FRENCH RESPITE FOR CARERS.
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We offer a tranquil retreat in the French countryside, free of charge. Designed to provide respite for those in unpaid caring roles, this fully accessible static home is available for carers resident in the Bailiwick of Guernsey with or without those that they care for.
Nestled in lush greenery on the edge of a quiet Lake, the Vieux Châtel Campsite is located 900 meters from the historic centre of the Small City of Combourg, a beautiful historic and green city on the French tourist cycle circuit.
Shops, services and restaurants are accessible by a picturesque path along the lake, where the castle stands. Ideally located between Saint-Malo, Dinan, Rennes and Mont Saint Michel, Combourg is at the heart of your discoveries and the haven of your relaxation.
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The Willerby Richmond is a very spacious caravan designed with extra space in mind which is great for wheelchair accessibility. It gives spacious hallways, sliding internal doors for additional space, a generous bathroom with a walk in shower/wet room style and a large bedroom (twin beds) with built in wardrobes plus double doors to a generous twin room as well.
Who can use it?
Carers are welcome to use the accommodation, free of charge, for one week per year on a first come, first served basis.
Carers must be registered users of a Guernsey or Alderney charitable service, acting in a caring capacity. If the carer has been referred by another local charity, Carers Guernsey will make basic checks with that charity to ensure the service is used for legitimate purposes.
What will we need to bring?
You will need to bring bed linen and towels with you. There are 4 single beds in the property and pillows and blankets are provided. The property is self catering so you will need to bring your own food and beverages. During the summer months the weather can be very warm so please ensure you are adequately equipped for such weather. Guests should leave the property in a clean and tidy condition upon their departure.
The campsite is well maintained with a number of communal facilities including free parking, a self service launderette and a small grocery shop. On site are a children’s playground, a boules pitch and a games room, and you can enjoy the nearby municipal swimming pool and tennis courts at preferential rates.
If you have any questions about the campsite you can contact them directly as follows:
By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 02 99 73 07 03 or 06 25 47 35 20
The office is normally open from 8am-12pm and 2pm-8pm.
Information about local attractions and amenities are within the mobile home.
There is a small shop where some essential items can be purchased. Bread can be ordered the previous day and delivered early morning (in July and August)
Combourg is just 1km from this haven of tranquillity via the literature trail that crosses the reed bed of Lac Tranquille, so dear to Chateaubriand, before arriving at the château and the medieval houses of the old town. If it takes your fancy, try one of the 7 cycle trails that enable you to explore the patchwork of fields and woodland of this peaceful welcoming rural area.
How to get here
The campsite is within easy reach of St Malo port and Rennes airport.
For ferries to St Malo or Cherbourg please visit: https://www.condorferries.co.uk/
There are also flights to Rennes with Blue Islands during summer months, which is a 30 minute journey to the campsite. Carers would need to arrange their own private transfer from the airport. Visit Blue Islands to search flights. https://www.blueislands.com/
Whilst there is no charge for accommodation, all travel is at the expense of the travelling party. All travel must be organised independently and we regret that we are unable to assist with travel bookings. However if the cost of travel is prohibitive, we may be able to provide ad hoc financial assistance, if requested. This should be requested at the time of booking.
As return travel plans can be subject to delays or changes due to weather or other disruptions, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that independent travel insurance is taken out by the carer for the entire party. Neither Carers Guernsey or the Trustees of the John Ramplin Charitable Trust take any responsibility for or are able to assist in the event of any travel disruption.
The campsite address is:
Camping municipal le Vieux Châtel,
1, avenue de Waldmünchen,
Approx. 30 minutes by car from St Malo. Join the N137 dual carriageway direction Rennes and thereafter take the exit “Combourg”. In Combourg, take right turn following lake upon your left, take left turn into Avenue de Waldmunchen. Campsite is approx. 400 yards on left hand side, after passing sports field.
We recommend using Google maps to plan your journey.
Arrivals and departures (Local French times)
The rental period shall officially start at 3pm on 1st day and finish at 10 am on the last day. The client will not be entitled to remain in occupation after the finish time stated. It is your responsibility to ensure your arrival at St Malo Ferry 2 hours before departure time.
Extracts from Campsite Regulations
In the sanitary block children must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Dogs must be kept on leads at all times within the campsite and owners responsible for disposal of clearing dog mess in a plastic bag and putting in the bins provided.
Please take care to prevent wetting or other damage to upholstery and mattresses especially if there are children in your party.
Smoking is not permitted within the mobile home and non-smokers will be grateful if smokers move away from mobile home to remove the risk of fire or setting off the smoke detector.
Water Supply: tap water is safe to drink but bottled water will be available for sale in the office.
Passports: a valid passport is required in France.
Vaccinations No vaccinations are required in France. Please check Covid restrictions at the time you are travelling.
Dogs must have valid Veterinary Certificate to travel. Consult your Vet before leaving.
Personal Insurance: This is required as a condition of use of the campsite and must include medical and travel insurance for each camper.
EU parking card for people with disabilities – France - guidance here
Local Center Hospital Saint-Joseph - 35270 Combourg, France
Doctor - Emergency services Telephone numbers will be left permanently in the mobile home
Wifi: The network is named: le vieux chatel and the password is: lewifiducamping
Booking available on a first come first served basis, for a total of one week's stay per guest(s) from 1 April to 30 September. Accommodation is free of charge, at the discretion of Carers Guernsey,
All travel to be arranged directly by the guests at their own expense.
Please fill out the form below to apply to book this accommodation.