L'Escale (REF : M07)

33 Chemin de plein Air, Le Grand Bornand, 74450, France

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

This picturesque and well-presented site is set amongst the snow capped Aravis mountains and within easy reach of many of the region’s attractions. It’s a peaceful getaway in low season and caters to young families in the summer months, with facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, organised activities and a play area.

The restaurant and bar are housed in a beautiful, 200-year old building and local dishes are served in a warm, relaxed ambiance. The nearby village of Le Grand Bornand has a weekly market where provisions can be bought, and offers plenty to do in both summer and winter.

Guests at l’Escale receive discounts on guided walks and visits to Chamonix and Mont Blanc, which is just over an hour’s drive. Cable cars are easily accessible from the site, while an abundance of scenic walking and mountain biking trails can be found nearby.

Around and About

Mont Blanc,Thônes, Annecy Lake, Annecy Old Town, Château de Menthon St Bernard,  Mer de glace, Golf, Bike hire, Mountain biking, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Horse riding, Guided walks.

Things to do on site ...

  • Games room
  • Paddling pool
  • Play area
  • Tennis

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities -: limited
  • Late arrivals area with electric hook-up
  • Late arrivals area without electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi availability: bar
  • Wi-Fi charge

Prices

Pitches

Pitch size (m2) Pitch surface Electricity Electricity amperage Water Water shared Drainage Drainage shared Other services on pitch Separated by
Electric Hook-up pitch - EL 80 gravel

Yes

10 trees
Special pitch - SP 100 gravel

Yes

10

Yes

Yes

trees

Useful Info

Latest arrival time - low: 9:00 PM

Latest arrival time - high: 9:00 PM

Earliest departure time - low: 7:00 AM

Earliest departure time - high: 7:00 AM

Nearby

Supermarket notes:

Supermarket less than 1km away. 

Map

Directions

From Annecy take exit 17 (Annecy Nord) and follow the signs to Thones on the D916, D16 and D909 for 6.2 miles / 10km, then follow La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand signs. At St Jean-de-Sixt turn left at rndbt signed Le Grand Bornand. After 1 mile / 1.6km look for camping sign and turn right (Vallée du du Bouchet). Site is 1st exit right at roundabout at the end of the road. NB The road from Cluses to Le Grand Bornand (D4) is not recommended when towing as it is very winding and steep in places.

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
74450
Region:
Rhône-Alpes
Distance to Calais: (kms)
864
GPS:
Lat 45.93972 / Lon 6.42777
Michelin map no.
328

Transport links

  • Buses go to: Annecy, La Clusaz
  • Daily public transport within 2 kms
  • Nearest port: Le Havre (777 kms)

Winter programme

Here‘s some additional info that you’ll find useful if visiting in the winter months

  • A great choice for keen skiers – a ski bus leaves from the site entrance
  • The restaurant, bar and takeaway are open all season
  • Those toilet blocks open during the winter months are heated
  • There’s a heated drying room for skis, clothing and boots
  • Site roads are kept efficiently cleared from snow

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Beautiful scenery but noisy and surprise festival!

We are just concluding 12 nights here with our two children having wanted a site with access to the mountains. We certainly weren't disappointed with the location, it's is stunning with cable cars and mountain bike trails within easy walking distance. The town itself is pretty and well serviced with two small supermarkets and numerous cheese and local produce shops. The site is fine but not the best we've stayed on. You will need hard ground pegs! Pitches are of a good size and electric and water/drainage was on hand. The pool is ok but v cold even in 30degree heat. Our stay was slightly marred by v noisy neighbors who were visiting for a week long childrens arts and drama festival that we only became aware of on arrival. The festival literally shuts the town down for a week every August meaning the site becomes packed and the town also (we needed to obtain wrist passes to get to the supermarket for bread!). Had we known about the festival we would have probably chosen to come at a different time as the character of the site definitely shifted in our second week. In summary a beautiful location and pleasant site just avoid the penultimate week of August unless you like being surrounded by school parties and large groups!
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Convenient Site in Stunning Location

My wife and I stayed 7 nights in July 2017. It was our second stay. We have a modern camper van and large awning. The site is a few minutes walk from the village centre. Good shops with adequate small supermarket and several restaurants. The site has its own restaurant and takeaway which we used and found good. Apart from the onsite pool there is an open air pool in the village and children's play area. The site has very compacted ground and even steel pegs struggled so take spares and a decent hammer! We booked 5 months in advance but we're given limited choice of pitch, neither of which we would have chosen but we made the best of the two offered. Other people refused the pitches first offered and we might next time. Pitches we would have preferred we're vacant all the time we stayed so not sure why the site held those back. Unfortunately the site also allocated the two adjoining pitches to a rather boisterous school camp which did affect out enjoyment and we would not have taken our pitch had we known in advance and I suspect the site did know. The facilities are relatively new and kept clean though hot water was not available a couple of times. The area is great for walking and local guide books/maps are available at the Tourist Office. There are Tour de France climbs in the area and even aged 70 I managed to cycle up Col de la Colombiere and Aravis both from the site. The site has its shortcomings but the location is superb and we will be going back.

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First class caravan and motorhome site

This is our fourth stay at the site. It's our favourite site in France and we have travelled extensively with a large rig. Discovery and Buccaneer cruiser. Set next to the small and pretty town of le grand bornand it is not too large, generally quiet and a real sporting location. Cycling, walking g, running g and paragliding. Not such a great location for children we would think. Large flat pitches. We always have a special pitch. First class in every way. Our bad news this year is that are travelling couple, also CC members had their little dog attacked and killed on site. A large Bull Mastif not on a lead against site rules and French law was to blame. All is now in the hands of the gendarmarie. Very sad that the little might died last night after a large and very expensive operation to attempt to rebuild its ribs and lungs. This in no way was the fault of the site. It remains still a first class location. Be very careful with your dog's whilst travelling.
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Picturesque stay in the French Alps

We stayed at Camping L'Escale for 11 nights from late August 2013. Access to the site was easy - there is a steady climb from Thones followed by a short decent after St Jean de Sixt - nothing too steep and the road was adequately wide. Staff on reception were very helpful and spoke good English. The Toilet and showers are very new and smart with plenty of hot water on hand. WiFi is free and works well but is restricted to the area around reception. There are good views of the surrounding hills from most of the site. There are nice indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a small games area. The pitch surface was compacted hardcore with grass and weeds but generally flat. Bent a few rock pegs putting up the awning! The electric hookup is a bit ancient but worked reliably. The site was generally quiet but there is occasional noise from the nearby road. Le Grand Bornand centre is 5 mins walk from the site with a good selection of shops and restaurants. There was a nice Wednesday farmers market. The village is on the mountain section of the Tour de France cycle race so lots of decorative bikes around. There were quite a lot of cyclists practicing but this did not cause a problem as even the mountain passes are double width. There are many places to visit within 1.5 hours drive of the site. Annecy is nice but very Tourist orientated - don't miss the 2hr boat trip round the lake. A day in Chamonix with the ascents of the Mont Blanc range by rack railway and cablecar was a definitive highlight. Plenty of scope for walking - we especially recommend "Cirque du Fer à Cheval" and lake "lac de Roselend". Also several ski lifts were open enabling fast ascent to get to high walking areas with fabulous views. Certainly a site to recommend.
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Stunning site

I agree with the reviews below of MGSG, BerksCaravanner, and Unox - nothing more I can say, except we plan to go back for a week next time!
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