Camping Milin Kerhé
Camping de Milin Kerhe Rue du Moulin 22200 Pabu, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France
Camping Milin Kerhé is the very picture of tranquility. The general laid-back air of the place is mirrored in the camping options on offer. Want to pitch up your tent? No problem; fancy rocking up in a VW relic-on-wheels? Go ahead; too lazy for all those pegs and guy-ropes? Rent one of the spacious and quirky hanging tents slung up in the woodland! Moreover, there’s more than enough onsite fun to please everyone, from kayaking and nature trails to volleyball and boules.
It’s all easy to take for granted once you’ve been here for more than a few moments. The setting simply lends itself to the kind of campsite this is – laid back, relaxed and wonderfully natural – simply thinking of a rowdy holiday park should be a criminal offence. Instead, the beautiful river Trieux slides calmly past, sparkling in the French sunlight and catching your eye as you try to peacefully work through the new book you’ve been reading. It couldn’t be further than the swarming Euro-camp parks that have popped up in recent years – and that’s just the way we like it.
The Trieux shouldn’t hold back tiny campers either. For those worried about the river, there is a fence separating the pitches from the water and for most of the summer it’s families that form the bulk of the customers here. The resulting atmosphere is wonderfully social, with little ones quick to breach any language barriers with a lively game of volleyball or a bit of hide and seek amongst the trees.
The all round bonhomie of the place is largely down to your amazingly welcoming hosts Jonathan and Margareth Low. Their hospitality knows no bounds and their midweek evening BBQs are the stuff of legends! Breathe it in folks, breathe it in...
The Owner Says"If you are looking for 5 stars, a water park and a booming discotheque then Milin Kerhé is definitely not for you. However, if you would like to see thousands of stars above a bubbling river, to the intermittent owl toot then it might be just what you are looking for."
Hello, this is Jon and Maggie, the campsite owners. As we hope to put across above, Milin Kerhé is not for everyone, which is just as well, as we tend to attract a great type of camper, who respects and appreciates the surrounding nature and calm, and embraces the outdoor opportunities available around the site.
The beautiful Trieux, which runs through the site, offers lots of opportunities. Some like to chill out with a book in a hammock by the river, whilst some like to wade along it, trying their hand at flyfishing. Others may prefer to use one of the kayaks, SUPS or the rowing boat, but most just want to get right in and have a good swim or splash. We also recommend the paths along the river and up over the valley sides, if you are into walking or mountain biking.
We often find campers alternately spend a day around the campsite and then a day visiting elsewhere. Despite being inland, there is a huge choice of beautiful beaches and interesting rocky coastlines within an easy drive. The Pink Granite Coast is a must see, despite the hoards of visitors it receives. For something calmer, come and see us in the reception and we will tell you our personal reccommendations.
We receive all ages on the site, but during the summer we mostly have young families joining us. For those worried about the river, there is a fence separating the pitches from the water. Despite differences in nationality, between playing with the animals, splashing around in the river and being invited for marshmallows at the neighbour’s campfire, the children seem to soon make friends.
We do have spaces for a limited number of campers and caravans, but we are primarily a traditional campsite for people who love sleeping in tents. We are proud to say that we have no mobile homes or chalets and never intend to. We now offer soething rarther novel, for those who want to try something very different…no you won’t guess… It’s a double decker, hanging, trampoline, tree tent (ideas for a shorter name welcome). This can be found hanging in the woodland above the campsite with its own outdoor kitchen and and compositing toilet.
During the high season, most evenings there will be a fairly low key event/activity that may be of interest you such bat spotting, a guided hike, mountain bike ride, night hike and a traditional cider making talk/demonstration/tasting. There is also the famous once weekly raft race, which never fails to to bring a laugh. There is a food wagon, which serves pizzas, galettes, hamburgers etc, each night of the week. and we also hold a big BBQ one evening each week which is great fun and an excellent way for campers to mingle. It is traditionally followed by a plunge in the river for the brave and foolish or else traditional Breton games for those who prefer to stay dry.
