Château Le Brevedent Campsite
Château Le Brevedent at Pont L'Eveque is a very popular chateau campsite set inland in the Normandy Countryside.
Chateau Le Brevedent is a Castels Camping site.
Nestling in 6 hectare wooded orchards, surrounding a lake and overlooked by an elegant 16th century hunting lodge, this is an ideal venue for an enjoyable holiday as well as being a superb base for exploring northern France.
The site is most likely to suit those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and families with young children. Do not miss Madame Gurrey's talk on Sunday evenings, where she describes the history of the property, her family and the surrounding area in the manor's stylish drawing room. The campsite is the starting point for many cycle and walking trails.
- Outdoor heated swimming pool and paddling pool. Please note that the pool does not have water slides etc.
- Play area and free games and activities in high season for children
- Campsite kids club in high season of July and August
- nature activities for children, including observing birds and trees and in the right season, the chance to make apple juice from the apples in the orchard
- Games room in the lodge, open all day
- 3 Play areas, for 3 years+, 4-12 years and 7-14 years
- Fishing in the lake, volleyball, badminton, football, mini golf and a boules pitch,
- A well stocked grocery
- Washing facilities including washing machines and shower blocks.
- Quality restaurant with a different menu everyday
- Canoeing in July and August
- Cafe with terrace, adjacent to a play area. Free WiFi access here !
- Take away
- Bar in the manor.
- Excursions arranged to eg Cider and Calvados farms & weekly bus trips to Paris (please check exact details with the campsite)
- Friday evening Concerts (High Season)
- Bastille Day barbecue in the evening followed plus live concert and fireworks over the lake. Similar activities mid August.
- certain activities can be paid for including : canoeing on the lake, bike rental, horse riding at 3 km, golf at 12 km and tree-climbing activities at 15 km
- 4 camping areas, which you can choose from if renting your own pitch - the Swimming Pool, the Orchard, the Orangery and The Lake.
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If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
- Caen: 56 km
- Cherbourg: 176 km
- Le Havre: 55 km
- St Malo: 224 km
- Calais: 303 km
- St Malo: 224km
- Roscoff: 393 km
- Rennes airport: 250 kms
- Dinard airport: 224 kms
- Beauvais: 168 kms
- Paris Charles De Gaulle: 210 kms
- Paris Orly: 210 kms
- • Local Railway: There is an SNCF station in Pont L'Eveque.
Things to do in the Area
Local Website for Pont L'Eveque
The local website has loads of information including:
The town of Bayeaux is of course famous for its tapestry which
depicts the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeaux Tapestry is over 900 years old and is now on
permanent public display in the city of Bayeaux in Normandy.
The tapestry contains about 50 different scenes from the Norman Conquest, depicting such things as why William felt he had to invade, the preparations made for the sea crossing
and the battle itself with William victorious over Harold, who ended up being shot by an arrow in his eye. The tapestry was kept in a bomb shelter during the
second world war.
Bayeux itself remained relatively unscathed
after the second world war even though it was fairly close to
the Normandy landing beaches.
Bayeux Cathedral is stunning inside as well as out.
Normandy World War 2 Sites
If you are interested in the history of the war, there is much
to be seen, including
- the famous Pegasus Bridge
- Arromanches, with its Mulberry Harbours, which were
constructed to aid the Allies in getting supplies ashore
- the Normandy Landing Beaches
- numerous museums and memorials all along the coast
- The War museum in Bayeux, which tells
the story of the Battle of Normandy. This museum has a good deal
of exhbits which reflect the lifes of everyday people who were
caught up in the war as well as some more personal momentoes
from the soldiers. You will also be able to see the various war
cemeteries in various villages, with their neat rows of white
crosses. It is a strange contrast to the now peaceful
- Gun Battery - there are four of these gun batteries at Longues
Sur Mer. They formed
part of the German Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications. On the
night before the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944, the battery was
subject to heavy bombing from allied air forces. The bombing was
followed on the morning of the landings by bombardment from the
Georges Leygues as well as the U.S. battleship
Arkansas. The battery itself then opened fire, forcing the
headquarters ship HMS Bulolo to retreat to safer water. Three of
the four guns were eventually disabled by British cruisers Ajax
and Argonaut, though a single gun continued to operate
intermittently until 1900hrs that evening. The site was captured
by the 231st Infantry Brigade the following day.
