. The indoor portion of the pool complex has a sliding roof that will be opened in particularly good weather. Entry to the pool complex is gained from a door underneath the pools. There are changing cubicles, showers, toilets and lockers (Euro 1 returnable) in this area, very similar to those you would find in a public swimming pool, apart from the fact that it's unisex. Access to the pools is up some tiled steps which can get very slippery when wet, which tends to be all the time since these are also the steps to get from the waterslide pool! Although I didn't venture into the outdoor pools, I had been warned the water temperature in the indoor pool was quite cold, however although it wasn't hot it wasn't the sort of breathtakingly cold you often find and the children's pool was positively bath-like! There was a lifeguard on duty and a sign telling you to speak to the lifeguard if you wanted swimming lessons. The bar and restaurant are next to the swimming pools, overlooking them and are housed in an old farm building (probably a barn) which has been extensively refurbished. The bar itself is quite small and can get very crowded, although in warmer weather there is a terrace outside.
The bar didn't open until 4.30pm during our stay, but this may change during high season. There is a computer in the bar for those of us that just have to have internet access - a telephone card is required for this which is available from reception. Although I managed to get on-line once, it wasn't working during the second week (John insists I blew it up)! Additionally, it is a French keyboard so not your usual QWERTY type and can get quite confusing (especially if, like me, you?re used to touch typing and keep forgetting that the keys are different!). The restaurant is accessed through the bar and is quite large. They were offering two sittings, either 7pm or 9pm and, although it wasn't full the night we dined, there had been nights when they were fully booked on both sittings, so reserving a table is recommended. The food was extremely good and the portions themselves were of a good size. They do a set menu for Euro 13.50 comprising either pork terrine (pâté) or soup to start, veal blanquette, trout with almonds or spaghetti bolognaise as a main course and a choice of dessert. The a la carte menu was very reasonably priced with a variety of starters and meat, fish, poultry and pasta main dishes. Desserts tended to be a dessert of the day and a vast selection of ice cream (all Carte D'Or in an amazing array of flavours). John decided that he wanted to try the escargots and thoroughly enjoyed them, likening them to cockles in texture and taste, but obviously with garlic butter! He followed this with veal blanquette, which he said was so tender it just melted in the mouth - delicious. I had the pâté followed by lamb with a rosemary sauce and ice cream. They also do a set menu for the kids priced at about Euro 6.50 with a choice of saucisse (hot dog sausages - they're the staple for kids in France) and chips, ham and cheese pizza or spaghetti bolognaise followed by ice cream. The portions were, if anything, sligh
tly large for our children, although they would probably be just about right for a 10-12 year old. Although we didn't try the take-away (prêt a porter), this was situated opposite the restaurant. It was not open during the first week we were there but take-away meals could still be bought via the restaurant. There are two main play areas, a small one next to the Epicerie with swings, a slide and small climbing frame. The larger play area is next to the lake. This has a large climbing frame with slide, rope bridges, fireman's pole and swings. There are also some small wooden playhouses, a roundabout and a rocking horse. All these items are free for everyone to use. Our 2 year old used to love the large play area so much that she would to take herself off there regularly (usually when we were preparing food or our back's were turned) and we used to have to go and retrieve her (with much kicking and screaming)! Next to the lake and large play area are 3 trampolines (Euro 2 for 15 mins), a bouncy castle (Euro 2 for 