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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Room to play, breathe and reconnect with those erstwhile friends at this friendly, fir-fringed site in the heart of Brittany

In a time-honoured tale, English ex-pats Anne and Ralph Harrison went looking for the French countryside dream and found it just outside the picturesque Breton village of Plouguenast. Discovering their own pocket of rural bliss, this affable couple set about transforming the sprawling grounds of the newly acquired farmhouse into one of the area's prettiest spots for pitching up.

Pinàbre (named after the plentiful towering pine trees which tower over the grounds) is the Goldilocks' bed of campsites – not too big; not too small; just right. Well... we say not too big – though it is an ample 7,000 square metres, your conscientious hosts have a refreshingly informal 'no-set pitches' policy, with a maximum of just 10 emplacements.

With all this free space, campers are free to boot a ball around the well-kempt, fir-fringed field without fear of disturbing their fellow campers – though in a setting as tranquil as Pinàbre, such disagreeable natures are sure to melt away.

The site boasts all the ammenities we've come to expect of our French campsites (including a trampoline and paddling pool for the kids), though with a pleasing lack of commericalism.

Considerate to the last, Ann and Ralph will even let you borrow a bike from charming old barn for the short cycle along traffic-free lanes into Plouguenast for your morning pastries.

With a charming array of Breton towns just waiting to be discovered, and the golden sands and crashing waves of the Atlantic coast all within easy reach, isn't it about time you shared in Anne and Ralph's dream too?



10 pitches; 2 shower rooms with toilet & sink; washing up area; washing machine. 2 water points; 1 disposal point, electric hookups, WiFi.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, dogs, families – yes.


The stunningly beautiful Abbaye de Bon-Repos (0033 296 24 82 20) is just 26 miles from Pinàbre, on the western end of Brittany's largest lake, the Lac de Guerlédanthe (itself a great spot for watersports). This 12th century Cistercian abbey hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as a weekly farmers market every Sunday. Its waterside location boasts lovely views of the idyllic Nantes to Brest canal. If visiting in August, be sure to attend the yearly son et lumièrea dazzling historical reenactment featuring hundreds of costumed actors, animals, and a spectacular fireworks display. Learn about the industrial heritage of the region at Forges des Salle (0033 619 60 55 10), an 18th century settlement synonymous with the iron industry. Visit the period homes once lived in by the workers and marvel at the views over Quénécan forest – Breton's herbacious 'Little Switzerland'. There are 3 small beaches within driving distance, while Le-Val-Andre (about 30 minutes drive away) is one of Brittany's most beautiful (not to mention popular) with golden sands, a grand 19th century promenade, and a charming, 'hidden' harbour. The time-warp town of Pontivy is a must-see. Formerly Napoléonville and onetime capital of Breton dynasty, the Rohan family, Pontivy is a beguiling mix of imperial geometry and medieval architecture, dominated by the 15th century château overlooking the River Blavet. This bustling town is also home to a lively Monday market.

Food & Drink

Anne and Ralph are full of great local recommendations. L'Auberge (0033 296 28 77 31) and Le Bon Accueil (0033 296 73 40 70) in Plouguenast are both good shouts. If spending the day in Pontivy, head to L'Aiglon (0033 297 27 98 08) for a decent slice of pizza or the canal-side terrace at L’Auberge de l’île (0033 297 25 15 300) for some al fresco seafood.

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Contact Pinàbre, 22150 Lingouet, Plouguenast, Brittany, Côtes-d'Armor, France

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Getting There

From St. Malo, Cherbourg, Le Harve & Calais Ports: Take N176 heading Dinan/Saint Brieuc. Follow on to N12 heading for Saint Brieuc. Exit N12 at Le Petite Lamballe / Moncontour. Turn left at D768 heading for Moncontour. Follow D768 through Moncontour, you will see Plouguenast signposted. After sign for Plouguenast, look for Montorien Sign on your right in 5 miles. After Montorien sign in 1/2 mile on the right hand side you will see L'Auberge Restaurant sign & Gausson road sign. Take this right turn. Take first left signposted Lingouet, you will see 3 large farm buildings on your left. Straight ahead you will see site entrance.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 29 reviews


Fabulous, quiet, clean...

