Huttopia Saumur

Route De Chantepie, Saumur, 49000, France

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Situated beside a restored farmhouse with beautiful views of the Loire Valley, this site is a good base from which to explore Saumur and the majestic Châteaux along this tranquil river, or break up a journey further south. With a natural setting and grassy pitches separated by hedges, it offers a quiet stay off peak and plenty for families in summer.

Younger children will enjoy the organised entertainment, pony rides and a heated pool, while adults and older children can fish or use the fitness centre.

One of the main attractions nearby is the Château de Saumur, which houses a museum with artefacts such as tapestries, furniture and porcelain. Azay-le-Rideau, with its masterful architecture and restored interior, is also within driving distance, while several vineyards are easily reachable for those looking for a tasting.

Around and About 

Loire Châteaux, Vineyards, Saturday market in Saumur, Troglodyte caves, Angers, “Maisons de vin” wine houses, Horse riding, Water sports.

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Daytime entertainment (high season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Playground

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities -: good
  • Late arrivals area without electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi

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Latest arrival time - low: 10:00 PM

Latest arrival time - high: 10:00 PM

Earliest departure time - low: 7:00 AM

Earliest departure time - high: 7:00 AM

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3 3/4 miles west of Saumur. Take the D161, then D751 on the south bank of the river in a westerly direction, signed towards Gennes. The campsite is located to the left of this road between the villages of Le Pointrineau and La Croix (approximately 3 3/4 miles from N147 junction). Alternatively, having crossed the river from the north on the N147, take the turn off for St Hilaire-St Florent and find theD751 for Gennes. The site is signposted off the D751 (also signed La Croix)

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
49000
Region:
Pays de la Loire
Distance to Calais: (kms)
344
GPS:
Lat 47.2944 / Lon -0.1412
Michelin map no.
317

Transport links

  • Nearest port: St Malo (167 kms)

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We'll go back

A delightful campsite. They feel like very new facilities with spacious and plentiful showers etc. The staff could not have been more helpful. We had a super pizza with a very reasonable bottle of wine one evening as well as using the bar for pre-dinners drinks, coffee and ice creams. We had a standard pitch which gave us ample room for the motor home, awning, laundry drier and still space to BBQ, sit and eat, sunbathe. The couple next to us had a comfort plus pitch where they parked caravan and car sideways on and had the picnic bench (provided) and ample room in front. There are loads of free activities (especially for for the kids although we enjoyed the crazy golf) and two super swimming pools - like everything else they were spotless. Our only negative comment is it's a long way out - you could cycle into Saumur but it's quite a trek. The shop doesn't stock much so make sure to bring everything you need with you except bread which was delivered to the site each morning (although needed pre-ordering). The comment by a previous reviewer about the chemical toilet situation was explained as their facility was out of order so it was just a temporary arrangement.
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A lovely stay

We booked this site for five nights in August and were a little apprehensive about our stay having read some of the posted reviews. However, we had a very enjoyable stay and would happily have stayed longer. The site certainly doesn’t have manicured grass and gravelled access roads, it has a wilder, forest feel to it. We found it to be clean and tidy, and in the middle of August we expected the grass to be showing a little wear and tear which it was. Our pitch overlooked the Loire, which we did pay a premium for, but it was worth it for the views, the sunrises and the sunsets. The access roads around the site were tight, but manageable for our large caravan, but this is typical of many French sites. We had to use the motor mover to get the caravan onto and off the pitch which was spacious and reasonably private. The tap closest to us was not working, but there was another a short walk away. EHU was on the pitch and was reliable throughout our stay. The showers and toilets were spotless whenever we used them and there were plenty of them. The chemical toilet disposal is a regular toilet in the main toilet block which we thought was a bit unusual, bit it was clean and functional. We had a warm welcome when we arrived and the staff we met were helpful and friendly. There was an eclectic range of onsite entertainment if you wanted it, including wine tasting, an astronomy evening, medieval workshop, kayaking trips, yoga, outdoor cinema and a local craft and produce market. We didn’t use the bar or restaurant as we thought the prices were far too high for pizza and burger meals; far pleasanter to cook al fresco on your pitch! Maybe we were just lucky with our stay, but we certainly didn’t encounter any of the problems we read about in older reviews.
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Overpriced and unwelcoming