15 mins), a carousel (Euro 2 for about 5 minutes) and mini-go carts (Euro 2 for about 4 or 5 laps). Payment for these is made at the kiosk, where you can also hire pedallos (Euro 8 for 30 mins - max of 5 people - 6 if there are only a couple of adults and the rest are children) and 1, 2 or 3 man canoes (Euro 2, 4 or 6 respectively for 30 minutes). To save money you can buy a card for use on all of these which will give you free goes - a Euro 10 card is worth Euro 14, a Euro 20 card is worth Euro 30 and a Euro 40 card is worth Euro 80, so it's definitely worth investing in one of these (we bought a Euro 40 card and could have probably done with two). Ice creams, sweets and hot and cold drinks can also be purchased at the kiosk (I highly recommend the coffee). For those of you that are avid anglers, there is fishing round the lake (although I'm not sure if this is paid for at reception or
the kiosk). Equipment can be hired or bought from the kiosk and bait can also be bought from there. THE SURROUNDING AREA The nearest village is Vic-Sur-Aisne, which is a short walk away. There is a Bar/Tabac, Post Office, supermarket (Intermarhé), and a few other shops as well as two restaurants. Although we didn't try the restaurants ourselves, we spoke to several people who had and they were both highly recommended. There is also the Chateau or Donjon which is right in the middle of the village. However this is only open to the public for a couple of months in the summer. Market day is on a Wednesday. The nearest large town (or city) is Soissons which is about a 15 minute drive away on the N31. This is dominated by the Cathedral (unfortunately, it was closed for lunch when we visited). There are a variety of shops and restaurants in the centre, so the shopaholics among you should be relatively happy! There is also a commercial centre with a variety of shops including DIY stores, shoe shops and toy shops and a large Cora hypermarket. There is also a smaller Champion supermarket if you just can't face a huge store! In the other direction on the N31 is Compiègne, which is about 30 minutes away. This is a much larger town and has a huge variety of tourist attractions, including the Chateau, the site of the signing of the Armistice and various museums as well as an enormous forest. Again there are a huge number of shops and restaurants and market day is on a Wednesday. Our favoured hypermarket (Carrfour) is just outside of Compiègne in Vennet, where there is another large commercial centre. Central Paris is just over an hour away by car. However, the campsite has regular coach trips to Central Paris (alternate days while we were there), so there is no need to drive yourself! The coach left the site at approximately 7.50 am and arrived in Central Paris at about 9.15 - you are then left to your o
wn devices until the coach picks you up again at about 6.45 pm. If you're going for a day of sightseeing, it's worth getting to some of the sights by Batobus on the Seine. You can get a day ticket which entitles you to get on and off as many times as you want (unlike most of the boats which are just tours), and has a variety of stops including Champs Elysee, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and The Louvre - this cuts down on an enormous amount of walking. Additionally if you plan to visit a lot of museums or monuments, then you can buy a ticket that entitles you to free entry into most of the major attractions (although the Eiffel Tower is not one of them). Disneyland Paris is about an hour away and again the campsite have regular coach trips there (again, alternate days during our holiday). I'm not going to go into details here as there are enough reviews already written about it! Parc Asterix is about 40 minutes away. We found this a far more relaxing experience than Disneyland with a lot more for the younger children to do. It is also cheaper than Disneyland. A full review will be written soon! We liked this site so much, we are going back again during the October Half Term and again next Easter. We found all the staff friendly and helpful and there was plenty to do for both the younger and older children.