Fabulous, quiet, clean, friendly and unique stay at a great location.  Nothing too much trouble from the owners, immaculate and very safe. 
Sep 2, 2019 by sarah

One of the best sites we have ever stayed at

Lovely people, quite site in great surroundings, large pitch and top notch homely facilities
Aug 10, 2019 by howard arnault-ham

Quiet open campsite with excellent facilities

Open small campsite, relaxed shaded seating area, excellent clean facilities, with walking distance of Plouguenast which has Intermarche Boulangerie. 45 minutes to coast & Dinan. 30 mins to Lac Guerledan.
Jul 11, 2019 by Rob

Perfect to recharge and relax

Stayed here before and really enjoy it. Great size pitches and facilities but the thing that make it great for us that it is so peaceful. You really can relax and just enjoy the surroundings but also use it for some great days out and explore. Ralph and Ann are great hosts. Highly recommend!
Sep 9, 2018 by YetiTony

Relaxing and friendly

July 2018 We needed a break after having a very busy time at home. This site was perfect for us. Ann and Ralph made us very welcome. A pitch-where-you-like approach ( within reason) suited us. Facilities were spotless and a quieter site you could not wish to find. Out in the country but within walking distance to the village, 30 minutes for us- a few weeks for a snail, this is site is ideal for those who just want to relax.
Aug 28, 2018 by Barry

The total peace and Moncontour

This is one of the most beautiful and spacious sites we have ever stayed at. Ralph and Ann are superb hosts and the facilities are pristine. You will travel many a mile to top these guys and their site, there is many a place to go to locally, just wonderful. It is also near most of the ports in the North of France so a great place to start or end your holiday. Thanks guys
Aug 20, 2018 by Paul Tyzack

Gem of a site

Pinabre is the most wonderful gem of a site. We stayed there in July for 13 nights and were not disappointed. Quite to the contrary. It was our virgin touring voyage to France and the Pinabre added to its success. The site is simply immaculate. Pitches are spacious on the very well-maintained field with grass mowed regularly. Bathrooms, toilets and washroom are kept on an extremely high standard. The site offers free very good WiFi and satellite signal. The local village is about 5 mins drive away or 25 mins walk. It has a supermarket with petrol pumps, lovely bakery and a post office. Ann and Ralph are a lovely couple and superb hosts. Welcoming, pleasant and always helpful. Our questions and/or emails we had prior to our trip and during the stay were always replied to promptly. We simply cannot fault the site. It is highly recommended for travellers seeking peaceful and relaxing holiday in French countryside. We would definitely return to stay or to stop over during our future touring. Thank you Ann and Ralph to make our holiday that much more special. Renata & Frank
Aug 19, 2018 by Renata69

The perfect campsite (shh, don't tell anyone!)

This is my ideal campsite; spacious and uncrowded, super friendly and relaxed, peaceful (unless you count the owls calling at night and the cows by day), well equipped and lovingly cared for. Ralph and Anne have created a wonderful home from home, with an approach that expects you to be respectful of the site and other campers without imposing long lists of rules. As others have said the pitches are not defined, but there is plenty of room for you to choose your pitch without being on top of anyone else. The bathrooms are spotless, and toilet paper, soap and hand towels (real hand towels, not paper, clean every day) are provided. The site is well placed for exploring Brittany, and is also perfect for just relaxing and not going anywhere. The village shops have everything you could need, and the essential bakery lives up to expectations. All in all a perfect place to which I hope to return. Thank you, Anne and Ralph - you are wonderful hosts!
Aug 18, 2018 by Kylie (and Monty dog)

Luxurious & Peaceful

We stopped off at Pinabre campsite towards the end of our Brittany holiday. We only had time for 3 nights but wish we could have stayed longer. We had previously read all the earlier reviews and thought it can't possibly be that good - but if anything it was even better. We were welcomed on our arrival by Ralph and offered a choice of plots. Ann came to say hello once we had set up. It was all very relaxed. The site is essentially set in Ralph and Ann's back garden, which is a large fairly level field bordered with flowers and shrubs. There are two immaculately clean bathrooms, each with shower, sink and toilet, plus one separate WC. The local village is about 25 mins walk and has a supermarket and bakery plus a few small bars and restaurants. If you want a busy site with shop, bar and swimming pool etc then this probably isn't for you. However if you want a luxurious camping experience in a peaceful countryside setting, with friendly easy-going hosts then this site is sure to hit the spot. One thing is for sure, we'll be heading back to Pinabre again the next time we're in Brittany.
Jun 28, 2018 by Maurice

