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Camping Sandaya Le Chateau des Marais
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Had an amazing holiday here with Keycamp in August 2013. The mobile was spotlessly clean and on a big plot. We got a great welcome from the couriers and found them to be very helpful during our stay. The site was perfect for our children aged 5 and 7 with lots of space, various playgrounds and very good pools. They really enjoyed the slides and the lazy river. The bar and restaurant were welcoming and prices were as you would expect on a campsite. The shop was expensive but we went to the SuperU to stock up so only needed to go there occasionally. It was useful to have on site for essentials though. The children loved the activities provided by the Keycamp childrens couriers - so much so that they did not want to leave the site in case they missed anything. We will be back!

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed here for five nights before moving further south and loved it. My children (7 and 9) didn't want to leave. They loved the slides and the pool and fishing in the pond. It was very relaxing and by 10pm the site was very quiet. We were blessed with good weather. Had it been cooler then there wouldn't have been much to do around the site and entertainment is very low key. There wasn't any entertainment in te evening but the kids club in the day kept the children happy. Chambord is a five minute drive away and Blois was about 15 minutes. Also great for quiet and flat cycle paths. The toilet block was dated but always clean. Will definitely return! Staff always friendly.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a very child friendly site- but best for under 12s- not really suitable for teenagers. The pool was lovely and if you went early in the day you could almost have it to yourselves. The bar and restaurant and play areas are well away from the pitches and mobiles and close relatively early so there is not a great deal of noise at night. The site feels spacious and safe although some parents let their very young children scoot and ride around unsupervised which is hazardous. The whole experience feels very relaxed. We found the Keycamp staff brilliant and very helpful and responsive- especially Paul who could not do enough for us. The funstation was fantastic with great activities which our children loved. They could not wait for the next session!
There was plenty to do in the area with many chateaus within easy reach and Blois, Beaugency, Orleans and Tours within driving distance. All in all a great holiday ( and the weather was good too)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just back from a 4-night stay in our motorhome at Chateau des Marais, booked direct through their website. Reception staff weren't particularly welcoming but gave us the information we needed.

For young kids this place is perfect, our 6 & 3 year olds absolutely loved it and are asking when they can go back. The pools, slides and lazy river were a big hit - our boy would have done circuits of the river all day if we'd let him. They also loved the various playgrounds and cycling around the little roads and tracks that criss-cross the site. For grown-ups, you have the ideal configuration of a bar/restaurant terrace overlooking a safe playground and amusement arcade, with a nice view over to the big house and up the hill into the campsite. We were able to sit down as the sun was setting to enjoy a lengthy dinner and drinks while the kids played safely and happily in full view...this is the kind of set-up that we often search for on our family hols but rarely find it done this nicely.

The food in the restaurant was a little pricey for what it was, but we really enjoyed both meals we had. Certainly good enough that we didn't feel too sad about not being able to visit the local gourmet restaurant with our youngsters in tow. The house-wine by the pitcher is best avoided, but they have nice enough bottles around the 12 euro mark so no drama.

We did have a pretty major problem with service during our first visit to the restaurant - the waitress completely forgot about us towards the end of the meal, leaving us with the dessert menu for nearly an hour! We had to go and find her inside the restaurant in the end. They gave us a free drink and apologised a lot, but suffice to say no tip was left. On our second visit the head waiter spotted us and made sure of excellent service throughout, which made amends and earned a fair tip.

Camping pitches are reasonably sized, but not huge and quite worn with little grass on our pitch. Electric hook-up, water and drainage all worked without issues. Staff were friendly although we didn't really see many of them apart from in the restaurant. The little shop is adequate but pricey, the village has a boulangerie, boucherie, epicerie, traiteur and a bar/tabac - so everything you need really. Super-U / Intermarche 10 mins away in Mer. The bread in the village baker was better than in the site shop, but the other way round for croissants/pain-au-chocolat - so two stops on the morning baked goods run :)

Other campers were friendly and their kids well behaved - mostly British families with young kids, but a few other nationalities in the mix. As expected the place shuts down at about 10:30pm and is very quiet overnight.

The surrounding area is nice - we cycled up to Chambord with it's magnificent chateau and usual touristy adornments...crepes and glace aplenty. The Loire is a ten minute walk down the hill through the village with a picnic area, playground and restaurant overlooking the river.

Overall a great site - we had a very relaxing, enjoyable stay and plan to return for a few days next year as part of a wider tour of France. Reviewers who complain about kids/brits/curfew etc are simply not doing their research properly...it's all described accurately here on Tripadvisor...if you don't like being with other brits, don't like young kids riding their bikes around, want to stay up late making noise, can't tolerate wood pigeons in a wood etc etc - other campsites are available!

I could give it 5-stars based on how much we enjoyed ourselves, but they lose a star for the service issue, plus I'm now trying to save 5-star tripadvisor reviews for the truly exceptional :)

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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

We just came back from chateau des maraisand had a mixed but overall good experience thanks to the staff.

