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Castel Camping L’Etang de la Brèche
English is spoken at this very popular, four star, family orientated campsite, which has a distinctly English ambience.
Located in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage area, it’s a large camp site and the generously large pitches are on grass, most have water and drainage and 10amps electricity is available to many of them. It’s a well established campsite and the mature trees and shrubs provide some shade. Castel Premium pitches are available if you want to treat yourself. There is a motorhome service point and limited Wi-Fi is available.
Free facilities include heated swimming pools, water slides, lake fishing, and play areas for children. There is a well stocked shop, a bar with a terrace, a takeaway and a pretty restaurant where good food is served at reasonable prices.
14 May 2011 to 11September 2011
From €16.50 per night for outfit and awning in low season on a basic pitch.
Children under 4 years; no charge
Children 4-12 years; from €4
Extra people over 10 years; from €6
Pets; no charge.
Electric hook-up; from €3 in high season, no charge in low season.
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Extra charges include tennis, pony riding, bike hire and safe hire.
Eat and Drink
Don’t forego the site restaurant, but if you venture into Saumur, it’s packed with places to eat; we ate delicious mussels at le Café de la Bourse and a decent lunch at the café in the car park at the château.
Visit the Tourism Office in Saumur where English speaking staff will ply you information about châteaux, gardens, the National Horse Training School and the tank museum. It’s in middle of vineyards, so wine tastings are available too.
It’s on the north bank of the river Loire. Leave Saumur on the D952 towards Tours and the campsite will be on your left about 6 kms from Saumur. It is well signposted.
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Rose gardens next to the heated outdoor swimming pool
Bike and pedal car hire and pools area
Launderette and shower block
Many pitches have water & drainage as well as electricity
The pitches are set around well established trees and shrubs
The terrace bar, shop and takeaway
Plenty of open space and several play areas