Cleanest site ever in 30 years of camping

Just back from a week at Pinabre and really wishing we had stayed longer. Site is spacious and peaceful. Well situated for exploring Brittany with everything needed in the local village if you do not want to travel far. We had a day trip out every day to explore but really would have been happy just relaxing on site. It's like camping in your own back garden only it is much tidier and prettier than mine. The shower rooms are amazing and in 30 years of camping they are the most spacious and cleanest I have ever seen. Free wifi is a bonus. Ralph and Anne work hard to keep this site at this standard and it was much appreciated, friendly and very helpful in all aspects. Would thoroughly recommend and will definitely be going back.
Aug 19, 2017 by mixlot

Beautifull Site

We visited this site in July 2017 and stayed for 5 nights. Ralph and Anne was the most helpful owners and always on hand to help out. The site is very well maintained, the grass is mowed regularly. There is a good satellite signal if you have satellite dish. the bathrooms and washroom area was immaculate. There are shops and a little supermarket close by. The location is excellent location to tour Brittany. We will be definitely visiting again.
Jul 27, 2017 by Xyplex

Wonderful Site

Outstanding site. Perfectly positioned to explore Brittany and the delights it has to offer. Ralph and Anne were the perfect hosts - nothing was too much trouble! The site has amble room for pitches and even an area with games and other items such as a paddling pool for the younger generations! All the amenities were in excellent condition and very spacious! The star gazing was exceptional in the evenings and the site was very quiet. If you like you're creature comforts but don't want a commercial site then this is the place to go - keep it a secret though, this site is too good to share :) Thank you to Anne and Ralph for being wonderful hosts and making us feel welcome and pampered! We will be back!
Aug 29, 2016 by Jaime

Camping at its best.

Just brilliant. This site is the best we have ever stayed on. In its central location of Brittany it brings the whole of this fab area of France to you within a day trip. All facilities are correct and to a very high standard. The showers are kept spotless and include loo and basin with complimentary handwash,face towel and flannel. Set in rural surroundings away from main roads this lovely site is quiet and very safe. Our hosts Ann and Ralph are charming and do all they can to ensure you stay is unforgettable. So if you want to experience camping at its best book early well that's what our dog Bella told us. Thank you Ann and Ralph. Brendan,Pam and Bella xxx
Aug 20, 2016 by Brendanpam


Our little campervan made it to this superb site at the beginning of August 2016. Having originally booked for 4 nights, we enjoyed it so much that we returned for another 2 nights after a trip to Quimper. The site is immaculately clean and the showers are excellent. Anne and Ralph are superb hosts; friendly and helpful while leaving plenty of space for privacy and space.
Aug 18, 2016 by Roy of the Rye

Really nice place to stay

My wife and I stayed at Pinabre site for a few nights with our caravan on our way north to St Malo after a holiday in the south and it was a real joy to stay here. If like us you think that on many sites there are too many signs telling you what you cannot do then this will be a joy to you. With just a small number of units pitching around the perimeter of a large field, from every unit you can sit and look over the farmhouse and buildings to the picturesque landscape beyond. Our hosts Ralph and Ann had the right combination of attention to detail for the facilities are immaculately kept and at the same time being very laidback. A fine place to stay.
Aug 7, 2016 by fogies2

Such a lovely place

We stayed at this lovely campsite in September 2015. On arrival, there was plenty of space and we could choose where to set up.  Loads of space.  We really enjoyed our stay. Very quiet location with small town (Plougenast) just down road. Cycled there a couple of times. We had great weather which helped, but would happily come back.  Toilet, shower and washing up block in the longere were superb. Very clean and cosy. Our only regret is that we didn't spend more time chatting with Ann and Ralph as they were lovely. Thank you so much. 

Nov 22, 2015 by Trisha


We stayed for two weeks on this wonderful campsite at the beginning of August. The facilities are spotless and the lovely owners Ann and Ralph made us feel so welcome! There is so much space for the children to run around and play without intruding upon other campers and there are even games such as croquet, tennis and football thoughtfully provided. It is such a relaxed and friendly site and Ralph and Ann even brought our laundry in for us when it started to rain before we got back to site! It was quite simply, as our daughter put it, "the best campsite ever"!!!! We look forward to visiting again in the future.

