Friendly, family-run, traditional camping in north Brittany
‘Turn left at the crossroads and then look out for the drapeau Britannique on your left,’ grinned a helpful couple. There’s a French ﬂag ﬂying outside the site, too, but it’s mostly British and Dutch campers who appreciate the friendly, family run, traditional camping here. At night the peace and quiet is only disturbed by leaves rustling in the poplars, but the myriad birds deliver a dawn chorus, so if the other kind of twittering disturbs you, then best drive by.
The reward for getting up early is the sweet smell of fresh croissants delivered before 8am, and perhaps a chance to visit the goats, chickens, and ducks. Children so enjoy petting and feeding them that the animals need to be put on a diet come summer’s end. In high season the owners bake cakes and make quiches, lasagnes, or salads, so campers can eat outside the bijou café- bar next to the pool. Inspiration and activities are on a map showing Mont St-Michel 20 minutes in one direction and the fairy-tale feudal castle at Fougères, with towers and turrets in all the right places, 35 minutes in the other.
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Another great visit
Review Le Bois Coudrais This is the third time that we have visited Le Bois Coudrais. Being close to St Malo we usually use this site as a stopover on our return to the UK after a month in the Vendee. This year we opted to spend 6 nights and explore the local area before returning home. I am so glad we did. Claire and Philippe Ybert, the owners, are warm, friendly and very welcoming. Both work extremely hard in maintaining the high standards of the site. It is not common to see them cleaning and tidying the site in the early hours of the morning before most people are up and about. Their efforts are clearly demonstrated by the cleanliness of the Toilet/Shower Area and Washing Up areas on the site. Both areas can be very busy at peak times and occasionally a queue forms to use these facilities. This can be expected at peak times but generally speaking it does not cause a problem to the user. One minor point is the temperature of the water in the showers. When busy there is a tendency for the hot water to be luke warm. Moral of the story is to get in early to avoid the cooler shower. Personally I wasn’t too bothered about it as we tend to use the shower in our van at peak times or wait until things quieten down. Pitches are adequate and will easily accommodate a caravan, awning and car. Pitch boundaries are separated by hedges and trees. There are no fully serviced pitches at this site but EHU’s are easily reached with the standard 25m power cable. Grey waste can be discharged into the hedges and there is a CDP located at the Toilet/Shower facilities. Clean water is not piped to individual pitches but is available at points around the site. Aqua Roll is essential. There is a licensed bar in Reception and a small seating area outside. Meals can be ordered at reception and delivered to your pitch. Fresh bread can be ordered and collected from reception. Place your order the night before and it’s waiting for you the following morning. Got to say the Boulanger they use is fantastic. It’s the nicest bread we have eaten anywhere in France. There is a swimming pool on-site, which is popular with adults and children alike. There are sun loungers and umbrellas around the pool so if you fancy a leisurely relax on site as opposed to a run out to the local beach you’ve got it. The kids seem to enjoy collecting windfall apples from the tree outside reception and feeding them to the resident goats in their enclosure adjacent to the wooded camping area. Another source of amusement for the kids is the free range chickens that give you the occasional visit on your pitch. I fail to find anything prejudicial to say about Le Bois Coudrais. It is a well-run child friendly site with a great customer focus. Ideally locate to explore the north east of Brittany and lower Normandy areas. “Would I return again? - Most certainly. In fact, subject to health and wealth, we’ve already booked for a longer stay next year. A big thank you to Claire and Philippe. We really enjoyed our stay with you. Regards Chris
Fantastic,friendly little campsite
This is the second time we have stayed here and we love it. The setting is in idyllic peaceful countryside where you are guaranteed to relax and chill out. The children can play safe fully and the spotless facilities can't be faulted. The pool was delightfully warm and always well maintained. The location is central to everywhere with masses to do of which we have only scratched the surface. The owners Claire and Philippe can't do enough for you and have to be congratulated for their hard work. Well done and we will be back.
This was our second site during a two week holiday in Brittany and we spent 7 nights camping at Le Bois Coudrais in the main camping field. We camped as a family with two daughters (aged 6 and 2) and we all had a fantastic time. It's a very laid back site and very welcoming. The obvious attraction is the excellent swimming pool, especially during the hot weather we were lucky to enjoy. The owners are welcoming and helpful and keep a smart campsite plus a lovely little reception/cafe which is always open for drinks and ice cream. In the evenings they can provide a short menu, including good burgers and frites. The campsite facilities are modern and kept clean and maintained, including showers, basins and washing up, plus a useful washing machine and freezer. One innovation we liked was the food recycling shelf - anything not wanted was placed up there for others to pick up, reducing waste. More campsites should have one of these. The main camping field was great for all the kids to play balls games etc in and was very communal and good fun in the evenings. The location is great, with wonderful places like Fougeres and Dinan a short drive away, plus Mont St. Michel. All in all, wonderful and we hope to return next summer!
