Family-friendly camping at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann, near Pont Aven in Brittany, France

Family-friendly camping at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann, near Pont Aven in Brittany, France

Every European holiday park has its own distinct flavour. For us, the most vibrant memories we took away from our week at Siblu’s Domaine de Kerlann, in the north-western Brittany department of Finistère, were its evening extravanganzas, hosted in part by Max, Patch and Lily, a trio of larger-than life cuddly individuals; and the perfectly dry, crisp Breton cider we bought on-site and drank outside in a breeze tangy with salt from the nearby rocky coastline.

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I’ll be posting separately about how Domaine de Kerlann has a particularly Breton feel, and on the nearby attractions (for instance the closest beach was only 5 km away). This post covers what was on offer for families on-site.

What it’s like at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

The four-star campsite Domaine de Kerlann lies on the outskirts of the small commune of Névez, near the bustling artists’ town of Pont Aven (which you can read about in my blog post here). It opens from April until September, and its mobile homes are available to buy as well as rent, which makes it feel well-cared for. A lot of the pitches had pots of flowers and small trees growing outside.

There were some very quiet areas of the park, around the edges (it is large, with over 700 pitches), but when you were near the entertainment hub the holiday park had an upbeat, lively vibe, with a constant stream of people thronging to and from the pools.

Pools and splash zone at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

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Brittany’s climate can be variable, but it’s usually warmer than the UK. On the week we stayed (mid-August) the temperature was in the high 20s/low 30s, with one morning of rain. Domaine de Kerlann catered both for swelteringly hot days, and the more dismal moments. It had a large splash zone featuring over ten different water fountains; two outdoor pools, a heated indoor complex, and water slides. These were all heavy with shrieks and splashy energy; by the afternoon it was difficult to find a lounger, but there were lockers so you didn’t have to leave your towels at the poolside.

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Domaine de Kerlann

Domaine de Kerlann

Kids’ clubs at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

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soft play at Bubbles club

Our children are sociable sorts, and weren’t fazed by the fact that Siblu’s free kids’ clubs were run as bilingual efforts, in both French and English. Bubbles club, for the 1-4 year olds, required parents to stay, and featured games, songs, dancing and art/crafts. Both Bubbles club and club Pirates, for 5-9 year olds, made the most of the good weather and based a lot of their activities outside; Pirates was fairly sporty. The clubs ran two-hour sessions in both mornings and afternoons. Club Barracudas was for the 10-14 year olds and the emphasis seemed to be on socialising through sport and games.

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Bubbles and Pirate club houses

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The Pirates had their own hat; Bubbles club members were given a drinking cup, and tattoos on the last day.

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Evening entertainment at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

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A Breton mouse (Max), a pirate parrot (Patch) and a pink tiger/fairy hybrid (Lily) led the entertainment for the younger children on some evenings, with games and a talent show on the other nights (rehearsals took place in the kids’ clubs). The younger children flocked to these shows, while older kids roamed around on bikes, or gathered at the sports areas. The later shows for older children and adults featured karaoke, musicians and a foam party. Music and entertainment stopped at 11.30, but there was a fair amount of revelry until much later.

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Parents were encouraged to take part in the end-of-week talent show

Bouncy castles, play areas and sports facilities at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

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If the kids grew tired of cooling down in the pools, they could play on the bouncy castles clustered around the swimming pool area (including one with colossal slides) and the small indoor play space, Ti Korrigan. Swings, slides and climbing frames were dotted around the holiday park, and a few fitness machines for adults could be found outside the shop. As well as bike hire there were sports areas including basketball and tennis courts, and mini golf.

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Accommodation at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

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At Domaine de Kerlann you could hire mobile homes ranging in size between and four-bed and an eight-bed. We stayed in a 3-bedroom Elegance mobile home, with its own terrace and a barbecue béton. I’ve posted separately about the Elegance here, including a youtube video to give a more detailed view of the place. It had most things you needed for a family stay; there was a separate laundry room, costing €5 per wash, and an on-site shop for groceries, toiletries and other essentials.

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barbecue béton

Verdict

Domaine de Kerlann is great for families who enjoy lively, straightforward activities; for those who want to find a quiet spot (on the outskirts of the park) and dip occasionally into the action; and for people who want a base to explore the picturesque south-west edge of Brittany. One woman I spoke to had chosen to book with Siblu for the last three years, at different locations (there are 16 Siblu holiday parks across France), and she said Domaine de Kerlann had been her family’s favourite. Another Mum with older children told me this had been one of their favourite holidays, because the place was safe enough for the teen and tweenagers to have a large amount of freedom. It cut both ways: the woman who served me in the shop insisted I tell blog readers that Domaine de Kerlann’s customers are ‘magnificent’.

