Camping Bel Sito
Camping Bel Sito, L'église 50270 Baubigny, Normandy, France
Panoramic views over the Baubigny dunes to the sea (and islands) beyond.
At the paths end, of course, is the beach. But at its other end, through the sandscape of rolling marram grass and craters studded with wind-shattered shells, lies Camping Bel Sito, the antidote to the Euro-parks of Normandy. The very notion of a holiday park seems alien here. Though elsewhere swimming pools, evening ‘animations’ and daytime kids clubs are the very staple of camping existence, here affable owner Edith has shunned these gaudy go-to recipes for apparent campsite success.
“We respect your peace", she says, welcoming us into the spacious camping area that’s home to up to 85 pitches, "we do not propose any noisy entertainments”. There is still a small playground, a ping pong table and WiFi up by the main reception building, but otherwise it has a wonderfully undeveloped feel. Undeveloped but not unloved. The facilities, though basic, are immaculate and the decent showers with free hot water seem almost a novelty compared to the 50-cents a minute fumbling of the other sites around.
The main joy, however, is the general atmosphere of the place. The convenience of a beach just 900m away would be a treat no matter what the campsite was like but to find such a relaxed, old-school set up should not be taken for granted. Having a beach on the doorstep is one thing but not having to escape to it every five seconds because of the thumbing overture of another aqua-aerobics session is quite another.
Edith describes her philosophy perfectly, “return to traditional values of simplicity and conviviality” and it’s to these specifications the campsite has been formed. Guests socialise in the late lingering light of summer evenings and children play hide and sink among the dunes that spread out from the campsites edge in the direction of the sea, visible to every pitch owing to the tiered layout of the site. When sunset falls it looks stunning, no matter where you are.
Given the proximity of the dunes, the pitches are, in some places, more sandy than grassy, but head to the bottom of the site – where there is a small lake – and the ground is generally a little firmer. It is here too, come the evening, that the true stillness of the place can be appreciated. In the distance Sark Island and Jersey can be seen, while in the foreground that warm, lava-like ribbon of tarmac disappears towards the beach. It's a simple yet perfect scene, reflective, in a way, of the campsite itself: Nothing too fancy yet nothing unnecessary... and isn't that all you really need?
The Owner Says
UNIQUE HOLIDAYS IN A UNIQUE SETTINGA panoramic view over the Baubigny dunes, the sea, the Channel Islands (Jersey, Sark and Alderney) and the magnificent sunsets.You are looking for freedom, you like to be independent, you love a peaceful atmosphere, nature (birds, wild flowers, etc.), We will welcome you and make sure your holiday is a complete success.
To guarantee a calm holiday and peaceful nights:
we do not propose any entertainments
What a fantastic site, Edith and her husband make you so welcome, nothing is to much trouble for them. The biggest pitches I have ever seen anywhere, no reservations when we went as they have so much room. Very flat sandy/grass pitches you might need black rock pegs in some spots, we bent a few normal pegs. The views are amazing as the pitches are tiered, you can see the sea from most pitches and it is a short stroll to the almost empty clean beach. The many toilets, showers and dish washing areas are basic but they are so clean, also has a small laundry room. You can get freezer blocks from Edith a deposit of 2euros and a small charge for re-freezing, but she will freeze your own blocks free for your return journey. There is fresh bread etc available from middle of July and a small area for some food and drink items and camping gas. Very laid back no one seems to get up until after 9am, very popular with Dutch and Germans, no other English which was lovely, there were a few children about but none of them were booted out of the tents at 8am to play football outside your tent or hung around the toilets. Lovely area to walk dog just below the campsite with a small lake. In fact we chose not to go out and stayed at the site a lot more than we normally do as it was so lovely and quiet and very sunny with beautiful sunsets. Had lovely neighbours in a couple of the chalets with lots of World cup chatter. It stayed light till about 11pm and we sat outside practically all of them time, and seemed to drink copious amounts of wine, which made Edith laugh lots. Very sad to leave this hidden gem of a campsite will definitely be returning.