Camping de la Pointe

Europe France Brittany Finistère

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

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

Reader Reviews

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Beautiful spot and great location

Lovely little site,with good facilities. Close to town and within easy driving distance of the coast and major towns. Had a lovely relaxing break and hosts very accommodating and welcoming. We particularly enjoyed spending time with the guinea pigs and partaking in the Thursday night crepe night (which included gluten-free ones!). Would stay again.
Sep 1, 2018 by Nick


Just wanted to say thanks to all at Camping La Pointe for making our week such a wonderful experience. beautiful walks along the canals and the woodlands, close to town for food, markets and shops, 20 minutes to eh most stunning beaches and finally our fabulous hosts at the Campsite who run a great site. The place is well cared for, clean, attentive and full of everything you need. Well done we cant wait to come back.

Response from Camping de la Pointe

Thanks guys. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Owls, woods, and croissants

La Pointe is a magical, verdant paradise! The facilities are very high standard, but nothing too flashy. The morning croissants and bread are delicious. Julie and Marcus were friendly and accommodating. Despite feeling secluded, the site is close enough to town and a lovely stroll along the river. We loved our pitch, by the side of a tinkling stream and in the shade of trees, which were very welcome when the midday sun was high. We haven't slept this well in years! We will certainly return and would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful break.
Aug 18, 2017 by F S

Camping La Pointe

Wonderful, friendly and amazing.  The location, in the woods and near the river, with a babbling brook running down one side is so lovely and then you add to it the very generous sized pitches, the super helpful and friendly hosts and you have a great base to explore the region from.  Even better for those arriving on motorbikes and pushbikes is that Marcus and Julie will happily find you tables and chairs for your pitch. 
Been there twice now and would happily go back again.

Jul 25, 2014 by Simon Rice

camping la point

Lovely campsite; lovely people!

We stayed for 2 weeks and made this campsite our base for exploring Finisterre. It is a great location for exploring the region, be that the magnificent beaches on the Crozon peninsula or inland to ancient forests and the Monts d'Arrée. Nice pitches, good hook ups and facilities, Wifi (!). Chateaulin is only a saunter away and the river is a joy to walk beside.

Seriously fab croissants delivered daily, very friendly weekly crêpe night with a bar. Nothing is ever too loud or noisy. It’s family friendly without the hubbub of the usual French pools and discos. This is a lovely little site.

The chickens and tortoise and garden add an extra little charm to the place.

There was a lot of white plastic whilst we were there and not much canvas, but c’est la vie!

Jul 22, 2014 by DocClog

Camping La Pointe

Great campsite, great region, great hosts. The only let down was the weather, but there was still plenty to do with the children. Would heartily recommend and would go back if it weren't for all the places I have yet to visit!

Jun 9, 2013 by Toby

Camping La Pointe

This is camping as it should be. I love this campsite and am just making arrangements to visit it for the fifth year running. The campsite is really pretty - it has lovely gardens and lots of the pitches are surrounded by hedges making them feel really secluded. If you ask for one by the stream you can keep your drinks cool in the water. It’s family friendly, but because it doesn’t have a pool, it’s not noisy. There’s chickens and guinea pigs and a tortoise. It just feels really peaceful and relaxing. You can walk into Chateaulin along the banks of the river. The town is really pretty and has good bars and restaurants and a market on Thursday. Julie and Marcus are great hosts. I’m looking forward to going back this summer.
Mar 2, 2012 by ssosp4

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