French campsites have changed. In fact, they’re rarely known as campsites these days. The best French family-friendly campsites have been renamed as holiday parcs. And it’s the quality of their accommodation that’s made all the difference. We’ve been lucky enough to stay in a few four- and five-star French holiday parcs, and the standard of our mobile homes has always been high. So we were pleased when we had an invitation to try out a new Eurocamp Azure at La Vallée, in Normandy, France.
La Vallée is a short distance (22km) from the ferry port of Caen, where we sailed from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries. You can read more about La Vallée in my post about it, here. It’s a five-star holiday park on the edge of Houlgate, a pretty seaside town on France’s north coast, overlooking the English Channel.
Inside the Eurocamp Azure
If you’d like to take a tour of the Azure, here’s a video I made when we arrived:
The Azure is a new style of mobile home, with a fresh design. It’s a mid-range option. Unlike the Avant or Aspect, there’s no dishwasher. But it shares the ample shaded decking area of the two more high-spec mobile homes. Like them, it has an airy, bright interior.
Eurocamp’s mobile homes are designed with changeable weather in mind. Northern France’s cabins include radiators, for when the temperature dips. On hot days, the Azure’s double doors help let in the breeze, and electric fans come as standard. The interior of our Azure was cool and crisp, with a grey-and-white colour scheme punctuated by pops of bright colour on the curtains. We thought we might be among the first guests to stay in our Azure, as the place had a lovely, clean woody smell, and was spotlessly clean.
Kitchen and cooking facilities in the Eurocamp Azure
Our Azure’s kitchen included a single oven, hob, large fridge freezer and microwave. Each mobile home came with a gas-powered barbeque – and the thoughtful people at Eurocamp included a small box of matches inside an ‘essentials’ pack. Nobody wants to be on the hunt for matches at 6pm, when they decide to fire up the barbeque. Also in the pack were washing-up liquid, a couple of cleaning cloths, a tea towel and cleaning fluid. The idea is that you try to leave your mobile home as you find it, when you leave. Eurocamp staff do come in and give the place a rigorous once-over though, before the next guests arrive.
La Vallée’s Eurocamp staff had left us a little treat – a welcome pack. There’s usually an extra charge for this, but it’s worth having this treat to find when you arrive after a long journey. A couple of mini-bottles of wine, and some nice jam for the morning always help a holiday get off to a good start.
The Azure’s designers had made the most of the space, and planned the kitchen’s storage options well. The kitchen drawers and cabinets had bags of room for all the cutlery, pans, dishes and cups laid out for us. We arrived to a few empty shelves, for our food. The fridge freezer and microwave were tucked away neatly in a corner. Outside the kitchen, hooks peppered around the place made it easy to store bags and coats. Even the broom and mop had their own wall attachments, to keep them out of the way.
Bedrooms in the Eurocamp Azure
Blackout blinds! Say these words to any parent of young children, and they’ll give you a knowing nod. When you have early risers in your family, a decent blackout blind can make the difference between a 5am start and a lie-in till 7.30. The Azure’s thick curtains were reinforced by a blackout blind on each bedroom window, on top of the mosquito screen.
Our three bedrooms weren’t enormous, but they were ample for just the four of us. If the children had needed to share a bedroom, we still wouldn’t have felt too squished. We pre-ordered bed linen, which was laid out, all starched and crisp, in sealed plastic bags, ready for us to make up the beds. Our linen package included towels, which meant we didn’t have to lug around too many of our own.
Despite their small size, the bedrooms were well-designed. Bedside tables meant that books or games could be kept easily to hand. There were two sockets in each bedroom, which felt generous. Our bed was a European Queen size, so we didn’t have to fight over bed space.
Bathrooms in the Eurocamp Azure
Our Azure had two bathrooms: one with a shower and sink, the other with just a WC. The shower room was an attractive space, with a large rectangular porcelain sink, and a cute porthole window. The hose you can see on the left of the picture below was attached to a hairdryer, which latched onto the wall. And there was double the shelf space shown here; another unit sat around the corner from the hairdryer, out of shot. I was impressed by all these shelves in the bathroom. For possibly the first time ever, I didn’t find myself running out of space for all my toiletries, and the family’s shampoo, shower gel and sun lotion.
Holiday parc setting
Set at the top of the holiday parc, on plot 231, our Eurocamp Azure was in a gorgeous spot. Here’s the view from the decking, with the sea just on the horizon:
And here’s the sea again, this time shown with a little help from my zoom lens:
The mobile homes at the bottom of La Vallée didn’t have the same views. If you’re able to choose, and you like a sea view, I’d recommend a cabin somewhere near 231. The whole parc was pleasant, though, with plenty of grassy space and beautiful crab-apple trees.
You can read about our stay at La Vallée in this blog post. Here’s a little video showing what we got up to at the holiday parc:
Other Eurocamp mobile homes and holiday parcs
This is the second Eurocamp mobile home we’ve stayed in. Two summers ago an Avant was our home for the week, and you can read about it here. If you’d like to read more about that stay with Eurocamp, at La Garangeoire, check out these posts:
The price of a week’s stay in a Eurocamp Azure varies, depending on location and time of year. The mobile home is available as a two-bed or a three-bed, and in both models, the sofa converts into a bed, for extra sleeping space. Details of price and availability are available on the Eurocamp website.
We were guest of Eurocamp for a week at La Vallée.
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