Sep 15, 2015 by Dineen

Laid back campsite

If you are looking for a campsite where you, your tent/camper, your kids and your dogs can spread out without limitations this is for you. Rock up, pick your pitch, enjoy a hot shower (any time of day) in the exceptionally clean wash rooms and relax. Ralph and Ann know what campers want from their sites and they make sure all boxes are ticked. The site feels large due to the limited number of pitches they allow and we really appreciated this during our stay. A great start to our trip.

Aug 13, 2015 by Katie1802

Super site

We stayed here for 5 nights at the end of 6 week touring holiday in France. Absolutely delighted that we chose this site. Very much like an English CL. Very large immaculately kept field so plenty of room between caravans and tents. Very friendly and helpful owners who could take more outfits but don't so that the facilities are not crowded. We use are own shower and toilet but checked out the sites facilities which were immaculate and up to hotel standard (that is 5 star hotel). Plenty to do and see in the area. We will definitely use this site again. All this at an absolutely bargain site fee.

Aug 8, 2015 by Chris & Chris

Exploring Brittany

My wife and I travelled to Brittany to explore the countryside.

Pinabre campsite is a place to stay we can strongly recommend. The owners Ralph and Ann have a warm and friendly welcome. The camping area itself is very well presented and you get a sense of camping on somebody's lawn its that well kept.

The facilities are all in very good order....power, water, washing, showering etc....

The location of Pinabre campsite lends itself to being ideal for exploring the countryside. Everything is in reasonable travel distance.

We had a very relaxing time.

Jul 28, 2015 by Bryan K.

Northern Soul

Had only two nights here in our tent but really appreciated everything. Ann and Ralph both work their socks off to keep the bathrooms, grounds and other areas immaculate, and they have put a lot of thought and consideration into providing extras, such as a picnic table, useful if you are a cyclist. The bonus is they really seem to enjoy having visitors and stopping for a chat. They are so welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble - information, ice blocks etc. We loved the space and can only hope these two can maintain the small numbers and great prices and make a living. We have no hesitation in recommending this site.

Jul 24, 2015 by Smith


We stayed here for 2 nights as a base to watch the Tour de France from last week. The English owners were fantastic...accommodating, friendly, helpful. The campsite was 'full' when we stayed - that was all 10 'pitches' taken - but there was still loads of space and we certainly didn't feel crammed in like we had at other sites. The shower and toilets were clean and well fact, it was like being in a hotel, not on a campsite! If we are in the area again we will definitely make another stop. Thank you!

Jul 18, 2015 by DanT1984

Heaven in rural France

We found this pretty campsite in rural France. Perfect peace and quiet to relax and ideally situated to explore local region. From the beaches and headlands of the coast around St. Malo, Mont St Michel , to Rennes, Dinan (you must visit this gem) Josselin, the Foret de Brocéliande all within an hour on easy roads, and nearby Moncontour. The campsite is level, flat (not bumpy), fairly easy to drive pegs in. Plenty space 20-50 metres between campers. The site is surrounded by trees giving protection from the winds which can blow in Brittany. There is EHU for €3 if you need it and waste disposal. The are several taps with potable water. The toilets and showers are the cleanest I've ever found on any site with plenty hot water day or night and the hand towels, shower curtains are changed daily.  There is a washing area for dishes and a washing machine is available for €3. There is a play area for children. We planned to stay 3 days and stayed 5. The owners Ralph and Ann are a delightful and welcoming couple who having experience of touring in a caravan themselves have created a perfect site. Its a 15 minute walk down a very quiet country road to a local mini market for supplies. The night skies are incredible here, when did you last see the Milky Way in all its majesty. This campsite has everything except the noise, clubhouse, water park, shop, dirty toilets, cold showers and the overcrowding found on so many sites. I highly recommend this site.

Jun 22, 2015 by Inatent

Vicky and Tony

We loved Pinabre! We only stayed for one night on our way further south in August 2014 but it suited us down to the ground and we were disappointed we couldn't stay longer! It's a lovely and peaceful site with plenty of space between pitches. The shower/toilet facilities were great, very clean and modern and I was happy to take my flip flops off in the shower (something I can't always bring myself to do on a campsite!!)! Ralph was very welcoming and could not have been more helpful, even lending us an adaptor for the electric hook up when we foolishly forgot our own! We will definitely be back, hopefully for longer next time!

