Camping de la Pointe

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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
The warm welcome comes with cool, shady pitches in the forest, even in high season

La Pointe lies just outside the picturesque town of Châteaulin, close by a tree-lined bend of the canalised River Aulne. The site is British-owned – Vikky and Mike took over from another English couple in 2008 – but it attracts a loyal following of French campeurs, along with British and Dutch regulars, who appreciate the warm, considerate welcome, spacious pitches and good facilities.

Set in a conifer-lined valley at the foot of a deciduous forest, the site was recently incorporated within the borders of the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique. A tinkling stream runs down one side, and the  pitches, separated by hedges and flowers, sit on terraces rising up the wooded hillside. Experienced campers themselves, the owners know what their customers want – there’s a spacious play area for the kids and a chill-out room; outdoor furniture for lounging and a handy fridge-freezer. If you fancy having a BBQ, they are available for hire, and there’s a daily boulangerie delivery as well as fresh eggs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Along with the woodland, the canal path is ideal for a walking, running, cycling or fishing (the canal is a grade-II salmon stream), but adventure-sports junkies won’t need to travel far either.

To get a bird’s eye view of the Breton countryside, take a trip) to the summit of Ménez-Hom, the highest peak in the Black Mountains. At just over 1000 feet (330m) it’s no Everest, and you can actually drive almost to the top, but it offers a panorama of Western Brittany and the Crozon Peninsula like no other. The paragliders who use the peak get an even loftier view looking north towards Brest, south to Quimper, and west, where the coastline curves around the sweep of the Baie de Douarnenez with its extravagantly long, level stretches of sand. Near Douarnenez, Pentrez beach is conveniently connected to the site by bus in July and August and was home to the sand-yachting world championships recently. You can hire a sand-yacht of your own if you can handle the adrenaline thrill, while surfers who want to catch the Atlantic swell can head for Pen Hir Point. However slower-motion adrenaline junkies will find pleasure here, too – Marcus and Julie are keen bird-watchers, and they recommend the rugged cliffs around Pointe du Raz and local marshland sites near Le Faou to fellow twitchers.

Another essential excursion is to the remarkable medieval town of Locronan, a perfectly preserved, cobbled and car-free haven which became famous in the 14th century for making sailcloth. The sand-coloured granite houses and 15th-century church have made it a favourite location for film-makers, and it’s so reminiscent of Hardy’s Wessex that Roman Polanski’s version of Tess of the d’Urbervilles was filmed there. The town feels quite touristy in the afternoon, so it’s probably best to go on a Thursday evening, when there’s an atmospheric ‘starlit’ market during high season.

In short, there’s plenty to do around La Pointe and you won’t want to leave. The visitors’ book is full of comments like ‘I only meant to stay one night and I’m still here a week later’. Which says it all, really.

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Facilities

Campfires are allowed in certain areas of the campsite, please ask first. The newly renovated wash-block is large enough to accommodate a much bigger site, so there are plenty of sparkling-clean sinks and showers, plus laundry wash-rooms. Next door there is an information room and book exchange; there’s free wi-fi, too. The communal room isn’t fancy, but it has a table-tennis table and space enough to relax on a rainy day when you can’t get out. The fully-equipped tent lodge has room for up to four glampers and is situated on one of the terraces overlooking the site. Campers with their own canoes can launch just outside the campsite. Bikes and barbecues are available to hire. There’s a motorhome service point.

Suitable For

We welcome tents, campervans, caravans, and well-behaved dogs (kept on leads). Large groups are accepted by arrangement.

Nearby

Châteaulin, a stroll along the river from the site, is a lovely, floral riverside town, good for a weekly market and supermarkets, restaurants, tennis, and heated indoor swimming pool. There is a centre there that hires out kayaks, canoes and pedalos for use on the calm waters of the River Aulne, which forms part of the 200 miles (315 km) of the Brest–Nantes canal. Beaches, water sports, and sand-yachting are 10 miles (16 km) away. Quimper, the medieval capital of Finistère, is a 20-minute drive away. Brest is about 40 minutes away, and that’s where you’ll find the Océanopolis aquarium (0033 2 98 34 40 40), a great for a family day out. There’s also an excellent open-air boat museum, Le Port-Musée, in Douarnanez (0033 2 98 92 65 20).

Food & Drink

Boulangerie deliveries mean you can guarantee your pain au chocolat for breakfast, and fresh eggs and fresh vegetables are available, too. On Thursdays in high season it’s crêpe night on site, but otherwise there are special ways to enjoy Breton crêpes close by. The Crêperie St Côme (00 33 2 98 26 55 86), on an old farm at St-Côme, near Pentrez beach, has 580 different crêpes to choose from. In Châteaulin Le Miniscule (00 33 2 98 86 28 66) is an easy-going, friendly pizza and seafood bar/restaurant, where moules frites are alway good. L'Entourage is the newest restaurant in town with a small but excellent menu - gourmet burger being a speciality.

Opening Times

Mid March–mid October.

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The Owner Says

We are open for the 2019 season and taking bookings for our canvas tent lodge and for pitches.

If you book a stay of 3 nights or more camping you are entitled to a discount of up to 10% off Brittany Ferries full fares. Please let us know when you reserve your pitch if you would like to take advantage of this.

You can get in touch with us by email any time at lapointecamping@gmail.com. visit our website www.lapointesuperbecamping.com or give us a ring on 0033 2 98 86 51 53 (from outside France)

Accommodation

60 camping pitches most with electric hook ups. A few 'wild' pitches in the wood and on the terraces don't have electric 1 fully equipped canvas tent lodge.

safari tent

Safari tent Sleeps 4
A fully equipped, pre-erected safari tent sleeps 4 people in comfortable beds. It is situated on a terrace above the main campsite, with a private garden area

Grass Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 10 Available
Located in beautiful surroundings outside the picturesque town of Châteaulin, close to a tree-lined bend of the canalised River Aulne. The pitches are separated by hedges and flowers and are suitable for tents and campervans with awnings (not suitable for large caravans and motorhomes).

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Location

Contact Camping de la Pointe, La Pointe, 29150 Saint Coulitz, Finistere, France

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Getting There

It’s about an hour’s drive from Roscoff, but if you’re coming from Rennes take N12 and then change to N164, signposted Quimper. Once you get to Châteaulin drive down to the river in the centre, cross the bridge, and follow signs to Quimper on D770. After 1⁄2 mile (1 km) turn left, signposted St-Coulitz, and the campsite is 110 yards (100 m) further, on your right.

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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