Tranquil Site in Normandy

We last stayed at Camping Le Colombier in rural Normandy 15 years ago when it was then part of the Les Castels & Camping chain. Not much has changed in the meantime apart from the trees and  shrubbery which have matured as you can see from these two photo’s.

Le Colombier – 2017

Le Colombier – 2002

Close to Lisieux in the department Calvados this site is good for a long stay or stopover being easy distance to of the ferry ports of Caen and Le Harve although we used the Channel Tunnel which is 170 miles away because of the convenience of taking our dog Ben to France with us.

Apart from a lovely site to relax on Lisieux is an interesting town about 10 miles away to walk around with its cathedral Saint-Pierre de Liseiux and park with beautiful displays of flowers and plants. There are several large supermarkets there too, but Moyaux about 3 miles away is a quaint little town with local shops including a grocery shop, boucherie and 2 boulangeries although the site shop takes orders for baguettes & croissants from here daily.  The site shop stocks basic essentials only.

Split into 2 areas with spacious pitches, the Meadow, with mainly open spaces and the Orchard amongst the apple trees. Each has its own sanitary block which was kept pristine and has plenty of hot water (with traditional shower taps) and washing machines and tumble dryers. EHU’s are international sockets.

Onsite facilities include a tennis court, mini golf, basketball court, children’s play area and boules area as well as a recreation lounge and games room where it was obvious that some caravan clubs have held rallies here in the past by the number of pennants on display. Not forgetting a lovely heated outdoor swimming pool.    The on site creperie restaurant is well worth sampling and once a week the family with local guests put on an evening of classical music in the garden  in front of the chateau.

For days out Honfleur is worth a visit. We had a delicious “menu of the day lunch” at one of the many harbour front  restaurants whilst enjoying the atmosphere. Dogs seem to be accepted everywhere.  Whilst trying to find a place to park in the expensive parking areas we discovered a side street where we parked all day for free.

Deauville is also another day out and as with Honfleur  about half an hour away. Apart from a wonderful beach and promenade, the town is interesting with its upmarket individual shops and “see and be seen in” brasseries and coffee shops. We had amazing crepes and ice cream in one just off the main square and again dogs seemed to be accepted everywhere.   However we didn’t find free parking and paid €10 for 5 hours on the sea front.

There’s also the beaches close by where the landing operations took place of the allied invasion of Normandy. Museums and memorials together with war cemetery’s in the area now host many visitors each year.

When we arrived the  site was about 10% occupied and while we spent 8 days in mid August  there it probably was less than 50% occupancy at its fullest.

Site details  are  [Here]

Or see Page 55  In the CAMC Adventure Abroad brochure.