In July we were invited to experience everything that Vallée du Loir and Le Mans have to offer for visitors to the region. I was excited to visit with Nick and the girls and discover the area as a family. Our trip was from Friday to Monday and we travelled over to France via Brittany Ferries.
Ad-Presstrip: I was invited by the Vallée du Loir & Le Mans Tourist Boards to a press trip to visit the area. Everything was complimentary for the purpose of this blog post.
The ferry trip was so much fun and when we arrived in France it was time for a road trip to reach our accommodation. We were staying at Camping La Plage in Mansigne, Pays De La Loire.
Camping La Plage
When we arrived the first thing we noticed was how beautiful it was. The scenery was gorgeous surrounding the campsite. We weren’t actually camping, instead, we had a chalet located in the cottage village, Mansigné Sarthe. This section is fully enclosed and independent from the campsite itself.
The cottage village has a lake view, a children’s play area and a private pool which is heated and covered, making it perfect to use any time of the year!
The chalet itself, had a TV, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, a mini-oven, dishwasher and washing machine. Everything you would want from a self-catering base for your holiday!
Camping La Plage is ideally located in South Sarthe, close to many tourist sites and is a great alternative for those who want to stay close to nature but not on a campsite!
What We Thought Of Camping La Plage
We stayed here for 3 nights. From Friday afternoon to Monday morning. There are 2 sides to the campsite: one for camping and one for chalets. We were at the back of the camping area. It has private parking inside the site but you are not allowed to park next to your chalet. You can only do that for unpacking and packing. But it wasn’t that far from us do that didn’t matter too much.
There is an office on site but it doesn’t stay open until late so you should organise everything you need before it closes. There isn’t a cafe inside the site but you can go to a nearby supermarket and get all the essentials.
The chalet has everything you need but it isn’t a modern site. The chalet looks very nice from the outside but inside the decor is a little bit dated but it was still very comfortable. We had 2 rooms. One was a double room and the other one a twin room so it was perfect for us.
There was a family bathroom for us and the toilet was separated from the showers and sinks so this was handy. The washing machine in this area. The kitchen is small but has all the basic things you need. They left us a welcome package with essential cleaning supplies which was nice and very handy lol. As we had a lot planned for our visit we didn’t really get a chance to sit in to watch TV, but we did notice it was French channels.
Exploring The Campsite
The girls loved the swimming pool. It was big and covered. It helped if the weather is not the best so you still can enjoy a swim. The girls wanted to swim every day if possible.
They also loved the playground. There is an access door to the lake which you open with the card that also opens the gate of the camping site. This is a great feature as you know your kids can’t get to the lake without this! The lake also has a beach too and you can get in and have a swim. My girls didn’t do that but they loved playing in the playground near the beach.
We enjoyed some beautiful sunsets during the evenings. On Saturday afternoon after coming back from the zoo we decided to stay in and have dinner in the chalet. The girls ate their dinner sitting down outside watching the sunset. It was lovely. We really enjoyed that night.
The site itself was very peaceful which is nice when you want to relax and you were able to relax more because there was no wifi in the chalet. They gave us a code but it didn’t work. But my 4G signal was working good so I was able to use my phone. I know this could be an issue for people who need to get online.
Another thing I would have liked to see was a shop on site for any emergencies. You do have to go off-site if you need anything but this would have been handy to have. Something we did notice though was the mosquitoes. There was quite a few of them around during our visit. This meant we didn’t want to have the windows open meaning we did get hot when inside. To combat this we closed the shutters and opened the windows from the inside. I know this isn’t an issue with the campsite itself, but you may want to consider this when visiting and pack a fan and repellant.
Our Thoughts On Camping La Plage
Overall we had a lovely and peaceful time at Camping La Plage. It was very well located to different tourist attractions so it was perfect for us. The girls loved the swimming pool, the lake and the playground so they had a great time staying there. If we would have stayed around during the days, the girls would have tried the different activities that were on at the camping site too. But this time we didn’t get to do this.
If you are planning to stay in Loir and want to have a peaceful time with gorgeous views and stay close by near the Zoo La Fleche and Chateau de Lude, this site is very convenient. If you would like to visit, there are different options that the campsite caters for, not just families.
Do you like staying in campsites when travelling?
*Disclosure: I was invited by the Vallée du Loir & Le Mans Tourist Boards to a press trip to visit the area. Everything was complimentary for the purpose of this blog post.
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