Domaine de la
Barbanne, F 33330 St Emilion, Tel 05 57247580.
To find site:- From the Libourne bypass, D1089, take D243 towards St
Emilion. When you get to St Emilion, at the roundabout turn left onto
the D122, after about 3 kms turn right and follow signs to the campsite.
Do not attempt to tow through St Emilion as roads both steep and narrow.
Camping Domaine de la Barbanne is situated a just north of St Emilion
and is surrounded by vineyards. The site has around 160 mainly touring
pitches of varying size. Some are longer than they are wide and some
have trees in the main body of the pitch which can make access a
challenge, although usually not a problem if you have a mover. There is special provision for motorhomes with pitches that
have a strip on hard standing. Pitches seem to be allocated on arrival.
Water points are quite numerous. Electric points are rated at 10 amps
but most require Continental 2 pin connectors, although there are some
CEE17 connectors on a few bollards. Best to check for reverse polarity.
The site has many mature trees which can make satellite reception
difficult. There are two toilet blocks with good quality facilities. One
block has a mix of seated English toilets and a small number of Turkish
style toilets, both have paper provided. In Reception there is a small
shop selling bread and essentials and a selection of the local Chateau
wines, apparently at the same price as the vineyards. Near to Reception
is a nice swimming pool complex. The site has a small restaurant which
includes a takeaway. At the rear of the restaurant is a room which
contains a television but is mainly used for accessing the site WiFi.
Prices are reasonable but the system does not cope very well with the
amount of use which slows it down sometimes frustratingly to a complete
stop. The ACSI book claims 80% coverage for the WiFi but I donít think
this is correct. At one side of the site is a lake that can be used by
canoes and pedalos as well as fishing. There is also other equipment
that can be hired from reception. In the low season the site accepts the
ACSI discount card and there are extra discounts for longer stays. Date
of visit mid September 2010. Whilst on site another camper said that the
site had changed hands recently which could mean future changes.
The main advantage of this site is its location in the famous wine
growing area of St Emilion and the delightful town of the same name
which is well worth exploring. The nearest supermarkets are about 5
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