If you have any questions or would like to make a booking, please feel free to send us an email. We still have remaining pitches for 2017 and it would be great to have you join us.
Jon and Maggie
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We went here in August 2017. Although most of the pitches were taken, the site did not feel cramped or too busy, and there weren't queues for the loo. The site is beautiful, and our pitch was lovely, big enough for our 5m bell tent and van. The food provided by the owners from a catering van most evenings was superb, especially the local beer and wine. The river was beautiful to kayak down, and safe enough for the younger children to go on their own. We really hope to go back again this summer.
A Truly Idyllic Campsite
Nestled in the heart of a beautiful wooded valley and set around the gently meandering Trieux River, Camping Milin Kerhe is a genuine back-to-basics site in the very best sense of the phrase. Maggie and John have transformed what was once a failing municipal campsite into something special with their tireless devotion and care. From the freshly baked croissants in the morning, to the resident food truck serving a rotation of culinary hits each evening, they've thought of everything to make your stay just that little bit easier, that little bit more enjoyable. There are plenty of free activities to choose from too. Around the site you can play volleyball or boules, take long walks in the woods or along the river bank or if you prefer, you can kayak or punt along it's gentle waters instead. For days out, the stunning Brittany coast is only 30-50 minutes away and well worth exploring. The nearby villages with their well preserved architecture are great for history buffs (especially recommended is La Roche Jagu) and the local markets are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, brimming with local specialties and fresh seafood. And if that were not enough, you can round off your day with a great local cider or a nice French red by the flickering flames of a good old fashioned campfire. Ahhh Milin Kerhe, camping as it was meant to be.
What a campsite! On arriving to the beautiful valley we were greeted by a very friendly baby goat. We soon found some friendly rabbits, a very friendly donkey and some friendly guests... It seemed that this campsite had something special about it. We had originaly wanted to move around Brittany moving from campsite to campsite but we couldn't leave this one! The family that run the site were very accommodating and so nice taking the time to chat with us in the evening over a glass of wine and recommend places to go.
Being a young couple living in the city this was an ideal place for us. We wanted to be close to nature far from the hustle and bustle of city life. With hardly any light pollution we were able to count numerous shooting stars every night and there was no noise from any roads nearby creating a very relaxed atmosphere.
There were many Quaint little towns surrounding the campsite area meaning there was lots to discover. The site was also surrounded by vast woods, which we tried to explore every inch of! To our pleasant surprise we came across a strange tent hanging from a tree, secluded from the main camping area with its own outdoor toilet, turns out guests can sleep there! How charming!
We highly recommend this fabulous campsite and if we are in the Area we will most defiantly be staying again (in the tree tent!)
Thank you for an absolutely lovely stay.
Gabes and holly
A cracking spot - it felt like the perfect place to be with our family, all needs catered for. A perfectly struck balance between low-key and organised: useful information put on a daily board such as tide times and local markets; crepe and pizza vans making weekly fly-bys; BBQs to join if you were feeling sociable; but peaceful and private pitches if you weren't. I can't think of many places (away from the coast) where you could hang out all day en famille - hammocks in trees, sandy beach on riverside, walks through the woods from the site; rabbits and their babies to feed, tightrope to muck about on, free boats.... Maggie and Jonathan work hard to make it run like clockwork. August is BRIT month - something to be aware of, and I mean wall to wall, tree to tree Brits. Sigh.
We spent two weeks here in mid August and we had a fantastic time. Jon and Maggie were amazing hosts and the whole campsite had a wonderful vibe. It was the first time we felt we could let our kids (4 and 6) off the leash to go off and play and not have to worry about them. The river setting was great and we spent a lot of time canoeing up and down the Trieux. There were many places to visit nearby such as beaches, towns and castles but the boys were always asking when could we go back to the campground. Can't recommend it enough. Thanks for a great holiday,
Steve, Rach, Torin and Rory
A safe, peaceful, slightly quirky, beautiful location with a mix of like minded euro families with kids. We had an electric hook up pitch for our folding camper by the river which was fab. A good indicator of the place is that we were happy to spend a lot of time at the site either messing around on the river, playing table tennis / badminton or just relaxing. Sound of cider corks popping in the evening is dangerously addictive! Next time we will take the ferry to St Malo as drive from Calais is long.Great job Jonathan and family.
five star campsite
From the moment we pulled in to this campsite it was evident that this was something different. No matter what your taste, if you enjoy a family orientated campsite that has mountains of character and some of the best pitches then this campsite is for you.
