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Five luxury French campsites

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Huttopia, Versailles

Within minutes of Versailles and the many attractions of Paris, this campsite offers 180 pitches throughout four hectares of French forest, as well as cabins. A variety of on site facilities and games will keep the family entertained, while communal areas with a wood-burning stove, large terrace and pool area ensure a convivial atmosphere. The region also boasts a wide expanse of forests and nature parks.

Huttopia Versailles, 31 rue Berthelot, 78000 Versailles (00 33 1 39 51 23 61; huttopia.com). Pitches available from €10 per night plus €6 per night per person

Douce Quietude, Côte d’Azur

Situated in 11 hectares of pine forest, this campsite has a sauna and massage room, and has also been awarded La Clef Verte for its environmentally friendly operation.

Douce Quietude, 3435 Boulevard Jacques Baudino, 83700 Saint- Raphaël (00 33 4 94 44 30 00; douce-quietude.co.uk). Pitches from €19

Le Camp, Varen

A secluded site in south-west France, set in leafy surroundings, with a natural swimming pond. River fishing, rock climbing, canoeing and hiking are all available nearby. The picturesque St-Antonin Noble Val is also in easy reach.

Le Camp, 82330 Varen (00 33 6 11 94 33 68; lecamp. co.uk). Yurts and tents from £115 per night sleeping two adults, with an extra £15 payable per night for each extra child

La Ferme Des Aulnes, Picardie

Arranged around a farmhouse, this child-friendly campsite is located near to the beaches of northern France. Outbuildings house a swimming pool and archery range, and there’s excellent hiking to be had in Crecy forest.

La Ferme Des Aulnes, 1 rue du Marais, Nampont St Martin (00 33 3 22 29 22 69; fermedesaulnes.com). Pitches from €21 per night for two people

La Garangeoire, St-Julien-des-Landes

A magnificent estate of 200 hectares on the stones of an ancient Gallo-Roman temple provides the backdrop for this campsite on the eastern coast of France. Aside from the usual amenities and activities, the site provides a base from which to make the most of the nearby woodlands, lakes, meadows, rivers and beaches.

La Garangeoire, 85150 St-Julien-des-Landes (00 33 2 51 46 65 39; camping-la-garangeoire.com). Pitches from €14.50 per night for two people