What they do here they do very well but basic caravan accommodation can cost £800 per week so is slightly overpriced. camping facilities are excellent cleanest I have come across.
We hired three roulottes (large gyspy caravans) along with 2 other families for a week. The roulottes were more spacious than we imagined and they have a modern interior with kitchen and shower/toilet. It's a bit of a shame they couldn't be a bit more authentic inside but they were comfy nonetheless. Each roulotte faces a different way so you have a degree of privacy. As we wanted a communal eating area we just moved the external tables and put them together. They are beneath the trees so shaded and only got a bit hot inside a couple of times we were there (but it was an overcast week). If you want to go as a group but one of you wants to camp and one lot stay in a cabin, you could do this as the cabins are by the roulottes and it looks like there are a couple of camping pitches amongst the roulottes. We thought it would be worth paying more to get a cabin as there is so much more space in them and most overlook the lake. The cabins sleep 6 but two beds are on a mezzanine with no doors so might be a noise issue? The camping pitches looked very nice too.
The roulotte bedroom had a small double and, separated by a sliding door, two small bunkbeds. The girls thought they were sleeping in a cupboard! The bunkbeds are very narrow but fairly long - I wouldn't want to share the sleeping area with teenagers though. Fine for little ones although they clunked the sides of the beds in the night. The kitchen area has stove top cooking and a microwave and is pretty well equipped. An oven/grill would have been good but you have to do creative stove top dishes! Take your own mugs and tea towels. Also, because you need to clean it at the end "to the standard you found it" you might want to take some cleaning product. You are left with two sponges and some weak cleaning fluid, but I wasn't sure whether the sponges had been used by the previous occupants to clean the loos when they left!
The girls enjoyed the kids club which was for an hour and a quarter each morning and free. They played games but did quite a lot of colouring in - I thought they might have done more stuff about nature given the emphasis on this at the site, but it was a nice freebie anyhow. They liked meeting other children (at end of August almost exclusively British). At the weekends there are steam train rides in the afternoon running from just outside the campsite gates - you can't miss it and won't be allowed to not go on it if you have small children!
I agree with a previous review which said that teenagers would get bored. There were a couple of activities they could do but not enough of them there to eye each other up etc.. It is really for the under tens I think. The pool was great for little ones, our smallest one gained confidence so much and started to swim during the week because it was deep enough to encourage swimming but she could still stand up in half of it (aged 3). There is also a fenced baby pool. It is not a good pool for adults wanting a leisurely swim.
We spent a week mainly on site, the children enjoyed collecting pine cones and making things, going out in the canoes, the steam train and the pool.They LOVED getting rides in the carts that you can borrow to move luggage around. I wish we had taken the girls bikes. It was very relaxing for us and very quiet (no music and no cars except those unloading or loading bags).
One of the staff recommended Soulanges Huttopia site and said it was lovely with its natural swimming pool. Staff seemed nice and friendly. When you book for checkout they come and thoroughly check every item on the inventory and your cleaning standard - allow about 20 minutes for this for this check. There are cleaners that come in afterwards and the staff checking you out leave them little notes to say what they need to do so it is not clear how immaculate it has to be.
There is a Super U supermarket about 10 minutes maximum drive and you can order bread from the site shop too. The site itself is about a mile out of Rille following Lac de Rille signs. If you have gone for more then a mile and not found the steam railway followed by the small Huttopia sign then you are on the wrong road so turn back! (as our friends found out having "explored" area for ages trying to find it).
We would definitely go back and try the other ones as there is such a nice vibe.