My partner and my daughter (who is 6) found this campsite by word of mouth whilst staying in Normandy by a fellow camper on another site. We packed up early from the campsite we were on and drove the 200 miles into Brittany to find this absolutely top class place. its no good me trying to explain....go see for yourself! BIG thanks to John and Maggie (and Johns Dad!) for their outstanding hospitality and second to none service.
Marc Emma and Willow.
Having spent the previous summer camping at a large Eurocamp in Brittany, we'd decided that we definitely wanted a more personal and laid back campsite this year. Jon and Maggie at Milin Kerhé provided the perfect atmosphere for an ideal family holiday. The campsite is set in a beautiful spot in a wooded valley with the old mill and river as a backdrop.
There are at least three separate camping experiences to be had. You can pitch down by the river around the main hub of the campsite or on the upper terrace or in a fantastic new hanging tent up in the woods. We had the pleasure of spending our last night in the hanging tent (a birthday present for my partner). The tent is suspended in the trees and comes complete with solar powered fairy lights, DAB radio and composting toilet. There are two sleeping platforms so you can park the kids upstairs. We were woken up at 3am by a pair of owlets screeching at their parents in the branches nearby!
The location of the campsite is perfect and there are loads of things to see and do within an hours drive. From beautiful sandy beaches to picturesque villages to water parks, take your pick. You can feel that Jon and Maggie have put their heart and soul into this place and it is still evolving. We will definitely be going back - hopefully next year!
We stayed with two boys (13-14) and loved the place. the firepitch at our spot was great. we had no electricity, what the boys missed a litle. very friendly and easy going owners! the boys could have had some more friends of their own age to hang around with, all the facilities were there but the other kids were a little too young. perfect spot to see a lot of Bretagne. regards, Rian and her men.
Is there anything that hasn't been said yet?
Well, I'm afraid, no. We stayed for three wunderful summer weeks, and we plan to do the same next year. What more praise can I give this place? Just this: Thank you all who made our time there so nice: John & family, our co-campers from Germany, GB and NL, the weather god who meant well.
Here is a quote from my son (7), 1 hour after our arrival after 1350 km (!) of getting to Milin Kerhe: "Thank you, Mom, that you went here with us!"
And another quote from my children, when we asked them if they wanted to go to Milin Kerhe next year, too: "YEEEEEEEESSSS!"
Coolest campsite ever
We have just returned from 12 days of the best camping ever! A lovely, rustic site with spacious pitches, clean shower and washing facilities and great woodland setting. The kids roamed the campsite and woods all day long and enjoyed making dens, feeding the goats and ducks, riding bikes, canoeing and paddling in the river. After all the exhausted kids finally collapsed at night, the campsite became a very tranquil place. Jon, Maggie and their family made us feel very welcome and they were always on hand with info about local attractions. Thanks for helping to order the emergency pizza when we arrived late on Sat evening after a very long drive! The Tuesday night BBQ was a lovely way to meet all the other campers - another nice personal touch. There are some nice seaside towns and beaches within 30 minutes drive, but we particularly enjoyed the woodland walks around the campsite and even managed a few good runs. My son would like to add that he thought the ducks were very funny and he misses Snowy and Browny the goats (not their real names!)
stunningly beautiful site
Very lovely unspoilt site. Oak forests surround the small site (max 50 pitches I believe) and planting around pitches adds a lovely feel. Everyone was so friendly and the kids just made friends as soon as we stopped the car - the goats, ducks & chickens were of course included! There is everything we needed and nothing we didnt! The kids didnt miss having a "pool" - they were in the river the first day! The canoes & boat were great fun too. Jon took a group for a guided nature walk after dark - not great for small children but fantastic fun for everyone else. He is very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and loves to share it. Camp fires are encouraged - you can buy logs very cheaply from the owners. I could list many more great points but I will just end on the showers: During our stay they were always hot, clean and great pressure - better than many a small hotel or B & B!
