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Review: Le Chêne Gris, Pommeuse
IN the leafy village of Pommeuse hidden amongst trees and little châteaus is Iris Park - Le Chêne Gris campsite.
And when I say hidden - I mean hidden - almost every fellow camper we spoke to got completely lost driving to the site in Paris.
But despite – once you find your bearings you will soon realise just how convenient the location is.
On the doorstep is the train station, which in 45 minutes enables you to be in the heart of Paris. An ideal location for sight-seeing and for Disneyland which is also just 30 minutes by car.
Once we arrived to Le Chêne Gris campsite we were greeted with friendly smiles at reception and staff were happy to help, speaking many different languages they cater for most nationalities.
A €100 deposit was required – which is given back on departure.
The facilities are good with swimming pools, a sand-filled park and kids clubs for rainy days. The food was reasonable with bar snacks and an option to eat in the site restaurant.
Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best as it could have been, but we managed to stay dry in our Waikiki Mobile Home.
There are three bedrooms, sleeping up to six people with the basics that you need.
The only downside is that you find the mobile home as the last person has left it - luckily we arrived with cleaning products to blitz the splashed toothpaste that hadn't been cleaned from the bathroom mirror.
But hey we weren't expecting 5* luxury - it's camping after all!
The main satisfaction from the holiday was that the children loved it.
The place is completely kitted out for kids with table tennis, a covered soft-play area and the Camping Kids entertainment programme in place twice a day.
Adults, however, have to make up their own entertainment many of them at the bar - but be warned the house wine is Spanish and not French.
A member of the Vacansoleil group - Iris Park offers a fantastic holiday for campers and the facilities for those staying in a tent are good.
We met some friendly people staying in a tent and they were happy with their stay.
Vacansoleil offfer some great deals at Le Chêne Gris. The site is fairly new - opening in 2005, offering Wi-Fi and an on-site supermarket.
I will return to Le Chene Gris - it's a perfect way to combine a city break with camping and a fun-filled family holiday.