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Le Chene Gris
Reviewed 28 June 2009

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.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

I stayed here last year with my hubby and young daughter (8 years). We had got a cheap deal and had wanted to go somewhere that was local to Disneyland Paris etc. After catching the 6.30 ferry (which was excellent), we embarked on a 3 hour drive to the site. The drive was very easy and well sign posted to the resort/site.

On arriving at the site which is actually based down a very long winding road and sits at the back of a housing estate, i was surprised at how pretty it was. There were 3 pools, two were aimed at babies and young children. The "adults" pool was very tiny and although the brochure said it was enclosed it was not, it simply had a plastic half dome over the top and it was very dirty.

The restaurant serves very very expensive meals and the drinks are ridiculously expensive. The "camp shop" was a waste of time as it had no stock and only opened for 2 hours a day.

My daughter became ill whilst there with a high temperature. We had to drive for over 1/2 an hour to the nearest pharmacy to get her medicine. In the evenings when we wanted to eat out there was not one restaurant that we could take her to and the bars were adults only. To get to these it was at least a 3 mile drive.

Although the accomoodation was very new (bungalow style), they did not provide you with a cooker at all, only a hob, you could not get any tv signal so we was very limmited as to what we could cook.

Personally I would not go to this site again. The staff were less than helpful and on checking out said that it was up to us to make sure that our bungalow was cleaned thoroughly as they did not have staff to do this.

Only plus side is it is local for all the attractions, so if you want to visit disneyland etc and go out everyday, it is fine. However to have a family holiday and entertain the kids, it is no good at all.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 November 2008

I spent a weekend here at the end of September. While the chalet was first class (very new) the rest of the site was disappointing.

The small shop on site is only open 0730 to 1000 in the morning and on Monday and Friday evenings from 1700 to 1800. We left Dover on a 08.30 ferry and didn't arrive until 1730, so by time we got checked in and got back to the shop it had closed. The reception staff were good enough to direct us to a local supermarket that was open til 1900.

We tried the on-site resturant but when we got there at 2100 there was a small group (6 ish) of very drunk brits doing karaoke as loud as possible and we couldn't even hear ourselves speak to order a meal. We went to a small resturant across the road, which was nice, but not great for a 10 year old that doesn't really like french food. There were a few other Brit couples that had clearly done as we had.

There is a railway station right outside the campsite entrance but the train service to Paris on Sat and Sun is pretty poor. The last train back from Paris on Saturday arrives at 2030. So for our day trip to Paris we drove to EuroDisney, parked there for 10 euro and had loads of trains to choose from.

The reception staff gave us a good set of directions to get to EuroDisney avoiding the Toll Road (although that's only Euro 1.90). The directions didn't do the reverse route though and I ended up lost for 20 mins in the French countryside and went down the Toll Road route in the end as we'd found that easy on arrival.

As it rained heavily overnight, the ground was sodden and the site hasn't got tarmac roads so everything got a bit muddy.

All saying, we only paid Sterling £160 for the weekend accommodation and ferry fare through the SUN so can't complain. I'd use it again as a base at that price, but wouldn't stay there if I had to pay anything near their brochure rates.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 24 Place de la gare de Faremoutiers, 77515 Pommeuse, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Seine-et-Marne > Pommeuse
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Pommeuse
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Chene Gris 4*
Number of rooms: 350
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 
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