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Camping La Rive
south yorkshire england
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“jules”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

La Rive is a very large campsite, on arrival we found the staff all very friendly and helpful. This is a very busy camp with lots of children running around but beware the cyclists they are everywhere! The pools are clean but cold except for indoors which are a little warmer. The downside is the floor around the pools they are painful to walk on especially the loose stones. The lakeside beach is great and the water is shallow but warm and when the sun is out it is a great way to spend the day very safe for little ones. The supermarket on site is okay but expensive and towards the end of August had very little in, there are 3 more supermarkets nearby but you will need transport as they are not in walking distance, Eleclerc in Biscarrosse we found to be the best. Take a visit to Arcachon it's well worth it. The downside to the camp is the amount of mobiles and tents that are squeezed onto the camp they leave little privacy between each one. The entertainment in the bar was very french and very loud with the bar closing at midnight I'm very glad we weren't nearer to the entertainment area. You can't get served at the bar you have to queue and order first and then pick up... which confused a few. We didn't use the restaurant as the menu seemed limited and expensive so cannot comment but it didn't appear to be busy. Tried the take away which again was limited in variety and didnt enjoy the pizza we had but they were pretty busy. Toilet blocks although clean have no toilet roll or soap so make sure you take your own.... We booked with the camp direct and found the mobile to be clean though basic and they have only hobs and microwaves and no oven. Downside are the beds they are cheap and have wooden slats underneath the 'brick mattress', don't expect to sleep well... They have tv's in all mobiles that have built in dvd players. But other than that the channels are in french, hopefully you won't need them. You may only use gas bbq's on site though there are communual ones you can use. You can hire one from the hire shop on site as well as fridges and fans and bikes but they are expensive as is most things on site. However this said we enjoyed our stay and would definately come back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

La rive is a big campsite. Its situated on a large lake, a few Kms from the sea. It is a typically French campsite and is possibly best suited to those with younger families up to teenagers. There is an excellent swimming pool complex, which has recently been improved to include a small wave pool and a lazy river indoor area. There are plans to improve the kids swimming area for 2013. Shorts are not allowed in the swim pools as is the norm in peak periods in France. The lake is great, it is shallow and warm with a nice sandy beach adjacent.
There are all the facilities you would expect of a large campsite, cash machine, laundry, take away, restaurant etc. There is a hire shop on site which will rent out everything from fridges to bikes. There is a convenience food shop but it is pricey. There are several other shops selling newspapers, beach wear, toys etc.
Entertainment is typically French, and runs daily throughout high season until late night.
Pitch sizes are adequate but not large. They are a mixture of grass and dust, and beware, dirty feet will be the norm here. It is not possible to keep kids clean!!!
We stayed with Eurocamp. Their caravans are being modernised and not for the better. However we must praise their managers on this site Dee and Paul, and the kids club organisers Lucy and Louise. They were all excellent.
The site is located between Sanguinet and Biscarosse. It is out on its own and you cannot readily walk to either of these towns, a car is necessary. Within both towns however there are shops, pharmacy, restaurants and at least one supermarket. Indeed Biscarosse (the bigger of the two) has 3 of them.
Its a good area, and there is quite a bit to do locally and if you are prepared for up to about 1/2 hours travelling, which gets you to the Arcachon area and loads of attractions.
One warning which is about Aqualand. It is very expensive and there are massive queues for everything including the slides. It is poorly run despite its cost. You pay for everything from car parking to sun beds. Add in food - huge queue - and expect to pay about £120+ a day for a family of four. Queue times on slides are about 40 mins each, so there is a severe limit on how many you can do in a day. Its a real rip off even though the slides are great.
A good place to go is Port Maguide, 10 minutes from the site on the lake. Lots to do there, nice bars etc to sit in plus a small water park with inflatables in for the kids.
All in all I would recommend this site to families. A lot return year on year which is testimany to my view

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Definitely not a 5 star resort.
The pool and lake were great fun for our 2 children (4 and 6 yrs) but the toilets blocks, though cleaned regularly, had no toilet roll or soap.
The evening entertainment could be heard throughout the campsite with music blaring until 1am on some nights.
The pitches were cramped and unkempt.
The drain nearby overflowed during our stay causing contaminated water to flood into our tent.
We left 2 days early and although we were reimbursed for 2 nights and given compensation to cover the cost of our belongings damaged during the flood.
Food very expensive, hence the empty tables at the restaurant.
Narrowly avoided being run over by cyclists very day - hundreds of people on bikes.
Good play area for the kids.
Would not go back!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2012


Very hard to fault this place. We had the most relaxing family holiday ever as the kids club runs for 2 or 4 hrs every day and there is so much to do you dont need to leave the site. The pool complex is great fun but the real bonus is the lake. Its shallow, sandy and warm enough to swim in as the sun sets after the pool closes. Added to that you can hire bikes and explore the brand new tarmaced cycle tracks through the woods and around the lake all perfectly flat. Or the atlantic coast is only 10 mins away for a change of scene. Mini golf at navarosse a must for a cloudy day. Lots of other families so kids can make new friends on site. All in all hard to beat.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Paris, France
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Just got back from a week at La Rive. We had booked directly through the campsite's website. The mobile home was very nice, but for two complaints: a) the beds were cheap and uncomfortable, and b) the mobile homes are packed quite close together so it can feel a bit claustrophobic at times, plus there can be noise issues depending on your neighbours. Both of these factors were disappointing only in that having stayed at other lesser-starred campsites before, we didn't experience these problems.

