We first holidayed here in 2009, and it is so great we've been coming back every year since. The location is stunning with the owner family ( who are very hands on) living in the main chateau, and the various out buildings tastefully used as bar, reception, restaurant, shop, take away etc. everything is very, very well maintained with a virtually army of cheery staff constantly pruning, watering, cleaning, emptying bins etc, etc.
the facilities are top notch, the pool complex was extended in 2011 to include an extra covered pool and children's pool, although it does get crowded in high season and sunny days. There is an extensive entertainment schedule thought the day, seven days a week, that includes things for both kids, adults and families. Examples include horse riding, tennis, archery, fishing competitions, bowls, trampolines, painting, yoga, cycling, table tennis, crazy golf and the la Garangeoire discovery walk taken by one of the owners, Anne. This is not to be missed. Anne tells a lovely story of the history of the site and the wider, turbulent history of the vendee, during which her passion and love of the region shines through.
If you are a fan of cycling, and mtb in particular then you are in for a treat. Quality mountain bikes are available for hire and there are also three guided mountain bike rides per week, one easy ride for families and two for adults only, and they are not for the faint hearted! ( take a look at my you tube video under technical bike ride, la Garangeoire)
The restaurant offers some lovely dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients wherever possible and has an inside and outside dining area which is especially pleasant on warm evenings, although this is undergoing a full refurbishment at present. There is also a takeaway facility that does great pizza, roast chickens cooked to order, a variety of daily specials and the best frites we've ever tasted!
There are lots of options for accommodation, canvas holidays, thomson alfresco, europarcs, eurocamp and the sites own accomodation. There are also extensive touring facilities ( the pitches are huge) .
Travel time from Cherbourg is around 4-5 hours, a good tip is to stop at the huge decathlon near Rennes for a break.
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