7-room house on 3 levels. Comfortable and cosy furnishings: living/dining room. Exit to the balcony.View More
Lauramaria6 on 19/06/2013 14:53
We stayed here for a week in early June 2013 and enjoyed it so much we would most definitely return. Our maxicaravan (more like a cabin) was very clean and well-equipped, perfect for a couple with/without children or friends. We have a 14 month-old son so holidays can be far from relaxing but there was so much here to keep him occupied! A great park for the little ones, a large clean pool with a few slides and a little beach area next to the lake. This camping site is actually on lake Mergozzo, about 1km from the much larger Lake Maggiore. We were glad that we chose to stay on this smaller lake because the larger lake has a busy road going around it so this site was much more pleasant and quiet. There is a small supermaket on site, plus a cafe, restaurant and ice-cream stall. Lots of toilet/changing facitlities and entertainment for kids, plus some for adults too like Italian lessons and exercise classes, tennis courts, table tennis football etc. There is a little town on the lake called Mergozzo and it is really pretty and stunning, off the beaten track a little. There is a lot to do around Lake Maggiore too, such as visiting the islands, Villa Trantano or just looking around the towns and soaking up the Italian atmosphere. A visit to Lake Orta was also lovely. The area is truly stunning, with the mountains in the distance and green peaks. The camp is popular with Germans, Italians, people from the Netherlands and the Swiss. If you don't like kids it's probably best not to stay here as it is very family orientated. When we visited slightly out of the main season it was about a quarter full which was perfect. I can imagine it would be a bit overrun in full season.
My only criticisms were: hard for us to get out and walk with a pushchair as many of the roads don't have a pavement. Our car was very much needed with a baby in tow.
And you have to wear a swimming cap to go in the pool, available from the shop at 2 euro each.
Air con / heater a bit noisy.
The staff were also helpful and friendly and also returned our passports by recorded delivery without us even asking. At least I know where we left them now!
Although this was a family trip I would recommend the camp for anyone wanting to stay somewhere beautiful cheaply.
Pepper1978 on 14/05/2013 17:50
The camping looks well maintained and the view from the lake is excellent. However campingplaces seem small.
Further this camping is nice for small children, so it's crowded with small children. Don't be surprised to be awoken in the very very early morning by the first crying baby...
When we were there (4 nights in may) most other guests were French.
What I absolutely did not like was the wristband they make you wear 24/7, remember this is not an all inclusive hotel or a festival camping. It's just a camping and they make you feel like a cow or worse like a jew in the war... I took the wristband off when the button started to hurt the first night. Nobody asked about it.
The staff on the camping were friendly, we cannot say anything about the swimmingpool or restaurant as we did not went there, they seemed pretty crowded but allright.
There is a shop with nice bread in the morning and enough things to choose from.
For me the most important thing of all is a clean place. It wasn't, the mobile home we rented through Vacance Soleil (no. 317) was filthy. My first action was to clean the kitchen unit. The cleaning tissue was brown and greasy, the floor was sticky. There were hairs in both the shower area as the toilet area. When showering the floor in the room next to it was wet. Sometimes there was no hot water. To make a long story short, the mobile home was not okay.
The area where to mobile homes are was not as nice as the camping it self, they are standing in a row and there were some parking problems. (Some families had more than one car or there were trees in the assigned lot, which made parking impossible). Don't expect too much privacy.
The surroundings are beautiful and there are lots of things to see and do. (There are also other campings at this lake that seemed more quiet and relaxed).
tripboy98 on 24/08/2009 11:22
*** NOTE, THE MAP HERE IS NOT SHOWING THE CORRECT LOCATION OF THE CAMP ***
This holiday was a first for my family as we have never been camping before, let alone with 2 small kids, aged 5 and 2. We needn't have worried. The camp was clean, extremely well run and loads of fun for the kids, and hence us.
Check-in at the camp site was quick and easy. Of course, all the staff speak excellent English. We had booked directly with the camp via their website and has requested a caravan in a quiet location. We were really pleased to find that our 'Maxi Comfort 8.00' caravan (a static mobile home) was in a quiet location at the edge of the camp. Many of the caravans and pitches though are much closer to the central amenities (playground, bar, music arena etc.) and would definitely not have been happy in one of those as the noise levels there are much higher.
On arrival, our caravan was spotless and seemed very new. Naturally it was small, but it had everything we could need (microwave, aircon, satellite TV, gas hob) and was bright and modern. The shower pressure was often low and the water sometimes ran cold for a long time, but was not a major problem.
Everything on camp has to be paid for via a cashless sytem. You wear a bracelet that you can top up at various stations around the site (with cash only, no cards) and after a day or two, this really becomes quite easy - although easy to lose track too of what you are spending.
The camp is situated on the shore of Lake Mergozzo. There is a small beach (with beach bar, café, pedalo hire and volley ball area) and this does get rather crowded. However, the water is very shallow for a good hundred yards or so and so is a fantastic place to wade and swim in complete safety. There are some buried rocks though, hidden amongst the sandy bottom, so do be careful if throwing small children off your shoulders! On a clear day you can see snow capped mountains in the distance, a wonderful backdrop to the pretty village of Mergozzo at the far end of the lake.
The swimming pool area is great fun for the kids, with 2 slides in the main area and a smaller one for the toddlers. There is a wave machine too wich runs for a few minutes every hour or so, and a rather odd barrel contraption that dumps gallons of water on those brave enough to stand underneath. The only downside is that you have to wear a swim hat - not sure what difference that makes, but rules are rules. You can buy quite comfortable ones on site for €2 each. Much more comfortable (and cheaper) than the latex ones we bought in the UK.
Our kids particularly enjoyed the nightly 'Mini Disco' in the main arena. The songs and routine perfomed by the staff on stage are unchanging from night to night (and they WILL get into your head!) but the kids loved dancing and following the words as best they could.
For some reason, the camp is almost exclusively patronised by the Dutch. The lion's share of the minority are German and aside from friends of our staying in a tent in one of the may pitches on site, we saw only one other English family. Our kids did makes friends with our Dutch neighbours but perhaps would have made more friends had there not been the language barrier.
The onsite shop had most things you need but as expected, cheaper prices could be found off site in the nearby hypermarket.
The camp is in a great location to explore the local area - Stresa, Pallanza, the Borromean Islands and Lake Orta were all good fun. Take the boats though from Stesa as they are smaller, less corwed, more open air and more fun. The large boats out of Pallanza are just giant, hot and soulless water buses.
Simply a top holiday for a family with young children. Very clean, friendly and safe and lots to keep the children amused all day and well in to the evening too. And at just under an hour from Milan Malpensa airport, easy to get to too. We'll probably go back next year.