It all started at the beginning of the year in cold January when husband and I were thinking ahead to summer 2014 and wondering where to go. We were going to go to France again after such a successful trip to Honfleur in Normandy last year and we wanted to see if we could possibly take the girls to EuroDisney now known as Disneyland Paris.
Husband typed in campsites near Disneyland Paris and up came a list including Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont in Berny Rivière. As we wanted to spend two weeks there we were on the lookout for a 4/5 star campsite with swimming pools, activities, bars, restaurants and a shop.
We loved what we read and booked up, here’s how we got on.
We booked direct with the campsite as we were taking our caravan, this was our first obstacle as although the 10% deposit was deducted from our account we never received an email confirmation. Only after telephoning did we receive something to say we were booked in on the right dates.
Camping Le Croix du Vieux Pont has many different types of accommodation, there are various fields for camping with tents, caravans or camper vans both with and without electricity. Major companies Eurocamp, Canvas, Venue and Lifestyle Holidays also offer tents, safari tents, mobile homes and there is also the option of a detached wooden lodge with Canvas.
We downloaded directions from Google and used the sat nav too and towards the end we were afraid we had gone terribly wrong as we were driving along quiet country roads that were hardly roads at all but tarmac’ed trails. We did get there but decided to go along the motorway for an easier drive back home rather than return through the countryside towing a caravan.
The site of Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont is enormous and you will definitely be stretching your legs whilst there. We are very glad we took the girls bikes with us as it saved a lot of walking for them. We were assigned a plot in the Petit Bois which is close to the beach area but meant a good 10 minute walk to reach the swimming pool and more to get to reception and the shop.
Arrivals after midday, departures before midday.
You can choose a pitch with or without electricity. There are various camping areas all over the site, we were allocated a corner pitch in Alleé du petit bois but on walking around the site we discovered Alleé du Grands Barbecue and Alleé du Rond Barbecues and should we ever return we’d ask to have one of these pitches which are closed in by hedges and also have a private brick built barbecue. On asking at reception for information I discovered that you have to book very early (December/January) to get one of these.
There are plenty positioned around the site and some are busier than others, our closest washroom was near the beach and therefore saw a lot of traffic. The campsite cleaned three times a day but in mid August it still got messy quickly. We discovered by walking a bit further we could use a much cleaner bathroom.
Reception, shop and bakery
Everyone working on reception speaks perfect English and are incredibly helpful with all enquiries. The shop is reasonably priced and has a good selection of food and products, the bakery has fresh bread and pastries daily.
There is an Intermarché supermarket only 5 minutes from the site.
Laundry, carwash, cashpoint, boutique
I used the laundry on two occasions and found it to be sufficient but not a perfect wash. The tokens you need are bought at reception, they also have singular soap tabs if you don’t have any. The washing machine took about 45 minutes and is a large capacity. The dryer also took 45 minutes but for towels and thick t shirts I used two tokens.
The boutique onsite has a range of toys, floatables, postcards and souvenir items. It also sells newspapers
Bars, restaurants and take away
By the beach there is a bar/restaurant called Macao Beach. You can also access their wifi whilst you sit in the bar area. Delicious ice creams, cocktails, beer and snacks for sale. We didn’t try the restaurant but heard good comments from neighbours who did.
By the swimming pool there is another bar and separate restaurant, again we didn’t try the restaurant but heard good reports. We visited the bar on a few occasions to take the girls to the kiddies disco where they had great fun. The bar display an entertainment schedule for guests to check including karaoke evenings, pub quiz and much more.
There is a bowling alley and an upstairs soft play area which needs to be paid for downstairs.
There is a take away also near the swimming pool selling burgers and pizzas. We never used this as the queues were quite long with half an hour wait.
There is another bar on the side of the lake which serves, drinks, ice creams and food.
Sports and activities
Close to the lake there is an area with all sorts of activities for the children including Go karts, trampolining and kayaking on the lake. We enjoyed a half an hour pedalo trip with the girls one day and spotted many fishermen around the lake. (Fishing license compulsory and bought in the lakeside shop). There is also an enclosed room with 3/4 table tennis.
Close to the swimming pool there is an indoor 5 a side football pitch open to everyone.
You can hire bikes by the hour, morning or days.
Tennis courts and a beach volley ball area close to the beach. Also by the beach is a mini golf.
Just outside the campsite there are stables who do daily trekking with the horses and ponies. We took the girls for a guided hour trek around the village area and through the fields and they loved it.
Spa and beauty treatment
Sadly I didn’t have time to review this part of the site. :)
This is possibly why most of the guests come to Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont, the proximity to Paris and to Disneyland paris.
The site organise coach trips, as you check in they will normally tell you which days the excursions are being organised for. Once that coach is full they will put on another day.
Paris – I caught the coach at 7.50am and we arrived in Paris around 9.30am. The coach drops you off at about 800m from the Arc di Triomphe, it’s a 15 minute walk to reach the monument. The coach left Paris at 6.45pm and was back in Berny Riviere at around 8.15pm. Read more of my Paris in One Day
Disneyland Paris – The coach left at 7.50 and arrived about 9.30am, there is a good 10 minute walk from where the coach parks to the entrance of the parks. The coach left EuroDisney at 7.45pm meaning we were able to see the 5.30 parade but not the fireworks at 10.30pm.
Both trips are reasonably priced and excellent service.
You can also buy your Disneyland paris tickets at reception at a very reasonable price.
We thought the campsite was very clean and well organised and it had everything you could possibly wish for. A lot of care goes into the gardens and the flowers are beautiful.
We noticed that circa 97% of the guests were British. If you’re looking to savour France this might not be the place for you.
This is an excellent campsite near Disneyland Paris offering lots to do on the days you’re on site. The swimming pools have chutes, slides and a lazy river plus an excellent water play are for the youngest members of the family. A perfect family holiday.
See the beautiful sunsets over the lake here.