- A memorial to 602 Squadron - City of Glasgow as well as Squadron
132 - City of Bombay, Squadron 452 RAAF and Squadron 441 RCAF,
who had all used an Aerodrome at Longues Sur Mer.
The name Ouistreham derives from ouistre = "oyster" and
Saxon ham = "village". It has been a trading port since
the Middle Ages. The harbour is now a part of "Port de
Caen-Ouistreham". Ouistreham is pronounced Wee-ss-tram.
There are many historic houses to be seen along the seafront,
dating from Victorian times.
War History from WWII - Strategic Importance of this Spot
Ouistreham is the town on
the north-west coast of France where the canal from Caen comes
in to the sea, so during the War, it must have been regarded by
the authorities as a vital part of the overall invasion strategy
that it be captured intact if at all possible. If it were, the
canal could be used for taking vital supplies inland.
On 6 June 1944, No. 4 Commando landed at Ouistreham (Sword
Beach) and fought their way to Pegasus Bridge, with the 177 Free
French of the No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando given the honour of
spearheading the advance. The assault on Ouistreham was featured
in the movie The Longest Day.
You might like to visit the picturesque 16th century port of
Honfleur with its slate fronted houses crowded round the little
Other places you may want to visit include :
- Caen - Caen is known for its historical buildings built during
the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for
the Battle for Caen. Heavy fighting that took place in and
around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying
much of the town.
- Aquarium Vivarium de Trouville with over 70
tanks representing sea life from around the world. Also animals
and insects from the rainforests around the world.
- Festyland - a Leisure park for all ages.
There are rides for smaller children and families. A Viking
battle is held every day in July and August.
- Zoo Cerza. This zoo has the animals in
their natural environment. Over 50 hectares of enclosures. Great
observation points allow the visitor to observe the lions and
other large cats. A mini-train is available to take you on a
tour of the zoo.
- Zoo Jurques. This zoo has many species of animals and you can
watch as the animals are fed.
- Château de Henry Fontaine - A 13th Century Château which has been preserved as a family
home. Architectural styles are Gothic, Renaissance and
Neoclassical. A magnificent collection of Renaissance paintings,
porcelain and furniture are on display.
- Musée de Normandie - This museum opened to the public in 1963 and focuses its
collections on the following: the History of Normandy,
archeology and ethnography.
- Château de Creully - during WWII, this chateau was captured by Montgomery. The château can be visited by
private arrangements. Close by is Creully castle which is
another fascinating place to visit.
- Naturospace - Opened in 1999, this is the largest tropical butterfly house in
France, with 800m² of tropical paradise to visit. The
temperature is controlled at 28 degrees and the visitor can
stroll the 200 metres of paths whilst admiring the tropical
plants. There are over 50 species of butterflies in
- Calvados Père Magloire - Guided visits of the calvados museum with tastings available.
Discover all there is to know about this apple brandy (calvados),
which Normandy is famous for.
- Musee du Debarquement - The museum has a mission to tell younger generations about the
events of 6th June 1944. The museum was created in 1953 and is
built on the site of the artificial harbour. Guided tours are
available in English and German. A visit lasts 1 hour and 15
minutes. Souvenir gift shop at the museum.
- Musee Malraux in Le Havre has one of the best collections of Impressionist paintings outside
- Le Mémorial de Caen - The Caen Memorial was born out of an idea to create a place
reflecting on world wars. The museum places the emphasis on
emotions of war. There is a park where you can stroll around.
Interactive data terminals. Video and book shop. Restaurant, bar
- Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale - a small museum dedicated to the second world war. Displays of
military weapons and uniforms.
- Fromagerie at Graindorge where there is an amazing FREE
- Beaches at Deauville
- Calvados distillery visits
- The nearby Pont L'Eveque lake has boating and a ropes
course for children as well as an aerial slide accross to an
island for adults and older children.
- The nearby village of Blangy-le-Chateau is a beautiful
picture postcard type village! The road here may be a
bit narrow if you have a wide vehicle.