This was a Sun newspaper 7 night caravan holiday in France. It was the first one of these deals we had done abroad. Having checked previous reviews we went prepared for very cold nights and thank goodness we did as the day we arrived the weather in Britain and France turned to winter over night! We travelled with 4 children, flying into Paris, train into central Paris, walked to Gare de l'est train station in paris and got the train to Pommeuse/Faremoutiers on the collummiers line. Its a direct train which is double decker but turned out the top seats seem to be for smokers. the campsite entrance is outside the train station. We had exceptionally helpful staff who were mainly dutch (its a dutch holiday company), very polite, very good english and very nice people.
We stayed in a Bali caravan/chalet which was very clean when we arrived. We knew we would have to clean the caravan before leaving or get charged cleaning fees. They only supply one thick blanket per person, and square (cushion like) pillows. You need to bring sheets, pillow cases or hire them. We brought our own and sleeping bags for all of us as there are NO duvets supplied. I preferred the Bali caravan to the british ones as we have 3 young children and one teenager. We had the small double bedroom, teenager in the living room and the other 3 were in the childrens room which has a set of bunk beds and a single bed. (the british caravans seem to only cater for 2 children in a bedroom). As previously described by other travellers, there is no TV and no oven. You get a microwave, and a hob. There was no Gas fire, we had one very small electric heater in the corner of the living room. The caravan had a lovely big decking area with tables and chairs and a sun shade.
I thought it was a lovely site and would be great in the summer. Our caravan was in amongst trees and bushes and it was very pretty as it was autumn. The outdoor pool looked great for young children. Sadly the winter weather stopped any use of the pool. there was a good size padded soft play climbing area which is inside a giant marquee and our kids spent lots of time there. They really liked going to the 'kids club' with our kind dutch kids entertainer who made them all laugh and chased them around for half an hour. he also did lots of drawing with them and face painting at Halloween. There were not many people staying at the site as this was the last week it was open. A few extra people turned up around Halloween to go to Disney which we did not bother with. You can get to it by train and bus from collummiers but I think its simpler to drive. There is a very small playground in the camp site.
We spent our time travelling to Collummiers on the train which is 2 stops. has two Lidl and a pretty town park which has some wildlife and a playground and a small museum. The kids tried out French in the local bakers. We walked from the campsite into the little town/villages of Pommeuse and Faremoutiers that also had some basic shops. The shops in the villages and towns seem to shut during the early part of the afternoon and re open about 4pm to 7pm/9pm.
We got the train in to Paris for some day trips. You can buy the train tickets at the train station but the automatic machine was not working and mostly the ticket office is not open. We got paris visitor train tickets from the campsite reception. It was 10 euros for a child age 4 to 10, or 15 euros for each adult. this covered train travel up to zone 5 and all metro and bus travel for the day. (it also covered us for the little train that goes up the hill at Monmatre). The train into paris takes just under an hour.
Our biggest expense of the week was the train travel into Paris. we took packed lunches which were eaten in the parks of Paris as during the day it was clear and sunny and warm enough to be outside.
We enjoyed the week and the campsite as a base for visiting paris. It gave us (a large family) somewhere to cook meals in the evenings and let the children have a runaround and being a newspaper deal, it was very cheap accommodation. I will be trying to get a holiday here again but during warmer months and possibly on eurostar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campsite Le Chene Gris is perfectly located, just a 20 minute drive from Disneyland(R) Paris and 55 kilometers from Paris. From the campsite you can step onto a train to the French capital and, after just 45 minutes, you can step off the train and into the heart of the city. Opposite the small train station at Pommeuse is the entrance to campsite Le Chene Gris. You'll receive a warm welcome from the employees of Iris Parc, who will be happy to give you practical information and advice on tours in the surrounding area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Chene Gris Hotel Pommeuse