I’ve just returned from a week in France with Eurocamp, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. A week of relaxing, reading my book, with no signal and spending time with Theo and his daughter Arabella.
There are so many properties with Eurocamp all across France, but La Croix du Vieux Pont is one of their best, offering 5* properties and facilities for you and your family.
Having never really been a campsite person before, I won’t lie to you and say I was dubious when I booked the trip. Over the last few years I have been more at home in a holiday villa with private pool, or 5* hotel overlooking the Med. However, when Theo said he wanted to take Arabella away somewhere this summer I knew it needed to suit her too, offering a kids club and activities throughout the week. Then I strolled across Eurocamp, and realised it could be perfect for exactly what we wanted.
I had heard great things about the Aisne Valley, and having visited the champagne region a decade ago with my own parents, I knew it was a good location. The site has a great location; it is only 2 ½ hours from Calais, 90 minutes outside of Paris and 90 minutes from Disneyland Paris.
It was super easy to find from Calais, following more or less two roads straight from the port and as you approach there are a couple of signs along the roads. The drive is stunning too, so make the most of looking out across the beautiful French countryside on your way to Vic Sur Aisne. As we arrived we were swiftly checked in and welcomed to France.
We stayed in one of Eurocamp’s Vista Two bed + One Bathroom cabins, which could sleep up to five people including two adults and three kids. The kitchen was small but well-equipped with cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and all the basic kit you need for a self-catering holiday e.g. bowls, mugs etc. Storage was a bit limited, and we ended up bunging everything in together in the two cupboards that weren’t taken up by utensils, but these cabins are huge so it’s expected.
On the warmer days, we had the doors open which led on to the veranda, meaning the outside became part of our cabin too. We ate outside on the veranda a couple of times both for lunch and in the evening for dinner. It was a great place to indulge in a gin and tonic as the sun went down.
The rest of the living area included booth style seating with a pull-out table, with seats for eating inside. The cabin was compact, and I can imagine with more than one child, it could be a bit cramped so I’d suggest getting one of the larger cabins if you want more space.
The bedrooms were basic with double bed, wardrobe and mirror in the double bedroom, and three single beds in the other room (kid’s bedroom). The beds were small and rather fragile, but compact and did the job. There was a lot of storage for clothes, both in the wardrobe and in the overhead cupboards. The bathroom again took a little getting used to, but was clean with a powerful shower.
There’s plenty to do and more at La Croix du Vieux Pont for the kids! There are two lakes, lagoon with white beach, fishing, kayaking, bowling, biking, archery, trampolines and more. Plus an indoor swimming pool, with outdoor section, including two slides, and a toddler pool. The outdoor pools were a little cold when the sun wasn’t shining.
There are also a selection of lovely play areas for the kids to play in, and lots of open spaces for you and the family to relax and have fun. I especially enjoyed the lagoon with beach as it felt very relaxed there, with the bar and people sunbathing on the grass.
The main swimming pool was far too much for me, with lots of screaming children running everywhere and bombing in the pool next to you, but Arabella loved it so I had to suck it up and join her. The only thing I would say is that it’d be nice for there to be an adults only swimming pool, where you can actually swim lengths or relax away from the kids. And they could also do with another pool, as when the sun is shining every pool, and the beach were brimming with people and you could hardly move at times.
In peak season there is a kids club, which Arabella went to a few times, including the evening Pizza Party which she loved. It’s a great addition as it mean’t me and Theo could go for a run one morning, whilst the other we walked up in to the town centre for a stroll and grabbed a beer whilst she was having a ball with all of her new friends. The park is definitely geared towards children and families as opposed to couples and groups of friends, so bear that in mind when booking. And if you don’t like children, do not go here. They’re everywhere!
And before I forget, food! Now I cant really advise on this as we ate in a lot, and we didn’t eat at any of the restaurants or bars on site. But I was told they are good and both the beach restaurant and the main one near reception were sold out more evenings. Instead we opted for food in our cabin, or on the BBQ!
If you are looking for a self-catered family holiday with plenty of entertainment on your doorstep then you can’t go wrong with Eurocamp, and La Croix du Vieux Pont is perfectly located. We had a wonderful stay at La Croix du Vieux Pont and we’ve already said that we’d return again with Arabella another year or maybe try another of Eurocamp’s sites next time! I may love my luxury holidays but to my surprise I really fell in love with this style of holiday and would do it again in a heartbeat.
*This trip was in collaboration with Eurocamp.