We stayed at Rille last year in our caravan. We have four children, then aged 14, 12, 6 and 5. My (preggers) sister and her boyfriend and young toddler (aged 2) also stayed with us at Rille in a tent that they pitched near to us. We had booked for two weeks but couldn't bear to leave so stayed on for another 10 days. As it was a good value site (for August!!) and the pitch was so big it easily accommodated all of us for the extra time. We have been camping and caravaning/ mobile in France since 1997. We found on previous sites that you are often squashed in. Not so with Rille the pitch was humongous. There was very little noise after 11pm; again not so with all sites. The staff were very frendly, the bar was reasonable and the food was good- (but unadventurous; only for those days you couldnt be bothered to either cook or eat out). There were child centred activities that you could opt in or out of. The site was quite small so it felt safe enough to let the younger children have a cycle or wander (even to the loos). There were family shower cubicles which we used to take the small ones into which was hilarious. The lake was calm, safe and bordered with sand although the true muddy nature was soon felt underfoot. We were in shade so never got too hot in the van. There was an amazing cycle throught he pine forest and small villages, that the whole family did for about 10km. There was also a mad little restaurant near the site that you could walk to. The site was attractively set out, and everyone seemed to have a slow relaxed and laid back demeanour. We ended up loving the bivouacs that you had to BBQ within the confines of. i thought I would hate the 'group cooking' element of it- but actually it was a superbly friendly and chilled out experience. Everyone was very respectful of the area and kept it clean. Terrific. Rille was ideally situated to visit the fabulous chateaux of the region, and the supermarche, although a small drive away, was more than adequate. Not very many provisions sold on site. All in all an absolutely perfect site for maybe quite novice campers with small children as it was a no hassle and calm environment type of site. NO TRAFFIC! was a stroke of genius as immediately you are relieved of the tension of dealing with the small minority who drive much too fast on site (you know who you are!!grrrrrrrr). This can cause you worry when your children are just below windscreen level on their bikes or just playing. We met some really lovely people as well, which can often be a bit hit and miss on a camping trip if you're all squashed in together-, but without exception the people camping around us were really very very lovely. we were sad to leave. It was very hot but also very shady so the heat never became an issue. Also surprisingly few midges for a lake setting. All in all we loved it- BUT - we were travelling with two older children and they were not as keen! My eldest two children found the pool much, much too small, and also bemoaned the lack of teens their own ages (particularly those of the opposite sex....) to mix with. invariably they ended up entertaining the younger children, but it has to be said- they did get bored. The pool did seem to be much to small for the site, was quite dirty and I wasn't 100% convinced about the hygiene for it seemed extremely overcrowded. I wouldn't go to Huttopia with the teens for my main holiday again for this and other reasons. They want organised sports, waterslides, wave machines, horse riding, discos- and other teenagers!! This was not to be found at Rille. However, we are travelling to Paris for mid term and will be doing lots of non site based activitivy so we have booked into huttopia Versailles hoping that its as chilled out as Rille.
We stayed 9 days at this campsite with our own tent. The site is wonderfully back to nature. Lots of space to pitch our enormous tent. The pool was delightful for our 3 kids who are all young. The site was big enough for the kids to feel they had lots of freedom and yet small enough for us to feel they were safe. The kids club was idyllic - I made bread with my son and lotsof french woman comparing recipes! perfect - what holidays in france are all about! The train around the lake on sundays - well my son thought he had died and gone to heaven. The lake was beautiful by day to hire a kayak and by night we let off chinese lanterns. The only drawback is no fires - although I did see 2 teenAGERS LITE ONE!
It was dark when we arrived, and the receptionist gave us the key to the cabin, a map of the site, and sent us off to find our cabin. When we eventually found it, it was unlit and cold - some welcome!! The policy of asking the guests to clean the cabin before they leave does not work and the management does not care enough to check. Lights did not work, pans had broken handles, we had to wash all the utensils before using them and although it was halloween, the cobwebs were not there for effect!
The next morning, when we informed the staff of these issues, we were given some cleaning products and lightbulbs. Obviously the maintainance of the cabins is also to be done by the guests.
At departure the managers, Thierry and Rosanne were far from apologetic, and insulted us by opening a conversation saying that 'you live in France but speak no French', and that 'it is the English that do not clean the pans'.
I wonder if when the Dutch complain, they get told that it is the Dutch who do not clean properly?
Even more unfortunate was the reaction of the President Director General of Huttopia, when we informed him of our poor experience. He told us that he had not received complaints against his management before and wished us a pleasant stay in his country. Obviously, poor standards and abusing guests who complain is policy.
Just come back from a wonderful stay in Huttopia Rille and was very impressed with the cleanliness of the site as well as the quality of the facilities - the hot, powerful showers were particularly appreciated! Pitched our own tent and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and tranquil setting. We're sure to use Huttopia campsites again.