We first visited the Vendee about 6 years ago and stayed in a mobile home in St Jean de Monts. We loved it so much we decided to take our own tent this year. Unfortunately we could not make a booking at many of the sites in the area, they just told us to turn up on the day and take a chance. As we were travelling down from Paris we did not want to risk not having anywhere to stay so found this site who were willing to take a booking. I normally won't book a site without any reviews but I thought I would take a chance. I have to say this has had mixed results.
We arrived at the site after a gruelling 8 hour drive (to do 330 miles) and were a bit tired and grumpy. The site was easy to find and we received a friendly welcome. After being given a code for the barrier and a map of the site we found our pitch. The site is huge and is a mix of tourers and statics (most of which seem to be owned as they have little sheds and gardens). Our hexagonal shaped pitch had a 7 foot high hedge around it and was in amongst the statics. It was just about big enough for our HiGear Corado 6 tent (at an odd angle) but we could not get our car on too. The electric hookup was a long way away and we had to trail the cable across the gateway to the next door static. Luckily it just about reached. The electric points are not EU standard but are French 2 pin. The positioning of the tent meant that we had no view except of our car which we had to park across our entrance. It did have a bit of a prison feel about it. We did have a nice location however unlike a lot of the other pitches (it was pitch 95)
The toilet block looked lovely and modern with an attractive terracotta roof. There are about 5 washing up sinks and about 8 clothes washing sinks along the front of the building. The toilets and showers are nominally male and female however men and women used both. The men's urinals were al fresco. The cubicles were mainly 'hole in the floor' but there were 3 'normal' loos for the ladies and one for the men, although they did not have seats and there was no loo roll. This meant that there was often a queue for the toilets as even the French people did not seem to want to use the 'holes'. Not really sure why, in 2012, they still have these toilets! The first shower that I had was literally a trickle that lasted 5 seconds at a time. After that though they were ok - although the fact that it was a fixed head meant it was hard to get wet! My big bugbear with the whole sanitary block was the water temperature. It wasn't too bad for a shower as the weather was nice and hot, however the washing up water temperature could, at best, be described as luke warm. It just was not anywhere near hot enough to wash dishes in. We resorted to boiling the kettle and taking it with us to wash up!
There is a small pool on the site which, due to the lovely weather, was rammed from morning til night. My 11 year old son was more than happy bobbing about in it though and there is a little slide and indoor area.
There are no camping companies such as Canvas or Keycamp on the site and as such there are no children's clubs or entertainment although there is a play area. The site is very French with few Dutch or British tourists, unlike nearby St Jean.
There is a bar and restaurant on site which we went to on our first night. Unfortunately they 'forgot' our order and we waited for an hour for the food which was fairly average when it arrived. We didn't bother going again.
I found the site very noisy. The rules say no noise after 10pm however the bar is still open at that time so there is a lot of noise as campers head back any time until 11/11. 30pm. One night a group arrived back to their tent at 4. 30am and then decided to put their music on! There is also a very busy main road that runs alongside the camp which never went quiet.
All in all this is an OK site but we wouldn't go back due partly to the noise and partly because we like a good mix of nationalities on a site. It was unfortunate that we had just spent a fantastic week at a lovely, quiet multinational site just outside Paris and we couldn't help but compare.
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