Stayed here for 3 nights on a cheap Sun trip with my husband and parents as part of a wider tour through northern France and Belgium. The area is easy to get to which was good for me as I was the only driver and it was my first attempt at driving abroad. We did get lost near the campsite as there was a diversion but the countryside was flat and the SatNav and AA roadmap soon sorted us out. The campsite is addressed as Pommeuse but the main part of Pommeuse is actually a mile or two away, the site is at the edge of the Faremoutiers village.
As others have mentioned, the camp shop is not open long but the girl serving was very friendly and trying to please - the staff are Dutch and she was concerned that her colleagues came across as rude to us Brits however I thought laidback was a fairer description.
We were allocated an older chalet in a terrible position - facing the terraced hill and overhung by trees, it was dark, cold and in shadow all day. However we intended to be out all day so it made no difference to us. The chalet was comfortable enough but you must be quick in the shower, the tank does not hold enough water for 4 adults. We brought our own bedding but the quilt covers were useless as we were given blankets instead. We also had trouble getting the main heater to work but the small radiators in the rooms worked fine.
We did not use the camp facilities as we spent one day in Paris and other in Disney. The ppols were empty and dirty, despite it being quite warm in October and there wasn't much life on the site. We ate at the restaurant opposite the train station one evening and had a lovely meal. We also walked up the hill to Faremoutiers (past some creepy, horror movie style mansions) and found a few pubs - typically French with a tobacconist in one corner, two pizza places, a cashpoint, a posh restaurant and a small supermarket with a 24 hour self service petrol pump. We used the pump late one night and had trouble with our card but after pressing a random combination of buttons, it then worked! We did get locked out of the campsite as we took so long but we parked in the station car park and used the side gate to walk in.
The train to Paris is slow and infrequent and the platform ticket machine has been vandalised so the instructions can't be read. We put money in, pressed buttons and hoped for the best - we were given tickets which worked for the trip to Paris and one onward metro journey - it was not a travel pass. We were caught out on the way back as the open top tour bus was diverted due to a cycling event so we missed our metro stop and the last train back to the site. The lady at the information desk in Paris did not speak English and my French is basic so I bought a map and determined the best option was to go to Meaux or Disney and get a taxi. We bough tickets to Meaux and on the way I changed my mind and diverted to Crecy la Chappelle. There were no taxis at the station but we found a nice pizza restauarant where we had a meal and the kind waiter called a taxi. It cost €50 but was still cheaper than a taxi from Paris, however the moral is - DO NOT MISS THE LAST TRAIN!
Don't miss Disney either, we had a ball, we were there when it opened and we were one of the last to leave (we were aged, 30, 30, 57 & 58). The Halloween decorations were brilliant. The queues are long at the start of the day but the Studio park emptied between 4.30-6.00 and queue times were down to 20-25 mins. The same was true at the main park from 8pm when we went from one attraction to the other in rapid succession.
- 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