We were very happy to have found this charming and quaint campsite on the river Sarthe giving a nod to nostalgia, full of vintage caravans for hire as well as an old Citroen 2CV and 1950s and 60s memorabilia in the reception area, such as a telephone and even a mono record player. Remember those? The ones which had the speaker on the inside of the lid? We used to have one in our bedroom as children in the late 60s and 70s and seeing this took me right back to my family home in La Coruña. Happy memories!
We had a wonderful large pitch right by the river bank, where Adonis could fish from, and there was a lovely park in the next field to walk Beano. We stayed there for 3 day in order enjoy the pretty surroundings and more pleasant fishing. It was also very quiet at night, which made a nice change from Vias!
The afternoons, however, were busy with visitors to the park, some families enjoying their BBQs and the children’s play area, as well as the river cruises stopping on the jetty for the passengers to get off and stretch their legs, taking the footpath along the river to the village and back. This was the only part of the day that was a little noisy, but the rest of the time was peaceful and relaxing.
There was a small shop opposite the campsite, but unfortunately, it decided to shut during our stay and I ended up baking my own baguette for lunch, of which I’m very proud. We also had some pitta bread in the freezer, which was enough to see us through until we left for continue our journey north.
The morning after we arrived was very wet, but I have to admit that, after the extreme and uncomfortable high temperatures we had experienced in the previous weeks, this came as a bit of a relief and I’m sure the land desperately needed the water as much as the cooler temperatures. It really felt like the summer had come to an abrupt end, but things would soon improve again and I loved my walks with Beano around the park and exploring the little village.
And when the weather got cooler, we had the comfort of delicious homemade espresso!