Went with our 13 & 12 yr olds, who loved this site. It had everything we wanted without being loud and cramped as you get from some campsites closer to the coast. Pitches are massive. Variety of sun and shade as most are divided with mature shrubby.
Good mix of families around 3 dutch to every 2 english and can say that we met some lovely people during our stay, we were all very sad to leave & are looking to book again next year. Our main reason would be the overall feel of the site, RELAXED. Despite going in mid August, we found that the site felt empty despite being quite full because of how spacious it is. The staff are all lovely and very helpful. Nothing is a bother and they speak english and dutch very well indeed and made you feel at ease from the minute we arrived despite arriving a 11pm after getting lost just 10km from the site. Beware the signs are not that brilliant to the site once you leave the A87. Within minutes of arriving, a lovely dutch lady appeared with a gas lamp to assist us in pitching our tent in the dark.
Our children really enjoyed the pool with slides and sat & ate chips from the takeaway in their swimwear in the sunshine for just over 2euros, made MY holiday anyway. With most days being around 26-28degrees, we enjoyed staying around the pool during the day, and then a little light fishing on site in the evening saved money for days we ventured out. We tried the takeaway pizza, chips and cappucinos (lush). Did not try restaurant, but many did.
Brilliant on site entertainment for early years upto teens, every night there was a FUN2DANCE at 7pm and craft etc during the day, but some activities including archery for 10 yrs plus for older kids for a fee (7euros). Some activities were off site and slightly more cost, but lots were on site and free such as evening swim.
Surrounding area is beautiful and less commercial than seaside resorts, such as St Jean d Mont (although it has a beautiful beach). Local beaches such as Brem sur Mer are very good for bodyboarding. Local market in Bretignolles sur Mer was particularly good.
Puy du Fou was spectacular and within easy reach from the site (1hr drive away). Apremont just up the road is very french and a trip in a canoe won't take an hour and half, as advertised, but is still worth 25euros (for family) for the lovely views and the experience.
Most of all, we enjoyed that there was no late night noise stopping you from sleeping as you can often get from large sites when booking in August, peaceful enough to get a good nights sleep, but enough on during the day to keep us all happy & entertained.
All in all, a lovely site, very clean and well kept, most of all very friendly, relaxing and fun. Can't wait to rebook, which we have never done before.
Amazing, I don't know what else to say. This camp site is the best we have ever stayed at, and only the second campsite for which I have been moved to leave a review.
The pitches are quite literally huge. Our tent is huge (Vango Kura 800)and it would have fitted three times on our pitch. Facilities are plentiful and incredibly clean and modern. The pool was great, never to busy despite the campsite being full when we visited. Staff were welcoming and spoke excellent English. Other campers were predominantly Dutch, with some English families thrown in, and in spite of language barriers the kids quickly made new Dutch friends and found innovative ways of communicating.
I loved the family atmosphere here and the ban on all food and drink around the pool means that this site will never attract those undesirables who want to spend all day drinking and ignoring their kids.
The food in the restaurant left something to be desired - a bit too 'fried' for my liking, but as kids ate free it was relatively cheap and makes for a reasonable meal on those evening you just cant be bothered to either go out or cook. Fresh bread and croissants etc are delivered at 8am each morning which meant breakfast was never a dilemma
Our kids really got back to nature, catching toads and crickets, fishing in the lakes - they didn't seem to mind that they didn't actually catch anything.
We thought we would use some of the kids club activities but we didn't in the end, we were just too busy having fun. But the kids loved getting their kids club card and getting it stamped for free drinks and donuts. Each Friday evening the brochure for the following week's activities is delivered to your tent. We were lucky enough to be there when the circus came to the site. A proper small family travelling circus
The region has great attractions. Our kids loved the underwater road to noirmoutier and if you don't visit the Puy du Fou you're mad.
Needless to say we have already decided to go back to this site next year - we have never gone back to the same place twice, but this site is really just too good to miss.
If this is typical of a Dutch campsite then the Dutch definitely do it right! This was our first camping holiday to France and it has been a fantastic experience.
