Huttopia Chardons Bleus Huttopia

Europe France Poitou-Charentes Charente-Maritime

  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Beaches nearby
A central camping location in the pine trees of Île de Ré, with bikes for hire and a heated swimming pool

“Cycling is the island’s international sport”, the Huttopia Chardons Bleus website declares. You can see their point. With over 100km of family-friendly cycle paths covering Île de Ré, it’s certainly the main way to get from campsite to patisserie to market to museum to beach and back again. Maybe stopping at a café along the way. Although, when you consider the miles of sandy coastline, dotted with summer swimmers and children in armbands, it seems there are plenty of water sports trying to claim that title too. Surfers, sailors and sand castle makers, it’s all about the seaside here.

A kilometre inland, spread across a vast 12-acre tract of light pine woodland, Huttopia Chardons Bleus is one of the island’s most central places to stay. With over 200 pitches – some of them occupied by pre-pitched safari tents and wooden chalets – this is no camping minnow. Facilities are plentiful – there are two new washroom blocks, a playground, boules pitches and a reception building with a small shop and free Wi-Fi – while, in 2017, they even added an outdoor swimming pool. Presumably it's there in case you need to cool off again after cycling back from the sea.

Despite its size, the pines, shrubs and foliage help break up the campsite and give it a deceptively smaller feel. Every pitch has some shade – much needed since the island can boast as many sunshine hours as the Côte d’Azur. The nearby villages of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré and Flotte-en-Ré offer plenty of places to eat if you fancy branching out from the campsite’s own restaurant and bar. Sainte-Marie-de-Ré also has an excellent daily market where you can pick up the islands famous ‘white gold’ (sea salt), along with oysters, potatoes and other Île de Ré specialities.

The nearest beach takes about 10 minutes to reach by bike (the campsite has some for hire if you haven’t brought your own), though, for a bit of culture the 20-minute ride to the Vauban fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a must. Now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 17th century citadel here was designed to accommodate the entire island population plus, of course, their cattle, and the sturdy walls, moats and drawbridges are quite a sight. Don’t worry, the town also has a beach too – Plage de la Cible – so your cycling can still be complimented with some added water sports.

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Facilities

There's a heated swimming pool and paddling pool and surrounding wooden decking with a snack bar and pizza restaurant during peak season. A central lodge with internet, free Wi-Fi, a TV room, library and board games; a playground, boules pitch and table tennis tables. Bikes available for hire. 'Camper's corner' shop for any essentials you've forgotten and tourist information in reception. Activities for children throughout school holidays.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, families, groups, couples, pets… everyone!

Nearby

Camping on an island? Then it's the beaches you'll be visiting. Montamer and La Salee are the best for swimming when the tide's in and Grenettes is the one for surfers (you can hire boards right by the waterfront). At Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Notre Dame beach is good for shellfish gathering. Windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing are all popular here too, while, on land, bikes are the best way to get around with a good network of family-friendly cycle trails across the island (bikes are available to hire from the campsite). There are also public tennis courts 1km from Huttopia Chardons Bleus. For something less active, discover the Vauban fortifications – a recognised UNESCO world heritage site – visit the ramparts of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the ruins of Abbey Châteliers, the Fort de la Prée and the steeple of Ars-en-Ré. A visit to Phare de la Baleine, the main lighthouse that is synonymous with Île de Ré, is also a must.

Food & Drink

The restaurant on-site serves excellent homemade pizzas, along with a host of other snacks and drinks best enjoyed out on the terrace. It's only open over the May public holidays and through July and August. There's also fresh bread delivery each morning (make sure you order the evening before). A whole range of delicious produce can be found among the island’s market stalls, with markets held every morning at la Flotte, Rivedoux and Sainte-Marie throughout the year. Oysters, sea salt, Pineau, Cognac and the island's delicious potatoes are the most local goods of choice.

Opening Times

April–November.

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The Owner Says

Nestled between Sainte-Marie-de-Ré and Flotte-en-Ré, the Huttopia Chardons Bleus – Ile de Ré campsite is located in the heart of a magnificent pine forest, 10 minutes by bike from the ocean. Enjoy an invigorating stay between ocean, vineyards and forests and set out to discover this little haven of paradise on the Atlantic ocean. Put on your sailor’s top and breath in the sea air: you are on holiday!

At Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Notre Dame beach is recommended for shellfish gathering, the beaches of Montamer and La Salee allow you to swim when the tide is in, and Grenettes beach is recommended for surfing. Fancy swimming in fresh water? Children and adults will all love the new swimming pool and paddling pool at the campsite, designed in harmony with the natural spirit of the site. There is also a great new playground for your children to enjoy along with installation of brand new washrooms and a more pleasant reception area where you can ask for good tourism advice.

With markets, horse riding, cycling, hiking, and of course the Atlantic Ocean and beaches all on the doorstep of Huttopia Chardons Bleus, everything is accessible for a great stay on Île de Ré. On a pitch in the shade of the pine trees, in a wood and canvas safari tent, a wood trailer or a chalet, everyone can camp the way they like best for a truly personalized holiday in France.

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Accommodation

Around 200 pitches across 12 acres of pine forest, plus pre-pitched safari tents, gypsy roulottes and wooden chalets.

Camping Pitch with electricity

All-weather Sleeps 6 10 Available

Chalet Evasion

Cabin Sleeps 5 2 Available
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Sweet Wood & Canvas Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 5 2 Available
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Location

Contact Huttopia Chardons Bleus, Route de la Flotte, 17740 Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Île de Ré, Charente-Maritime, France

Getting There

From La Rochelle, follow signs for Île de Ré. When you reach the island, take the South road (Sud) signposted at the roundabout just outside Rivedoux, then take the D201 and, after 4km, the D103 towards Clemorinant. The campsite is on your left (clearly signposted) after 650m. The nearest train station is La Rochelle SNCF station 20km away. La Rochelle also has an international airport.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful Holiday

It was easy to book on line. Staff on arrival very friendly and helpful. Had a lovely pitch for our rather large caravan. I requested some shade as we have a little dog and lately it has been very hot. Got what we requested and just loved it. Usually I don't go swimming, but the pool here was so inviting and warm and after a hot day cycling a dip was just the ticket. One evening there was a group playing down by the bar. They were really fantastic and everyone was jigging around to the music. The cycle paths lead off the site and we took our bikes and cycled to La Flotte where there was a lovely market. It was only 3.5 kilometres and flat all the way - suited me fine. The sanitary showers and toilets were clean and modern. Only criticism was that we were on the right hand side of the site as you drive in and there is no emptying place for the chemical toilet in our caravan. Had to walk all the way across to the other side of the site near the reception. It was a long way to drag the toilet receptacle. Also grey water from our sink had to be emptied at the same place. It would be a great improvement if there were an emptying place on the other side of the site where there are a lot of pitches as well as the reception side.
Jul 13, 2019 by Caroline Matten
★★★★☆

Lovely pool area

Good location a short 10 min cycle from the lovely port of Flotte this site whilst busy, maintained a rural feel. The woodland setting gave welcome shade and although the road was noticeable it wasn't too intrusive. Lovely pool area - with one pool beautifully heated and a refreshingly cooling smaller pool. There is a nice social area with books, games and coffee available. Good washing facilities. Our only criticism was that our pitch had been left very littered by previous tennents with left over pet feed and small scraps of rubbish- rather offputting on an otherwise plesent and friendly site.
Jul 8, 2018 by Helen and Ted

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