About

Relaxed and friendly rural retreat where you can take a deep breath, rest and unwind.

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Ethos

Savor the hours and the minutes rather than just counting them

Outside our lounge window - River Sarthe June 2017

At Camping Neuville we advocate a shift towards slowing down life’s pace.  Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them.  Going for a walk or a cycle, taking a blanket down to the river bank and relaxing under the summer sun with the soothing sound of the water flowing in the background; reading good book; enjoying a glass of wine; playing games with the children or simply spending quality time with friends and family away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Overview

Camping Neuville formally known as Camping Le Vieux Moulin was established in the 1960’s.  The site is owned now by the Humphries’ family who relocated in October 2016 to France from the UK in pursuit of a better quality of life.  The site is located 10km/6miles north of historic town of Le Mans in Neuville-sur-Sarthe.

The village is a 5 minute walk from the campsite. (Campsite treetops in bottom right corner of photo)  The village is small but perfectly formed; benefiting from a supermarket, pharmacy, patisserie, hairdressers, beauty salon, butchers/delicatessen and restaurant/bar/tabac.

The village benefits from a bus service into Le Mans and the surrounding area .   There is also a railway station in the village where you can board the train to the heart of Le Mans (7-8 mins) with onward travel to major towns and cities including Paris which can take as little as 58 mins through the beautiful French countryside.

The Site

The site is set alongside the River Sarthe in over 4 hectares/12 acres of ground providing plenty of space and privacy for everyone.

The campsite is licensed for 100 emplacements, although only 50% have been renovated and serviced with electric and water at present.

The site is equipped with a 10 x 5 m swimming pool to cool off in on those hot summer days with plenty of room to sunbathe and relax in the warmth of the sun.   There is a petanque  bowladrome, badminton, table tennis, football, children’s play tent and zip line.  And for those of you wishing to snooze under the warmth of the sun listening to the birds or reading a good book there are quieter areas away from any activities offering something for everyone.

Facilities

The sanitary block is fitted with modern showers, washbasins and washing up facilities.

Accessibility

We want all our guests to enjoy our beautiful site, with this in mind all renovations to the site will consider accessibility and inclusiveness.  Camping Neuville is currently serviced by a flat compacted stone road which runs around the entire site.   New kerb and step ramps will be installed to ensure all areas are accessible by those of reduced mobility and pushchairs.

A new modern dedicated accessible toilet and wet room will be installed in the main sanitary block.  It will be equipped with a fold down seat, grab rails, high toilet pan and wheelchair accessible wash basin and emergency cord.  A low desk will be installed in reception to ensure everyone feels welcome.

If you have any special requirements or wish to discuss any aspect of your stay please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trees

Purple Beeches Photo - Rainbow over campsite in September 2017 March 2017 - White cherry blossom

There are at least 100 mature trees with at least 30 different varieties.  The majority of the trees were planted when the site was established in the 60’s.  Many of the trees were sourced from nursery stock which is evident from the variety of native and ornamental trees.  The trees, shrubs and hedges provide the perfect habitat for the resident red squirrels, bats, butterflies and numerous birds.

Photo - Ariel view of campsite November 2017
Ariel view of campsite (November 2017)

The management of the trees and grounds are ongoing.  The site was very overgrown and the trees had been left unmanaged for years.  We are continually developing, planting and improving the estate to provide a balance between nature and the needs of our campers.  Our aim is to provide you with the perfect environment to take a deep breath, rest and unwind.

Wildlife

The whole site is teaming with wildlife in the form of small mammals, insects and many birds.  The resident red squirrels are elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy.  We regularly feed a couple of hedgehogs.

When the sun goes down you may be lucky to spot some bats flying about catching flies, they are perfectly harmless and fascinating to watch.  We are yet to identify all the birds but one of our favorites is the European Green Woodpecker with his emerald green plumage.

Finally we have captured Mr Red Squirrel.

We challenge you to get a better photograph of our camera shy residents.

Plans

We have ambitious plans to modernise the site whilst retaining the rural rustic charm which we fell in love with the first time we visited the site.  We have installed new electrical hooks ups, lighting and fresh drinking water taps across 50% of the site. The remaining 50% will be renovated in due course.