Saturday, 4 June 2011

L'Orangerie de Lanniron

The Château at L'Orangerie de Lanniron

Well! What a fabulous place

Plenty of Space to Stretch Your Legs
This beautiful campsite is in the grounds of the Château which was once the palace of the Bishops of Cornwall.  Historically it has suffered difficult times - notably during the French Revolution and during the German occupation. 

There is a memorial on the path from L'Orangerie to Quimper commemorating prisoners of war who were incarcerated there. See Grasshopper's photo on

A number of companies have holiday chalets within the grounds.  There are also a small number of holiday homes, however the area is so large that the place does not feel crowded.  Facilities include a golf course, restaurant, and a fabulous swimming pool.  There is a smaller pool near les emplacements, but it was closed when we were there. 

I mentioned the bar in a previous blog, no further comments are needed other than to say that all of the staff were very, very nice and organised pétanque and ping pong competitions and crepe making demonstrations, but there is no pressure if you do not want to take part.  There is also a small shop on site that sells fresh bread daily, also cooked chicken and pizza in the evenings. 

The pitches for touring caravans and motor homes vary in size, but some are big enough to take our rig.  We were lucky enought to have fresh water and electricity as well as grey water disposal on our pitch.  The site is imaginatively planted with mature trees and exotic shrubs.  These border all the pitches giving a feeling of seclusion.

The reception staff are charming and friendly.  They are happy to share information about the interesting places to visit.  They were very patient with our efforts to speak French with them.  It was comforting that some could speak English because they helped us out when words failed us, which was often.  The restaurant and swimming pool are behind reception. 

Curious Fish Swimming

The pool is a glorious, if quite chilly, extravaganza of jacuzzi whirls, currents and water slides.  We loved it and had it all to ourselves, perhaps because we stayed early in the season.

There are lovely walks through the grounds and around the château.  These are well kept. 
The footpath into Quimper is  about 2km (+), through woods and away from traffic.  It is used frequently by local people, most on cycles.  We often walked around the service roads through the grounds.  They are very countryfied with lots of wildflowers.  We even came across a pen of hens, geese and ducks.

A Handsome Couple at L'Orangerie
There is a modern, very well maintained and very clean toilet and shower block.  With proper loos, toilet paper, soap and hand dryers.  We found that this is not always the case on some sites! (see later blog). 

There is a spacious washing up area at one end of the toilet block and a laundry room at the other end.

We felt so comfortable here that we extended our stay by 2 days. 

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