La Croix du Vieux Pont is a very popular holiday park in France within good proximity to Paris, Disneyland and the ferry ports. In this article, I will share our experience there which overall was a positive one.
When we arrived, we had been on the road for three weeks and I was in need of a break having got stuck in a traffic jam south of Lyon on the previous day. It was lovely to arrive somewhere which had well maintained grounds and friendly staff as well as good facilities.
This holiday park is great for all generations, the facilities are suitable for children and the elderly alike and because the site is flat and well maintained it bodes well even for those who may be restricted to a wheelchair. The thing that struck me most, having stayed in a number of these sites, was the space. Often you have perhaps three metres between you and the next cabin, lined up like dominos perhaps – but here the layout is such that you have your own space to move and that feeling is only enhanced by the beautiful gardens that surround you. With fishing lakes and a multitude of colourful flowerbeds, La Croix du Vieux Pont is a very relaxing place to spend a few days.
I think this site offers something for everyone. There are coach trips to Paris and Disneyland available at a very reasonable price and to be able to relax and enjoy the trip rather than being stuck driving on a French autoroute is a bonus as far as I’m concerned.
There are several children’s play areas as well as organised clubs which are arranged by your specific accommodation provider. You can book direct with the campsite but we went through Al Fresco Holidays. In my opinion one of the good things about this site is the length of their operating season.Many holiday parks in France open around Easter and close in the second week of September, but La Croix du Vieux Pont are open from March until the end of October. The campsite is also easily accessible from the ferry ports and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, so is an easy option for a short break in France or a stopover on the way South.
Facilities at La Croix du Vieux Pont.
Lola and I enjoyed the pools very much. It was nice for me to find a campsite in France that had a pool where I could sit nearby and let Lola paddle in a safe depth, one which was deeper than a paddling pool but not too deep that she couldn’t touch the floor. She loved the slides in the pool and there was also a splash zone which entertained her for hours!
La Croix du Vieux Pont. Swimming Lake, Bar and Restaurant.
As well as the indoor and outdoor pools on site there is also a swimming lake which sits along side a bar and restaurant. The sandy man-made beach provided fun for Lola and was spotless each time we wandered down to play.
Overall, I don’t think there are any negative comments to make about this campsite. The staff on the main reception were very helpful as were those in the shops around the site. Our Al Fresco Holidays reps were also on the ball and when I consider they’ve had a long season (we visited at the end of September) I think they do well to remain cheerful!
I will soon be writing posts about the places we visited which included Pierrefonds and Disneyland as well as the route possibilities to get here – I’ll also dig out some more photos for you so that you can get a good feel for La Croix du Vieux Pont.