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.
Having read previous reviews of this campsite I was beginning to dread our holiday. I was expecting out of control teenagers, dirty toilets / sanitary blocks, bad pitches and being miles from anywhere.
It was anything but! We were staying in a Eurocamp tent (far easier than dragging everything with you) and although everything is still quite basic most things are provided, including a most welcoming bottle of red wine. I would however take a sharp knife for bread/tomatoes etc., as their knives are only good for cutting butter. Would recommend hiring the bedding as this frees up space in the boot for the wine on return trip and includes a decent sized bath towel. You only get one pillow each so you may need to consider this if you need more than one to sleep.
Our pitch was right at the opposite end of the site from the pools, etc, but nowhere was more than a 5 minute walk and on holiday it's great not to have to rush around and be able to walk and slow down.
The site was well laid out with lots of small avenues of 6 or eight units.
The sanitaires were being cleaned three times a day. The showers were clean, the toilets clean and although there were hairdryers they were not that good - there are plugs next to the mirrors for straighteners etc. So don't forget the adaptor.
The shop was expensive but we only got bread and the essential croissants there (and these were the same price as the supermarkets) most other goods were rather inflated.
The pool was exceptional. You have to remove your shoes and leave them on shelves before walking through a foot bath so the poolside was clean and no bits of dirt, etc. The rapids, slides and pools never seemed to be really busy although the site was full - unfortunately there are the sunbed hoggers but we just took some rugs to sit on as we would rather be in the water that roasting ourselves.
The kids clubs seemed to keep the children busy and appeared lots of fun. Our two teenagers were not interested as they made some friends after a few days and spent the rest of the holiday splitting their time between the friends and us (depending on their financial needs I have no doubt).
There was entertainment every night, some was rather loud and could be heard through the site but was finished by 11.30pm and most people followed the rules about being quite around pitches after 11.00. We had no problems with gangs of teenagers hanging around, getting drunk or noisy.
The site is very strict on enforcing it's alcohol rules for under 18's which I think was important.
We did not use the on-site restaurant although the girls went there with their friends one night. They had pasta with a non-alcoholic cocktail and a dessert for 15 Euro. I would imagine if you had to use the restaurant for a family of four several times during the holiday it would be expensive so that might be the only downside.
Give the adventure trail and zip wire a go. My leg muscles are still aching two days later but it was great fun and a great family activity. The people that run it also have a larger activity centre, Foret Adrenaline about a 15 minute drive, so would definitely give that a go next time.
The surrounding area is beautiful and you never seems to be more than a 5 minute drive from a beach in any direction. Pay a visit to the indoor fish market in Trinitie sur Mer, it's fantastic if you like seafood and very good value. The harbour and restaurants are also worth a visit.
The best thing about the area is no matter where you park, with the exception of Quiberon, we didn't pay for parking once. What a difference from rip off Britain where they try to fleece you at every opportunity.
I would highly recommend this site to anyone - the beach is a mile away and you can cycle or drive easily. Happy holidaying.
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