Picked this campsite based on Castels reputation and having used Domaine les Ormes several times. On arrival the staff weren't as friendly but the reception was very busy, although going back to ask questions at any other time of day the reception staff didn't seem to be overly helpful.
Unless you book a premium pitch then you will get a pitch of around 100m2 - it was a bit of a squeeze for my tent and only just managed to get the car on too, had to park the trailer up in the reception car park. We booked with friends and paid extra to have 2 pitches together - their tent only just fit too (an outwell florida 8) so there wasn't an awful lot of room outside the tents for socialising - they were also on different levels so it wasn't like we could combine using both pitches.
Evening entertainment was okay and our combined 4 kids seemed to love it, we were pleased we were pitched away from the main bar etc as it could be very noisy. Kids loved the pool but take your own chair/lounger - people seem to lay out towels and disappear!
Weather was great, can't have wished for better.
Surrounding area was really nice and we had some good days out.
In all we had a great holiday but I don't think I'd go back mainly due to the size of the pitches, I guess we've been spoilt with other campsites!
Did not research before arrival entirely my fault. Visited on the strength of Castels reputation
Ideal for families, everything you could ever want from take aways to entertainment, very much like the costas, reps and kids clubs. Too large and commercial for me. Lots of letting units and ready assembled tents, e. Touring pitches were in the least popular spots of this busy site. ARRGH - Children, teenagers, noise, dust and this was early season. Dread peak time. Took the hit as I had paid for a week, packed up after 2 days and transferred to Les Druids, busy but more sedate. Stay away if you want relaxation and quiet.
Use this website to research as much as you can before you go.
We had a fantastic 10 nights at this site. The facilities are modern and clean, the shop is excellent and the pool complex the best on any site I've ever been to.
The pitch was a dustbowl, not a blade of grass on it, but that's to be expected at the very end of a particularly dry holiday season. My lawn is the same without folk camping on it! We had 24 hours of torrential rain in the middle of the holiday but the pitch was well drained and our kit kept us dry.
Vannes Aquarium and adjacent Butterfly Garden are good escapes from the rain.
Word to the wise, Sanitieres Block 1 was very busy, walk down to Block 2 for a much more relaxed and slightly hotter shower, only 1 min walk further from touring pitches toward statics (hence less useage I guess).
Pizzas, chicken, frites and crepes from the takeaway are all excellent, although the burgers were reheated and nowhere near as good. The bar is busy as you would expect from such a large site, and to be honest not my cup of tea. If you like line dancing and the songs from Grease, you may enjoy it more. Shame, as the setting and the drinks on offer are fantastic. I imagine out of season it's a great place to while away time and a welcome warm spot. The Blue Lagoon restaurant is very nice, good food and service and usually busy. Oddly, on special menu nights the usual menu is not available.
Plage de Men Du down the road is a beautiful beach and much quieter and closer than Carnac Plage. Take a windbreak as it's much more blowy than you'd realise from the sheltered campsite.
Carnac, Carnac Plage and Trinite sur Mer are all lovely places to go out for dinner with a good selection of restaurants. Carnac has a lively but civilised nightlife, great fun at weekends in particular. Locals are friendly and charming, although as always it helps if you at least try to speak French.
Quiberon is an excellent day trip (do the land train trip) and the beach and dunes around Locmariaquer are phenomenal.
Will definitely return to this site as there's a lot more to see than we could squeeze in during our short stay and I'm not convinced we would find better elsewhere.
We originally booked La Grande Metairie as it was part of the Les Castels chain - a company recommended by multiple friends. We arrived in the rain after a long drive which dented our enthusiasm however we were immediately struck by the number of mobile homes on the site. We should have spotted this in the brochure (450 mobile homes out of 575 emplacements) as we were bringing our own tent to the site.
The Emplacement. Our emplacement was amongst other mobile homes and overall it was a reasonable size with hedge around it and lots of shade. We had an emplacement with electricity and water. The grass was quite bare as it was August and it was quite dusty in the dry and muddy in wet. Our immediate concern was the trek to the toilet block although that was not really a problem during 2 weeks.
The Toilets. We have 3 young children (4, 6, 8) and I found the toilets and showers to be always clean and regularly maintained. One advantage of being in the minority of users.
The Facilities. The swimming pool complex was great for the children and the swings / activities around the bar were good. I did feel that it was a shame that for such a big site there could not be more spread out around the campus. Other facilities like mini-golf and the tree adventure trail were in good shape as per the brochure.
The Region. Loved the region around Carnac - lots of great beaches around and things to do within an hour drive. Kids loved eating in the Creperies. Weather is not like the south of France and out of 2 weeks we only had 5 days of sun - given where it is geographically this is to be expected.
Summary. I wont be going back to La Grande Metairie and would not recommend it as a campsite. It is more somewhere for tour operators and mobile homes which takes away from it as a camping ground. It was noisy in the evenings and some of our neighbours in mobile homes were often drinking wine on their deck talking loudly after 11 which was not condusive for canvas walls and sleeping. The guests are generally English speaking nations and it did not feel like we were in France when we were on site. Where La Grande Metairie does work is for families with older children who can go out and meet others in a safe environment or for families that want to stay close to the site facilities.
We returned to this site this year after having a short stop over last year, and this year were two parties of 4 adults and 3 children of ages 11, 8 and 6. The site is big and busy, but nicely nestled in the woods and the facilities are superb, and after 2 weeks of swimming, pony rides, trampolines, tennis, volley ball, table tennis, kids clubs, bmx track, zip wires, etc, etc, the children just didnít want to come home (and neither did the parents!). We had mixed weather (4 days drizzle) and then plenty of sunshine, but even in the rain there was plenty to do.
The pitch size was excellent, with enough space for caravan, awning, car and all the children's games, etc. The toilets were always spotlessly clean, and plenty of hot water at all times. The noise levels were kept to a minimum at night times, in fact security very nicely asked us to laugh quietly at 11.15pm at night, which we didnít mind as we hadnít realised what the time was! We ate at the restaurant twice and had superb meals and the staff were great.
The staff were always helpful and friendly, the children's club staff were fab, and the entertainment as a whole was good.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Grande Metairie and would definitely go back and stay again next year.
We loved it here, we had our three kids with us 6 5 and 1.
The only downside is the main route through the campsite is more like a minor road. I didn't ever feel comfortable allowing the children out on their own.
However everything else was brilliant. Pitches are huge, the swimming pool complex is great, however more heat required on the outdoor pool. Horse stables and mini farm are brill and the kids loved to go off and feed the horses. There is loads to do here and off site you are only a few minutes from some of the best beaches around. Carnac and Vannes are fab for days out. Highly recommend.
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