From Barrow to Dover a drive of six and a half hours, not including stops, stay over at Dover, Ferry over to Calais, then drive three hours to La Croix, where we finally reach our holiday park. Collapse in mobile home with a cup of tea then remember we are in France where milk is not full fat cream like at home, BUT they are forgiven as beer is cheap. And here we are again back at our favourite place to stay. As you arrive you are greeted by banks of blooming flowers. You can instantly see that it is a very well maintained campsite, set in beautiful wooded parkland and some accommodation is around the lake. You can take a walk along the riverbank, through the grounds of the château down to the village of Vic-sur-Aisne. There is both the river and the lake at this site, the River Aisne being a good quality venue in its own right for silverfish plus specimen carp and some cat fish. The on-site lake is heavily stocked, with a number over 30lbs. The lake is 3-4 acres and accessible by all for a walk around, take care with younger children however as the banks slope into the water. Fish to catch are big carp, roach, and sturgeon. On site there are many activities to offer Tennis and table tennis Bar, restaurant, take-away Boating Bicycle Hire Hot showers, washing and drying machines Ironing facilities Currency exchange and postal services Telephones Safety deposit boxes Shop There is even a bus service to Euro Disney. The whole park has a quite feel to it which calms you and makes you feel relaxed. Most holiday homes have sun loungers, chairs and tables so you can relax outside your home and each is encased with a garden and bushes so you feel you have your own space. As well as fishing on the lake there are canoes and pedaloes and for hire and rowing boats. There are three swimming pools, one for the babies, a large one fr families and these are inside, but be wa
rned theroof can be removed on hot days, and there are two divided pools outside which might say they are heated but I still find coooold. The slide is a twisty one which ends up in its own pool so you dont have to look out for people landing on your head!!! You can buy a card which is stamped each time you use it for the sport, we use ours up every night on the go-karting, isn?t fast enough to warrant hats and safety gear but the adults love them, the poor kids queue for hours?there is also a mini trampoline or three for some tiring out of children and all over the park are spaced out play areas. You can hire bicycles to use in the park or around the surrounding villages. The roundabout comes to life at night as it lights up and twinkles away for a couple of hours but was quite expensive last time we were there. There is an onsite shop but we only used to for fresh baked bread the village is a walk away so we used to frequent there. Even the supermarket has a park to play in for children and dads!!!!! The horse stables are walked by on the way back to the site and they look so happy and not ill treated, hard to believe they eat these beautiful animals. The only problem with the place is the heat, the cakes look delicious till you remember they don?t have fresh cream, if they did they would be to die for, still hubby likes them so he puts on a few pounds and makes me feel less chubby hehehehe. The reception area is manned by bilingual people so you will be understood whether you want tokens for the laundrette, a security box, fishing licence or directions. The individual holiday reps had boards outside their reception areas which list attractions for the day and what?s going on around the night time, so you don?t miss local fairs or attractions. An ideal holiday place to relax until the day you set off for Euro Disney, but that?s a whole different opinion!!!
The campsite is near Vic-Sur-Aisne, between Compiegne and Soissons. We stayed here for 5 nights commencing 6.5.2002. It was very quiet. Most of the facilites had only just opened. The majority of the camping companies kids clubs were not operating. Most of the major camping tour operators were on this site. The site also takes tourers. Lots of different nationalities on site, most were Dutch. The site is very pretty and very green. It has a lake. Parents please note the lake is very accessible. Carp fish in the lake. Fishing allowed by licence, which are available from site reception. Reception staff speak fairly good english. Opposite site is The Poney Club for horse riding. Shop, restaurant/takeaway and bar on site. Shops in Vic-Sur-Aisne are cheaper than those on site. Cannot comment on restaurant or bar as we did not visit them. Plenty to do. Pedaloes & Canoes on the lake, approx. cost 4 Euros per person for half an hour. There was a fairground roundabout for children, fee payable. Cycle hire available, also Table tennis tables, pool tables, tv & arcade games room to name just a few more. Vic-Sur-Aisne is within easy walking distance and makes a pleasant walk. Laundry facilities on site. Plenty of toilet blocks and personal wash facilities available. All were kept very clean, if you use the toilets - don't forget to take toilet paper with you (not supplied by site). Swimming - 3 pools, one outside, one inside and a small pool for children. There is a waterslide. We only used the indoor pool once. The changing rooms are just inside the pool building. Footwear has to be removed before accessing the pool. Campers have to walk through an area of very cold water. Once through the water the pool is up a flight of steps. These became very slippy as people went up and down the slide. My husband nearly fell down the steps on leaving the pool because he slipped. The outdoo
r pool was closed but you could use the sunloungers situated around it to sunbathe. The play areas are not suitable for under 3's but very popular with the older children. The campsite runs day trips. Varies as to demand. At least two trips to Disneyland whilst we were there. Cost approx. 14 Euros for adult, reduction for children. The cost does not include entrance to park. It is possible to drive there and it is not too difficult. About 60 kms from Paris Centre. If you want to use French Public transport the nearest train station is in Soissons (approx. 10 kms away).