RCN is a Dutch company who have campsites in Holland and France. This campsite is owned by a Dutch family. As such, it attracts lots of Dutch families - we never actually met any French families during out 12 night stay!
The staff on reception on our early arrival were so welcoming and friendly, and spoke brilliant English. They gave us about eight pitches we could take our pick from. The pitch we chose was huge, separated by tall hedges with hook up point and drinking water tap inbetween us and our neighbours. Our pitch was very sunny with little shade. Other pitches were very shady, some with views of the lake.
The unisex toilet blocks were never closed for cleaning but were cleaned about ever two hours! I've never known toilet blocks be so consistently clean! Loads of showers, loads of loos with toilet seats and which never ran out of loo paper, lots of pot washing sinks, private wash basins. I never had to queue for the toilet or a shower.
There is shop on site with basic provisions and toys, fishing rods and swimming pool accessories. Fresh baguettes, pains, croissant, pain au chocolats were delivered every morning. There is a good sized supermarket in the town of Coex which was about a 20 minute, flat cycle ride away. Mainly on trails with the last bit riding through the town. You can buy a map of the local cycle paths from reception. My husband used these quite a lot and enjoyed them.
Throughout the summer the 'Animation' team put on daily events which usually started with a handicraft session in the morning and ended with a story (in Dutch) and hilarious dancing at 7pm. My six and three year old loved these. Throughout the day there were bike rides to village markets, events in the pool, table tennis, football tournaments. The events programme (in English) was delivered to our tent on a Friday night showing the following weeks events.
One of the reasons I chose this site was that it only had one pool which didn't look huge. It was perfect. My six year old had the freedom to play with his new found friends (both Dutch and English) but I could always see him when with his little sister. At it's busiest you couldn't really swim 'lengths' but this was so infrequent it was quiet more than it was busy. At around 35 degrees for our first week the pool was a god send!
From the campsite you can cycle down to Lac du Jaunay where you can hire pedalos, canoes etc or just eat ice cream and take in the view!
There is also a donkey sanctuary on the way to the lake where you can hire a donkey for the children to ride on.
We never went to the beach but it's about 10km away.
This site really is a hidden gem and we will definitely go back at some point.
What can I say, just returned from this site and wish I was still there! Quite simply it's superb.
The pitches are spacious beyond anything I have experienced in the UK, the site really puts UK sites to shame. It was easy to find, just off the new ring road around coex.
The site is well laid out with ample toilets and showers, I only had to queue once in two weeks, they were always spotless. The site uses UK electric hook up, the water is drinking quality with outlets at every other pitch.
The pool was great our kids, 9&5, absolutely loved it, yes the site is predominately Dutch, but they were most welcoming, but isn't that what international sites are about, mixing with other cultures?
Only missing really a tennis court from a sports point of view.
We decided to visit this area for a consecutive year. Last year we stayed in a nearby campsite which we found dreadful.
This site is an absolute gem! We stayed for three weeks. The facilities are modern, very clean and well kept unlike the majority of campsites in Britain.
We have three children 10 8 5 who loved the varied activities which were put on by the campsite staff. The pool has super slides and at times can be busy but never too crowded.
The campsite was occupied mostly by people from the Netherlands and few British and French.
The kids enjoyed playing with their kids in the pool and on the sports field. Some activities were free (football, Belly sliding), others we paid for but this did include a trained instructor (archery)
Some activities were held off the campsite eg kayaking and high wire climbing in the trees.
Absolutely fab! We loved this site and will be returning.
We too stayed at this campsite during August 2010. We had a fantastic fortnight's stay. We were warmly welcomed and felt the staff were extremely helpful. The site is very popular with Dutch families but most staff spoke excellent English (although we liked to use our French if possible) and our children quite happily chatted and played with non-English children on the site. The pool is very popular but never too crowded in our opinion and we made good use of the lovely wooden playgrounds and the big field where we played various sports. The washblocks were spotless and very well laid out. Lots to do in the local area eg the local lakes and windmill, various beaches and the botanical gardens in Coex which were a hit with the whole family. The highlight was a fantastic day at Puy du Fou which was well worth the expense - our children have not stopped talking about it! We will be back.
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