Du Vivier aux Carpes
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... is the literal translation of the caravan site name! Says it all - lower part of site surrounds an attractive large pond/small lake and attracts mostly fishing folk. And us - non-fisherfolk. Main reception building and washrooms are close to the site entrance, which means it's a long way if your pitch is around the more picturesque lower end of the site. Next time, we'll pitch our caravan in the main, upper part of the site I think. Washroom facilities were excellent, v clean and shower cubicles positively spacious. Site was quite full for low season (2nd week Sept) I thought, so it seems a popular place. Outside cafeteria cabin had closed by now though; no children's area so more geared to adults (or v young families), and fisherfolk. Handy mini market in the village (Seraucourt-le-Grand) and you can buy fresh bread/croissants from a van which calls at 8am daily. Don't get that in UK! Good location for exploring Somme battlefields etc. Would recommend WW1 museum at Peronne, about 15km NW of the campsite. Campsite is in a quiet, rural part of Picardy. Nearest town is St Quentin (supermarkets etc). Would happily return.
This was our third visit , usually the night before the tunnel, this time the first night of our hols. A clean site with hedges around the main site, we were overlooking the lake, lovely. The War Cemetery is just a ten minute walk from the site. Another ten min walk in the other direction is a nice little bar that overlooks fishing lakes.
We stayed here at the start and end of a campervan trip around France, in June 2019. And....we loved it. It has a good range of reasonably sized pitches with 'privacy hedging' to most, and some of the cleanest/best toilet and shower facilities we've so far encountered. It's a pretty village with a useful shop and nearby bar, plus the on site cafe did a mean roast chicken and chips one night - at good value. The local war cemetary is a moving place - and surely can't do other than make all ponder the folly of nations pulling apart, rather than co-operating together? The nearby canal provides a good cycle ride into St Quentin. But perhaps the star attraction here is the lady who runs the site, Alexandra, who particularly helped us (nervous first time dog abroad travellers) arrange a vet for the trip home worm pills and pet passport stamp - booking an appointment for us, in advance, with easy campervan parking outside. Unless the vet had come to us, it could hardly have been easier! Will definitely use site again.
On the 3rd April 2019 our first location on our first trip across the Channel in our Camper Car (correct title for overseas eh!). Made very welcome on arrival. Very helpful in allowing us to change pitch from grass to hard standing. It was early in the season and the site was not busy. The site is compact and family run, probably 50 pitches maximum. Noticed a few pitches were permanently occupied by caravans from the UK. From a new persons viewpoint a good sign people keep coming back. Facilities were very clean and well kept. Easy walk into the village where there is a small shop. You can get basic grocery supplies and some frozen foods here (wonderful baguettes). Supermarkets in a couple of locations are not far away if you want more and are easily accessible (our camper car is 7.5m). A great experience. Well recommended and a thank you to our hosts.
We really enjoyed our stay here! It was the first time for us with the caravan abroad and we felt reassured with the gate system, which was locked at night with pedestrian access only. The pitches were a good size and it was very peaceful. The pitches around the lake had their own private fishing jetty, beautiful! If you want to fish though, bring your own bits and bobs. The owner was so polite and helpful, excellent service! The showers could be adjusted temperature-wise and were huge! Really great if you have little ones as bags of space. The toilet facilities were very clean and had been recently updated. There is a little corner shop nearby but we used the supermarket in Vouziers. We were mainly visiting WW1 sites, which meant a 40 minute drive through Peronne and over to near Albert for the majority of them. Great base for this! Thank you for a peaceful and relaxing stay!
We stayed here for 4 nights on the first leg of a month long tour of France, Germany and Switzerland. What a gem. The owners are so helpful and friendly. We had problems with our electric and between Red Pennant and the site owner it was resolved - our kettle was faulty and kept blowing the fuse. The bar and small cafe area was a great place to get together with other campers in the evening, it’s was a really friendly atmosphere. The lake and surrounding countryside is great for walking and cycling and it’s flat! We do fish but had no gear with us, so will be returning for a longer stay soon. I know lots use it as a one night on the route out or home but it really is worth a longer stay
We stayed for two nights in our motor home over the late May bank holiday. Pros - The site is in a lovely rural setting, situated in a small village. The city of Saint Quentin is an easy cycle ride away on the canal tow path (it's very flat and took us about 40 minutes to cycle in). - A bread van calls each morning bringing fresh bread and bakery products - Small, but well-stocked, village shop about a 5 minutes walk away. - Friendly,helpful, English-speaking site owner - Large private pitch - Clean facilities - Cheap WiFi with good access Cons - Water in the showers was scalding hot and could not be temperature controlled (luckily we didn't get sunburned, or have any young children with us - in these circumstances the showers would be unusable) - Lovely to see chickens roaming free on the site - but not so lovely being woken up by the cockerel at about 5am each morning. (This would be VERY annoying for a longer stay!)
Very pretty and green site with ponds all around. Unfortunately the snack bar was closed in Sept, but the site owner Alexandra was very nice and helpful. We're not interested in fishing, but will stay again to or from the ferry.
We now know this site well - began and ended our long trip this year with a stopover at this lovely, little site. Alexandra and Sebastien and their family work tirelessly to make this a special place. A warm welcome is guaranteed. The camper-van pitches are right in front of the lake (mosquito repellent useful). The little cafe does take-way chips, pizza etc and they also do a nice line in Moules Frites! The nearness to St.Quentin makes for a good canal-side bike ride to this lovely city - loads of history around the area- especially recent history of wars.
Just stayed here for 2 nights at the end of 3 week holiday on way back to port. Wanted a base to check out war cemeteries as 100 year Somme rememberance. What a lovely friendly site. Ok no frills or pool etc but clean and friendly. Little bar that serves reasonably priced excellent food and nice cool beer. The bugs can be a nuisance but expected in the height of summer and at side of a lake. We plan to now use this site on way down south and way back to port in future. Good access to war cemetery's and large British cemetery within walking distance. Loved it.