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La Grande Tortue Reviews

La Grande Tortue Reviews

La Grande Tortue Holiday Park

Deep in the heart of the Loire valley, the region that is more French than France itself, you’ll find La Grande Tortue camp site. If you are looking for a family getaway that’s perfect as a base for exploring the region then you’ve found it. Set in amongst pretty trees this small park is ideal if you have small family. The park has a friendly reception where they speak English (as well as Dutch and Spanish if you fancy a try) and they’re happy to welcome your dogs here (just keep them on a lead please). To keep your suitcase numbers to the minimum there is laundry and drying facilities and there is a shop for all your holiday emergencies such as sun screen and sarongs. There are disabled facilities as well and you’ll probably want to find out more about them before making your booking.

There are only 169 pitches here and some of them are quite large, being bigger than 100m2. You can stay under canvass at La Grande Tortue. In fact, new canvass, as all tents are being renewed for 2012. They will have two or three bedrooms with a separate living and kitchen area that has grill, rings and fridge with enough utensils to do a decent Delia. If you remember the barbecue that’s on site you’ll be set for great summer evenings sat on your patio furniture. Tents are available from 21stApril to 15th September

Between 7th April and 15th September you can choose to stay in one of the two chalet types that have either two or three bedrooms. They all have private bathrooms with separate living rooms and kitchen facilities with gas hob, ovens, fridge freezer and microwaves and you even have the choice of outside decking space as well. All chalets come with barbecues so you’ll be all set for some great family evenings in the warm summer sun.

Facilities & Activities at La Grande Tortue

During the high season, between 2nd July and 22nd August there are various children’s activities run to keep the kids occupied and give you some down time that are in addition to the two playgrounds on site.

There is a small traditional restaurant serving local specialities and they also have a children’s menu. The take away serves pizza, frites, chicken and a plat du jour. There is also a mini-market for all your self-catering emergencies (that’s an oh-no-run-out-of-mayo type of emergency) and a cosy and very traditional bar that’s a great place to unwind after a busy day. You’ll also have access to a small TV room but you’ll need good French as they only have local channels.

La Grande Tortue has four different pools to choose from ranging from a large deeper pool to a fourth shallower pool with water slides. There is also a toddler’s pool where the water is much shallower and is perfect for little water babes. If the pool is too much like hard work then nab one of the sun loungers on the terrace and settle back with a book. There is an impressive range of activities including table tennis, five-a-side footie, badminton, basket ball and volleyball. You can also hire bikes which are great for exploring the local countryside.

Outside of La Grande Tortue you can choose horse riding, fishing and boat trips that are as close as half a mile from the site. The nearest village is Cande-sur-Beurvron, which is worth a visit if only to see how pretty this part of France is. The neighbouring town of Blois, about 10 miles away is also worth visiting for the shops and cafes. Locally there are many attractions including the Chateau de Chambord. The Loire valley is famous for its chateaus and this is a great example, it’s very pretty and has some lovely gardens. You could also visit the Wine Museum to learn about this business which is very important in this region.

Five Reasons to Book a Family Holiday to La Grande Tortue

  • Peace and quiet
  • Oh so pretty
  • Lovely pools
  • Chateau’s everywhere
  • Great local food

Family Travel Guide to Loire – France

The Loire valley is one of Frances prettiest areas and abounds with elegant chateaus. It’s also one of the best wine producing areas of France. Read our guide on the Loire Valley.

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Comments

  1. M & A Furlington

    A simple and quiet camp site with lots of shade, La Grande Tortue is covered in trees. The swimming pool is underwhelming and if you have kids over the age of 12 you may struggle to keep them entertained unless you head offsite. Shop stocks the main essentials but you can always visit the big supermarket which is about a 10 minute drive. The site is very clean although the sanitary blocks are a little out-dated. The site is ideal for young families who are looking for a quiet family holiday.

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