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We’re travelling to La Garangeoire, France, with Eurocamp

La Garangeoire

This Summer, we’ll be taking a three-week road-trip through France. Our route will include Normandy, Brittany and the Dordogne, and we’ve just confirmed our final destination: La Garangeoire, A Eurocamp holiday parc in the Vendee region.

We chose the Vendee for a few reasons. We didn’t want to drive too far at the end of our trip; if we set off from La Garangeoire first thing in the morning, we should arrive at our London home in time for bedtime. But the Vendee is far enough south to pretty much guarantee sunny weather when we’re there (the average temperature in August/September is well over 20 degrees). It’s on the north-west side of France, with stunning Atlantic coast beaches, and just below the Loire valley, famous for its wine and chateaux. The vendee boasts its own set of vineyards and castles, so D and I can get our wine-and-history fix while we’re out there.

This will be our first time staying with Eurocamp, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our break compares with other similar holidays we’ve taken.

La Garangeoire

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La Garangeoire is set in the grounds of an old chateau, with woodland and lakes around. It looks as though Eurocamp has made the most of these natural features; there’s an on-site lake with its own beach, and one of the chateau’s outbuildings has been converted into a bar/pub (as well as the main poolside restaurant/bar) .

Eurocamp

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I know that the top priorities for our children (4 and 6 years old) are a fun and friendly kids’ club; a disco; and a pool with slides. As well as clubs run by other operators, La Garangeoire has its own Eurocamp kids’ club. And there’s a set of water slides, in the toddler’s, children’s and main pools, to keep our little splashers happy.

La Garangeoire

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La Garangeoire

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The coast is a 15-minute drive away, so no doubt we’ll be visiting the seaside. As well as dipping our toes into the waves we’ll be sampling the local seafood (my son’s already a big fan of oysters). I’m looking forward to wine tasting in the chateau, and relaxing in the spa and wellness centre. And the kids are all geared up for karting, horse riding, and cycling (there are woodland trails in and around La Garangeoire, with over 1000 km of safe cycle tracks in the Vendee). We’re eyeing up a few places for day trips: Puy du Fou theme park, La Rochelle Aquarium and St Julien-des-Landes, an award-winning tourist town, are all close by.

La Garangeoire

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La Garangeoire

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We’ll be staying in an Avant holiday home, which at 32 m square with covered decking outside, looks as though it has plenty of space for the family. (I’m excited about the breakfasts. Freshly baked croissants and coffee, outside in the morning sun – yum!)

Eurocamp

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Eurocamp

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I’ll be writing about our Eurocamp stay in the Vendee when we arrive back in the UK at the beginning of September, and you’ll be able to see videos of the accommodation and holiday parc. Is there anything in particular you’d like to know about our stay with Eurocamp, or the Vendee region as a destination for family travellers?

We will be travelling to La Garangeoire with Eurocamp on a press trip this summer. All views are my own.

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18 Comments

  • Erica Price
    May 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    It does look lovely. We did a similar holiday the other year in Southern Brittany, which is a bit closer (a consideration for us as I am the only driver), but not so reliable weatherwise (although we did get lucky). Enjoy!

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Yes, Southern Brittany can be amazing. We had that as our second choice location – and we’re hopefully going to spend some time in Brittany before going to the Vendee.

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  • Emma | The Mini Mes and Me
    May 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

    The photography makes this look like a lovely place to visit as a family. I look forward to seeing your videos! x

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks – I’m looking forward to capturing it all!

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  • Kara Guppy
    May 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I have heard some amazing things about Eurocamp from some work colleagues. We can’t afford it this year but are looking at it for 2017

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      I think you’d love it Kara!

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  • Jen
    May 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    It looks fab. We are off to Holland with Eurocamp in October and can not wait. We are off to the Dordogne at half term.

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Ooh, I’ll look forward to hearing about both of those trips!

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  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    May 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I’m sure you’ll have a great time, the Vendée is lovely. If it’s not too far I recommend a day trip to the île de Ré, it’s gorgeous.

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks for the tip Phoebe!

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  • Cass@frugalfamily
    May 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    That sounds like a lovely Summer holiday – I bet you can’t wait x x

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks – we’re really looking forward to it.

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  • Nayna Kanabar
    May 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    How exciting, it will be a lovely trip and I am looking forward to the updates.

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    • Nell
      May 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Stephen
    May 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Eurocamp is one of those things ive heard many people mention and write about yet it seems to have passed me by entirely. It sounds as though you are going to have any amazing time.

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    • Nell
      May 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks, I love the look of La Garangeoire so I’m sure it will be a great stay.

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  • Charly Dove
    May 23, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Oh how fabulous, you’ll have the best time and three weeks away how lush! I really love the idea of a Eurocamp holiday, I looked into it recently funnily enough but the resort we wanted didn’t have availability for our dates.

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    • Nell
      May 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Ah that’s a shame! I think they get booked up pretty quickly.

      Reply

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