Having read reviews after booking and paying for this site, we were very anxious. At around £34 a night, I expected better. The site lacks care, it's dusty and very tightly packed in. Electricity is not great, my husband had to reset several times after it tripped out, there is one tap between numerous pitches, and pressure is poor, it took ten minutes to fill our 40ltr aquaroll. The views from our pitch were certainly good, however everyone else on the site came to look at the views, through our pitch. It was very noisy, with some very badly behaved children. A group of Dutch boys, armed with hammers, sat and dug huge holes in the middle of an already unkempt road. Deciding to use the laundry, I went to buy a token. There are two washing machines, one was broken for the 4 nights we were there. They only had one token for the other. So anyone needing to wash had to wait for the machine to be emptied and the token collected. I question the receptionist who gave a typically Gallic shrug. There is a restaurant on site, selling mainly pizza, chips and burgers. We paid around £30 for two pizzas and a carton of fries. The fries were inedible and the pizzas very disappointing. My husband went to empty the toilet cassette on our last day, it was full to the brim and swarming in flies. Again, reception showed no concern. It was dry whilst we were there, but we could see ruts in several pitches. It's a good base for exploring Saumur and the Loire valley but I'm sure there are better, cleaner, cheaper and friendlier sites.

Comment from the Site Owner:

Thank you for leaving a review. We made the acquisition from this campsite during the season 2016. It took us about 2 years to make and create the improvements we’ve planned for this campsite.

We finally could open the season 2018 with all the renovations done and complete.

Camping Huttopia Saumur is offering now a full renovated campsite with new sanitary blocks, new reception, new space and lounge room for the bar/restaurant, all kind of new facilities…

We are planning to create nice Nature environments across and around the campsite.

I hope you can visit again to enjoy all these improvements and hope to welcom you the next seasons.

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Surviving on past reputation!!!

Surprised the CC are still sending member to this site. Huttopia Saumur, formerly Camping Chantepie, ( which I understand in the past, was family run and beautiful). On arrival, (late June, for 2 weeks) my heart sank, your initial view is one of a barren, un-cared for site - patchy dry grass and dusty tracks. The photographs you find on the website (both the "old" Chantepie site and new Huttopia site) and google images, flatter and were taken in bygone times. On various sources; adverts and publications, and signage as you approach, you will see the site rated as either 4 or 5*. - it is not a 5* site and really only 4* by way of the facilities and not quality. The emplacements lack maintenance, patchy dry grass and unkept hedging. The grass on our "premium" pitch had not been cut since the "last time", (sometime in 2016?), it was long and untidy. The pitches though are very large, quite private, mostly with some shade and some further back from the river have water supply (for an extra charge). Some taps on site are of the "press and hold" type, useless for filling an aquaroll, find a twist tap, there are some! We had booked a premium pitch with view of la Loire, the hedging though obscured "the view", we chose another pitch with no hedging. There are 11 pitches with "la Loire views", 10, 11, 12 and 14 (there is no 13) do not have hedges and offer uninterrupted views, (15 has a river view at a long stretch). The hedges (on pitches 4-9, these also overlook 3 "permanent" tents) were cut to "view height" whilst we were there, at the request of a camper I guess, rather than through necessity. Read my full review at: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187199-d2216511-r499612214-Camping_Huttopia_Saumur-Saumur_Maine_et_Loire_Pays_de_la_Loire.html#
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Caravans not welcome. Beware of Huttopia

Formally known as Chantepie, Huttopia Saumur is a Gite site and does NOT readily welcome caravans or motorhomes. Huttopia as you will notice from the latest CC brochures and web site have purchased many older and welknown caravanning and motor homing French sites. This site has many new Gites in place (most of which to be honest are empty - This is high season). Caravan pitches are no longer flat, are dirty and have not been mown or generally looked after for many months. The site is VERY EXPENSIVE. Many complaints whilst we were here. A system of chicanes on the site roads have been put in place, the only reason as we could see was to make it difficult to navigate large rigs. This morning I had to empty our toilet cassette and was told the emptying complex is now at the other end of the site used as part of the motorhome emptying point. It was dirty, had no top to it and the water pressure was low. I told the reception who were just not interested. We are leaving and will be writing to the Caravan club. Again, please be awre of this mighty company and steer clear of this site.
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