Camping Sites & Paysages de l’Étang

Europe France Loire Valley Maine-et-Loire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
Set around the former farmhouse of the Château de Brissac, a family campsite in the vineyard striped Loire Valley, near to Angers

Thumb through the postcards in any Loire Valley post office and you’ll find the quintessential scenes of this historic region – the sandy river Loire, the vineyard striped countryside, the perfectly crafted chateaux and the endless greenery of rural France. Pitch up at this campsite, however, and even the world’s worst photographer can find a scene to rival the professionals.

Amid the vineyards of Anjou, the 20 acre Camping Sites & Paysages de l’Étang is centred around the former farmhouse of Chateau de Brissiac, a magnificent 15th century castle ten minutes walk away. With spacious grassy pitches, three immaculate sanitary blocks, and a fishing lake bursting with hungry carp, this is an easy-going campsite with plenty of room for kids to play. Then, of course, there’s also the two swimming pools, the paddling pool and the outdoor play area, as well as a ‘relaxation room’ with a library, TV and games.

Far enough from the roads that they’re never a nuisance, but close enough to provide easy access, it’s just a short drive to historic Angers, a city clustered around the River Maine. While, in the opposite direction, the town of Saumur is preceded by a scattering of rural villages, home to troglodytic houses and weekend farmers markets. Active campers can hire bikes onsite and cruise the 5 miles to the Loire, or follow one of the countless great circular routes in the area. Alternatively, boating on the river, excellent walking trails and all-level horse riding are close at hand.

Those hoping to tour a local vineyard or explore the nearby wineries will also be pleased to hear there is a shop onsite that's well stocked with regional wines and all the essential groceries. They even have free tasting so you can sample a little tipple before taking a bottle (or two) away.

For access to the many treasures of the Loire Valley, Camping Sites & Paysages De L’Étang is a tough campsite to beat, though by the time you’ve punched that name into your sat nav you could probably have driven somewhere else!

Details

Facilities

The reception has a decent-sized grocery shop, with all the essentials (including free wine tasting), and there is an onsite bar serving food and drinks. The site boasts 2 swimming pools and a paddling pool, an outdoor play area and a relaxation room with a library, TV and selection of games. Sanitary facilities can be found in 3 different blocks, which have showers, toilets, disabled facilities, laundry sinks, washing machines, tumble dryers and use of iron and ironing board. There is also a freezer available to throw in your ice-packs. A sizeable fishing pond is open for all to use without a license and fish should be released back into the water once caught.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, caravans, motorhomes and well-behaved dogs all welcome. Groups upon request.

Nearby

A 15 minute walk into Brissac-Quincé will reward you with 15th century Château de Brissac (0033 241 912 221), the closest of the countless castles in the Loire Valley and also the tallest. Château d'Angers (0033 241 864 877) and Château d'Saumur (0033 241 402 440) are also nearby, each presiding over their historic riverside cities. Bikes can be hired from the campsite and there are countless circular routes as well as the Loire à Vélo trail, with information in the reception to help you find your way. Vineyard tours, horse riding, plus canoe or kayak excursions can also arranged. Budding connoisseurs should seek out the the Ackerman Wine Cellars (0033 241 530 321) or a visit to the Cointreau Museum. Golfers will find a good course just south of Angers (0033 241 919 656), while rainy day activities include the Musées d'Angers (0033 241 05 38 00), the cave village of Rochemenier, or even popping round the corner to the Étang estate's family leisure park.

Food & Drink

An onsite shop sells groceries and a bar offers drinks, snacks and takeaway food. It is a five minute walk into Brissac-Quincé where you can also purchase food, as well as popping into one of the local cafés or restaurants.

Opening Times

Mid April - mid September.

Pitches

125 pitches, most with 16amp electric hook-ups, and 3 self-catering gites. Set around the former farmhouse of the Château de Brissac with a large fishing pond.

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Location

Contact Camping Sites & Paysages de l’Étang, Camping Étang, Route de St Mathurin-sur-Loire, 49320, Brissac Quincé, Maine-et-Loire, France

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