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Camping Le Châtelet

Camping Le Châtelet

This lively french campsite is set in beautiful woodland with views of the Dordogne countryside. The site has a reputation for high standards and was one of just four Eurocamp parcs recently promoted to Five star status. The buildings, which house the reception, shop, bar and traditional "auberge", are built from beautiful, golden stone in the style of this region. There is a fantastic pool complex with an indoor tropical-style swimming pool, a ‘lazy river’ and waterslides.

This was the first campsite we ventured to for a family holiday in France. It was ideal. Just a half hour drive from St Malo and with lovely beaches nearby and St Cast itself is a lovely small holiday town with shops, restaurants and a long, wide beach.

We had travelled with a small company called Ian James or something but we wished we had travelled with Canvas Holidays as they were running a kids holiday club. Our 3 year old tried to sign up but the lovely lady running it wasn't allowed to take him on even when he gave his name as "Tiger Woods" at the time which did provide us all with quite a laugh!

Le Châtelet campsite in St Cast-le Guildo is a lovely small campsite on the north coast of Brittany, only a 45 minutes's drive (22 miles) from St Malo.

The site has sea views and the proximity to the beach is one of the main attractions of this site. Small paths from the site lead down to two fantastic beaches which have lovely sand and are excellent for swimming.

One of the paths is a clifftop path and is not suitable for buggies and is only suitable for children if you can be sure they will stay to one side as they are walking as there are steep drops to the side from this path. There is an alternative route via the road and it would also be possible to take your car round as there is parking at the beach as well.

The main beaches of St Cast le Guildo can be walked to for a day out.

The campsite features a good amount of open space, there are playparks, a fishing pond, a lovely swimming pool and an excellent bar, takeaway and shop. In High Season there is entertainment such as shows, live music and quizzes.

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Campsite Facilities

  • Swimming pool and a toddler pool
  • Well stocked shop, which has deliveries of fresh bread and croissants in the mornings (check opening hours) (13/05 - 03/09)
  • Take away (19/06 - 29/08)
  • Bar (13/05 - 03/09) with wooden terrace. Watch the sunset ! Evening entertainment eg karaoke in four languages which we enjoyed, discos and concerts and Large Screen TV
  • Playgrounds
  • Table tennis and games room
  • Restaurant "L'Entrepot within 5 minutes walk

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Getting There

map with campsite marked on north brittany coast

   

Ports

If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :

  • Roscoff: 160km
  • St Malo: 32 km
  • Caen: 190 km
  • Cherbourg: 240km
  • Le Havre: 285km

   

Airports

  • Dinard airport: 23 km
  • Rennes airport: 101 km
  • Lorient airport: 161 km
  • Brest airport: 183 km
  • Nantes airport: 213 km

   

Public Transport

  • Take the TGV from PARIS to SAINT MALO or LAMBALLE then take a navette from Saint Malo to Saint Cast or Lamballe to Saint Cast (distance around 30 kilometres) - but double check please in case this is not up to date!

   

Things to do in the Area

St Cast

The centre of St Cast is walkable, although it is a fairly long walk, down some interesting lanes. St Cast itself has a lovely long, wide beach, with a sailing club. The town itself has nice restaurants and shops which are nice to walk around. There is a small supermarket in the centre. There is a market which takes place once a week in the small square just along from the campsite and a larger market which takes place weekly in the main town of St Cast. Close to the campsite is a restaurant we would recommend called La Marmitte at 35, rue du moulin Billy. French and English menus are available and the food is good and staff are friendly. We visited in early July and were able to get a seat easily earlier in the evening but I would imagine it will get very busy in high season and booking may be essential.

Boat Trips from Compagnie Corsaire

Various day trips, some stopping at St Cast.

Compagnie Corsaire Webside

 

St Malo

The walled town of St Malo is definitely worth a visit. There are many fantastic shops and restaurants within its walls. You can also enjoy watching the artists or if you are brave enough you can have your caricature painted !

st malo walls

The town has a fantastic history stretching back to the days of pirates, or corsaires, who set off from here, and leading right up to the recent history during the second world war in 1944 when many buildings within the walled town were bombed. The restoration job is so well done that you would never guess that many of the buildings have been restored.

The 2 hour walk around the ramparts will give you some magnificent views of the coast and islands. There are many access points to the ramparts so you can chose to join or leave them at many points.

There is always something to see around the port area. Here is a tall ship from the Tall Ships Race which we were lucky enough to see visiting St Malo.

white tall ship berthed at St Malo

St Malo has an excellent bus Park and Ride facility which is a great way to get into the walled city.

St Malo Aquarium

Entree-aquarium-stmalo

Discover over 600 species of sea creatures, including those from the seas of Brittany as well as of the Mediterranean and Tropical seas. You can visit the Laboratory of the seas to discover the importance of plankton etc. Cafe with hot and cold sandwiches and crepes! St Malo Aquarium Website

Cobac Park

This theme park is at Lanhelin, 46 km away and is a great day out for families with children.

Mont St Michel

A magnificent abbey on an island. One of the first sites to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. This is busy but well worth a visit if you haven't already been to this most visitmont st micheled Tourist Attraction in France ! The narrow streets can get busy in high season and you may find them difficult with very young children and buggies. If you have young children and are desperate to see it then it might be a good idea to try and get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

Mont St Michel island in sea with monastery

Dinan

A lovely town with a medieval atmosphere and old streets with beautifully restored, picturesque half timbered buildings. It is possible to take a boat trip from here on the Rance estuary which is well worth doing. If you have young children with you then they will enjoy the zoo in the park of the Chateau de la Bourbansais where you can view all sorts of wild animals in the zoo as well as walk among lemurs. They also have one of the finest packs of horses and hounds in France who will demonstrate hunting at certain times.

dinan, with its ancient buildings

The Parc des Grandes Chenes, near Dol de Bretagne

With its miniature port on its boating lake and a fantastic mountain zipwire course with children's courses that are not too high. The adult courses on the site vary in height but some are scarily high!