French Campsite Review: Le Château de Fonrives

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the Chateau

Le Château de Fonrives
47210 Rives-Villeréal

Set in the grounds of a privately owned Château on the borders of the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, this family run site is peaceful in low season but a hive of activity in high season. The hedged pitches are on grass and many have water taps. The electric hook-up is just 6amps electricity, so care is needed with the use of electric BBQs, kettles and microwaves.

Facilities include a Fitness room, sauna, Jacuzzi, two swimming pools, water slides, sun terraces, crazy golf, tennis, pétanque, and lake fishing. There is a charge for some of the facilities in high season. Wi-Fi is available around the bar, restaurant and sun terraces. English is spoken and pets are allowed. There is a motorhome service point. You can walk into the little village of Rives through the park’s own woods.

Opening times

9th April to 1st October 2011


From €15 per night including electricity, outfit and awning for two people in low season.

Children under 6 years; from €2

Additional people over 6 years; from €4

Pets; €2

Prices exclude booking fee and refundable barrier key deposit.

Prices should be checked before you make your booking.

Eat and drink

We enjoyed our meal in the site restaurant, but in Villeréal you can find hotels or a number of eating places offering regional cuisine or simple crepes or Italian style.

Local attractions

You are not far from wine producing areas of Bergerac for tasting and buying, many châteaux and Bastide towns and in Villeréal, on Monday evenings throughout the summer, discover and taste local products.


From Villeréal, take the D207 towards Issigeac. Keep on this road and the park will be on your left. It is signposted in Villeréal.

Insurance tip

Planning a trip to France? Caravan Guard’s touring caravan insurance policy offers caravanners the freedom to tour Europe for up to 90 days at a time.

There are five hard standing motorhome pitches

There are five hard standing motorhome pitches

A path around the lake has exercise points

A path around the lake has exercise points

Childrens play area

There is also a childrens play area

In addition to a motorhome service point there are also 5 special pitches with electric, water and drainage

In addition to a motorhome service point there are also 5 special pitches with electricity, water and drainage

Large open pitches

Large open pitches

mini golf and tennis on site

Mini golf and tennis on site

Part of the reception

Part of the reception

Pitches with shade

Pitches with shade

There are 3 lakes on site

There are 3 lakes on site

View of the pools area from the top of the slides

View of the pool area from the top of the slides

Details correct at time of publication (23/06/2011) but may be subject to change.

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2 thoughts on “French Campsite Review: Le Château de Fonrives

  1. Lots of statics on site!

  2. this site is no good to man nor beast with 6amp. brian

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