Although there's lots to see in the surrounding area, we were very happy to just chill there - even the kids! (ages 10, 12 & 14)
This is such a peaceful place to be. We stayed only for one night during our cycling trip. It was so nice.
Lovely site, lovely camping!
Jon and Maggie are lovely, charming and helpful; their boys are great too.
We camped at Milin Kerhé for two weeks with our little girl (3 at the time) last June; base-camp camping where we explored the surrounding countryside and coastline. The campsite was quite quiet at the end of June, before the main school holiday season got started.
Like other reviewers we chose this site for it comfortable simplicity without pools, bars, music and other intrusions. The site is leafy, green and picturesque nestled at the bottom of the hill right next to the river, surrounded by woods and footpaths to wander.
We had a great pitch near the river where we could hear and enjoy the sounds of the water; electric hook-up for our trailer tent was easy, convenient and not expensive. The campsite is lovely with space to run around, a little play area and woods to explore. We even splashed around in the river below the weir. We were also able to have camp fires, invite the neighbours round, chat and the beautiful evenings after the children had gone to sleep. Milin Kerhé provided an excellent base for exploring from and the local towns and villages are lovely, amply aided by helpful local knowledge and advice from Jon.
All in all, Milin Kerhé is a great site and a great place to stay.
Such a good place to stay
My wife, 3 children and I stayed at this campsite this summer in August for 3 weeks. We chose it because it didn't have bingo, kids clubs, disco, games room and the like. We wanted to get away from it all and spend time as a family, and we weren't disappointed, although trying to drag the children away from their new friends for a few hours each day was hard work! Although there are next to no organised activities the children were never bored, whether they were collecting barrows of wood from the mill for the evening campfire, collecting the fresh bread each morning, canoeing, fishing, looking for Otters (we saw some at dusk 1/2 mile down stream) or Coypu (a bit like a Beaver, and can be seen from the campsite) they were always busy; in fact we felt slightly guilty that we weren't getting off the campsite and seeing as much of the surrounding area as we normally would. The freedom the campsite offered the children was remarkable. We camped up on the hillside overlooking the rest of the campsite, and these pitches were great. The owners John and Maggie are always on hand to help. John clearly loves his campsite and all of the wildlife on the doorstep, and my children were keen to show him pictures of the latest lizard, salamander or newt. If it's beaches/sea your after don't be put off that this campsite is inland; the beaches to the east (Bonaparte Beach and surrounding area) are stunning, and can be reached within an easy 20 minute drive. I really hope this campsite doesn't get too big and busy because of it's obvious success. John and Maggie have the whole 'cool camping' ethos just right in my opinion; don't expect any frills, expect a beautiful site and a wholesome family welcome, and a memorable holiday.... We will definitely return.
We feel very lucky to have found this wonderful campsite in Brittany. It's a good base to explore cotes d'armor. Maggie and her children were away most of the time we were there, but Jon and his mother Rosie made us very welcome with good advice about the area. The site itself is set in beautiful and relaxing surroundings that my youngest (7) enjoyed playing in with the many new friends she made. There's a small play park, table tennis and a great weir that makes a gentle stretch of the river to swim, row, net, and kayak in.
It's nice to be in a site that is not over developed with pools, static caravans and encourages the enjoyment of its natural beauties.
Milling around the campsite are various ducks, geese, chickens, goats and sheep who were all very mischievous.
No matter what time I went to the facilities block there was always hot water – which isn't always true in most camp sites. You can order pain au chocolat, croissants and baguettes for collection in the morning, and you can get the basics of milk, beer, cider and other foods from the kiosk.
We stayed in one of the sites caravans, which whilst not perfect or fully functional, had a lot of character, was dry, sturdy and very comfortable.
Being able to have a campfire in the evening was a very nice thing.
