We’ve just returned from our week away in France with Canvas Holidays and what a week we had. We stayed at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont in Berny Rivière, which is north east of the capital, Paris. It was our first time staying with Canvas Holidays and having done our research we couldn’t wait to see what the park had to offer for us as a family.
On arrival at the park, we met with the Canvas Holidays courier who gave us a brief introduction to the park and showed us where our lodge was. After handing us our keys we drove through the park to our lodge which would be our home for the week.
We had booked to stay in a two bedroom lodge which was ideal for us as a family. Set over two floors, downstairs has a main living area with a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower and a separate toilet. The kitchen had all the mod-cons that you’d need on holiday, a fridge-freezer, an electric fan oven and hob, a microwave, kettle and a dishwasher. In the living area there was a large dining table and chairs, television and DVD player and a sofa.
Upstairs in the lodge was two bedrooms; one with two single beds and one bedroom with a double bed and a balcony looking over the lake.
Our first impressions of our lodge was how spacious it was and how well equipped it was. There was everything we could need for the week including vacuum, fan, clothes horse and mop and bucket. There was also a BBQ outside too so we could make the most of the beautiful weather. We had booked the linen and towels pack to save us bringing them over with us and we’d highly recommend this if you’re flying to save on luggage space.
The lodge throughout the week was a brilliant base for us to explore the park and the surrounding areas. Our area of the park was really quiet and was really peaceful overlooking the fishing lake. At night you could hear all the wildlife come alive and we often fell asleep to the sounds of birds and wildlife singing out their chorus over on the lake.
Family friendly facilities at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont
The facilities on site are fantastic. There’s a heated children’s pool with slides which Olly absolutely loved. We spent quite a few hours in there as there’s sun loungers around the edge of the pool which was great for us to relax on whilst we watched Olly playing in the water. There was also a separate area next to the children’s pool with water fountains which was lovely to watch the children play in and cool off.
There’s also an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with fountains which was really popular with older children and adults surrounded by sun loungers and space to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. There’s also a couple of bigger slides that Shilts had a go of and he had brilliant fun. It was fun to watch him fly off the end and splash into the pool. Olly braved it too which surprised me as they were pretty big!
There’s a also a bar and restaurant up by the main pools as well as a fast food takeaway shop selling freshly made pizzas, chips and other takeaway goods. Olly enjoyed their pizzas and we ordered a couple to go with our salad for dinner on one of the evenings which was yummy. On site, there’s also a well stocked shop (it’s a little pricey but highly convenient) and next door is a bakery that sold fresh pastries and baguettes. Olly has a new found addiction to pain au chocolat, he loved them!
In the middle of the park is a boating lake and bar which is where most of the payable children activities are based. These include a bouncy castle, trampolines, go karts, pedalos and canoes and bungee trampolines. You can buy tokens for the activities or just buy them as you go like we did.
Our favourite part of the park was the beach, lagoon and beach bar. It’s a man-made beach with beautifully warm lagoon style water which was a complete hit for many families. There’s also a beach bar and restaurant that sells meals and ice-cream as well as a range of drinks, cocktails and mocktails.
The lagoon doesn’t have much shade during the day so we waited until after dinner time and then enjoyed an hour before bedtime on the beach with a drink. Olly loved playing in the water which had heated up throughout the day and it was nice to sit and watch him play on the beach with his friends.
Keeping the kids busy
On site at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont is a host of free activities for children run by the Canvas Holidays couriers. Outside of the Canvas Holidays reception is a noticeboard with full details of all the activities and there’s loads for children to get involved in. Specifically for Olly’s age range, there’s Zero2Five which is a host of activities designed for little ones to take part in. There’s Toddler Trampoling, Interactive Stories, Rhythm Time and Splash and Song to name just a few.
On the days where we were in the park, Olly didn’t want to join in with any of the activities instead choosing to play with the little girl from next door who he had be-friended earlier in the week. Had we stayed on the park longer I’m sure we would have coaxed him into joining in with some of the activities but unfortunately for the limited time we were there he was having none of it. I think that’s also testament to the park as there’s so much to do, fitting it all in is rather difficult.
We had a fantastic week on site at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont with Canvas Holidays. There’s was so much for us to do, everyday we did something different and enjoyed different areas of the park. We drove into nearby Soissons on one of the evenings and stocked up on some supplies from Cora, a huge supermarket which sold pretty much anything and everything.
We also took a drive out to the nearby village of Pierrefonds which is home to Château de Pierrefonds, most famously known to be the home of the hit television show Merlin. The château is incredible to look at. We spent a good morning exploring and reading all about the château’s history. Olly loved the drawbridge and looking out the window from one of the turrets we were able to climb.
We also used the park as a base for a visit to Disneyland Paris. It took us about an hour and a half to drive to Chessy from our site and it seems it’s a popular choice for many other families staying on site too. I’ll be writing extensively about our trip to Disneyland Paris in the next few days.
If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday abroad with all the home comforts already on site, we can definitely recommend you taking a look to see what’s on offer with Canvas Holidays. Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont was a beautiful park to spend the week and it had everything we needed. Thank you Canvas Holidays for a brilliant week and organising the beautifully hot weather too!
Disclosure: We were invited to spend the week with Canvas Holidays in exchange for this review. All words and images are my own.