Far and away the best things about this campsite were the pool area - big, spacious, great for both adults and kids, and the private lake/beach. With these two ameneties, and good weather, you're pretty much set for your whole holiday. It would have been nice to have a bit more shade (e.g. some parasols) around the pool though - that's really my only complaint about that.

The restaurant was nice enough, but nothing amazingly special, and service both at the evening bar and in the restaurant can be a little slow. But we were there in probably the busiest week of the summer, and we didn't mind a more relaxed pace anyway.

There were tons of ping pong tables dotted all over the campsite, which was great as we love table tennis!

The campsite is very very large, and we were in a mobile home located at the far side which meant a long-ish walk to the pool/lake/supermarket - but then again, it was nice to have a bit more peace in the evenings and be away from the main throughways.

Evening entertainment was good, we enjoyed the multilingual cabaret and karaoke nights. (Though we didn't actually participate ;-) )

For those below moaning about men having to wear tight-fitting swimming trunks around the pool - it is indeed French law! Boxer-type swimming shorts were banned a while back in public swimming complexes, as they are deemed unhygeinic (because people would often wear the same pair of shorts all day long then get straight into the pool in them, thus spreading bacteria/dirt). Just be thankful that swimming caps aren't obligatory as they are in most municipal French swimming pools!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Not as great as it thinks it is, especially if you're on a touring pitch

First the good stuff: great swimming pool complex incl. plenty of indoor and outdoor swimming. Reasonable selection of shops (although none that sell the type of swimming trunks that men are obligged to wear in the pool complex - doh!) on the site as the site is several miles from the nearest town, the quieter lakeside is a great alternative to the busy pool complex, with warm lake water, shallow for quite a long way out so great for lttle ones and plenty of sand for sandcastles. Our five year old loved the network of little "streets" around the site - great for bikes and scooters. A very pleasant flat cycle route has been built through forests to Biscarosse and Sanguinet. Very good playground.

Now the bad stuff: self proclaimed 5 star but no toilet paper or soap in the shower rooms, woefully inadequate number of showers at peak times with unreliable water temperature, with no separate washbasins (shower and basin in same cubicle). Our nearest toilet block didn't have a chem toilet emptying facility although site map suggested it would, so of course some people just emptied them dowm the loos - not nice. The electric hook-ups are spaced too far apart so good chance your cable won't reach. The restaurant food was very "average" and the service poor - half way through us placing our order the waiter was interrupted by a colleague and walked off before we could complete our order. They had very few baby seats - maybe 5 in a big restaurant and when I made a comment about this I was told, "well we can't have 100 high chairs". No, but maybe 20 would be good in a site with at least 3000-4000 guests in high season!!! The launderette was labelled as open 24 hours, but they neglected to mention that the machines are token operated and the tokens can only be bought from reception during opening hours. There was no daily posting of the local weather, only a once a week posting of the coming week's weather which was of course out of date after a couple of days. They had no map available of the local cycle route - we were told it was available from the local tourist office - but of course you need to have the map to find the tourist office. And the site had a very crowded feel - couldn't believe how they'd squashed in the chalets (I suspect it would be illegal in UK for fire regulations!). The queue in the supermarket in the mornings could be 20-30 people long, snaking through the whole shop. Finally the site map was dreadful - black and white with a ridiculous labeling system using numbers rather than words which meant you couldn't even identify the pool complex or your nearest loo without scanning through the entire key - difficult to explain the problem with it unless you try to use it- barmy! As if someone had been briefed to design the least user-friendly map they could!

I guess some of the facilities are 5 star, but there is a lot they could do to make it better.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Glasgow
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This campsite has some good points. It's next to a lac which is very calm, shallow and warm with a sandy beach, pedalos, catamarans etc, making it ideal for families and young children (the atlantic ocean being pretty rough sometimes for little ones). It has a large restaurant, a shop, hire bikes, a spa and other shops selling wine, newspapers etc. It has takeaway pizza, chicken and paninis all day. The pools are good and offer various options.

We booked with Keycamp and paid £1400 for a week in a villagrand caravan. I expected something modern and fairly nice. We arrived to an old, tired, grubby, small and hot little caravan crammed in among others. The beds were horribly uncomfortable, the kitchen under-equiped, the ancient fan useless, the towels we ordered thin and small, the beach towels 2 days late, the brush and mop left outside and filthy and old. The sofas were made of some oilcloth type material and stained and brubby. Every time you sat down and got up again the cushions came off with you. Ugh! The staff tried hard to please and it wasn't their fault but the company shouldn't be hiring these out until they're refurbished or changed.

We found the campsite too, too busy, the food only average and the people rude. If the accommodation had been better, we might have enjoyed it more, but I'd really think twice about going in August if you don't like crowds.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Camping La Rive
Address: 6523 Route de Bordeaux | 6523 Route de Bordeaux, 40600 Biscarrosse, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Landes > Biscarrosse
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Biscarrosse
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Hotel Class:5 star — Camping La Rive 5*
Number of rooms: 800
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Camping La Rive Hotel Biscarrosse

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