Booked a trip to this site after reading a few reviews here and checking their website. The reviews seemed positive and the site looked good.
However, we were a little disappointed overall.
We were given a map of the site and told where our pitch was. We drove round to the site to find that someone else was on our pitch and rather than kick up a fuss we just took the one next to it. Admitedly the pitch was huge and hedged in on 3 1/2 sides to give loads of privacy. We have a large Kalahari 10 and could easily have fitted 4 or 5 on the pitch!. There was room for our car, gazebo, tent and still enough room for the kids to play badminton. However the pitch was also covered in weeds, large areas where there had obviously been some fires and the ashes were still strewn about, we had a large pile of melted wax (approx 50cm across) in the middle of the pitch and we spent about 30 mins clearing an area so we could pitch our tent without fear of puncturing the groundsheet.
The facilities are a bit minimal. For the men, a total of 5 showers cover the entire site in two blocks. They were usually clean however and only once did I experience an issue of having no hot water.
There is no shop on site but a large Hyper-U is approx 2Ks away in the town of Challans. Fresh bread can be ordered each night and is delivered to reception where you can also buy bottles of home brew wine. Which takes a bit of getting used to but then becomes palatable.
One of the main reasons for choosing the site was the pool. Our kids are proper water babaies and usually need crow bars to get them out of the water. However, the pool here is completely un-supervised. Which is ok if parents are able to control - or even show an interest in - their kids behaviour. But all day long kids were bombing in the pools throwing clothes, towels, (even a chair at one point) into the pools, walking up the water slides or blocking them completely. This meant that we didn't feel safe leaving our 10 year old there without watching like a hawk.
There was also a fishing lake. Which was smaller than the swimming pool and could hardly be called a lake. Again ruined by unruly kids throwing stones in if anyone looked like they were going to catch anything.
Lots of space to play football, tennis, badminton etc
The positives?. Well. Um. The site is very isolated and so is very quiet. It's also very french and of the site owners, I believe only the man speaks a little english. He was also very helpful though and tried hard to ensure we had what we needed. There is a farmers stall a couple of hundred yards from the entrance so you can buy fresh fruit/veg, and a restaurant about 1k away (which is very pricey. We paid €153 for the four of us) which does some very nice food.
On Thursdays and Sundays there is a pizza van on site, and there is a snack van there everyday that does kebabes, baguettes, chips etc.
We did have a good holiday and enjoyed the sun and the rest and are hopefully returning to the Vendee next year, but it wont be back to this site.
The site in my opinion is tired and scruffy, the pitches are weedy, and covered with ants. Upon arrival no direction, awkward to get to our pitch then a tight squeeze to get in past the play area to site the van.
The pools were cold and spoilt by riotous French youths splashing everyone in site and using the slides in a dangerous manner often in the nude!
St John de mont was like Blackpool seaside town, and the markets were full of rip of gear and poor quality, we went in the Sea at St Hilliare de Ruiz, never been so cold in my life - we were banking on beach days to enjoy some time away from the site.
No shop on site but good home-made wine! Seemed a lot being sold to be home-made but was nice. Good fruit shop outside site 3 nights/week and Apremont is worth a visit.
We chose to camp at Le Ragis on the strength of the previous reviews and on the whole they give a fair picture of this pretty, tidy site. That said, I think a visit to the site in June (as opposed to July/August) presents a slightly different picture. When we visited, the campsite was virtually deserted and all but one toilet/shower block was closed. This was quite bad news for us as it meant our 6 yr old had no-one to play with and none of the on-site entertainment we were expecting. I can easily believe the site is wonderful in July/August but I wouldn’t recommend it for young families out of peak season, it’s more suitable for people who want a very quiet time.
The people running the site, who I understand were the owners, didn’t seem able to speak a word of English but were nevertheless helpful and friendly. The equipment in the play areas is on the tatty side here and there, though I doubt this would bother the kids.
I’d describe it as a caravan site with a sprinkling of tourer / tent pitches in between these, plus one smallish area exclusively for tourers and tents. This seemed typical of campsites in the area. For me – and this is a purely personal view – this isn’t what I’m looking for in a campsite, there’s an open-ness about tenting that seems to get lost in statics.
Finally, and this isn’t meant as a criticism of Le Ragis or other reviews, Le Ragis didn’t seem much different to any of the half a dozen other campsites we looked at in the course of our week in the area. We went to a few others that were highly rated on this website (to see if it was just ours that was deserted – they were all the same) and they all seemed basically similar, loads of statics, a few tent / tourer pitches / areas, a pool or two, clean loos and showers. The main difference was location; Le Ragis is just on the edge of Challans which is great in some respects – nice and easy for supermarkets, restaurants etc – and less good in others – some traffic noise at night, feels slightly urban. Others are more rural, others (most) are by the coast, for the beach.
I guess what I'm getting at here is that for us there was nothing particularly outstanding about Le Ragis. It was fine, we had no complaints, but haven't come away itching to go back.
Just returned from Le Ragis (again, because we have a static there!) so please read this review in conjunction with previous reviews - The site has been tidied up, with many of the older, overhanging trees being 'pruned', making the site much more open to the sun and a lot lighter etc. Lots of tidying up in other areas as well as quite a few more additional statics being sited.
There appear to be more convenient electric hook ups and water supplies being installed towards the top end of the site (pitches around 123 - 135), where most tourers are sited. For me the better part of the site, massive pitches up that end still, BUT in full sun, so you will need to provide some shade, (gazebo etc??)
An important point to note is that the owners daughter has now left to run her own camp site in St Gilles, so there may be (in my opinion highly likely!) no clown show on Sunday evening and possibly some other activities affected. It wont affect the site as such, and will continue to stay as a mostly under developed little diamond and is still highly recommended by me for younger families looking for a real french experience when camping.
Stayed for 2 weeks in August. After a long drive finally arrived to a warm welcome by the owners. We had a pitch at the back of the pool adjacent to the lake.
The pitch itself was nice but very shaded with all the trees which meant that by the time the sun had gone down it was very cold. The pool itself was very nice and kept clean daily. We went to one of their BBQ's and this was absolutely fab, one of the best parties I have ever been to.
There is plenty on site for all ages, fishing, cycling, water aerobics, trampolines etc. I would recommend that the bottom shower block be upgraded as it seemed a little outdated.
All in all a lovely site with wonderful owners. Would definitely stay again but ask for a pitch at the top of the site instead, even if just for a bit of sun.
We stayed here for 10 nights & couldn't of asked for a better place to stay. Loads of facilities we have 5 & 6 year old & there was plenty to keep them entertained. We went swimming every morning on site, you could order local bread/croissants each day to be delivered to the reception for you to collect the following morning. We had a small play area near our caravan which was perfect as we could see them while we were cooking etc. Toilet facilities very clean & hot water with no extra cost. There is a small farm area with a donkey, goat & lamb which the kids enjoyed looking at. Pitches were huge compared to what we've been used to in the UK. You could also buy fresh strawberrys & locally made wine which was very nice wine 2.5 euros a bottle so great value. Plenty of supermarkets nearby too, beaches were amazing couldn't believe we were in France! We would go back in a second & wouldn't hesitate to recommend this site to others -
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