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Huttopia Lac de Rillé

· Rillé, Centre-Val de Loire
1 acre hosted by Huttopia F.
3 lodging sites
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Lakeside camping to the north of the Loire valley with a swimming pool, restaurant and bar plus a handful of glamping options

Huttopia have a simple formula across all their campsites – take a ginormous patch of natural woodland, subtly pimple it with eco-friendly camping facilities and then open the gates to any camper with an affinity for the trees. It’s formulaic in its approach but the result is anything but, after all, no two trees are alike and every setting offers something dramatically different. Take Huttopia Rillé, for example, the forest is almost a side-note to Étang de Pincemaille, a vast lake the campsite overlooks. It’s the surroundings that dictate the camping here. And we think that’s exactly how it should be.

The pitches themselves come in various types. There are shady woodland spots, tucked beneath the Scots pines, chestnut trees and lime trees that populate the woods. Some of the most prized positions are near the two tennis courts, built where the woods open out into a clear area. ‘Camping +’ pitches are also available – much the same but with a wooden picnic table for you to use – and then there are the glamping options, of which there are many.

Unusually for Huttopia, generally dominated by families bringing their own tents, the Rillé site is almost half taken up by glamping accommodation. All of the units, however, have a focus on their eco-credentials. Built out of French Douglas fir and gradually blending into the surroundings as they age, they range from small safari-tent like structures, such as the ‘Bonaventure tent’ sleeping two, right up to larger wooden cabins and gypsy caravans, well-equipped for an entire family. If you fancy travelling light and turning up with just your swimming togs and a toothbrush you can’t go far wrong here.

Water babies are in their element. If you’re not on the lake, dabbling around in pedaloes and canoes, then you’ll probably be bobbing about in the heated swimming pool which overlooks the lake, giving it a curious continuity. There’s a terrace that overlooks the swimming pool in turn, a handy place to enjoy a home cooked pizza and spread your map across the table to make a plan for the day. You could rent bikes to explore the local area, hop on the charming Rillé steam train that puffs its way around the lake or just stay put and acquisition the communal BBQ for the day. Life’s full of tough decisions.