Sep 8, 2014 by Victoria

Pinabre relaxing and superb facilities

We have gone back to this wonderful site for the past 3 years and will be returning next year, Ralph and Ann are a lovely couple and run the best caravan and camping site in Brittany.  It is a very quiet, friendly and has spotlessly clean facilities.  Highly recommended for both 1 st timers in France to seasoned French caravan owners/campers.  Not far from St Malo (1 hour) and Caen (3hrs).  As others have stated before a fantastic site and truly a gem of a location.  Counting down till we go next year.

Aug 30, 2014 by Hereford Cider

The perfect family camp

The other reviews say all there is to say about the site and the surrounding area.  The site is spotlessly clean, with excellent facilities and friendly, helpful hosts in Ann and Ralph. 

Our family camp comprised 8 adults and five children in two tents, a caravan and a camper van.  Ann and Ralph were very relaxed about where we chose to pitch and were happy for us to 'take over' the further end of the field where the children (and adults!) had plenty of space to run, play and burn off any remaining energy at the end of the day, without disturbing other campers.

If you are looking for a small, friendly, English-run camp site in this area, you can't go wrong with Pinabres.

Aug 29, 2014 by GandD


This site is fantastic! it is very reasonably priced and has a nice atmosphere the facilities are immaculate with powerful showers and hot running water and  there was never any queuing for facilities at the site. the owners are super friendly and always welcoming there is no litter and enough water points. The bins are a short walk down the road, there is a intermarche a short drive away, bear in mind that this closes for lunch. The site also has some badminton equipment. Overall this is a great site and you would be foolish not to stay there.  

Aug 27, 2014 by reillyfamily

Roger & Claire

Stayed at Pinabre in August 2014 and loved it. We cant add much about the site than the other reviewers have already said.

Its a clean, quiet and a well run camp site. We were met by Ralf and he was very welcoming, gave us all the information we needed about the local shops and supermarket (five minutes away in a car or twenty minutes away if you want to walk through quiet country lanes).

There is lots of space and you certainly feel that you are well and truly in the country side. I suppose the best recommendation we can make is that if we are in that area again we would defiantly stay there. Pinabre is certainly worth five stars.

Aug 21, 2014 by Roger Everington

Pinàbre Brittanys Best

My husband and I had been travelling in France and arranged to meet up with friends for our last week. Our friends had chosen this camp site. When we arrived we were met by Ralf the owner, who gave us a very warm welcome. We were all overjoyed with the site as it gave the impression that we were guests of Ralf's family, and wew were staying in their very, very large garden. There was a lot of room as only 6 units stay at any one time, and we could pick where we wanted to camp as there were ample electric sockets to allow us to do this.. The electric sockets needed a 'French' adapter, but Ralf had one available at no extra charge for those who needed it. The site had been freshly mown, with pots of flowers, hanging baskets, beds containing shrubs and a very sturdy wooden garden swing that could hold two adults. Ralf and his wife Ann were readily available to answer any questions on inquiries about trips out etc. And would make a point on checking if everything was ok. The 2 showers were excellent, each had a basin, toilet, toilet paper, (often not supplied in France) soap, hand towel and a microfibre mop and cleaning cloth. The actual shower was spacious and you had a choice as to weather you used the rain shower or the one with a movable shower head. The larger shower room also had a chair, which very helpful for my husband. The showers felt as if they were the families personal showers, not at all like camping showers. The wash-up area was excellent, all very clean, with a cloth and washing up liquid for those who hadn't had chance to buy their own. The use of the washing machine was the cheapest we had had on our 9 week trip to France, at 3 €'s per wash. I would highly recommend this picturesque, quiet site.

This campsite ticks all the right buttons, large enough not to be on top of other users, very clean, modern and spacious washing facilities with constant hot water, friendly and informative owners, nothing was too much trouble at all. The campsite itself is set in a lovely rural part of Brittany offering views over the surrounding countryside, plenty of walks for the energetic or just stroll 100yds down to the river and relax with the horses and fishermen. Cycle into the town of Plouguenast for the early morning baguette or along quiet roads to the nearby villages, all offering their own taste of French living. Major towns such as Vannes or Saint-Brieuc are within easy reach by car for those who want a bit of cafe culture or a day by the sea. Vannes in particular has a large natural bay with tiny islands serviced by ferries. Dinan with its medival centre is well worth a days visit. Closer villages like Loudeac and Moncontour have an array of restaurants and bars, all within easy reach from the campsite. Overall this is a great campsite with very friendly and helpful owners, will return one day.

Feb 8, 2014 by Jimbo

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