You can see a glimpse of what it was like at Domaine de Kerlann in my video, here:

How to get to Siblu Domaine de Kerlann

The nearest town to Domaine de Kerlann is Pont Aven. If you are travelling from the UK, the ferry ports nearby are Caen (3h42m) or Roscoff (1h41m).

We were given a week’s stay at Siblu Domaine de Kerlann for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.

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33 Comments

  1. September 6, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I have really enjoyed your pics from this trip and IG and it seems ideal for us – I love a bit of peace and quiet on holiday, a good pool for the kids and somewhere we can explore and learn more about the area.

    • Nell
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      September 8, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      It really was great for families. A good base, and plenty of on-site fun.

  2. September 8, 2016 / 9:28 am

    I love the idea of a famiky talent show! Looks like a great stay with loads to do. X

    • Nell
      Author
      September 8, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks – we had a blast! x

  3. September 8, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    It sounds fab and great for families, I have loved following your instagram this summer, the splash areas look so fab. I have fallen in love with France this year what a beautiful country and beautiful people x

    • Nell
      Author
      September 8, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      You’re right, it really is a wonderful place. I loved your France pics too (and all the others of course!) x

  4. September 10, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I have such lovely memories of Brittany holidays with our son in similar holiday parks to this one. Children love all the entertainment and parents appreciate it too – when the kids are happy, you’re happy!

  5. September 10, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    We went to Brittany too in mid-August (possibly the same week going by your weather report)! However our campsite was much smaller (about 50 sites) and inland so quite different. Reading your post is reminding me how much I miss the morning pain-au-chocolate! Glad you all had a good time 🙂

    • Nell
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      September 13, 2016 / 10:14 am

      And you too!

  6. September 11, 2016 / 11:24 am

    This does look like a lot of fun for all the family, Nell! I loved your Instagram posts while you were away and I’m really looking forward to reading more from you about the area.

  7. September 16, 2016 / 9:14 am

    wow, they offer a lot to do….
    more than I appreciated when browsing earlier in the year. The opportunity to hire bikes is a real winner for me.

    • Nell
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      September 21, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      I think you’d like it here Gemma. The surrounding countryside’s pretty amazing, too.

  8. September 21, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    So lovely to read this as it brings back fantastic memories of our trip to Domaine de Kerlann a few years ago. Definitely one of our best ever holidays. It’s a great place for families to stay.

    • Nell
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      September 21, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Oh how fantastic that you went there too! It’s a lovely place – we’d definitely go back.

  9. September 21, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    We’re thinking about going to a holiday park in France next summer, and this seems like a fab place to go! I love that one of the kids’ clubs in for ages 5-9 and next summer my kids will be 5 and 9. Ideal if they can go together!

  10. October 6, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    This is amazing – I hadn’t heard of this type of attraction. Although, to give myself credit, the kids were too young at the time to enjoy anything of the sort…. Also, Brittany was on our list but we didn’t make it before moving back. Some good friends of ours still live there, so maybe one day? Visiting from #AllAbout France

    • Nell
      Author
      October 7, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Brittany really is stunning. Definitely worth a trip!

  11. October 6, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    That looks loads of fun. A paradise for kids…! #AllAboutFrance

    • Nell
      Author
      October 7, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      They had a blast!

  12. November 3, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    European “Campgrounds” are so very different from what I grew up with in the States. Organized activities and facilities for children make it so family friendly and probably encourages more people to explore places knowing that there is a safe, clean fun environment to base from. Cheers and thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    • Nell
      Author
      November 12, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      I’m intrigued about the US campgrounds. I think the European ones have come a long way, too.

  13. November 3, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I love this typically French approach to a family holiday. Everything seems so relaxed and I cant think of too many children who would not have a fantastic time. Kids happy = parents happy so it’s a win all round. I assume with great wine too! Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles Nell

    • Nell
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      November 12, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      Yes, the wine was top-notch!

  14. November 3, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    This looks such a lovely place for a family holiday – I really enjoyed all your photos from the trip (and the stunning Glenan isles particularly) and such grins in the pictures here, says it all really. #farawayfiles

    • Nell
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      November 12, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      It was a supremely photogenic place.

  15. November 4, 2016 / 8:11 am

    This sounds like both a great base to explore from AND a good place to stay. When French campsites are this good, they are hard to beat! 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      November 12, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      I know – it had an awful lot going for it.

    • Nell
      Author
      November 12, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      It’s a magical place, isn’t it.

  16. November 7, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Brittany is one of my favourite areas in France; so very different to where I live in the south, we try and get there every few years. This campsite seems to cover all tastes and I’ll definitely be bookmarking it for a future visit. Thanks for sharing with #AllAboutFrance

    • Nell
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      November 12, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Yes, it has a very distinctive character. Your country is so beautifully varied!

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