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 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) .
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.
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.
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!)
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.