Camping Les Fontaines Holiday Park
If you’re looking to travel further afield and want to find something just that little bit special then Camping Les Fontaines is bang on target. Set in the heart of the French Alps this small site offers a really high standard of facilities not normally found in smaller camps.
There are just 170 pitches on grass and gravel here so you and the kids will not be swamped by huge numbers of other holiday makers. You have a choice of two types of accommodation either comfortable chalets or modern newly fitted out tents.
There are four types of chalet to choose between so plenty of flexibility here. The two or three bedroomed chalets have decking or outside space included. Each one contains a separate living space with a kitchen area that has everything you need to rustle up a decent three course meal.
Going back to nature couldn’t be better with the tents at Camping Les Fontaines. Again, two or three bedroomed they have separate sleeping and living areas. The living area has basic catering facilities and all tents will be fitted with new internal canvasses for 2012. The new canvasses are designed to allow you to unzip them so you can make the most of the fresh air by creating a completely open environment.
Both tents and chalets come with charcoal barbecues provided – perfect for those warm summer evenings and your French Cordon Bleu grilling.
There is a great reception here although English is not always available but hey, trying the lingo’s half the fun and with their readiness to help you’re sure to get there in the end. How difficult can “internet” and “WiFi” really be?
Camping Les Fontaines welcomes Fido and Rover from home as long as you keep them on a lead and there are no more than two. The site does have disabled facilities and we’d suggest you follow up on this when you book.
There is also a shop selling holiday goodies (post cards, sunscreen, small gifts etc) that is open between 11 June and 3 September and you’ll find a laundry with driers on site which means less clothes and smaller suitcases (I can hear Dad cheering now) to fit in the car.
Camping Les Fontaines has an on-site animation team to organise tournaments and archery demonstrations and evening activities including a weekly disco and magic show between 2 July and 27 August. You’ll find a TV room (not that you’ll be spending much time there) and a games room with pinball, table tennis and arcade games. Why not organise your own modern triathlon? Who needs the Olympics?
In the shadow of the French Alps swimming here is quite spectacular. There are three pools with features including water chutes, water slides and plunge pools. The most you need to worry about is choosing the right pool for you and the kids. There are sun loungers for sunbathing in some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.
On site you can also choose between table tennis, badminton and archery while there is a children’s playground for burning off excess energy (the Little Ones, not you silly) and of course we mustn’t forget Boules, a traditional French pastime that you really should have a go at – it’s great!
Stretching your legs, outside of the camp you’re about half a mile from the stunning Lake Annecy and it’s no surprise to find water sports available. Windsurfing, canoeing and dinghy sailing are all available on the lake close to the camp. Quad biking is also available nearby and for those of a more white-knuckle persuasion paragliding and white water rafting (gulp) can also be found.
Local towns such as Doussard and Annecy are all close and worth visiting. If you’re happy to travel a bit further Chamonix, the site of the first ever Winter Olympics (I know it won’t be snowing during the summer but it’s still beautiful), is within travelling distance. Either way; local village or further afield towns, markets, street cafes and the great food shops are a good way to introduce the children to a different way of life.
Local attractions include Le Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex a fantastic cave and waterfall complex that has a 40 min underground tour and Chateau de Montrottier which is a medieval castle close to the camp site that has a great collection of weapons (now, I wonder who that might appeal to eh boys?).
So after a busy day things turn to food. There is an on site restaurant and a minimarket for self-catering emergencies (you know, run out of ketchup and mayo – that sort of thing) open between 11 June to 3 September.
- Beautiful Mountains
- Lovely pools
- Scenic Lakes
- Small quiet park
- Lots of local attractions and things to do
We tend to think if the Alps as a very Swiss thing yet here we are in the middle of France and you really do get the best of both worlds. Chocolate box chalets nestling against steep slopes and great French food leave you in no doubt you’re in a very different, beautiful part of France. You can find out more about this lovely area by clicking below:
- The Alps Weather
- Things to do in The Alps
- Campsites in The Alps
Camping operators which currently provide camping holidays to the camp site.
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