Peter and Sarah Wilson took over Forest View in October 2012, transforming the wilderness they found into a comfortable, easy- going site that lies by a quiet crossroads between the edge of the Forêt de Saussay and a landscape of gently rolling farmland. While the forest is huge and forms a significant part of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, the site itself could easily be called Lake View because it’s the reflections in the fishing lake that most people love to gaze at.
The lake is stocked with rudd, roach, pike, and tench, but there’s a firm no-killing policy, so even if you land a giant carp it must go back in the water. Most people come here to ride horses or bikes, to paint, watch birds, or walk in the woods of tamarisk and hawthorn. You can easily arrive and leave the car onsite all day; taking off on foot to explore everything that's on offer.
The irony is, that for all its beauty, this region is often bypassed in the rush to get south to the Loire and the Dordogne. It’s a land of forests, ancient abbeys, and fortified manors with massive circular towers and beautiful gardens. The longer you stay the less you'll want to leave. The area is famous for its lace, its powerful Percheron horses, and for unspoilt thousand-year-old villages such as Chapelle-Montligeon, where an early-20th-century, gothic revival cathedral, Notre-Dame de Montligeon, rises somewhat bizarrely above the fields. And it’s also known for its wonderful cider and hospitality, both of which can be sampled back at camp during one of Forest View's unique Plat du Jour evenings. Within the site's traditional farm house restaurant, campers can relax around long tables, sharing tales of the day's adventures and enjoying delicious home-cooked food.
FacilitiesThe showers and toilets are powerful and spacious with separate ladies and gents each with 3 showers and 3 toilets, plus 2 pristine washing-up sinks, washing machine and sink too. Great fishing available on-site. WiFi is free. Campfires are now prohibited in the Perche Region but off the ground (min 30cm) BBQs are most welcome. Bike hire available. You can order bread and pastries from the Bureau for the next day, baked fresh by the local Boulangerie.
Tents, campervans, caravans, and dogs (on leads), large groups by arrangement – yes.
Forest View sits at the heart of the Perche and Huisne Valley dotted with small towns and villages amongst the hills, forests and rivers. It is ideal for ramblers, walkers, cyclists, fishermen and those wanting to explore the countryside and discover the array of churches, manor houses, parks and gardens of the Orne. Every week there are local markets, where you can experience the delightful local produce and on Sundays there are Vide Greniers where you can wander through stalls of French brocante and bric-a-brac. From the campsite, campers have direct access into the Forest du Saussay, with miles of pathways to explore and witness the wonderful wildlife including wild boar, deer, birds, plants and trees. Without doubt one of the finest ways to explore is by bicycle – whilst the Perche Region does have its hills and valleys, it is also blessed with miles and miles of gentle rolling B roads, plus paths and tracks that are easily navigable by bike and, perhaps the jewel in the local crown, the Voie Verte. The Voie Verte is an amazing network of level, well prepared cycle and walking tracks – no cars allowed – and is just 10 minutes cycle from the campsite. Once on it, you can meander for 26km to Mortagne au Perche in one direction or 6km to Conde sur Huisne in the other.
Food & DrinkOwner Sarah, delights in making homecooked meals for the campsite's 300 year old restaurant and bar (a wonderfully converted farm space). 3 times a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat) they offer a 2-course Plat du Jour menu. Main courses range from Sarah’s acclaimed pork and cider lyonnaise (tender local pork on a bed of potato and onions topped with a whole grain mustard, cream and cheese sauce) to her celebrated Toulouse sausage cassoulet. Deserts are no less applauded. Vegetarian and special dietary needs can be catered for with notice. As Sarah only cooks freshly to order you need to book at least one day in advance. The bar is open every evening in the season from 7pm–10pm serving wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
The Owner Says
Maybe it’s the forest backdrop of broad leaf and firs or perhaps its the dappled reflections on the lake but something strikes you about Forest View the moment you arrive.
We are Peter and Sarah Wilson and apart from being in the leisure business for 30 years we have been campers, caravanners and motor-homers for the last 20 years. In that time we have formed a pretty good idea of the importance your chosen campsite has in the success or failure of a holiday. We understand that different clients are looking for different things from a site which is all too often ignored by campsite owners. For example, we have dedicated quiet pitches for those clients who wish to quietly relax and who may not have or welcome children. By the same token we love kids and so we have family camping in the orchard, with vast open areas, close the site amenities, where your whole family can relax and the children can play in safety. Happy kids have happy parents. Lastly we have our wild camping area. A lakeside oasis of shaded and secluded unmarked pitches for that back to nature feel. Close enough to the amenities but remote enough to feel like you’re not even on a campsite.
In essence our goal is to create a space with an atmosphere in which every client leaves wishing they could stay a few more days. We hope you get a glimpse of our vision and perhaps decide to experience the unique ambiance of Forest View for yourselves. We hope you do and we look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise.
Special Offer - The Longer you stay the less you Pay
Stay 2 nights and save 10%.
Stay 3 - 5 nights and save 15%
Stay 6 - 10 nights and save 20%
Stay 11 nights or more and save 25%
Please note all arrivals between AFTER 14:00 and BEFORE 19:00 please.
Plat du Jour Restaurant open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Fantastic Pizzas cooked to order, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Please note the very latest check-in possible is 7pm to maintain the tranquillity of the site for everyone.
Make your way to either Bretoncelles or Remalard and the site is on the D38 between the two villages.
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