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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very nature campsite, in the heart of the forest, by the Lake of Rille. Cottages and "wood & canvas" tents to rent. On site: restaurant, heated swimming-pool, tennis courts, many activities to discover the region and the nature. Open from April to November. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huttopia Rille Hotel Rille