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November 04 2020

Camping de la Vallée joins the inDeauville network

One more !

Entering the Saint Arnoult Valley Campsite is like going on vacation to the Netherlands or Belgium where Pasty and Didier were born.
In Deauville, they cultivate the holiday culture in Dutch fashion that could be summed up in three words: cycling, nature and the great outdoors. Patsy told us that in the Netherlands, we give a caravan as a birth gift. A nice way to say that the Dutch like to sleep under the stars at their leisure ... France is their second choice of destination, especially if they find accommodation and infrastructure as they like. This is the case in the Valley where they come in large numbers.

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A family history

When she arrived in Saint Arnoult 23 years ago, Patsy did not speak French. Hard to believe she is so comfortable today. Daughter of an agro-food entrepreneur, passionate about horses, she grew up between Bruges and the sea then married Didier Desmet. For his part, we run campsites. A major activity in a country which has a real culture of outdoor accommodation. Together, they started in 1997 at the Le Bellevue campsite in Villers-sur-Mer. Didier's parents moved to Saint Arnoult before selling them the Vallée campsite in 2005. A little more than ten people work all year round in the company with Patsy and Didier, now supported by their son. 
Both remain very attached to their country of origin where they go very often. They share a strong passion for horses with the inDeauville area. Patsy also joined the municipal team of Saint Arnoult where she supports elected officials on tourism issues, among other commitments.

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Activities for children
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Outdoor fun pool
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Giant slide

A five-star campsite

Since 2005, projects have continued to follow one another to make Camping de la Vallée a real fun, relaxing and family village: creation of a paradisiacal water park, a heated indoor swimming pool equipped with a jacuzzi and whirlpools, a restaurant, a multisports ground and a large fishing pond. Because "camping remains the best memory for children", the nineteen hectares of the Valley are secure and offer multiple possibilities for family activities. Entertainment, club, playgrounds ... everything is planned to happily occupy the children. In addition to the 180 mobile home pitches sold to families, there are 80 pitches for mobile home rentals and 80 plots intended to accommodate caravans, camper vans or canvas tents.

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This distribution between passing customers and residents guarantees a very friendly atmosphere. The landscaped paths of the campsite and the gardens attest to the residents' attachment to the place.
The rental accommodation offered by the Vallée campsite is also of very high quality. Comfort, modern design, natural environment: mobile homes have all the assets to attract customers in search of disconnection, reconnection with nature. Seven formulas are offered on the site, a move upmarket appreciated by campers who now choose camping more as a destination than as a form of accommodation according to the Fédération de l'Hotelellerie de Plein Air.
Apart from the specific case of summer 2020, the campsite is very popular in summer: 75% of reservations are made in advance for July and August. Many of the tenants come from the Netherlands where Patsy and Didier work with two tour operators.

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Children's play areas and pétanque court
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Indoor pool
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Lake for fishing

Strong levers to develop our attractiveness

The Dutch love nature, varied landscapes, space, culture and heritage. A top-of-the-range outdoor hotel industry is essential in this market, as well as a very successful cycling offer: safe trails & long routes. The greenway which connects Saint Arnoult to Deauville is a first step. The development of all cycle lanes at national level will be a real plus in the coming years. 

The Valley & its neighbors