This camping site is perfectly placed for days in and around Northern Brittany. The site itself had good sized pitches and the amenities were second to none. Warm showers and clean communal areas were complimented by a refreshing swimming pool and a bar, where as you would have read you could order food to be freshly prepared if required. The bonus was putting in a bread order to be delivered the very next day for breakfast! The children loved feeding the goats and ducks and enjoyed the play area. Night saw wonderful flying displays from bats and the star gazing was very clear. The only downside to the site was the barking dogs situated near by (a few fields in fairness) but we definitely knew when feeding time was. However we would thoroughly recommend this site and will definitely be returning in the near future. Big thanks to Claire for making us feel very welcome and looked after.
Sweet little campsite
We had a very unfortunate run of weather staying here with clouds, drizzle and some torrential rains, so didn't really get to make use of the pool, although we did have a few icy dips to keep the children happy and would definitely say it wasn't heated! The campsite has some very pretty bits, a lovely playground and the animals are obviously exciting for the children to visit. There are some beautiful and secluded pitches down at the end of the campsite amongst the trees and around a field. The electric pitches are along a road running the length of the site from a small parking area and I would say that they are quite small and exposed. We had the second pitch along from the parking lot and felt a bit on show. I think ours might have been one of the larger ones along the road so other people seemed quite squeezed in. Having said that, the owners were friendly, the facilities were clean, the grounds were well kept and we enjoyed the pastries and bread delivery every morning. The site was dead quiet from about 10 at night which we loved. You can pre-order food for the evenings and we were quite keen to test drive the burgers but ended up leaving early to chase the sun so ran out of time. All in we enjoyed our stay but we were just a bit disappointed in our pitch as we made assumptions from the photos that we'd be in a field under the trees. This was our first experience of booking an electric pitch as we are used to wild camping in the UK and we know for next time to book a non-electric pitch if we want something more secluded. With hindsight this is obvious but we were a bit misled by the photos!
Response from Le Bois Coudrais
Thanks for the comments, however we would like to stress the following for others who may read the review:
The pool is heated . During peak season, if the thermostat drops to below 25.5 degrees, the heating switches on and heats to 27.5 degrees, or more on a hot day. With the heating, the lowest the pool can drop to is 25.5, unless the weather is unseasonably cold.
We feel that all the photos shown are a good representation of each of the 3 camping areas. The main photo on our advert shows the top camping area where each pitch is separated by hedges for privacy. The smallest pitch on the top camping area is approximately 120 m sq, with many being a lot bigger, we don't feel that they are either small or exposed.
There are pitches with electric hook up in all three areas of the campsite. Our regular guests can request their favourite pitch, which is one of the reasons we have so many repeat customers.
Claire and Philippe
wonderful, family friendly campsite
Lovely, family friendly campsite in the heart of the region. We only used it for 3 nights stop-over before getting the return ferry from St Malo but would gladly have stayed longer. Kids roam around all day in complete safety - it's small but that adds to the charm, and between the playpark, animals, swimming pool and well stocked games/library they are kept more than happy. Pitches are large and everything is kept clean and is obviously well looked after. Best of all though is the atmosphere...after 3 weeks on some really lovely campsites around France - this was a very relaxed "digestif" before our journey home. Highly recommended :-)
We have stayed at this campsite on many occasions and have loved every time, it is very well maintained, well run and a lovely haven of quiet country life. the hosts can't do enough for you, the pool is lovely and so are the surroundings. Children love to visit the animals which keep them amused for hours. We will definately be back for more visits and look forward to 2015
This July we visited le Bois Coudrais for the third time. That in itself speaks volumes for this site. Super owners, large pitches and lovely atmosphere. Also ideally placed for the ferry port at St Malo. We are already planning to visit again next year!
The Perfect Family Camping Holiday
I booked this site as I wanted a small friendly site and that is exactly what we got with much more. It is beautifully maintained, the pool and pool area are spotless, the café a life saver and Claire and Philippe an absolute joy!
This is the ideal camp site for families with young children. It is big enough for them to feel like they have independence but small enough to make lots of friends and be safe.
the location is rural but close enough to some towns with all the necessary facilities.
Also it is within easy reach of some beautiful beaches too.
A wonderful experience!
Great for families
Fantastic camp site for families, great location with loads to do, all in all a fantastic 8 nights and we wish we had booked for longer.
Le Bois Coudrais
Just returned from a long weekend at Le Bois Coudrais. Brilliant intimate camp site, large pitches, great atmosphere and very friendly hosts. Highly recommended.