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Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Camping in France is so popular because of the food, scenery and facilities. The downside to this is that overcrowding, busy roads and weary staff are commonplace. Not however in Le Cosycamp located in The Haute Loire region of Auvergne.

If you are looking for the personal touch, quiet roads, stunning mountain vistas and friendly people then this is the region for you.

Richard and Sophie and their team will make you very welcome and they are doing a fabulous job at creating a unique Cosycamp identity - Eco, chilled, inclusive.

You may spend an extra couple of hours in the car from the ferry port, but it is so worth it!

Date of stay: August 2014
2  Thank Darragh F
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Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place is great. It is a lovely spot from the point of view of nature - the river flows past it, a cliff / rock face overlooks it, there's plenty of green throughout. I was there last week of August and it was not totally full, but a lot of people and still not too bad. Of course, you can't compare the style to free isolated camping (and as an Aussie I still have to get used to hearing the tent next to me) but as far as camping grounds with numbered spots go it's not bad. We were in a tent. The pool is truly great, a chance to camp and then sit in a deckchair with a bar, while the kids spend all day in the water, is a real treat. There's a toddler/baby pool and a larger pool for the older ones. The family room / building at the centre of the campsite, is great to have as n option for the games, and the (basic) snacks and food. Simple pizzas and salads are available, and the bar. The only room for improvement is toilet blocks - they are clean and functional without problem, but the ratio of toilets to showers to sinks seems to not give enough toilets, plus one of two toilet areas was regularly closed and at one point on an early morning mid sleep toilet visit I had to walk an extra distance to a toilet block. Sophie and Richard the hosts are friendly sweet and helpful, and give good local recommendations and help. The canoeing (free hire) is extremely lovely and relaxing. Somehow the general population and other visitors was also a nice mix and we were very happy with the people we meet and who our kids played with. Being able to hire a fridge for a tent was a treat I have never had, and will miss in the future. Other improvement could be larger trolleys to transport your goods from car to campsite, but it's not a big deal. Having fresh bread delivered daily (orders placed previous evening) was nice. The wellness centre is fun for kids and a family experience, but don't expect anything like a sauna / spa retreat: it's a room around a very large well heated roman bath, with the room heated almost to sauna temperatures (but a bit less so easily fine for kids). The permanent structures look very solid and comfortable, from the outside, but I can't comment on the interior bc we used a tent. The so-called 200m2 tent pitch was a decent size - we have a large tent and there was no problem. Some pitches have trees, some don't and consider whether you want that when booking (and / or whether you want a tree around the middle of the pitch). There are some little shelters on some sites too, and they could be handy for storage / cooking especially in inclement weather. There is only very minor variation between pitch location,. so it shouldn't matter too much where you are. All in all a great place. The relaxing nature meant we didn't venture out much - but we spent a day visiting local markets, and the medieval village of chalencon which is picture perfect and shouldn't be missed. A slight walk is involved from the car park (10-15mins downhill and later same in reverse) and then I recommend the walk to the well known bridge (about 20 minutes on a slight incline down on the way there). The grassy area after bridge is a truly beautiful picnic spot on the edge of a beautiful river (swimming may be possible - check in advance), so consider taking a picnic. If you want a slightly nicer authentic local dinner - Auberge la Renouee in Cheyrac 10 to 15 mins away (I have reviewed it separately). Wi-fi exists but is not reliable (improvements foreshadowe for the future). Enjoy it all.

Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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5  Thank David B
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Reviewed August 31, 2014

Had a fantastic 2 weeks stay in August14 - Sophie, Richard and team run a really friendly, relaxed but thoroughly professional campsite.
We stayed in one of the safari tents which had a good kitchen with a four hob burner, microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee machine (but no traditional oven) - a good toilet/shower room within the tent - a decent sized double bed, and a bunk and single beds in another area. So comfortably sleeps 5.
Pool - both inside and out were great. Bar and food that were served really nice and reasonably priced.
An intermarche in Retournac was only 5 mins drive away (be aware campsite does NOT have a little shop - but they will order in bakery goods every morning to order.
Lots of areas dotted about for the kids to play, build camps, play sport.
Lots of opportunity to shop at local markets, and Le Puy well worth a visit.
As good a place as you could wish to find - and great value.

Date of stay: August 2014
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank Iain M
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

We stayed at CosyCamp for the first two weeks in August 2014 with our two children (ages 8 and 6). The campsite doesn't look much on arrival as the horse riding school next to it is very visible. Once in the grounds of the campsite it is lovely and immediately makes you feel relaxed. Not being able to bring your car in to unpack can be a bit of a pain, especially after a long drive, but it is fantastic not to have vehicles onsite - no worrying about kids being hit and only stunning views to look at whilst relaxing!

The pitches are mixed - some look very cramped and hemmed in with you having to walk between other pitches to reach them. Others are overlooked by the safari tents and lack a bit of privacy. Having said that, the ones by the river are beautiful and the 'natural' ones are also really nice. I would recommend getting a privilege pitch to ensure a bit more room.

The facilities are all kept very clean (they were cleaned at least twice a day) and we never had to wait for a shower. The family room and cafe are beautiful and the food is lovely and fairly reasonably priced. There are vegetables and herb gardens around the campsite and they use these in the meals. It was pretty handy having herbs for cooking on hand and if ripe and ready, they are happy for you to use the produce.

There are three swimming pools; two outdoors - a smaller pool suitable for younger children and a larger pool with a long ramp in and plenty of toys available. Although there are quite a lot of seats around the outdoor pools, during busy times we took our own down as they would all be taken. The third pool, indoors, can rented for private use for €10 an hour (for up to 8 people). We did this once as a treat and had a lovely time as the water is a nice temperature and it was a change to just have fun as a family. The river does run alongside the campsite though it is separated by long grass so there is little chance of escapee children going for a lone paddle. We had hoped to swim in the river but due to the weather, it was very churned up and looked rather brown and murky.

The scenery in the area is stunning and there is plenty of places to explore and things to do. There is a noticeable difference to places like the Dordogne in that many restaurants seemed to be closed when we were there as it's not quite such a tourist trap as other areas. The weather was a little mixed when we were there but it didn't make too much difference to our schedule though in general it is colder at night than other areas of France where we have camped.

The best thing by far about the campsite is the staff. Sophie, Richard and Fabice (along with the other staff) are the most helpful people you could ever come across. They always had time to help with any requests and really made you feel welcome.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the campsite to others though I would think it best suited to families with children up to the age of about 12.

Room tip: My favourite pitches are 11 - 14, 53, 77 - 79, 83 and 90.
Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank Eve M
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

We camped here as a family in August 2014 for just under two weeks. The campsite is excellent with brilliant facilities. We were part of a larger group of friends and the owners were very helpful in putting our pitches together as well as helping in organising group bookings. The weather was not the best during our stay; however when the sun did shine we enjoyed the pool, when it was raining the kids made good use of the community room to hang out with friends. Would recommend the campsite and will be looking to return ourselves.

Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Nathan W
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