Inside a Eurocamp Azure at La Vallée, France. A review of the family-friendly mobile home

Eurocamp Azure

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 Azure

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.

Eurocamp Azure

The Azure’s double doors open onto the kitchen/diner living area

Kitchen and cooking facilities in the Eurocamp Azure

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.

And if you’re wondering what it might be useful to pack for a Eurocamp holiday, check out this handy packing list.

Eurocamp welcome pack

Eurocamp’s welcome pack

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.

Eurocamp Azure

The fridge-freezer and microwave were tucked away in the Azure’s kitchen area.

Bedrooms in the Eurocamp Azure

Eurocamp Azure

A twin bedroom in our 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.

Eurocamp Azure

Our double bedroom

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.

Eurocamp Azure

The Azure’s shower room

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:

La Vallée

And here’s the sea again, this time shown with a little help from my zoom lens:

La Vallée

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.

La Vallée

Thanks, Eurocamp, for our stay in such a gorgeous spot!

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:

  • La Garangeoire
    A family holiday at La Garangeoire, Vendée, France with Eurocamp

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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Eurocamp Azure

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  1. June 22, 2018 / 9:38 am

    This looks much better than I expected a mobile home to be like, it looks really modern and comfortable. x

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      It was pretty swish!

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Yes, they’d really thought that through.

  2. June 22, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Wow, these are lovely! Every accommodation should have blackout blinds too! I’d love to go to Eurocamp one year, all the parks look incredible although I have to say the accommodation at Azure looks like the best I’ve seen.

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      I bet you’d love Eurocamp, Nat. x

  3. June 22, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Oh this looks lovely. We stayed in an older style one last year. We had a fantastic time but this looks so clean and thought out in comparison. My boys are asking to go back as they had such a great time.

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      My two would go back to Eurocamp every year if they could!

  4. June 22, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    It looks lovely. What a great location.

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      The location was just perfect. Quiet, but so close to the town and the beach.

  5. June 23, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Wow these look really great! I’ve always wanted to visit one of the Eurocamps and this definitely makes me want to more. Something for next summer maybe!

    • Nell
      July 1, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      I’d recomend Eurocamp. They’re a great company for family holidays, especially for younger kids.

  6. June 25, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    This looks a long way away from the camping holidays I remember as a child with Eurocamp- very stylish! Can see myself out on the decking with a drink, chilling out

  7. June 26, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    The view is beautiful. These mobile homes are the reason that I refuse to camp in a tent anymore. Our favourite campsite in Austria spoiled us with similar accommodation and there’s no going back! I love the look of Azure La Vallee and we need to visit France again soon so this is great, thank you! 🙂 x

  8. June 27, 2018 / 10:12 am

    It looks very modern inside and I do love the deck area for al fresco dining. That welcome pack is amazing! It looks like a lovely holiday park too.

  9. June 27, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    It looks so clean and I love that everything is organised to maximise the space as much as possible. We’ve not stayed in a holiday park yet (as a family of six who all like our space, it’s tough to find one that works) but for a smaller family it looks ideal.

  10. June 28, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    This looks much nicer than I would have expected. Looks very family friendly

  11. June 28, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Sounds like a very well thought out mobile home. Very impressed by the black out blinds, I’m
    Sure they were designed by a parent!

  12. July 2, 2018 / 11:58 am

    The accommodation looks great. I really like the modern airy feel it has to it and I like that it is detached giving a sense of privacy. It’s certainly somewhere I would consider staying

    • Nell
      July 6, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      It really did feel quite private there.

  13. July 5, 2018 / 7:28 am

    We took s Eurocamp holiday to France when the girls were young and they are still talking about it! They really know how to do camps and the mobile homes are amazing.

    • Nell
      July 6, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Yes, it’s a brilliant sort of holiday, especially when the children are younger.

  14. July 5, 2018 / 11:36 am

    We’ve never camped abroad and, as much I really fancy the idea of a camping trip abroad, lugging all of our stuff over there does seem like a lot of hassle. This is a much better option and looks great. Especially like the welcome pack. #familyfriendlystays

    • Nell
      July 6, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Yes, it really was very easy. Such a nice way to see France!

  15. July 5, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    This looks super flash. We just stayed in a Eurocamp, but it was nowhere near as modern as this. I didn’t know some had dishwashers! Game changer. Also big love for the black out blinds! #familyfriendlystays

    • Nell
      July 6, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      I know! This is the first mobile home we’ve stayed in that’s had them. I’d find it hard to go back now!

  16. July 7, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Like you say, a lot has changed at Eurocamp. This is so different to my memories of childhood Eurocamp holidays. I really will be booking one for next summer, just need to decide on a destination…. Thanks for linking up with #FamilyFriendlyStays

    • Nell
      July 9, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      There are loads of beautiful places to choose from.

    • Nell
      July 11, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      It was great. Water slides, a brilliant Eurocamp kids’ club, a mini disco, nice playgrounds, a bouncy castle, tennis and basketball courts…. I’ve just written a post about La Vallee itself, and updated this post with a link to it, and a video. Do check it out!

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