My boyfriend and I stayed here for a couples holiday in a Eurocamp static caravan from 17th-24th June. Check in was simple, and the Eurocamp representative was lovely and there is a hut where you can borrow games, books, etc. This ended up being great for us as the weather was AWFUL. In fact, on the second day of our visit there was a thunderstorm ALL day and most of the grounds were flooded. You cant blame the campsite for the weather though, and when we could finally emerge they had laid out walkways over the new moats surrounding the caravans which was lovely of them. They did visit and ask if we wanted to move to another campsite, but we were fine and chose not to.
The caravan itself smelt strongly of cleaning fluid on arrival which did take a while to subside, but it was clean. The bedrooms are quite tight, but as we were a couple we could use the spare rooms for storage so this didnt bother us. If you packed one out though you may feel a bit cramped. Beds were comfy and quiet though, and the shower powerful and hot.
The grounds and local area are very pretty, there are roses everywhere, and it is very quiet apart from birdsong and crickets. The pool complex was small but nice, and we had sole use when we went so apart from the weather June is a good time to go to avoid crowds. One negative is that being so close to water though there is a LOT of mosquitoes, so bring repellant.
We used the shop a fair bit, but we also visited the intermarche in Saumur. You can get your basics there, but there's not a huge choice. The milk and butter is amazing though! Similar price to the UK for most things there.
We had a pizza one night from the takeaway, that was quite nice. We tried the restaurant on the first night though and wasnt impressed. Very limited stuff left for us to order, so we both ended up choosing something we didnt fancy. My partner's lamb was overcooked and my steak was very over salted. I'm a foodie so was disappointed as you expect amazing food in France, but we had a better expereince eating in Saumur later on in the week. The wine was nice though, we opted for the local stuff and we found we really liked the region's wines.
We found that with a car, this is perfectly situated to get out and explore. You can drive into Saumur in 5 minutes, or you can get on the main road that goes between Angers and Tours.
Overall we really liked this place, especially as we ended up enjoying ourselves there despite the appaling weather. I would reccommend staying here, although personally I would avoid the restaurant and eat in Saumur.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an estate of 50 acres just a few miles away from Saumur, le Domaine de la Brèche offers a service with a wide variety of facilities : bar, restaurant, take away, superette and various entertainment : heated swimming pools with water slides, pitch and putt, tennis courts, crazy golf, pony club, kids club in summer, bicycle and go karts hire, etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- l`Etang De La Breche Hotel Varennes Sur Loire
- Domaine De La Breche Varennes Sur Loire, Pays De La Loire, France