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1 ratings · 6 reviews
Emma K.
September 2, 2020
Great campsite, lovely pitches under the trees, really helpful staff, good clean facilities, the lake was a bit green but lovely bike ride around the area with chateaus to see.
Kathryn S.
August 19, 2020
Rillé was a great camping spot - we had a wooden cabin on the edge of the lake which was lovely. The campsite was brilliantly situated for three great circular cycle routes and a range of water activities and high ropes course perfect for our teenage children. They loved particularly the assault course in lac d’hommes and wake boarding on the Rillé lake. Great swimming pool too on campsite, friendly staff and surprisingly good food at the restaurant. We u I sh we had brought a dinghy with us - otherwise perfect stay!
Audrey O.recommends
September 2, 2019
Cabane Village
We spent a week on the lake in Cabana 10 which is the best on the site I believe. Beautiful views of the lake, a well equipped cabin and plenty to do in the area. The cabin is situated so it's lovely and shady through the day and then you get the best of the evening sun as it goes down behind the trees. The staff are all extremely helpful and friendly and while personally I'd have liked a slightly bigger BBQ, otherwise I can find no fault. Would highly recommend Huttopia Rille and plan to try some of their other sites too at some stage.
Hannah ?.
August 3, 2019
We had a wonderful 3 day stay with our 4 year old at this site. We had generous sized pitch in lovely shaded woodland. The glamping options (which look gorgeous) and normal tents were nicely mixed together. Facilities were good and clean (but no soap in the loos). Our son LOVED the pool (which overlooks the lake), the playground, pedaloes, table tennis, the adventure playground and mini golf. Everyone was very kind and helpful. I would say this is a site for young families... but older kids could do more water sports on the lake. Only downside was arriving at 2pm on the Sunday after a long journey- and the lunch options were v limited (crepes only). French supermarkets are shut on Sunday’s and the shop doesn’t sell stuff you could rustle up a meal with (no bread, fruit or veg). Think we are v naive campers in france and next time we will come better prepared! Fortunately the nice restaurant opens at 6. We didn’t explore the Loire valley at all- as we were having such a nice time on the campsite. I am sure there are lots of beautiful places to visit- which we would have done if we stayed longer. I much preferred this site to another Huttopia site on Ile de Re.
Catherine A.
August 13, 2018
I agree with the other review left; this is a lovely site and we would def go back. Visit Lac d’Homme for more water based fun.
Anna M.
July 25, 2018
We went for a two week-long camping holiday in July 2018 and we had a lovely time. The campsite is nicely located for day trips around the Loire Valley, and set in a managed woodland on the edge of a lake (Lac de Rillé) just a 2-minute drive from the village of Rillé. The campsite caters for tents, campervans and also has a variety of 'glamping' options (bell-tents, wodden huts, gypsy caravans, etc). The campsite is very generously proportioned and well set out, with the tent pitches clustered away from the huts and yurts. The pitches themselves are generously sized and although the pitches themselves do not have their own individual electric socket, there are sockets clustered together so they are easily reached with a longer lead. As it's a woodland, the pitches are nicely shaded, though it's not dark as the trees are quite far apart so there is also plenty of sunlight. The facilities are basic but spotless, we spent a couple of days relaxing in the campsite and the staff regularly clean the facilities. There are plenty of showers and toilets spread out through a few separate blocks across the campsite so we never had to wait in line to use them. As usual in France, there is a daily bakery run. We put in our orders for baguettes, croissants and the like in the evening and the morning we could pick up the fresh deliveries from the little shop on the site. There is a central building that houses the reception, the small but surprisingly well stocked little shop (which stock wine from the local vineyards - a must try if you are enjoy wine), the bar and the restaurant which offer a good selection of nibbles and lunch and dinner options at the usual French prices, and communal areas with books and games. There is also a small but lovely pool right by the main building, we had a lovely time lounging in the cool water in the heat. Although the campsite is right by the lake, we had no real issues with bugs. There is a great range of on-site activities you can do: the staff runs a kid's club with daily activities in the morning and in the afternoon, you can hire a canoe and paddle boat and go on a paddle out in the lake, they also do a range of water-based activities for the kids, there are tennis courts which are free to use, there is on-site bike hire with a good selection of recommended routes in the area (with maps you can take with you), and there is a small, narrow-gauge railway that runs along the lake and past the campsite. This is run by volunteers a couple of times a week (mostly the weekends) and added a lovely atmosphere to the campsite. They also had evening activities for the adults, for example, a local market came to the campsite one day, there were a couple of small music gigs on site, organised evening wine tasting tours, organised evening canoe trips down the Loire. The staff were mostly young (early- to mid-20s) summer students with a handful of more senior managers. They could not go out of their way more to make our (and everyone else's) stay better. They were extremely helpful, friendly, and lovely. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this campsite and cannot wait to be back at some point in the future.
Rillé, Centre-Val de Loire, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Huttopia F.Joined in December 2016
From the host
Welcome to Huttopia Village Lac de Rillé in the Loire Valley! The ideal departure point for visiting the Loire castles. If you like tranquillity, nature, and culture, Huttopia Rillé is made for you... At Huttopia Lac de Rillé village, relax in the midst of an extraordinary natural site. Admire the views of the lake surrounded by wilderness, discover the treasures of the Touraine and take part in the many included activities available on site. Two swimming pools (one of them indoor), a forest spa, a warm central lodge and many other facilities will also be at your disposal for a truly unique holiday!
Nearby attractions
Besides the campsite, the remaining banks of Lake Rillé are largely take up by a vast bird sanctuary in which over 250 different species have reportedly been observed. The Bird Protection League (LPO) runs ornithological outings around the lake in July and August – ask at reception if you're interested and they can provide further information. There is also an old steam train route that runs around the lake – Rillé Steam Train (0033 2 4796 4291) – and various car-free cycle routes, with bikes available to hire from the campsite. Further afield the region boasts some of the Loire valley's most dramatic châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau (0033 2 4745 4204), Villandry (0033 2 4750 0209), Langeais (0033 2 4796 7260), Champchevier (0033 2 4724 9393) and Cinq Mars La Pile (0033 2 4796 4049) are all within a half hour drive of the campsite.
Food and drink
The café-restaurant opens for breakfast or you can order fresh bread and pastries the evening before, collect it in the morning and eat it back at the tent. Meals generally start at around €10 and there are freshly made pizzas (made with organic flour and tomatoes) cooked in a wood-fired oven. You can also try the famous wines of the Touraine region, such as those from Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. BBQs are available for anyone to use in the communal areas dotted around the site.
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