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La Garangeoire Reviews

La Garangeoire Reviews

La Garangeoire Holiday Park

Situated in western France in the Vendee region is the wonderful site of La Garangeoire. Nestling amongst fields of sunflowers, lovely green woods and lakes this park provides a stunning backdrop for a perfect family holiday. The site is open from 5 May until 9 September and no matter what your family size or whatever you want from a holiday home you’re sure to find it here.

If you’re looking for a chalet you can choose between two and three bedroom, with or without a sun deck (barbecues are also available) and even one with a mezzanine space that makes a great play area for the kids. Chalets come with all mod cons including oven, gas hob, grill, fridge freezer and microwave and also include a stereo iPod dock and hairdryer. Basically, everything you need for a home from home for you French adventure.

You can also choose to stay in one of the two types of tents. With sleeping for up to six people and enough kitchen equipment to feed your tribe (more bangers and mash than fine dining though) both types of tents have living space as well. In the safari tent your living space is covered yet open air (think about the name of the tent – come on, do keep up). With a total of 358 pitches, all on grass and a larger pitch size of at least 100m2 your bonnes vacance will be off to a great start at La Garangeoires.

There is a friendly reception where they’re happy to talk to you in English (or a bevy of other European beauties as well). You can also get online here for a small charge. The kids will be pleased to know that you can bring up to 2 dogs (so there’s no need to leave Spot at home). Laundry facilities are also provided along with disabled facilities but it might be worth checking how they’d fit your specific needs before you book.

Facilities & Activities at La Garangeoire

First and foremost there’s a great selection of kids clubs here (six actually). From Fun Station, where you can get involved in Pirate Mayhem, Fun Olympics and Superhero Training to name but three, to mini Fun station where you can try your hand at Mini cycle, ball pool and a host of other great things. There is a club for all ages and all occasions here but perhaps it’s worth pointing out Tumble Tots for the really little ones, a great afternoon for 0-5 year olds with lots of tumbling and gymnasticky things to do.

On site there’s swimming, and lots of it! There are five pools to choose from (that’s one for each weekday by my reckoning). Four outdoor pools, all heated and one covered pool that’s heated as well – so swimming in all types of all-weather I suspect! There’s a collection of slides (some small for toddlers and some much bigger), water chutes (how scary are they) and waterfalls. Looks like your biggest headache will be choosing which pool! Too much like hard work? Then feel free to use the sun loungers scattered around the pool area.

With its own lake there are a number of other water based activities available including canoeing, pedalos and rowing boats. There’s also a raft of other sporting activity at La Garangeoire including tennis, table tennis, five-a-side football, basket and volley ball, archery and boules (so French you can smell the Gitanes ciggies). For something different why not try supervised horse riding and pony trekking with lessons for those who’re not too sure.

In the evenings there are regular discos (grown up as well as children) and there is a TV room and a games room with pool tables, arcade machines and pinball tables.

Offsite sports include windsurfing, dinghy sailing, quad biking (oh Mum, can I pleeeease!), fishing and golf are all available within an easy 15 miles of the camp site. If you’re happy to spread your wings the area has masses of attractions and places to go. The local town of St Gilles Criox-de-Vie has a great market 3 times week and it gives the kids a chance to see that not all food comes cleanly ready washed and wrapped in plastic.

If you are looking to spread your wings even further than local attractions include the Aqaurium La Rochelle, tanks, touch pools and a panoramic tunnel through a tank (oooh sharks – how scary) and Le Grand Parc du Puy du Fou – a country theme park with a fantastic falconry display. For a really different day out try Futuroscope – I guess the name says it all, it’s worth checking out for the futuristic buildings alone.

Going back to the subject of food, there is a restaurant on site. The Plancha grill is open twice weekly during July and August and has a children’s menu for slightly less worldly palates. For midday (or any other time really) hunger pangs there is a take away with a menu that includes pizzas, salads, sandwiches and a local dish of the day. Sticking with food there is also a onsite mini-market open between 10 May and 24 September (yes but it does close at night silly) for all last-minute self-catering emergencies.

Five Reasons to Book a Family Holiday to La Garangeoire

  • Scenery, scenery, scenery
  • Fantastic swimming
  • Local markets 3 times a week
  • Great kids clubs
  • Local attractions

Family Travel Guide to Vendee – France

Vendee is a great area for a family holiday. There are some 100 miles of blue flagged sandy beaches that are often fringed with lovely pine woods. The area is rich with history and has more than its fair share of historic old towns and abbeys. To find out more about this area click on the links below;

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  1. Rebecca Platt

    Our favourite French campsite!

    We’ve been camping as a family for last 4 years and have visited several campsites in Northern France, we’ve enjoyed nearly all of them but La Garangeoire is on a completely differently level.

    The kids have so much to do, I can’t even begin to list all the activities/facilities, lots for adults as well. The site is clean and well maintained it would be very easy to spend your entire duration without ever leaving the campsite (the local area is beautiful).

    The restaurant and takeaway are of a very high standard for a campsite. As for the evening entertainment the main bar was very much family focused, the smaller bar located near the reception is less lively and more suited for adults.

    The pool is complex is great but it can become a little overcrowded. It is a popular campsite so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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