The weekly barbecue was a very sociable affair and is worth going to.
All in all, a great campsite that I would not hesitate to recommend.
Michael, Claire, Alice and Eve.
Visited August 16-30 2013
There is nothing bad to say. This has to be one of my favourite camp sites that I stayed at in Brittany. It's every child and adults dream of freedom in the out doors. The owners where constantly doing everything to make every ones stay one they would not forget for a long. The facilities were spotless. Can't wait for next year to stay in the suspended tent in the trees. Sshhhhh don't tell every one.
We had a great week at this very laid back site. Campfires in the evening. Just the right mix between facilities and natural camping.
Craig, Claire, Sam, and Sophia Arditto
Camping Milin Kerhé
Milin Kerhe was to be the first stop on our family camping exploration of Brittany. It ended up being our only stop, such was the brilliant time we had. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed into Jon and Maggies' happy family atmosphere of free-range children, errant goats and gregarious chickens.
The location of the campsite can only be described as idyllic, surrounded by woods, abounding in nature and very obviously managed with a keen sensitivity towards the native ecosystem.
Our days were spent in a relaxed mix of woodland walks, messing around in boats, making friends with our neighbouring campers and punctuated with by Jon and Maggies' excellent recommendations for day-trips to castles, beaches, creperies and car-boot sales.
We like our camping to be simple and quiet, but not primitive. We love campfires and wilderness, but we also appreciate hygienic facilities and a safe space for the children to let off steam. Milin Kerhe ticked all of our boxes. We already long to return to see how the mill renovation progress, but in the meanwhile recommend this little gem of a campsite exactly as it is.
Mary, Henry, Holly (4) and Maeve (5 months)
Camping Milin Kerhé
My wife and I first visited Guingamp more than 25 years ago and have returned several times since then, each occasion whilst cycle-camping in Brittany and Normandy. In the north west of the Côte du Nord and within a day’s ride of Lannion, Paimpol or St Brieuc, it is an attractive old town on the main rail line between Paris and Brest, and well equipped for necessary supplies. What it lacked, however, was a really attractive campsite. When therefore, early in 2011, friends who lived in Pabu just 2 miles north of Guingamp told me that a young couple had acquired the somewhat neglected municipal site in the village with plans to renovate it, I was keen to visit and see for myself what was happening. When I arrived in September Jon and Maggie Low were nearing the end of their first season. They must have been tired, for in addition to managing the campsite, the task of restoring the old mill and associated buildings was already in progress. The warmth of their welcome, however, was very special. The site is in an idyllic setting half a mile from the D787 in the wooded valley of Le Trieux. Several kayaks pulled up on the river bank caught my eye, along with three tipis at the northern end of the site. A kingfisher flew low over the water as dippers hopped from rock to rock. Clearly Camping Milin-Kerhé promised to be far more than a convenient site for a one night stop-over.
Jon Low, who is English and a freshwater biologist, fully appreciates the wealth of this haven of natural beauty and is ideally equipped both to manage the area and share its treasures with those who visit. Maggie is French and whilst being the mother of two delightful small boys, is also much involved in the site’s administration. A team whose efficiency, sense of fun and friendliness made everyone’s stay quite special.
A year later I just had to return to see how work was progressing. Cycling from Roscoff along the Côte de Granit Rose to Paimpol, I turned southwards and headed inland for Pabu. Arriving at the campsite I was at once greeted as a friend by Jon and Maggie, Clément and Pierre. A general tidiness and calmness belied the fact that work was still ongoing. A large stone and timber barn was being adapted as a games-room, whilst Jon spoke of his hopes to restore the mill wheel and in time generate the site’s own electricity. He was reluctant to commit himself to when this might be, but if anyone could do it he will. This is not a site for those who expect an ever-open bar or late night disco, but if you want a place where time stand stills and a tranquil beauty that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in this modern day, then you will certainly find it here. Whether you travel alone or as a family, or are looking for a rural site to which to bring a church youth group or school pupils for field studies, you will be equally welcome and leave without regret but simply a desire one day to return.
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