Reacquainting myself with Le Mans

Reacquainting myself with Le Mans

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Balsamic Raygun

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13 posts

Sunday 4th November
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It's been a good few years since I last went to Le Mans (about 15 now I think about it).

Is Camping Houx still the best place to aim for? Or is there now a better alternative? I have previously camped in Houx, H-Annex, and the place opposite the Heineken bar (changed it's name over the years) outside the main entrance (name escapes me at the moment).

As an alternative, does anyone have any recommendations for property rentals close by? Or guest houses for that matter. Thinking ahead, as the g/f may want to attend with me!

ellroy

5,497 posts

160 months

Sunday 4th November
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Houx has gone down hill in my opinion, so we went private camping a few years ago. Wouldn’t go back. Not cheap, but bar, clean hot showers, decent food etc make it a worthwhile expense to us.

Balsamic Raygun

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13 posts

Sunday 4th November
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ellroy said:
Houx has gone down hill in my opinion, so we went private camping a few years ago. Wouldn’t go back. Not cheap, but bar, clean hot showers, decent food etc make it a worthwhile expense to us.
Which private camping site did you use? Is it in walking distance to the track?

ellroy

5,497 posts

160 months

Sunday 4th November
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We went with Thomas Cook every time, they’re in Chateau Houx, so just over the bridge, over the Bugatti circuit, and you enter the back of the village behind the pits. So also relatively close to the tram into town if you want that access.

Trackdayguy

161 posts

6 months

Sunday 4th November
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Try Travel Destination. Wouldn't go with anyone else
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gt6

1,090 posts

120 months

Sunday 4th November
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Not sure there will be much availability for non camping accommodation left but you never know. Most of the good quality ACO sites are already sold out so if you are going that route then get in quick. The on site private camping is more expensive but some people are happy to pay. I prefer spending my money on other things. Read the right ups on the beer mountain site for the camp sites. A lot depends on who you are camped close to, even the private sites can be very noisy and as always the later you arrive the more likely you will not get a prime spot,

Some Gump

10,458 posts

121 months

Monday 5th November
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Houx downhill?

There are more electricity points. Many more showers / toilets. Hot water most of the time rather than rarely. Toilets cleaned v regularly and always have poo roll.

2016 was light years ahead of 2011 imo!

Balsamic Raygun

Original Poster:

13 posts

Monday 5th November
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ellroy said:
We went with Thomas Cook every time, they’re in Chateau Houx, so just over the bridge, over the Bugatti circuit, and you enter the back of the village behind the pits. So also relatively close to the tram into town if you want that access.
I'm a bit confused - you said Houx had gone downhill, so you've gone for private camping with Thomas Cook in Chateau Houx - which looking on a map is the same place Houx always used to be when I used to go?

Balsamic Raygun

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13 posts

Monday 5th November
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Some Gump said:
Houx downhill?

There are more electricity points. Many more showers / toilets. Hot water most of the time rather than rarely. Toilets cleaned v regularly and always have poo roll.

2016 was light years ahead of 2011 imo!
So Houx is still a decent site to camp then? I see you need ACO membership - assume this is easy to get?

ellroy

5,497 posts

160 months

Monday 5th November
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No, it’s next door, in the grounds of the old farm and secured accordingly. Kind of in the corner between Houx and Houx annexe towards the Bugatti bridge if that makes sense?

ellroy

5,497 posts

160 months

Monday 5th November
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Some Gump said:
Houx downhill?

There are more electricity points. Many more showers / toilets. Hot water most of the time rather than rarely. Toilets cleaned v regularly and always have poo roll.

2016 was light years ahead of 2011 imo!
Compared to when we started going, around 2000, it’s not as good as it was. Pretty much since the car clubs lost the mass booking, which resulted in self policed behaviour that they had, and the ticket agencies got involved and most stag do type parties started landing. I don’t dispute that the facilities are a little better than they were, but they’re still in the dark ages compared to the private outfits.

24lemons

2,192 posts

120 months

Monday 5th November
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Houx annexe is much smaller now thanks to the Footie stadium. Houx is still a good option for the reasons posted above. We have been camping there since 2009 and never encountered any issues.

There are more private sites now. They are sectioned off from the public bits and offer better security and a few more creature comforts. They are a bit more expensive as you’d expect.

Balsamic Raygun

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13 posts

Monday 5th November
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ellroy said:
No, it’s next door, in the grounds of the old farm and secured accordingly. Kind of in the corner between Houx and Houx annexe towards the Bugatti bridge if that makes sense?
I think I know where you mean - will have a look into that. It's changed quite a bit round there looking at a satellite image in google! Pretty sure I would have remembered a bloody great big stadium on my drunken wanders back to the tent from "muddy red" as we used to know it!

Great Dane

2,220 posts

101 months

Monday 5th November
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Some Gump said:
Houx downhill?

There are more electricity points. Many more showers / toilets. Hot water most of the time rather than rarely. Toilets cleaned v regularly and always have poo roll.

2016 was light years ahead of 2011 imo!
Houx Annexe is a bit rough

gt6

1,090 posts

120 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Houx and Houx annex are very different campsites, as the price reflects. Both have plus points but having stayed at both, admittedly in the distant past now, Houx is worth the extra.

The Surveyor

6,101 posts

172 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Balsamic Raygun said:
So Houx is still a decent site to camp then? I see you need ACO membership - assume this is easy to get?
We are booked in Houx for next year, it's the only site we would use for it's balance of decent facilities, location close to the tram and village, and being away from too much nonsense. We book through Travel Destinations and we aren't ACO members.