De Courte Vallée (REF : L14)
8 Rue de Courte Vallee, Airvault, 79600, FranceView on map
Why stay here ...
Owned by a British couple, this small site is set in beautiful landscaped parkland in the heart of rural France. It’s a tranquil place to relax, and a haven for birds and wildlife, with slightly sloping grass pitches which are shaded to varying degrees by tall trees. The owners and their staff make every effort to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable stay. There's a pool and play area providing entertainment for children and wine tasting, vineyard tours and food evenings for adults.
There’s no shortage of activities in the region. Families will enjoy a trip to Futuroscope or Puy du Fou, while Poitiers can be reached within an hour and has some interesting historic and religious monuments. The site is perched on the Santiago de Compostela route, and the medieval market town of Airvault is within walking or cycling distance.
Around and About
Futuroscope, Monkey Valley, Terra Botanica, Fontevraud, Poitiers, Saumur, Angers, Chinon, Thouars, Parthenay, Walking trails, Cycle routes, Escorted canoe trips, Wine caves, Châteaux.
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
25 miles south of Saumur. From north, south or west, leave D938 Parthenay to Thouars road at La Maucarrière towards Airvault on the D725 and follow large signs to the site. Caravans arriving from north-east or east are not permitted down the main street of Airvault and should not approach from this direction. It is not advisable to follow Sat Nav directions to this site
- Poitou Charentes
- Distance to Calais: (kms)
- Lat 46.8329 / Lon -0.14779
- Michelin map no.
- Buses go to: Thouars, Bressuire
- Daily public transport within 2 kms
- Nearest port: St Malo (304 kms)
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When was the last time this site was visited by a CC inspector? This is the worst site we have ever stayed on in the 20+ years we have been visiting France! We arrived in the middle of the heatwave so all the grass pitches were very dry and barren which is understandable. However the first thing you see on arrival is the caravan storage area, once checked in the next unsightly thing is the open fronted bin area on your way to your pitch. Pool area was just about adequate with the strangest tap for the shower! The whole site needs massive investment. We realise the current owners are not only new to the site but it appears they are new to the caravan industry. Contrary to other reviews we did not find the owners to be pleasant or helpful. The outdoor area of the restaurant is unfinished and the menu practically non-existent! We have never been to a restaurant on a site to be served fish and chips in a take away container when you are dining in! If you are looking for a 'British' experience in France then maybe this is the site for you, but we will never return! Such a shame as the area has a lot to offer.
Response from the Campsite:
I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay on our site. I hope my comments answer any queries you have.
The caravan storage is below road level and is screened by mature trees that were in full leaf at the time. The storage area has been next to the site which was set up by the people who started the camp site 24 years ago. The bin shed is not totally open fronted and is housed in an old stable, there is an opening which is one bin width wide to allow people to access to the bin that is in operation. The shower tap in the swimming pool is a French tap which you have to turn 90 degrees to turn the shower on. We are investing heavily in the campsite, projects completed to date include a porch on the shower block, a new reception, a games room with pool table, an outside seating area with shady pergola, the surround of the swimming pool concreted for extra seating and sun bathing area, a new liner in the swimming pool, a purpose built outside terrace with block paving. We have also upgraded the WiFi system. Ongoing projects include extending the bar area which is part of a large extension to the living accommodation. We are also installing a number plate recognition system to access the campsite. We will start building a new purpose built shower block in November 2018.
We have just completed our third season and have been very keen campers and caravanner’s for the last 45 odd years. We do our utmost to be pleasant and helpful. The outside area of the restaurant is finished what was not completed was the block paved area which will be part of the entrance to the new bar. The restaurant offers a choice of 4 or 5 starters, 5 or 6 main meals, a choice of desserts including a selection of tarts and ice creams, a full cheese selection and specialty tea and coffee. Thursday night is fish and chip night which is extremely popular, we offer to eat in or take away which is served in a take away carton. We can serve fish and chips on plates if diners request that and want to eat in.
We store circa 150 caravans of English ownership where the majority of our clients visit and stay for extended periods of time. All of the above information can be found on our website.
De Courte Vallée