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Hi there,

 

After visiting the Loire and Normandy regions of France for our last two summer holidays, we were thinking of visiting the Jura region.

 

The sites we are considering are Val de Bonnal, La Pergola or Domaine de Chalain, for two weeks in August.

We have two children aged 11 and 8, who love swimming / pool slides and the usual French campsite activities and entertainment etc.

 

Does anyone out there in 'caravantalk land' have any experience of these sites, and what are your hints and tips!?

 

Regards,

 

Stu

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We stayed at La Pergola back in the 90's with Eurocampi in a mobile home. On the lakeside with lots of activities for the kids, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing, as well as swimming. Lovely scenery in the area, caves and waterfalls. La Pergola was a good site then and I understand it has grown and improved considerably since.

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This year on a recommendation from long-standing caravanning friends we went to meet up with them at Camping La Plage Blanche in Ounans in the northern part of the Jura.

 

Our intention was to spend five or six days there as a bit of a reunion thing but we liked it and the area so much we stayed 15 nights.

 

You need to Google it for a more general view but it is by a lovely river in this the flatter part of the Jura. Its has been recently acquired and co owned by a British lass Clare* who is turning it round and modernising it; during our stay we were able to use ACSI or Camping Cheques but I believe this coming year Camping Cheques will drop it in part of their purge against sites that will not give exclusive rights to them.

 

Adjacent on the same terrain is an Activity Centre offering bike hire with trekking routes, canoeing, aerial climbing on wires and even walking with a donkey a new French thing. Being flat it probably enjoys better weather than the mountainous part of the Jura though this is accessible on trips out. And of course being flat is good for the cycling a major aspect in our site decision-making; the canal system through Dole offers some lovely rides.

 

The site has a nice pool; good ablution facilities; free WiFi around reception, a “snack” trailer doing the normal frits, chicken burgers, waffles etc and an adjacent proper restaurant. In season it might do "entertainment" but we were there in June.[needs checking but Clare is very easy to talk to]

 

Potentially a down side is that it is a linear site [to exploit the riverside pitching] so you can end up a long way from reception in terms of walking for bread, to use laptop etc; absolutely no problem with a bike to hand but if walking its going to get you fit. Could use it to burn off the kids early morning energy? You can pitch closer to reception but might then miss out on a riverside pitch.

 

Whilst it will not meet all tastes or suit many for as long as we stayed I doubt if many would not find it excellent as a part holiday venue. You need to do your own research to see if it is your sort of thing; it is ours but we like the quieter but quite action full life.

It’s not a tourist area as such but for us that is part of its charm; we found some nice eating places in the surrounding villages.

 

* Clare who we knew from the Val de Cantobre near Millau in the Cevennes co created that prize winning site and is reworking this one in the Jura.

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. ....even walking with a donkey a new French thing. .....

 

 

Perhaps not that new - remember R L Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey?

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Hi Bailey Stu,

We stayed at http://www. camping-ain-jura. com/ on a rally with the Volvo Owners club some years ago, whilst there it's worth the trip to Chamonix Mont Blanc. A good stopover on the way is http://www. laforgedesaintemarie. com/ at Joinville which is about half way from Calais. Any more info just ask. Catch ya later,indoors.

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My good wife has just found the La Plage Blanche booklet;

 

Google Maps Co-ordinates: 47 00 11. 87 N 5 39 56. 19 E

 

Phone (0033) 3 84 37 69 63

 

Web http://www. la-plage-blanche. com/?lang=en

 

email: reservation@la-plage-blanche. com

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Hi there,

 

After visiting the Loire and Normandy regions of France for our last two summer holidays, we were thinking of visiting the Jura region.

 

The sites we are considering are Val de Bonnal, La Pergola or Domaine de Chalain, for two weeks in August.

We have two children aged 11 and 8, who love swimming / pool slides and the usual French campsite activities and entertainment etc.

 

Does anyone out there in 'caravantalk land' have any experience of these sites, and what are your hints and tips!?

 

Regards,

 

Stu

 

There are some sites along the river Loue at Lods, Villafans and Ornans.

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This year on a recommendation from long-standing caravanning friends we went to meet up with them at Camping La Plage Blanche in Ounans in the northern part of the Jura.

 

Our intention was to spend five or six days there as a bit of a reunion thing but we liked it and the area so much we stayed 15 nights.

 

You need to Google it for a more general view but it is by a lovely river in this the flatter part of the Jura. Its has been recently acquired and co owned by a British lass Clare* who is turning it round and modernising it; during our stay we were able to use ACSI or Camping Cheques but I believe this coming year Camping Cheques will drop it in part of their purge against sites that will not give exclusive rights to them.

 

Adjacent on the same terrain is an Activity Centre offering bike hire with trekking routes, canoeing, aerial climbing on wires and even walking with a donkey a new French thing. Being flat it probably enjoys better weather than the mountainous part of the Jura though this is accessible on trips out. And of course being flat is good for the cycling a major aspect in our site decision-making; the canal system through Dole offers some lovely rides.

 

The site has a nice pool; good ablution facilities; free WiFi around reception, a “snack” trailer doing the normal frits, chicken burgers, waffles etc and an adjacent proper restaurant. In season it might do "entertainment" but we were there in June.[needs checking but Clare is very easy to talk to]

 

Potentially a down side is that it is a linear site [to exploit the riverside pitching] so you can end up a long way from reception in terms of walking for bread, to use laptop etc; absolutely no problem with a bike to hand but if walking its going to get you fit. Could use it to burn off the kids early morning energy? You can pitch closer to reception but might then miss out on a riverside pitch.

 

Whilst it will not meet all tastes or suit many for as long as we stayed I doubt if many would not find it excellent as a part holiday venue. You need to do your own research to see if it is your sort of thing; it is ours but we like the quieter but quite action full life.

It’s not a tourist area as such but for us that is part of its charm; we found some nice eating places in the surrounding villages.

 

* Clare who we knew from the Val de Cantobre near Millau in the Cevennes co created that prize winning site and is reworking this one in the Jura.

 

 

 

Camping La Plage Blanche in Ounans we stayed there this year and found it to be excellent - get a pitch next to the river.

 

Alan

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