On the positive side, this is a child friendly site with at least three play grounds, a nice enclosed pool area with a choice of slides and depth for all ability. We went with eurocamp and the staff at kids club made our stay. We have 2 sets of twins under 5 and there was plenty to keep them busy. ..the 2 year old loved the mini fun station where we could stay and play with them along with staff there. Particular mention to rachel who was so lovely and caring that we felt confident leaving our lot with her for a night baby sitting (eurocamp has set rate for that purpose) for our wedding anniversery. We never thought we would be able to manage a night out but it was a success all around as she came well prepared with dvd player and all! Also a mention to Michelle from the mini learn to ride station: after 5 days, one of our 5 year old was able to cycle without stabilisers! We never had balance bikes etc and it was worth the trip just for that!

On the negative side, the campsite is quite crowded. Our mobile home decking was less than 2 meters from the next one so felt a bit squished (thought for the price they could have them spaced out more). I d say 90% of the people there are British family which is fine but if you are looking for a french experience this is definitely not it! The 3 bed horizon were fine and clean...only thing is that they had so many internal doors, they kept banging into one another. The horizon we had in chateau des ormes was better arranged and while smaller, we could make better use of the space.
Muides is described a pretty french village...now I don't know how you could come to that conclusion. There is really nothing to it and if the campsite was not there, you probably drive through it without even noticing it (unlike some other medieval villages nearby)
Chambord nearby and blois (especially the medieval and renaissance town and of course magic museum) are magnificient but thr country side is very flat (hence rich agricultural lands and plenty if castles) and not interesting.

Bar in the campsite was nice and terrasse adjoining the playground!...hence it is the first time in 5 years I was able to finish a drink! Restaurant was expensive for what was on offer so we preferred to try tge nearby chanterelle restaurant which for same price was spectacular and much more original.

Liked our stay in chateau des marais overall but not the most impressive site from eurocamp.

Btw if you do not want any of the eurocamp service, the site itself rent brand new vip mobile home for cheaper than we paid eurocamp but I think they may be weekly rental and the site kids camp is obviously in french and from 6 years of age.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

This is a good site, but think carefully whether it is for you...
It is well located for Chambord, Cheverny, Blois and Amboise, and being flat and at the edge of the Chambord forest park, is great for cycling, but the area is far less picturesque than downstream of the Loire.
On site, the facilities are comprehensive and very good, and the pool area would put many leisure centres to shame. The signage indicating them to be unsupervised appears to be taken as an instruction by some, however, with inevitable and clearly painful consequences... and that is also true of the site roads, which are also great for cycling/scooting around on, regardless of your sense of balance, safety etc!
The shop is good, but you pay a reasonable mark-up for the convenience. Supermarkets are not too distant however.
Tent pitches are a pretty good size, and all shaded to a greater or lesser extent. Our standard pitch took an Indian Lake, tarp, car and still left room for a seating area. They are well used, however, and ground conditions on ours was poor.
The site has many key camp type chalets, and often has more of a resort atmosphere than campsite. The poolside sunloungers are often all bagged by towels first thing which is just sad (and no national stereotypes - this site is overwhelmingly English, to it's detriment, as it feels a bit detached ). This is a very busy site, and it can all get a bit rammed.
The number of WC blocks means you are never far from one, and we never had to queue ( clean and plentiful hot water,too). This also means more pitches next door to them, though (and to the well appointed kiddy play areas). Some are really just poorly situated, and maybe just for overnighters, although our pitch
was in a really quite nice spot.
This site clearly suits some families absolutely perfectly, where I have no doubt holiday nirvana can be achieved. A little less so for us, but this seemed to be the best site in the area we wanted to be in, and I still think that's the case. On the final analysis we felt it just lacks a bit of charm, which is unusual for the Loire region which has it in spades.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Just returned from a lovely break. We stayed with canvas in 3 bed accommodation which was clean and spacious. The site caters for tents, camper vans, touring caravans, statics...Pool area was good-our 6 yr old loved it. On site restaurant and shop good although we used the local super u the most. We visited the cheese and wine farm nearby, the choc factory, magic museum in blois and chambord and cheverny (the latter was my favourite). Very child friendly environment and wouldn't hesitateito recommend it. We had brilliant weather which always helps and ended our holiday with a drive to disneyland, where we stayed for a couple of nights. We would definitely return.

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Address: 27 rue de Chambord, 41500 Muides sur Loire, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Muides sur Loire
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Muides sur Loire
Hotel Class:5 star — Camping Sandaya Le Chateau des Marais 5*
Number of rooms: 315
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy nice holidays with your partner, your family or even with your friends at the 5 star Sandaya campsite Château des Marais. Located in the middle of the Vallée des Rois and in the Centre – Val de Loire province, in Loir-et-Cher, your campsite is close to the Châteaux de la Loire and the many small rich cities as Blois, Cheverny or Chaumont. You will surely like the quiet and green setting of the 5 star Sandaya campsite Château des Marais thanks to its geographical location. Located to 500 metres away from the Domaine de Chambord, ex Palace from the 16th built under the reign of François premier. With its 14h² forest park, it water park and the different activities, you will live holidays worthy for French Kings at the Sandaya campsite Château des Marais. ... more   less 
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